For the past 50-years, the F-Series has been Canada’s best-selling truck and it will likely continue that tradition for another 50 years. For 2016, Ford unveiled its new truck body made from high-strength, military-grade aluminum, not only increasing the strength and durability, but building a truck that’s lighter and more agile, allowing it it to accelerate faster and brake quicker.
In a world of turbochargers—which is an option for this truck— being able to choose a naturally-aspirated V-8 is always a plus. Although the 3.5L EcoBoost performs better than the 5.0L V-8, nothing can quite compare to the instant torque, power and sound of that big, meaty engine.
After getting a chance to sit behind the wheel and take the V-8 out for a drive, you quickly realize why it has been a crowd favourite for so long. The transmission is smooth, which makes it an a perfect daily driver. It has phenomenal low-end torque that really allows the truck to put the power down. And lastly, it just sounds great. Although the cabin is quiet, it lets in just enough sound so you can hear the engine rumble every time you give it some gas. You can easily forget that you have 385hp to work with, but it all comes back as soon as you put your foot down—let’s not forget this engine can also be found in the 5.0L Mustang.
Over the years, trucks have slowly transformed from being strictly utility vehicles meant for towing and hauling, to all-around vehicles that can do almost anything. The ride in the F-150 is excellent, it looks great and has all the modern amenities that could be found in a luxury sedan such as keyless entry, voice-activated navigation and back-up assist. The sporty, yet luxurious interior is a great place to be, but with a MSRP of just over $56,000 as tested, it’s not a cheap place to be.
The overall layout of the interior is clean and easy to use. The added infotainment system was a huge plus and connecting a cell phone via Bluetooth was quick and easy. There is plenty of storage and, for the most part, the materials used were nice to the touch.
One of the coolest features on this truck is the added Pro Trailer Backup Assist. By simply rotating the control knob which way you want the trailer to go, the truck will automatically steer itself to turn the trailer. It makes reversing a trailer easier than ever, especially for those with little to no experience.
The 2016 Ford F-150 is a vehicle with many talents. It’s the best-selling truck in Canada for a reason, and it’s not always the reason you think.