2016 Ford F-150 Buyer's Guide

By Jason Allan on July 12, 2016 11:07 AM

The most capable truck in the class, the best-selling vehicle in the country and a two-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 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.

Driving It

We were thoroughly impressed with the turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that debuted in the previous-generation F-150, but skeptical of the smaller 2.7-liter version being offered in the new truck. Ford made us believers within the first couple miles, as noted in our full review: "We thought for sure a small-displacement V6 has no place in a full-size pickup, but boy were we wrong. The lighter, stronger 2016 F-150 from Ford is perfectly matched to the 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, which proved surprisingly willing. Unless you plan on towing more than 12,000 pounds, we'd say the larger 3.5-liter EcoBoost is unnecessary."

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 class-leading maximum tow rating of 12,200 pounds is achieved not with the big V8, but with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 under the hood. The excellent 2.7-liter V6 is plenty of engine for just about everyone -- and is rated to tow up to 8,500 pounds. For 2017, the F-150 receives a redesigned 3.5-liter EcoBoost with increased horsepower and torque. The engine will use a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

Work Innovations

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. New for 2016 is an available Pro Trailer Backup Assist: turn a knob left or right for the direction you want to back up the trailer, and the truck controls steering and limits speed.

Sales King

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 is set to return for the 2017 model year, as both a SuperCab and SuperCrew, in fall 2016.


Build and Price

The 2016 Ford F-150 starts at under $27,000 and can climb beyond $60,000 with all the available upgrades. How much should you really pay? Build and price your own 2016 Ford F-150 right here at KBB.com to unlock its current Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Other Choices

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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