America’s best-selling vehicle for more than three decades

America’s best-selling vehicle for more than three decades

Ford’s F-150 is part of the successful Ford F-Series truck lineup — America’s best-selling truck for 37 consecutive years and America’s best-selling vehicle for 32 years. With a starting MSRP of $26,030, the 2015 F-150 is available in five trims: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum.

King Ranch

Our press vehicle of the week was the rugged yet luxurious 2015 Ford F-150 King Ranch. With a starting MSRP of $49,120, the King Ranch model features a unique interior and exterior trim, along with an enhanced level of standard equipment and special wheels.

All King Ranch vehicles come as either a monotone or two-tone appearance, giving customers flexibility in the truck’s appearance. Additionally, new King Ranch exterior colors for 2015 include Caribou, Guard and Ruby Red Metallic Clearcoat. (Caribou is offered as a monotone; the other colors have Caribou as an accent color.)

Inside, Premium Mesa Brown is the new interior leather — it is only available on King Ranch editions — and includes the iconic running “W” embossed on the seat backs.

Ford began producing the King Ranch edition of the F-150 beginning with the 2001 model year. The success of that model launched the expansion of King Ranch editions to include Super Duty (model year 2003) and Expedition (model year 2005).

Four engine choices

Across the F-150 line up, four engines are available. There’s the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, which produces 325 horsepower and 375 foot-pounds of torque. Fuel economy estimates are 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway for 4x2 models, and 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway for 4x4 models.

There’s also the 3.5-liter V6 with twin independent variable camshaft timing — this engine produces 282 horsepower and 253 foot-pounds of torque — and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, which delivers 365 horsepower and 420 foot-pounds of torque.

And there’s the 5.0-liter V8 with twin independent variable camshaft timing (standard on the F-150 King Ranch trim). This engine delivers 385 horsepower and 387 foot-pounds of torque. Fuel economy for the 5.0-liter V8 is 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway for 4x2 models.

F-150 features

The 2015 Ford F-150 features a stylish and functional appearance. Attention was paid to both large and small details—from the prominent wheel arches and front chiseled grille to the updated F-150 badging.

How has the badging changed for 2015? The characters are now shaped with bevels to mimic those found in the body design. Additionally, the signature “F” has been opened up to signify a lighter, more efficient truck, yet it’s also larger to emphasize F-Series truck leadership. The new badge design, using a font called Bold Leadership, will eventually find its way onto all F-Series trucks.

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Production locations for the 2015 Ford F150 include the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri. To learn more about the 2015 Ford F-150, visit your local Southeast Texas Ford dealer or log on to www.ford.com.

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