For nearly four decades, the Ford F-Series has been America’s best-selling vehicle—not just pickup truck, mind you, vehicle. Ford sells almost a million of its F-Series every year—that’s about one out of 20 vehicles sold in the U.S.—and it’s easy to see why. The only pickup truck with an aluminum body, the F-150 impresses with its comfort and usability.
Getting into the cab requires a high step-in, but running boards help. The front seats are very comfortable, with plenty of headroom, and the full-size doors and grab handles make it easy to get into the backseat. There’s a generous amount of headroom and legroom back there, as well—it’s comfortable for up to three people.
Our test truck was equipped with a 2.7-liter V6 turbocharged engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission that produce 325 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque—enough power that we didn’t miss having a V8. The powertrain is smooth, but the start/stop system momentarily froze the steering wheel when it engaged at stoplights.
Steering was decently responsive, and the handling was predictable for the size of the vehicle. The ride quality was surprisingly comfortable and very good for a full-size pickup truck. We got 17 mpg overall during testing, about 20 percent lower than the EPA estimates.
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Model years: 2018–2019
Vehicle layout: Full-size crew-cab pickup, 2.7-liter V6 (325 hp), 10-speed automatic, 4WD
MSRP: $46,970 (base), $60,475 (well equipped)
MPG, city/hwy/combined: 19/24/21
Crash-test ratings: NHTSA: 5 stars overall. IIHS: good (all crash-related ratings)
Basic warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
Spare tire: Full-size spare
Final assembly: United States