Popular Science‘s annual “Best of What’s New” honors have been bestowed on the 2015 Ford F-150, earning Grand Winner status in the automotive category in the magazine’s honors.
Ford considers the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 as being the reinvention of America’s favorite pickup. As the toughest, smartest, most capable and efficient model ever, it has a whole slew of class-exclusive features.
But here’s something more objective from Popular Science:
The 2015 Ford F-150 has been America’s best-selling vehicle for 32 years. So when the company swapped steel for military-grade aluminum in several non-load-bearing parts—a first for any pickup truck—drivers were concerned. They needn’t have been. The alloy performs just as well as steel, and in some cases better, and it reduces the truck’s weight by as much as 700 pounds. (Typically, engineers would cheer the loss of only a few ounces.) Less weight means the F-150 can haul and tow more than it ever could, while accelerating and stopping faster. It also means the truck gets up to 20 percent better fuel efficiency. That’s good for drivers, of course, but when applied to 763,000 new trucks a year, the savings are also good for the planet.
The 2015 Ford F-150 has the best towing and payload capability among full-size pickups with the ability to tow 12,200 pounds and haul 3,300 pounds but, best of all, all that brawn comes with with improved fuel efficiency thanks to a 700-pound diet over last year’s model.