Previewing the 2016 Ford F-150

Car manufacturing giants Ford may well be the most popular car retailer in the world, and its new 2016 F-150 shows us why. The new truck picks up where its predecessor left off, improving on its cargo and passenger options more than ever before. The F-150 series has been one of the best-selling vehicles in the world for decades, and its 2016 offering shows no sign of slowing down. Let’s take a look at what makes the F-150 so special.


To begin with, let’s start at the design. The 2016 F-150 is considerably more lightweight than Ford’s previous model but doesn’t compromise on performance for even a second. As with the Land Rover before it, the F-150 is comprised of formidable aluminium, making it perfect for off-road driving. Its ladder frame is made from durable high-strength steel, but could yet prove to be an expensive repair job.

Perhaps the best part of the F-150 is in its modesty. It’s not pretending to be anything that it isn’t. As a matter of fact, all its benefits are there for you to see in plain sight. It’s a simple beast with plenty of great functions, but it’s not anything spectacular. And truth be told, it doesn’t need to be. You’re guaranteed the longevity, performance and reliability that has become synonymous with the Ford brand.

Its smartest features, though, are played down immeasurably. There’s nothing flashy or fancy about the F-150, and that’s a breath of fresh air as far as I’m concerned. It’s there to do the job. However, that doesn’t mean this is a truck that has been neglected. You can see from its design that every minute detail has been thoroughly considered, and it makes for a beautiful vehicle.

The off road tyres that come with it are going to make for perfect trips out on uncertain terrain. This does not look like a car that will easily submit to unforgiving conditions. Rather, you’re almost guaranteed to get the better of your surroundings. Judging by its specifications, there isn’t a single condition that the F-150 couldn’t handle with relative ease.

The 2016 model retains the heart of the F-150’s engine but supplements it with two turbocharged V-6 engines. You know what that means? Guaranteed power. 283 horsepower, to be exact. Formidable.

But how does the car feel when driving it? As you’d expect from Ford, it’s a pleasure. Even when tested on the most uneven of terrain, the car felt smoother than any of Ford’s previous offerings. That’s going to make for a joyous ride out wherever you may be heading, and in whatever conditions.

Getting down to the aesthetics, the 2016 F-150 isn’t going to stand out in a crowd. As far as off-road vehicles go, it’s pretty basic. If I’m going to be critical, I would say that the aesthetic design could have used more work. That’s not to take away from the car, though, which performs exactly as you’d hope it would.

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