Even though half ton trucks are valued more for their capabilities than their fuel economy, the 2015 Ford F150 may be forced to adapt an 8-speed transmission to keep pace with the competition from both General Motors and the Chrysler Group’s Ram brand.
Ford announced back in January that the company would introduce a new 2.7L EcoBoost V6 for the 2015 F150 which caused many skeptics to question whether it would be “enough motor” for the bestselling truck in America, but with the formal announcement of the power figures for the next generation F150 – those skeptics will need to find a new point to critique.
Which future engine would make more sense in a small truck for the US market? A Toyota Tacoma Diesel would have decent torque. A Tacoma Hybrid would have tremendous fuel economy advantages. Is there a wrong answer?
The Ford F150 and the rest of the F Series lineup have been selling in incredible numbers over the past 18 months, but as the arrival of the all new 2015 F150 draws near, sales of the current F150 have slowed as consumers are likely waiting for the launch of the next generation Ford pickup – either to buy that new model or to try to score a deal on a current model.
As all of the automakers work to come up with the most fuel efficient vehicles possible, the 2015 Ford F150 could call upon the new 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder that will power the 2015 Ford Mustang to create a Super Fuel Economy model that would offer far less trucking capabilities and far better fuel economy – essentially battling the fuel economy of the midsized truck market with an F150.
Until Lexus launched its new NX 300h AWD hybrid crossover thoughts of a Toyota Tacoma Hybrid pickup were unrealistic. Now that Toyota family AWD hybrids the same weight as the Tacoma have arrived, the fantasy is becoming more fun to consider.
The latest “Most American Vehicles” list has been issued by Cars.com and not surprisingly, the Ford F150 is the most American of the vehicles sold in the USA while the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Viper join the bestselling truck on a list of ten that includes seven vehicles from Japanese automakers.
Ford Motor Company has issued a recall for a select group of 2014 F150 pickups over a concern that there could be a manufacturing problem with the Electronic Power Assist Steering system – a problem that is severe enough that the company has instructed owners to avoid driving their trucks until the problem is fixed.
The Ram Power Wagon may seem like an oddity among heavy duty and off-road trucks, but, for those who know, it is a one-of-a-kind beast. Want to go anywhere with lots of power? This truck is the ticket.
I got the pleasure of putting a few hundred miles on the 2014 Toyota Tundra at the launch earlier this year and while I was impressed by the new model during normal daily driving – the true measure of a proper full size pickup is the ability to do the harder jobs and in this review, I put the new Toyota pickup through the paces of a proper work truck.
The 2015 Ford F150 is unique from the competition in the heavy use of aluminum body panels and in an effort to come up with materials that are more sustainable and lighter weight, Ford might use the waste from a ketchup manufacturing plant to use in place of petroleum based plastics.
The Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon will launch with innovative feature that parents will appreciate. Toyota's next Tacoma and Nissan's final Frontier had better be something very special coming if they want to retain their sales.
The all-new 2015 Ford F-150 has been a hot topic lately with its extensive use of aluminum. However, that's not the only thing on this new truck that people should be talking about. Ford's new F-150 has five smart features that should become standard on all trucks.
While hard working pickups like the 2015 Ram 2500 were once designed with nothing but the ability to tow and haul as much weight as possible, the upscale shift in these heavy haulers have led to trucks that can do more than pickups of the past while also packing an interior that could comfortably pose as a luxury model – creating what I like to call “the Boss’ truck.”
Late last week, some reports surfaced insisting that there would be a final collection of C6 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 coupes built to commemorate the end of the 6th generation Corvette, but after checking with a connection familiar with the proceedings at the Corvette assembly facility in Kentucky – these reports seems to be completely incorrect.
Ford introduced the F150 with the high tech EcoBoost V6 engine for the 2011 model year with quite a bit of skepticism, but those naysayers have been proven to be very, very wrong as the Motor Company has sold more than a half million F150 pickups powered by the EcoBoost V6 in just over three years – accounting for 45% of all Ford light duty truck sales during that period.
One of the biggest changes in the truck market over the last five years has been the growth of turbo-charged V-6 engines. While turbochargers can offer considerable efficiency benefits and are generally quite reliable, thoughts of replacing a truck's V-8 with a turbo V-6 often elicited a laugh.