2016 Ford F-150 Review
When we think of full-size pickups, most people's first thoughts will inevitably turn to the 2016 Ford F-150, and it's easy to see why. The F-Series has been Canada's biggest-selling range of trucks for an incredible 50 years now, and the massive redesign the F-150 underwent for the 2015 model year really did take it to another level. A Pro Trailer Backup Assist system was added this year, which is a huge help for maneuvering a trailer when reversing. The latest SYNC 3 infotainment system has also been introduced to replace MyFord Touch, and we now have new special edition packages available for XLT and Lariat trims. Last but not least, a new top-of-the-range Limited trim is now offered.
The 2016 Ford F-150 in More Detail
Engines would normally be considered the main area to inspect first with a full-size pickup, but the 2016 Ford F-150 is no ordinary competitor in its segment. Before getting to the engines, performance and capability, the aluminium body has to be the starting point for any discussion about the F-150. This lightweight material is the foundation for the huge levels of capability and performance offered by the Ford, as it has reduced the overall weight of the vehicle by so much compared to the previous-generation, as well as its main rivals.
Engine & Transmission
A 3.5-litre Ti-VCT V-6 engine and electronic 6-speed automatic transmission is the standard combination in the 2016 Ford F-150. It may be the base engine but it still offers outstanding capability thanks to its 282 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque, which translates into a maximum towing capacity of 3,447 kg and a payload capacity of 866kg.
Those capacities increase to 3,856 kg and 1,002 kg for towing and payload, respectively, when you upgrade to the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6. The other two engine options are 5.0-litre V-8 and a 3.5-litre EcoBoost V-6, and they're surprisingly close when it comes to capability. The V-8 does have the edge when it comes to horsepower and payload, but the EcoBoost is the winner for torque and towing capacity. However, if you want the best combination of power, capability and fuel economy, the 3.5-litre twin-turbo EcoBoost is pretty incredible. As well as 365 horsepower, 420 lb.-ft. of torque, a maximum towing capacity of 5,534 kg and a maximum payload of 1,470 kg, the EcoBoost 3.5 can also return fuel economy figures as low as 9.8 L/100 km on the highway and 13.5 L/100 km in the city.
2016 Ford F-150 Styling
The exterior of the 2016 Ford F-150 might look like you'd expect a full-size pickup to look, but the conventional styling hides a body and bed which are really anything but conventional. Every part of the design has been engineered with aerodynamics very much in mind to squeeze every bit of fuel-efficiency out of what appears to be a relatively conventional truck.