Car and Driver Names Ford F-150 Best Full-Size Pickup

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The pickup truck segment has a ton of popular contenders, especially in the American market, so it can be difficult to pin down the best of the best. That’s why Car and Driver made your job easier by naming the Ford F-150 the best full-size pickup. Offering consumers an affordable blend of sophistication and capability, the F-150 is a great truck for drivers who want a bit of everything without sacrificing the toughness associated with the full-size segment.

Car and Driver cites the Ford F-150’s incredible power and smooth ride as a major reason for its selection – the available 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 under the hood cranks out 450 HP and 510 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful in its segment. Plus, the inclusion of an exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission puts it at the forefront of innovation. However, even without the extra bells and whistles, the $27,735 base model can’t be ignored thanks to its combo of upscale refinement and capable performance.

There’s a reason the Ford F-150 is the best full-size pickup, and that’s because it offers all kinds of standard and available features. With all the additional equipment, the F-150 easily swerves into luxury territory. Don’t forget about the all-new F-150 Raptor either, with its cutting-edge off-road capability.

The F-150 truly has something for everyone.

2017 Ford F-150 Preview: Continuing A Legacy

Ford F-150 Pickup Truck

Current Ford F-150 Pickup Truck

The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in America for decades. With the 13th generation that made its debut in 2015, Ford created the smartest, lightest, and most fuel-efficient F-150 ever. With the 2017 F-150, it is getting even better. Here’s a 2017 F-150 preview to give you a glimpse of what’s coming.

One of the biggest additions is an all-new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. It will produce 375 horsepower and deliver a segment-best 470 lb-ft of torque, which is an increase of 10 horsepower and 50 lb-ft over the previous 3.5-liter EcoBoost.

This engine will be mated to a new ten-speed automatic transmission for better acceleration and overall performance. This will be the first volume-produced ten-speed automatic transmission available from any automaker.

“The 2017 Ford F-150 now delivers the best torque in the segment,” says Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer. “This class-leading torque arrives with a transformative 10-speed automatic that improves nearly every aspect of F-150 performance.”

With the new transmission gearing, the F-150 will have better low-end performance, making it ideal of hauling heavy trailers and payloads.

The 2017 Ford F-150 will be coming to Friendly Ford this fall. We can’t wait to take this new powertrain combination out for a test drive.

Ford Revolutionizes F-150 Truck Production Using Recycled Aluminum

The Aluminum-Alloy body of the Ford F-150 makes it one of the toughest vehicles on the road today. However, the use of aluminum doesn’t just make the F-150 tougher. It also makes Ford’s signature truck more environmentally-conscious as well.

According to a recent Ford press release, Ford can create 30,000 Ford F-150 trucks a month with recycled aluminum.

2016 Ford F-150

2016 Ford F-150

Ford recycles up to 20 million pounds of aluminum a month during the production of the Ford F-150 fleet of vehicles. That aluminum is then repurposed to help create even more F-150s.

In order to recycle up to 20 million pounds of aluminum, Ford uses a closed-loop manufacturing system to reuse the aluminum that is left over from previous manufacturing.

This use of recycled aluminum helps to avoid 95% of the greenhouse gas emissions that usually result from the production of aluminum in the automotive industry.

For a truck that’s tough, affordable, and environmentally friendly, the answer is clear: the Ford F-150!

2016 Ford F-150 MVP Edition Is a Baseball Fan’s Dream

baseballThe Kansas City Royals are returning to Major League Baseball as the league champions and Ford is celebrating in their own way. Fan Marc Lassalle emailed Ford after the team took the championship with a suggestion for a limited edition vehicle. The Detroit-based automaker eventually invited him to join the company’s executives at the Kansas City Assembly Plant for the unveiling of the Ford F-150 MVP Edition.

The Ford F-150 has been built in Kansas City since 1957. The last time the Royals won the championship in 1985, Ford responded with an MVP edition of the Ranger.

Based on the XLT trim, buyers in Kansas City can choose between white and paint. The truck comes with polished rocker panels and special badging, among other cosmetic additions.

