2017 Ford F-150 Review Apr 7, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
In recent years, the Ford F-150 has gotten many updates that help it stand out from the competition, with the switch to high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy body being perhaps the biggest of these. The 2017 F-150 has improved safety while dropping weight and has all the other features you expect from an F-Series truck. The latest truck from Ford has handsome lines, a bold grille, and seven trims that range from workmanlike to luxurious. That doesn’t even count the various engine, transmission, drivetrain, cabin, and truck bed choices - there are seemingly limitless configurations, ensuring you can find the one that fits your needs.
When talking about the 2017 Ford F-150, the average driver will be most interested in what this pickup can really do in the wild. The exact capabilities will vary by engine and model, but you will always be impressed. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine can tow up to 8,500 pounds or haul up to 2,210 pounds, and it features Auto Start-Stop Technology for a small boost to fuel economy. Alternately, you can tow 7,600 pounds with the 282-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 or 12,200 pounds with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost. For those in search of more power, the 5.0-liter V8 with its 385 horsepower and 387 pound-feet of torque will not disappoint - particularly with its best-in-class payload capacity of 3,270 pounds. Even the 10-speed transmission that works with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost is new, maintaining towing while enhancing efficiency.
Features like the class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist, trailer brake controller, Smart Trailer Tow Connector, and dynamic hitch assist make towing with the F-150 much easier, and every single model offers a Trailer Tow Package, with many offering a Max Trailer Tow Package. When all is said and done, the 2017 F-150 offers the best-in-class payload along with the tools you need to go off-road, tow, or haul with confidence.
While the 2017 Ford F-150 is definitely impressive in its capabilities, the cabin is equally worthy of awe. Driver-assistive technologies like the Lane Keeping System, class-exclusive 360-degree camera featuring a split-view display, and Blind Spot Information system help you stay safe. The F-150 is also the only vehicle in its class to offer active park assist, making parallel parking a breeze - something that is not typically said about full-size pickups. In addition to all those safety technologies, the Ford F-150 keeps you connected via the available SYNC 3 system. This latest version of the brand’s infotainment is even easier to use, and we love the ability to swipe like you would on your smartphone or tablet. Convenient automatic updates using Wi-Fi take some of the worries away from owning such a connected vehicle and make sure you always have the latest version. FordPass works seamlessly with the SYNC Connect system to track the location of your vehicle and even remotely lock, unlock, start, or check fuel levels, letting you know if you need to plan a trip to the gas station. It’s never been easier to select, drive, and own an F-150.