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January 15, 2014
2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150

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Best Production Model, Winner: 2015 Ford F-150

The 2015 F-150 is a gutsy move by Ford in a very conservative segment that will radically change the industry, by boosting global aluminum-vehicle production many times. A 700-pound weight reduction may translate to "only" a 2-to-4-mpg improvement in fuel efficiency, but at the low gas mileage levels of full-size pickup trucks, that seemingly small savings saves a very large number of gallons of gasoline each year. -John Voelcker

We openly mock automakers for using the phrase "gamechanger," but how else do you describe a truck that shoots the moon with aluminum body parts like the ones on a Range Rover? The F-150 already sells more strongly than any other big pickup; this new one could tip the full-size scales with 30-mpg highway ratings, even though there are many questions remaining about serviceability and repair. -Marty Padgett

With lightweight aluminum, a new set of smaller, more efficient engine options, and more capability than ever, the new Ford F-150 is a promising package for the suburban pickup commuter and the weekend warrior alike. Of course, the F-150 still offers the power and capability required for serious work, too, and its updated interior and high-tech features will please the whole family. -Nelson Ireson

The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling model in the U.S. for well over three decades. And Ford is making the brave (and praiseworthy) move of shedding 700 pounds in this heavy truck and moving to more downsized turbocharged engines—all in a vehicle that’s sold to hundreds of thousands of owners with high expectations for performance and longevity. Although the fuel economy numbers won’t be out for many months, it’s no stretch to venture that these trucks will save billions of gallons of gasoline over their service lives. -Bengt Halvorson

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