Why Is The Ford F-150 Still The Best Truck?

The 2020 Ford F-150 has won the best full-size truck of the year, again. But this is surprising because the Ford F-150 hasn’t received a redesign or any significant upgrades since 2014. Let’s check out why it’s number one, and what could be improved. 

The Ford F-150 Is Still Number One 

We’re surprised that the Ford F-150 remains on top as the best truck year after year because it looks old. Its rivals like the Ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado have recently received brand new, modern looks. 

2020 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Lariat with Black Lariat Appearance Package
2020 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Lariat with Black Lariat Appearance Package | Ford

The Ford F-150 also has one of the worst resale values. Everyone would like to have the brand new editions, meaning the used truck market is full of older Ford F-150 options that are getting passed up. 

Plus, we expected the Ford F-150 to scare some buyers away with the high number of recalls it’s already had this year. 

The LED lights weren’t adjusting to low, the spare tire was damaged when it was manufactured, the gear positions were slipping, electrical problems increased the risk of fire, and more. These recalls all seem pretty chaotic. 

Some people dislike Ford’s aluminum bodies. It gives the truck an advantage for being lighter, but aluminum is also weaker and could make it more dangerous during wrecks. However, the Aluminum alloy frame is thicker, to enhance protection without adding weight. 

Also, the Ford F-150 has received complaints about not having an upscale interior compared to its rivals. 

Despite these issues, the Ford F-150 is the truck that people want. So let’s go over the positive features that allow it to dominate the number one spot. 

A 2020 Ford F-150 on display at an auto show
A 2020 Ford F-150 on display | Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

Why The Ford F-150 Is The Best Truck 

The 2020 Ford F-150 starts around $28k, making it a price-friendly option. Plus, it has an incredibly high-reliability rating, providing confidence in drivers when they purchase this award-winning truck. 

There are six engine options to choose from with the Ford F-150, allowing more people to build the model that best suits their individual needs. 

For those who want to save on fuel economy, there is a 3.0-liter V6 engine. However, the most powerful engine is the 5.0-liter V8 option that pumps out 395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, drivers can tow up to 11,800 lb. 

On that note, it’s essential to share that the Ford F-150 can tow and haul more than its rivals. The Silverado and Ram 1500 can only pull a little over 7,000 lb. 

The Ford F-150 is already equipped to go off-roading. It’s protected with thick skid-plates and has nine off-roading drive modes. Also, the electronic rear differential, hill descent control, and 360-camera view help you clear every obstacle. 

The Ford F-150 being unveiled at the North American International Auto Show
The Ford F-150 | GEOFF ROBINS/AFP via Getty Images)

When it comes to safety, the Ford F-150 is advanced. The BLIS trailer sovereign allows you to change lanes with blind-spot detection confidently. This helps you safely haul your trailer in traffic. 

There is also automatic emergency braking, pre-collision prevention, lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, and more. 

The 8″ productivity screen behind the steering wheel allows you to monitor your trailer, braking system, and more to keep an eye on the load while en route. 

2020 Ford F-150
2020 Ford F-150 | Ford

We guess the Ford F-150 is still number one because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It doesn’t need a redesign with the amount of power, advanced tech, and capabilities that it provides to outperform its rivals.