(Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 09:52AM by Laurel Steele)
Ford shocked the auto world when they decided to make the 2015 model of their iconic truck, the F-150, from lightweight aluminum sheet metal. Skepticism arose from every corner, but anyone who’s been behind the wheel of this beauty knows that this radical change was undoubtedly for the better.
A review by Cars.com explains that while the dimensions of the F-150 have remained the same, this shift in material means that it drives like a much smaller truck, outperforming its similarly sized competitors. This dramatic change resulted in about a 700 pound weight loss for the truck.
The new model weighs 4,050 pounds, nearly 500 pounds lighter than the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, several hundred pounds less than the 4,705 pounds base Ram, and a full ton lighter than the Toyota Tundra. Upgrade to the F-150 SuperCrew XLT and you’ll find comparable weight comparisons to its extra large counterparts.
While it may seem like the new F-150 body will be weaker in comparison to its 2014 predecessor, the opposite is true. Losing all of that extra weight actually drastically increased the truck's towing and payload capacities. The 2015 model’s maximum towing capacity with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is now 12,200 pounds, a 900 pound increase from the previous year’s model.
Feel the difference of the 2015 F-150 at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington. You can also browse our online selection of used F-150s.