Top Gear said yesterday it was the most important vehicle at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Yes, the new Ford F-150 has been labeled as superior to the likes of the Toyota FT-1 concept and 2014 911 Targa we covered yesterday.
Are those blokes crazy, or do they make a good point?
Well, they’re crazy, of course. But they make a heckuva good case while basking in the crazy.
Their case is justified by saying the F-150 is:
Destined to be, like its predecessors, the biggest-selling vehicle in America. It has been that way for the past 32 years on the trot. They’ve now made 30 million of these things over the generations, which makes the Beetle or Toyota Corolla look, well, a bit niche.
So, while we could spend time talking about the new F-150’s 700-pound weight loss, its aluminum body or the new EcoBoost 2.7-liter V6 engine, the most interesting change is the disappearance of something great.
It’s with a heavy heart that I read that Ford’s bad-boy 6.2-liter V8 has not been carried over, replaced instead by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. It’s a sad day in truck-dom indeed.
Top Gear is right in saying this new truck, with its military-grade aluminum body and high-strength steel skeleton will surely continue Ford’s 30+-year winning streak, I’m more inclined to see the value side of all this. As cool and strong as this new truck appears, there are 30 million used trucks out there, all of them carrying the DNA of what makes the F-150 great.
Instead of jumping in line for a brand new 2015 truck, why not search for a killer deal on a used 2010–12 model? Get all that F-150 toughness while saving money and, even better, having the option of owning one of the last 6.2-liter F-150s Ford ever made.
Would you take a chance on the new F-150, or get a used one instead?