Is the 2020 Ford F-150 Worth the Wait?

The Ford F-150 continues to outsell every vehicle in the country. Drivers love the F-150’s class-leading performance and tech-filled cabin. Plus, America’s favorite full-size pickup truck is an extremely capable off-road machine.

Let’s take a closer look at what the 2020 Ford F-150 brings to the table.

Available Trims

  • XL: $28,495
  • XLT: $34,510
  • Lariat: $43,000
  • King Ranch: $52,740
  • Raptor: $53,205
  • Platinum: $55,270
  • Limited: $67,4851

Performance Specs

Even the Ford F-150’s base V6 engine is a capable performer. It pushes out a competitive 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. A 2.7-liter, twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine is another step up the performance ladder. Ford rates it to produce 325 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, Ford’s new Powerstroke diesel engine generates 250 horsepower and a significant 440 pound-feet of torque.

Longtime F-150 fans will enjoy the muscular sound of the available V8 engine, which cranks out 395 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Drivers who demand optimum performance will want Ford’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter, EcoBoost V6 engine. High-output versions of the engine develop a monstrous 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.

With a maximum towing capacity of 13,200 pounds, the 2020 Ford F-150 is more capable than any other truck in the class.

Whether navigating city traffic or traveling on the interstate, the new F-150 feels strong and responsive. On top of that, it handles very well for a full-size pickup. A good turning radius helps drivers to easily maneuver the F-150 in tight spots. Although the F-150 may not offer the plushest ride in the segment, you’ll enjoy taking it on long road trips.

You can trust the F-150 to take you on a journey through the rugged backcountry. An optional FX4 Off-Road package enables you to tackle rough terrain with great confidence.

Hardcore adventure seekers are destined to fall in love with the trail-tuned F-150 Raptor. Its specialized 4WD system and raised suspension help to ensure superior off-road capabilities.2

Fuel Economy

This truck is efficient enough to be your primary daily driver. Expect models equipped with the base V6 engine to return a combined 22 mpg on regular unleaded. Stepping up to the 2.7L EcoBoost engine slightly improves gas mileage to combined 23 mpg.

In terms of fuel economy, the diesel-powered F-150 sits atop the lineup. You can anticipate getting a frugal 22 mpg in town and up to 30 mpg on the highway.

While the more powerful engines are not as economical, they are still relatively good on gas. Even the potent 3.5-liter Ecoboost engine can average up to 25 mpg on the open highway.

The off-road-ready Raptor model is by far the least efficient model in the F-150’s lineup. Expect it to return a combined 16 mpg.3

Entertainment

The 2020 Ford F-150 offers plenty of high-tech goodies. While the base model is lightly equipped, all the other trims surround you with exciting features.

Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system works well. Drivers will enjoy the touchscreen’s easy operation. When using the navigation system, pinch-and-zoom functions allow you to quickly hone-in on driving maps.

If you want to give your music a grander sound, opt for the F-150’s B&O Play premium audio system. It sounds incredibly clear at all volumes.

Additionally, your family will greatly appreciate the available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, which can support up to 10 devices at once. By streaming the Internet, everyone can stay entertained while on the road.

Safety

Last year, the Ford F-150 received a good rating in all of the IIHS’ critical crash tests.4 Because the new F-150 is mechanically the same, expect it to deliver the same great impact protection.

Available accident-avoidance technologies give the F-150 a more secure feel. In fact, you won’t have to pay extra for forward collision warning with automatic braking. It comes standard on every trim.

Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is available on most trims. The blind-spot monitor features Trailer Coverage, which makes hauling loads less stressful. Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology and lane-keeping assist are offered as well.

Drivers who tow on a regular basis will be interested in Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist system. At the twist of a knob, it provides steering assistance when backing up.

If you do a great deal of commuting in the city, consider getting the F-150’s optional automated parallel parking system. The optional 360-degree camera system is good to get as well.

Pros

Strong and Efficient

The 2020 Ford F-150 can deliver a fun driving experience. Strong acceleration and smooth handling help keep you engaged. Even the base V6 engine enables you to tow up to 7,700 pounds.

Additionally, above-average fuel economy gives you more reason to like the new F-150.

High Level of Comfort

Regarding passenger comfort, the F-150 is neck and neck with the new Ram 1500. As such, your family can truly spread out in the F-150’s spacious cabin.

There are also some luxurious amenities available, including massaging seat functions and a panoramic sunroof.

Stylish Exterior

The new F-150 is an eye-catching pickup truck. Bold headlights and tough-looking grille help the F-150 to stand out.

Larger 20-inch alloy wheels are found on the more upscale models.

Of course, everyone on the road will notice the F-150 Raptor’s muscular physique. Flared fenders and a front skid plate highlight the adventurous Raptor’s more rugged design.

Cons

Can Get Expensive

If you want all the bells and whistles, the 2020 Ford F-150 will cause you to reach deeper into your pockets.

Luckily, the less expensive trims are nice enough for most truck shoppers.

Final Thoughts

To no surprise, the 2020 Ford 150 is expected to remain America’s best-selling vehicle. When searching for a new pickup truck, you certainly should consider the new F-150.

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Featured Tip

Since 1974, the Toyota Corolla has been the best selling car in the world. Ford’s F-series and the Volkswagen Beetle are the two closest runners up, taking second and third place in history.