The Ford The F-150 is one of the oldest truck series in automotive history, dating back more than 70 years. Over the years, the F-150 proved to be a reliable workhorse that could handle almost anything. While the latest F-150 Lighting comes with top-notch features and is the most powerful member of the F-series, its sky-high price tag in the market makes it unavailable to most buyers. Therefore, buyers on a tight budget may prefer a used model from 2015 to 2020.
With seven different finishes and six engine options, Ford offers a plethora of options and variants for F-150 buyers to choose from. However, too many specs can make decision making quite overwhelming. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best features of the Ford F-150, the most budget-friendly options, and which configuration will stretch your dollar the furthest.
Most Powerful: The 2020 Ford F-150 Limited Offers A Perfect Combination Of Power And Luxury
While the Raptor is a more powerful option, Ford insists it’s a standalone performance because it’s primarily performance-oriented and significantly different from other options available. In that case, the most powerful option to go for is the 2020 F-150 Limited.
The 2020 F-150 Limited comes with the same 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine as the Raptor. This twin-turbo powerhouse boasts 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. Plus, it can pull a whopping 13,200 lbs. According to EPA estimates, the 2020 F-150 Limited travels 15 miles on the city gallon and 18 on the highway (16 MPG combined).
The engine of the F-150 Limited is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. When configured properly, the Ford F-150 Limited can sprint from idle to 60 mph in no more than 5.1 seconds.
Ford steps into the SuperCrew cab of the F-150 Limited and spoils the driver and passengers with luxury and technical features. Leather-wrapped bucket seats, a 360-degree camera and adaptive cruise control are just a few notable features that come standard with the Limited trim.
Most cost-effective: The 2015 Ford F-150 XL provides the foundation for a work truck
If you want the most affordable equipment of the thirteenth generation of the Ford F-150, the 2015 XL version is what you are looking for in the used market. In addition, the two-door regular cabin configured with the 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 engine has the lowest price tag.
The standard powertrain delivers 282 horsepower and features a six-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels only. The towing capacity for the 2015 Ford F-150 XL with the 3.5L engine is up to 5,000 lbs.
In terms of fuel economy, the F-150 XL offers: 18 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway (20 combined)† However, if you want to go for the most fuel-efficient model, the base engine of the Lariat trim is a better option for you. The Lariat’s 2.7L turbocharged V6 delivers 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 on the highway (22 combined).
According to the RepairPal website, maintaining a 2015 Ford F-150 costs about $700 a year, which is comparable to its biggest rivals, the 2015 Chevy Silverado and the Ram 1500. On the other hand, the 2015 Toyota Tundra can save you more than cost $120 less to maintain in a year.
Best Value: The 2017 Ford F-150 Lariat offers a powerful twin-turbo V6 . as standard
Last but not least, the 2017 Ford F-150 Lariat with the standard engine offers the best value for money. Though small, the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 has 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque. As mentioned, this engine has the highest fuel efficiency ratings. A six-speed automatic transmission helps the drivetrain to motivate the truck. With the right configuration, the 2017 F-150 Lariat can reach 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds.
We believe the 4×4 SuperCrew cab is vital if you’re looking for a more engaging driving experience. However, you will have to spend a few thousand dollars more for that configuration. For the interior, you get leather seats with four-way adjustable headrests for the driver/passenger and electrically adjustable lumbar supports and driver seats with memory.
What’s more, the 2017 Ford F-150 is one of the least problematic models according to the Car Complaints website, making it more likely to outlast its expected life of 250,000 miles. While the number of complaints is lower for the 2018 model, expensive transmission overhauls at low mileage make it a more problematic model than the 2017 model.