2017 Ford F-150 Driving Impressions

By pickup standards, the F-150 feels smooth and soft, the cab relatively isolated from road surface vibration. Its ride comfort and substantial feel makes the F-150 much more enjoyable on the road. It’s much smoother than an F-250.

Electric power steering is quick and light, easy to steer around in a parking lot, responsive on winding roads, stable on the highway. The F-150 and Titan seem to offer the best handling. The Silverado and F-150 have the nicest ride.

The new 3.5-liter Ecoboost is the engine to get. Its torque figures tell us all we need to know.

The 2.7-liter V6 engine works well with Ford’s 6-speed automatic. Acceleration is energetic and smooth, the turbocharger heard faintly under acceleration. Ford’s Stop/Start setup is among the best, practically seamless when it’s time for the engine to restart. EPA-estimated fuel economy is a comparatively thrifty 19/26 mpg City/Highway (22 mpg Combined) with that engine and two-wheel drive.

Quite a difference from the V8 version, EPA-estimated at only 15/21 mpg.

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