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2015 Ford F-150 Bests Competitors in Towing, Payload Capability

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/29/2014 Eric Weiner

Ford agreed to comply with the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) JS807 tow and payload rating standard back in February, and the numbers are in for the 2015 Ford F-150. In accordance with the new standard rating system, the latest F-150 is poised to best both the Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra in both maximum towing and payload capacity.

The base 3.5-liter V-6 engine makes 283 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque, and boasts a maximum payload rating of 1910 pounds and a maximum tow rating of 7600 pounds. Next up is the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 (325 hp and 375 lb-ft) which can haul up to 2250 pounds and tow as much as 8500 pounds. The naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 (385 hp and 387 lb-ft of torque) is more than capable as well, hauling as much as 3300 pounds and towing up to 11,100 pounds. At the top of the pack is the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 (365 hp and 420 lb-ft), which offers a class-best 3180-lb max payload and 12,200-lb max tow rating.

The 2015 Ford F-150 just barely bests the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra, which keeps its 12,000-lb max tow rating for 6.2-liter V-8 models with the Max Trailering Package. Max payload for the Silverado and Sierra tops out as 2270 lb, for Double Cab models with four-wheel drive and the 5.3-liter V-8. The 2015 Ram 1500 also falls short of the 2014 Ford F-150—top towing and payload capabilities for the Ram 1500 are 10,650 pounds when equipped with the 5.7-liter V-8, and 1900-lb of hauling for standard-cab 3.6-liter V-6 models.

2015 Ford F 150 18 front three quarter© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford F 150 18 front three quarter

Ford says that when the EPA ratings are announced, most likely in November, the 2015 Ford F-150 will show fuel economy improvements of up to 20 percent compared to the outgoing truck. A big factor contributing to this change is the F-150’s new aluminum body, which cut as much as 700 pounds from the old steel body.

Customers can have a crack at the 2015 Ford F-150 for themselves from October 11 to December 21, during which time Ford will be offering test drives. Potential buyers can get a feel for the new truck’s performance while also sampling new features like the new 360-degree camera, blind-spot detection, sliding rear window, integrated tailgate step, LED lighting, and smart trailer tow with hitch assist technology.

The 2015 Ford F-150 starts at $26,615 including destination.

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