2023 Ford F-150 Review
The Ford F-150 is a staple in the automotive world, and for a good reason. For years, the F-150 has been one of the most reliable and popular pickup trucks. But with technology advancing rapidly, we are keen to see how this icon of a vehicle will evolve – enter 2023’s model year! That’s right: It is all-new, more powerful than before, loaded with cutting-edge features, and just begging to be explored by truck lovers everywhere.
We were lucky enough to get behind the wheel and have an exclusive first look at this excellent vehicle, so if you’re looking for some insider insights into what makes it unique, grab your seat belt, and let’s hit the road!
The Ford F-150 is a true American icon and has been the perennial best-selling truck since it hit the market over forty years ago. Recently, it has evolved to include aluminum body construction, turbocharged power trains, a hybrid option, and more, making it more capable and efficient than ever before.
The entry-level variant provides all the essential tools one needs for their work truck needs but moves up the trim ladder to find a host of extra features and amenities. Suppose you are looking for some off-road versatility. In that case, the spunky Tremor model offers unique capabilities.
In contrast, those looking for luxury can enjoy similar accommodations to those in a Lincoln sedan with trims such as Platinum and Limited. Even with its plethora of features and widespread appeal, it cannot match the competitors in terms of ride comfort or crisp handling. However, it can still be considered highly capable and highly configurable.
Improvement in 2023
Ford’s 2023 F-150 lineup got a little more interesting with the addition of the Rattler trim. Available at a lower price than the already well-equipped FX4, the Rattler provides unbeatable value for those wanting an off-roading truck without resorting to one of Ford’s pricier Tremor or Raptor models.
Fully equipped with a dual-exhaust system, hill-descent control, locking rear differential, and its unique suspension system, this newest trim takes the adrenaline rush of getting offroad to its maximum—right down to its fun rattlesnake-inspired branding.
Simply put, it’s a performance at an optimal price! Ford’s 2023 F-150 adds three new versions to its line-up: an off-road model named Rattler, a retro-style model called “Heritage”, and a Raptor R with insane acceleration for a truck. The vehicle is offered in three different body sizes and can be outfitted for anyone from the hardworking dad to the luxury cowpoke—thanks to its traditionally styled exterior, classy interior, and superior technology features like a giant touchscreen display and even its workstation. With this massive variety of options, Ford’s F-150 has no problems tackling any job thrown it’s way. And if you want to go all out on your next pickup, there’s always the electrifying F-150 Lightning EV.
The Ford F-150 is leading the way with newly developed driver-assistance features, from automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection to lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist. Additionally, buyers can opt for Adaptive Cruise Control as they climb through the trim levels of the F-150.
Towing is easy with the available rear-facing camera, monitoring trailers as you traverse your journey. It’s reassuring to know that your safety is a top priority for Ford – referring to reliable sources such as NHTSA and IIHS reports will help you decide when buying the perfect F-150 truck for the job.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The interior of the Ford F-150 provides plenty of comfort and convenience. Premium materials transform this work vehicle into a classy, cozy haven. With plenty of storage cubbies, the long days spent traveling will feel like a home away from home. The F-150 goes one step further with its fold-flat front seats and shift lever that can be placed in the center console turning it into a flat workspace.
Depending on the body style chosen, passengers have plenty of room to stretch out and find their own space onboard. The optional onboard generator not only supplies power for tools but also opens access to various creature comforts like an air compressor or refrigerator when at your destination. The F-150 has thought of everything needed to make those tough workdays more comfortable!
Infotainment and Connectivity
Staying connected has never been easier in the Expedition, thanks to its advanced infotainment system! The enormous 12.0-inch touchscreen runs Ford’s Sync4 software and comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot.
You can also upgrade to the 15.5-inch screen if you need more screen real estate, while music enthusiasts will be glad to know that a 22-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo is available as an option. There’s also an optional rear-seat entertainment system to make long trips more enjoyable for passengers, so you’ll never hear, “are we there yet?”.
Towing and Payload Capacity
The Ford F-150 continues to prove its spot among America’s favorite pickup trucks with options for a 3.3-liter V-6 engine and twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6, 5.0-liter V-8, diesel V-6, and hybrid models in order to provide plenty of towing power. The base model engine can weigh 8200 pounds while the twin-turbo can reach up to 14,000 pounds; both the diesel and hybrid models maximum out at 12,100 and 12,700 pounds, respectively, with the 5.0 liters topping out at 13,000 pounds of towing capacity.
For those looking for payload instead of tow ratings, it ranges from 1840 to 3250 pounds no matter which type of engine you choose for your new F-150 – positioning the truck perfectly in contention with famous rivals like the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, and Ram 1500.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Fuel economy is essential for modern cars and one of the most critical issues to consider when buying a vehicle. The all-new Ford F-150 is no exception; it promises high efficiency as evidenced by its EPA estimates, which range from 18-26 mpg depending on the engine type. Unfortunately, real-world figures often differ from these estimates. Still, with our rigorous 75-mph highway fuel-economy route test, we found that the Tremor model with the twin-turbo 3.5L engine performed at an impressive 19 mpg.