Key specs of the base trim
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- Refined ride quality
- Agility in city driving
- Well-rounded 2.7-liter V-6 engine
- Towing with EcoBoost turbo engines
- EcoBoost fuel economy while towing
- Price of noteworthy features
- Only a six-speed automatic transmission offered
Sync 3 multimedia system available
Pro Trailer Backup Assist available
Compressed natural gas/Propane Prep Package for 5.0-liter V-8 available
Maximum 12,200-pound towing
Maximum 3,300-pound payload
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What Is the 2016 Ford F-150?
The 2016 Ford F-150 is a light-duty pickup truck with an aluminum body that seats three to six people, depending on the cab style and trim level. It's offered in XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited trims, and four-wheel drive is available for each. The Ford F-150 is the best-seller in its class and competes with the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra.
What's New on the 2016 Ford F-150?
Available Pro Trailer Backup Assist includes a knob the driver can use to back up a trailer more easily. The XLT and Lariat are also available with new Special Edition Appearance Packages, which add 20-inch anodized wheels, black running boards, an anodized grille, smoked headlights, Alcantara seat inserts, red contrast stitching, and unique graphics and badging. Other additions include available Ford Sync 3, and a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that can run on CNG or propane.
How Does the 2016 Ford F-150 Compare to Other Light-Duty Pickups?
The F-150's aluminum body allows it to drive like a smaller, lighter and more dexterous truck than others in its class. Higher F-150 trims offer a smooth ride and a generous feature set, especially the Platinum with the 3.5-liter EcooBoost V-6, but be prepared to pay a premium price.
What Features in the 2016 Ford F-150 Are Most Important?
Standard features for the 2016 Ford F-150 include a 282-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Air conditioning and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel are standard for the interior. As is required of all new cars in this model year, front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard equipment.
The Ford F-150 offers three optional engines: a 325-hp, turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6, a 365-hp, turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 and a 385-hp, 5.0-liter V-8. Four-wheel drive is available. Optional safety features include lane keep assist, a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, a backup camera and inflatable rear seat belts. Other add-ons include cruise control, adaptive cruise control, remote start, remote keyless entry, power windows, a power moonroof, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system, power-adjustable pedals and a rear-window defroster.
Should I Buy the 2016 Ford F-150?
The 2016 Ford F-150 offers a refined ride quality, and its 2.7-liter V-6 engine delivers balanced performance. The EcoBoost turbo engines are good choices for towing, though they're not as fuel-efficient as some drivers might expect. Notable features are quite pricey, and the lack of transmission options feels a bit restrictive.
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The 2016 Ford F-150 currently has 7 recalls
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