2017 Ford F-150 Buyer's Guide
When word started to spread that Ford was building its next F-150 out of aluminum, the truck world got nervous. Trucks and steel go together like baseball and hot dogs, while aluminum makes great beer cans. Now that the dust has settled, Ford's legitmately bold move is looking more and more like a winning play. The move to aluminum did indeed save weight (up to 700 pounds in some cases) and increase efficiency, but the Ford F-150 also offers the highest towing and payload capacities in the segment, and top safety ratings. It was for all these reasons and more that we've picked the F-150 as KBB's Pickup Truck Best Buy two years in a row.
The most capable truck in the class, the best-selling vehicle in the country and a three-time Best Buy award winner.
When word started to spread that Ford was building its next F-150 out of aluminum, the truck world got nervous. Trucks and steel go together like baseball and hot dogs, while aluminum makes great beer cans. Now that the dust has settled, Ford's legitmately bold move is looking more and more like a winning play. The move to aluminum did indeed save weight (up to 700 pounds in some cases) and increase efficiency, but the Ford F-150 also offers stellar towing and payload capacities, and top safety ratings. For 2017, Ford did not rest on its laurels, redesigning the F-150's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine to put out more power, and backing it with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. It's for all these reasons and more that we've picked the F-150 as KBB's Pickup Truck Best Buy three years in a row.
From our full review: "While many skeptics doubted a small-displacement V6 could ever replace the pulling power and longevity of big V8, Ford’s 2017 F-150 pickup has proved them all wrong. The F-150’s lightweight aluminum body shaves nearly 500 pounds off a conventional steel-body truck, allowing the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 to easily move even a fully loaded truck. Those needing to tow more than 12,000 pounds, however, would be well advised to move up to the larger 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine with its class-leading 470 lb-ft of torque."
Two Turbos to Choose From
The F-150 is available with a traditional V8 and traditional V6, but there are two twin-turbo V6 engines to choose from as well. The F-150's maximum tow rating of 12,200 pounds is achieved not with the big V8, but with the redesigned 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 under the hood. The new EcoBoost puts out more power for 2017, now 375 horsepower and a best-in-class 470 lb-ft of torque. There's also the excellent 2.7-liter V6, which is plenty of engine for just about everyone -- and is rated to tow up to 8,500 pounds.
The F-150 is the only truck on the market that offers an integrated tailgate step. This includes a bar that makes it easy to get into and out of the bed. You can also get tough cargo ramps for loading motorcycles or work equipment into the truck. And you can lock, unlock or lower the tailgate with the key fob. With the available Pro Trailer Backup Assist, you can turn a knob left or right for the direction you want to back up the trailer, and the truck controls steering and limits speed.
They say it's lonely at the top and the Ford F-150 knows a thing or two about that. Not only has the F-150 been at the top of the light-duty pickup truck segment for almost four decades, it's been the country's best-selling vehicle overall for more than 30 years in a row.
What About the Raptor?
The mega-off-roader Ford F-150 Raptor returns for the 2017 model year, as both a SuperCab and SuperCrew. The Baja-tested truck is lighter, more powerful and more capable for 2017. Read our first drive of the new Raptor.
The Ford F-150 gets refreshed for the 2018 model year, with styling updates and more tech features. The biggest news, though, is the availability of two new engines: a 3.3-liter gas V6 and a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6. Gas-powered 2018 F-150s will go on sale in fall 2017, with diesel models arriving six months later.
Build and Price
The 2017 Ford F-150 starts at under $28,000 and can climb beyond $68,000 with all the available upgrades. How much should you really pay? Build and price your own 2017 Ford F-150 right here at KBB.com to unlock its current Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
Just because the F-150 is the best-seller doesn't mean it's the best truck for you. Check out our Pickup Truck Buyer's Guide to get a good look at all the trucks on the market.
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