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2016 Ford F-150 Walk Around


When the F-150 was redesigned for 2015, Ford downplayed the dramatic aluminum body by retaining an angular look and deleting the prior F-150’s curves. The body and cargo bed are made of aluminum panels glued and riveted together. All that aluminum sits atop a ladder frame, made mostly of high-strength steel.

Led by its tall grille and faired-back headlights, the F-150 continues to convey a definitively tough-truck character. Rectangular headlight inserts recall early F-Series pickups. A beveled hood helps send air across the roof.

SuperCab and SuperCrew body styles come with a five-foot-six, six-foot-six, or eight-foot cargo bed. Helpful features are available, led by loading ramps that lock into bedsides, and a BoxLink system to divide and anchor cargo, and a slide-out tailgate.

Interior

Roomy up front, the F-150 benefits from two extra inches of width compared to previous models. Regular-cab pickups provide scant space behind the front seats. SuperCabs are basically for younger folks; but rear seats flip up against the back wall, yielding helpful cargo storage space on the flat floor. Legroom is ample and the recline is satisfying in the back seat of a SuperCrew, but seat cushions are a bit low.

In most versions, a wide, deep console sits between the front seats. It’s big enough to hold a laptop. More hard buttons than in past F-Series pickups operate the F-150’s infotainment functions. Controls seem intended for drivers with big hands, which makes sense for a practical pickup. Platinum models can now have genuine wood trim.

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