2020 Ford F-150 Evaluation, Scores, Specs, Costs, and Pictures
The Ford F-150 has nearly each digit coated. Accessible with V-6 or V-Eight energy, 6- or 10-speed computerized transmissions, two- or four-wheel drive, it’s the truck’s singular functionality that helps it stand aside.
Ranging from a median rating, the F-150 will get factors above common for its drivetrains that aren’t solely good, they’re nice, and its functionality. It loses one for ponderous dealing with that’s endemic to something that weighs almost three tons—giraffes in all probability deal with simply the identical if we examined them. The F-150 is a 7 on our efficiency scale.
The bottom F-150 is powered by a 3.3-liter V-6 that was added just lately and changed an ageing 3.5-liter V-6. The three.3-liter, although new, will nonetheless be a relative rarity amongst common consumers—it’s solely fitted to the bottom XL and XLT vans, and even then, it’s a brief throw to a extra highly effective engine with higher towing and hauling capabilities.
The 290-hp 3.3-liter V-6 has direct injection for higher gasoline financial system and the EPA charges it as much as 22 mph mixed, even when it’s saddled with a 6-speed computerized transmission. It’s tremendous, whilst a work-spec truck, with quiet acceleration and has good low-end torque.
Most customers will go for the two.7-liter turbo V-6 that’s rated at 325 hp and 400 lb-ft. It’s mated to a 10-speed computerized transmission and effortlessly tugs as much as 8,500 kilos hooked to the rear bumper or as much as 2,500 kilos within the mattress. Regardless of having as many gears as a Schwinn, the 10-speed computerized simply slips down a cog or 4 with out discover, and the busy computerized transmission helps the two.7-liter price as much as 20 mpg mixed when outfitted with four-wheel drive. It’s the powertrain that we’d advocate, and advocate driving final if customers are contemplating a number of engines—the two.7-liter dispatches with many V-8s from yesteryear.
The one V-Eight left is a dependable 5.0-liter unit that’s commonplace in most prime trims, even when it’s surpassed by the turbo V-6 engines in efficiency and towing. The V-Eight thumps out 395 hp and 400 lb-ft, and carries greater than 3,200 kilos within the mattress or 11,600 kilos hooked up to the rear bumper in sure configurations when correctly outfitted. The V-Eight is like shaking arms with the F-150 all of us drove sooner or later—and you’ll set your watch to its mileage returns within the excessive teenagers, mixed—and we concede that conventional pickup consumers clutch a V-Eight like a blanket. The V-Eight is heat and welcoming, however there are higher choices obtainable.
From there, it’s all turbo V-6 energy, on a regular basis.
The three.5-liter turbo V-6 makes 375 hp and 470 lb-ft in most variations, sufficient pull to sate our reflexes for a V-Eight lump in a pickup. The turbo V-6 is rated to haul greater than 3,200 kilos within the mattress and tow greater than 13,000 kilos when correctly outfitted.
The next output 3.5-liter turbo V-6 is commonplace within the F-150 Restricted and Raptor pickups. That engine makes 400 hp and 510 lb-ft and is rated to tow as much as 11,100 kilos or haul 1,520 kilos within the mattress in rear-drive F-150 Restricted vans. Apart from the ability bump, the high-output V-6 performs like the massive V-Eight it replaces in consolation, torque, and drivability. It will possibly whistle away from visitors effortlessly at stoplights, launching the heavy truck in seconds as much as freeway speeds. Gasoline financial system within the turbo V-6 engines can swing wildly with heavy toes, or on lengthy slogs, however its energy is prolific.
The final cease for the F-150 for now’s an non-obligatory turbodiesel V-6 that doesn’t haul or tow any greater than the remainder of the engine lineup (it tows as much as 11,400 kilos and may carry as much as 1,900 kilos within the mattress) and doesn’t return considerably higher gasoline financial system both. It’s for drivers in search of lengthy ranges on lengthy drives, and is refined—albeit rather more costly. It’s rated at 250 hp and 440 lb-ft.
F-150 experience and dealing with
Ford’s eating regimen of light-weight supplies on a metal body has helped it shed weight, though it nonetheless handles like a tall, heavy truck.
The F-150 makes use of electrical energy steering and a coilover entrance finish with a Hotchkiss strong rear axle on leaf springs with outboard shocks. Ford doesn’t use air springs or adaptive shocks, so the experience can certain and pitch at greater speeds in comparison with crosstown rivals. Low- to medium-speed rides are higher suited to the F-150 (and most vans), however stability management techniques when a trailer is hooked up can hold the F-150 composed whereas hauling.
The Raptor is its personal animal altogether—actually and figuratively. It’s prepared for high-speed off-roading, on dunes or in a forest, at any pace. For extra on the Raptor learn our colleagues’ reviews at MotorAuthority.com.
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