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!

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!

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.

Ford Plans New Hybrid Truck on the Heels of Aluminum-Bodied F-150

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2015 Ford F-150 Available at Friendly Ford

Ready or not, new truck customers, here Ford comes, pushing the brand farther into the future. The 2015 Ford F-150 is just starting production, and the aluminum-bodied pickup will soon be all over the place, as Ford’s loyal customers line up to buy it. After all, it’s a stronger and more efficient version of the truck that everyone already loves.

However, Ford is not stopping its march towards more efficient trucks there. Recently, the brand announced that a new hybrid truck is in the works, saying that it is “working very hard” on such a model. After the gamble on the aluminum F-150 paid off so well, the folks at Ford are excited to take the next step.

“The key is to convince buyers that … you can still tow that boat out of the water or carry that load of wood,” said Bill Visnic of Edmunds.com. Here at Friendly Ford, we’re not really concerned about that. People said the same thing about the 2015 F-150, and it’s already proven itself better than anyone could have expected. Come see us to today to learn more about the new truck and give us your thoughts on the idea of a hybrid truck as well.

Ford F-150 Configurator Open for 2015 Model Year

Ever wish you could build your dream truck, but you just haven’t the tools to do it? Good news—now, you do! Ford recently announced that the F-150 configurator is ready to go to work for you, creating the perfect 2015 F-150 for even the pickiest pickup truck lover.

F-150 Configurator

2015 Ford F-150

With this new configurator, you are free to pick and choose features as you please. Are you one who prefers a touch of luxury? The King Ranch might just be the truck for you. As the most expensive option—even more so than the top-end Platinum model—this trim provides you with both premium technology and the versatility of a Ford truck. For those who want to bring the blue jeans with them everywhere they go, the F-150 offers a specific color blue called—you guessed it—Blue Jeans.

As we approach the aluminum F-150’s release, make sure you click here to check out this new configurator. If you are interested in seeing the truck firsthand, keep an eye on the dealership lots at Friendly Ford for its arrival!

2015 Ford F-150 Gets Streamlined

Ford has gone to great lengths to ensure that the new 2015 Ford F-150 is streamlined to be the most aerodynamic and fuel efficient F-150 ever.

Ford F-150 gets streamlined

2015 Ford F-150

The exterior designer of the F-150, Brad Richards, said that Ford wants every model to have better aerodynamics than its predecessor.  However, streamlining was especially important for the 2015 F-150. “The aerodynamics were much more at the forefront on this launch,” says Richards. “It was a huge challenge as a designer to try to make the trucks tougher-looking, but more efficient.”

Richards was surprised while designing to find that the lines he had feared would need sculpting ended up making the truck more efficient. In fact, things customers look for in trucks like the crisp corners and wider tailgate panels would actually help to make a big difference in fuel efficiency.

The aluminum-bodied truck took two years to design, and customers will be happy to see that the tuck still looks tough and the aerodynamic details make the F-150 look more modern.

The 2015 F-150 spent more time in wind tunnels than any other Ford truck, and For expects it to get 30 mph highway. Check out the new F-150 at Friendly Ford now!

Want to test an all-new F-150?

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Ford F-150

If you are a fan of the F-150 and love to put things to the ultimate test, you should enter Ford’s “You Test” campaign. Ford just launched a giveaway that could put you behind the wheel of a 2015 F-150 before nearly anyone else. To enter the contest, visit BuiltToughTest.com and let Ford know how you would test the toughness of the F-150.

Ford will select a pool of five winners and tape them doing their own personal toughness test in the 2015 Ford F-150. The videos will then be posted on Ford’s YouTube page for everyone to enjoy. “We prove every day our trucks are Built Ford Tough – now we’re asking truck customers to help us prove it too,” said Ford F-150’s Marketing Manager, Eric Peterson.

If you want to test an all-new F-150, submit your entry by May 31st. Winners will be selected by September 1st and shortly thereafter they will be putting the F-150 to the ultimate test.

How would you test the toughness of the 2015 Ford F-150? Let us know in the comment section below and be sure to visit BuiltToughTest.com to officially submit your answer for a chance to win!

Just Revealed: 2015 Ford F-150

The 2015 Ford F-150 made its debut just a couple of days ago sporting more toughness than ever before! The redefined, more capable F-150 will be available for sale late during the 2014 year, so let’s take a look at what’s to come for America’s favorite truck.

First, the F-150 is stronger and more durable than ever before. The pickup will be rigorously tested in extreme temperatures. It will also be put to the ultimate test by hauling heavy trailers and loads across many different terrains.

The all-new F-150 promises to offer the most advanced technologies. Features include: Trailer hitch assist, 360-degree camera, loading ramps, high-wattage power outlets, tailgate step, LED headlamps and tail lamps, trailer tow module, remote tailgate, and EcoBoost technology.

Inside the F-150 you will find features to help make your drive smooth and easy. Capable features include: curve control, a lane-keeping system, blind spot information system, second-row inflatable safety belts, and adaptive cruise control.

At Friendly Ford we love the F-150! We can’t wait to see what the 2015 model will bring for Ford truck enthusiasts. Do you have a Ford F-150? What are some of your favorite features? Let us know in the comment section below and come by and see the current F-150 model in Roselle!

2015 Ford F-150

Current F-150 available at Friendly Ford!