The special edition F-150 comes at the perfect time given the Midwest Ford dealers have just renewed their sponsorship of the Royals for the 2016 season.

Only 300 Ford F-150 MPV Editions will hit the streets. Once those models—60% of which are “flame blue” and 40% are “Oxford white”—are gone, the model will go out of production.

While we here at Friendly Ford are proud to see Ford creating special models to celebrate sporting events close to the company’s heart!

Ford Ranger Returning to Lineup?

ford logoIt wasn’t long ago that most heavy hitting automakers cut smaller pickups and truck-based SUVs from their lineups. Times have changed and with General Motors bringing back the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado, it may be time for another midsize pickup to return. Word on the street is that Ford is considering reviving the Ranger.

General Motors and Jeep have been rolling in sales as a result of lower gas and oil prices. Truck sales have been soaring. The full-size F-150 pickup is a bestseller but that still leaves Ford losing out in the midsize truck market.

Ford has discussed bringing a midsize pickup and SUV to the lines at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Detroit. The plant had been transformed during the recession to produce small cars and hybrids. Previously, the plant built Expeditions, F-150s, Lincoln Navigators, and Broncos.

With Ford moving the Focus and C-Max out of the country, that leaves plenty of open floor space. Rumor has it the pickup and SUV could be in production as soon as 2018, although there’s no confirmation on the plan.

While the common belief is that the Ford Ranger returning would hurt F-series sales, that idea seems unlikely. The average transaction price of an F-series truck now reaches over $40,000. That’s quite a bit of wiggle room for the smaller Ranger.

We here at Friendly Ford are ecstatic to see what will come out of the Michigan Assembly Plant!

Ford Introduces Ford F-150 Limited

Ford is aiming for the high end of the automotive market with the unveiling of a new luxury version F-150 pickup. Consumers in the United States have been snapping up trucks and SUVs in the midst of lower gas prices, leaving fuel efficient coupes and sedans in the rearview mirror. The F-150 Platinum will soon take a step down from the top of the F-150 ladder to make way for this new trim.

2015 Ford F-150

Current Platinum Trim Interior

The 2016 Ford F-150 Limited will head to dealer lots later this year. One of the new features practically explains the amount of luxury within the pickup in itself: multi-contour massaging seats.

Fifty percent of Ford’s pickup sales in the month of June consisted of the three current premium models, the Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum. The Lariat tops $40,000 while the current top-of-the-line Platinum can hit upwards of $60,000 depending on options.

The F-150 Limited will also top $60,000 in answer to consumer’s high end demands. The pickup will pack a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine under the hood. Fuel economy will sit at an EPA-estimated 17 city/24 hwy mpg.

The Ford F-Series has been the best-selling model in the United States since 1982.

We at Friendly Ford are waiting on our toes for the latest in luxury pickups to arrive!

Ford Takes Top Honor as Best Overall Truck Brand

When a single vehicle boasts at least 30 awards and accolades within one model year, it makes you sit up and take notice. Such is the story of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150. The truck’s 30th award is earned in collaboration with the F-250 and F-350 as Ford was named Best Overall Truck Brand in the Kelley Blue Book® 2015 Brand Image Awards.

2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-Series Wins Best Overall Truck Brand in KBB’s 2015 Brand Image Awards

In order to determine the winners of the KBB Brand Image Award, data is taken from KBB’s Brand Watch Study, which is able to calculate opinions of new-car shoppers as they research for a new vehicle. Thirteen vehicles are named winners in seven categories based on their scores in twelve factors like exterior styling, affordability, fuel efficiency, prestige/sophistication, etc. The Best Overall Truck Brand award is the only category in which only one car is chosen as opposed to one mainstream model and one luxury.

This is Ford’s sixth time winning the award out of the seven times KBB has named a winner.

