2016 Ford F-150

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Ford F‑150. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Refined ride quality
  • Agility in city driving
  • Well-rounded 2.7-liter V-6 engine
  • Towing with EcoBoost turbo engines

The Bad

  • EcoBoost fuel economy while towing
  • Price of noteworthy features
  • Only a six-speed automatic transmission offered

Notable Features of the 2016 Ford F-150

  • Sync 3 multimedia system available
  • Pro Trailer Backup Assist available
  • Compressed natural gas/Propane Prep Package for 5.0-liter V-8 available
  • All-aluminum body
  • Maximum 12,200-pound towing
  • Maximum 3,300-pound payload

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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2016 Ford F-150 Overview

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Vehicle Overview

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2016 F-150 Video

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Very strong motor 2.7l eco boost

by Griftone from Marlborough, Ma on September 18, 2018

One of the best engines in a pick up truck! Very strong! Twin turbos is great to get moving fast! Looks great also! I loved the truck! Read full review

(5.0)

This p/u was the best one that I have had.

by Cruise from Morgan City La. on August 14, 2018

Very good ride and the leg room in front and back is the best I have been in. The lights in Bed and on tail gate were a big help Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Ford F-150 currently has 7 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Ford F-150 XL

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
5 Star
Overall Front
5 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Ford

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement up to $30 per day, full tank of gas, vehicle history report, new wiper blades and fresh oil and filter

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12- month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. $100 deductible per visit.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The F-150 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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