Trying Out My Dream-Truck: 2017 Ford F150
First off, thanks to the very generous Ford Canada for loaning me the F150 Supercrew for a week in exchange for an honest review.
Now that’s out of the way, brace yourself because this is going to be a gushing review of the truck that I’ve always wanted to drive. Or is it? (It is), (or is it though?).
As I stepped up into the new-car smelling cockpit of the F150, I was daunted. Daunted by the size, and the responsibility of driving something that felt like a boat had sprung wheels. This thing feels seriously big.
The push-button start and all-electric features make it intuitive and simple to drive. It’s got the same large display, Sirius radio, heated seats, and buttons as the new Fusion Energi I drove in April, with a few more. It’s also got the must-have truck adaptions for a trailer hitch, off-road modes and lots of cup holders. Everything feels super-solid, which is what you need when you’re driving something like this around. It looks heavy, but really doesn’t feel anything more cumbersome than an SUV.
As I approached my house, I realized that this thing was going to be really hard to park. I’ve become accustomed to my reverse camera on my own Ford Focus SE (2015) and I don’t know if that’s something that comes with a truck. It is. In fact, it didn’t just have a reverse camera, but 360 of viewing angles. That’s all of them. All. How did they do that? I could navigate this thing through the eye of a needle.
There’s lots of room in the back for passengers and all their gear, as well as the flatbed area, which will come in handy when I head out to Home Depot later in the week to get the lumber to make my nieces’ lemonade stand (stay tuned for updates on that).
In conclusion, this is an awesome truck. Sure it’s huge, but it’s easy to drive. As a driver, it’s really nice to feel high above the rest of the traffic, purely for visibility reasons, not because it makes me feel like the king of the cars. If you need a truck, give the F150 a run around the block. You might just fall in love.
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