Here’s what the KBB experts had to say about Ford. “The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the country or more than 30 years, so the fact that KBB.com visitors would name it the Best Overall Truck Brand isn’t surprising. But Ford isn’t taking its fortunes for granted. The boldly recast 2015 Ford F-150 boasts aluminum-intensive architecture that saves as much as 700 pounds and delivers a subsequent increase in fuel economy.”

If you want more proof than the general consensus of 12,000-plus new-car shoppers, stop by Friendly Ford today to test drive Ford’s trucks for yourself.

Ford EcoBoost Challenge Is Taking Over Chicago May 9th

2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150 Available at our Chicago Area Dealership

Are you ready to drive? Ford is putting its lineup of cars and trucks toe-to-toe against the competition—and you get to be the judge! In the ultimate test drive experience, Ford is laying down the gauntlet and preparing to show Chicago why Ford is America’s most popular brand.

The exclusive EcoBoost Challenge Course is coming to Arlington Heights May 9th and with it is your chance to steer their cars through courses set up to demonstrate their capabilities in their natural environment: the open road. On hand will be the Fiesta ST, Focus ST, the Expedition, the all-new Mustang, Escape, and more.

Drivers like you can test their mettle on the Fiesta ST Reaction Time Challenge Course or open the throttle on the all-new Mustang in the Mustang Drive Course. There will also be the 2015 F-Series trucks available for test-drives at the event.

Limited numbers of test drivers can be given keys for the Ford Ecoboost Challenge, so sign up before it’s too late. Remember, you can also always swing by Friendly Ford where our knowledgeable staff can help you find the right Ford for your lifestyle.

Could Ford’s ECOBEAST Patent Signal Something Ferocious on the Way?

Ford's ECOBEAST Patent

Ford’s current V6 EcoBoost Engine

What does Ford have up its sleeve?

That’s the question many are asking, including us at Friendly Ford, upon news that the automaker trademarked the term “ECOBEAST.” If that sounds like a reference to Ford’s EcoBoost engine technology, you’re on the right track. The patent request was filed under “Automobiles and automobile engines.”

What do you think Ford’s ECOBEAST patent could mean? Many believe it’s a high-output EcoBoost engine, even surpassing the highest-capacity 3.5-liter version currently offered. But why would a bigger engine require an entirely new name? Perhaps this will be an entire new line of engines.

Hopefully it’s not a red herring set loose by Ford to distract us all before the Detroit Auto Show, which might have something to do with the next-generation SVT Raptor on the way.

We’d like some answers, but trademark filing doesn’t indicate a projected timeline, so Ford could either be in its final stages before debut or initial development.  Still, it sounds like our favorite automaker has some exciting ideas in mind.

2015 F-150 Aluminum Body Reduces Weight and Cost

2015 F-150 Aluminum Body

2015 Ford F-150

If you’re like some of us at Friendly Ford, you’ve made New Year’s resolutions to start eating healthier, save more money, and maybe even recycle a bit more in 2015. If you’ve made a few of these promises to yourself, look no further than the Ford F-150 for inspiration. Recently, the F-150 switched from structure of steel to one of aluminum in the 2015 incarnation, saving weight, money, and even reducing its carbon footprint.

This change saves the company about $124 per pickup, as the Ford factory waste aluminum is returned to the aluminum manufacturer for recycling. Aluminum is more expensive than steel, but the savings in recycling leftover aluminum are making the difference. At its Dearborn and Kansas City plants, Ford has created a new recycling system that sends $300 worth of scrap metal back to its suppliers. Since aluminum is 95% recyclable, it is easier and cheaper to recycle scrap pieces instead of mining more aluminum ore.

In addition to saving money, the new 2015 F-150 aluminum body is much lighter than its steel predecessor. In all, the F-150 dropped about 700 pounds by making the switch. It takes a lot of energy to haul around that big steel frame, so going lighter with an aluminum body is going to save a lot of gas money for F-150 enthusiasts.

If the F-150 can do it, so can you. Good luck in keeping your New Year’s resolutions for 2015, and if you’d like to see how the F-150 drives with that light new body, come into Friendly Ford for a test drive.