Right as Ford dropped information on the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor at the start of the 2015 North American International Auto Show on Monday morning, so too did the a jury of U.S. and Canadian journalists present the highly-coveted North American Truck/Utility of the Year award to the 2015 F-150.
“Ford is honored to be named the best among such a strong field of competitors,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “Ford employees and customers have a lot to be proud of with the innovative and award-winning F-150.”
The 2015 Ford F-150 win marks the eighth time that a Ford vehicle has been named North American Truck/Utility of the Year. Arguably the highest honor for a pickup trucks, the award recognizes vehicles based on factors that include innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value. More than 50 veteran journalists vote for the vehicles, which must be all-new or substantially changed from the previous model to qualify for the awards.
The all-new 2015 F-150 brings the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 lineup ever. It includes the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gasoline-powered pickup on the market, boasting a military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and high-strength steel frame, that enable it to shed up to 700 pounds for a lighter, more efficient truck than any previous F-150.
These weight savings benefit customers regardless of model configuration or engine choice, as the innovative new truck can tow up to 1,100 more pounds and haul up to 530 more pounds than the 2014 model while having the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gasoline pickup on the market. When equipped with Ford’s available, all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, the new F-150 has EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined (in 4×2 configuration).
In addition, the 2015 Ford F-150 debuts numerous groundbreaking features including these class-exclusives:
- 360-degree camera view uses exterior cameras to create a bird’s-eye view of the truck to help drivers park, maneuver in tight spots, and navigate narrow roads and trails
- Integrated loading ramps enable easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles and mowers
- BoxLink combines metal brackets and custom cleats to secure a variety of accessories in the cargo box – from ramps to storage bins to bed dividers
- Trailer hitch assist adds a new rearview camera feature that incorporates a dynamic line in the display based on steering wheel angle to help customers line up their truck and trailer with no spotter or need to exit the vehicle
- Remote tailgate allows for tailgate to be locked, unlocked and released with the key fob
At the expense of tooting our own horn, we should note that we predicted this would happen in April of last year. And here’s another prediction: it’s quite possible that, after all is said and done, the 2015 F-150 will go down as the most-awarded pickup truck in history. Let’s see if that plays out.