Once the votes were counted, it was the Dodge Ram that took home the gold--leaving Ford's new F-150 behind in second place. We'll focus on the runner up today--but with a look at the winner for comparison's sake.
|Ford's been focusing on increasing towing capacity, utility and the overall workability.|
The legend gets updated
Ford's best-seller has been fitted with new features and tweaks to make it more efficient, capable and accommodating than ever. Like the Dodge, engineers have bolted on plenty of unique, stand-out goodies alongside a level of capability ideal for those intending to work their truck.
The tester wore a new Super Duty-inspired fascia, plenty of chrome, and a new tailgate and taillights. It's more muscular than the model it replaces, but just as easily identified.
Premium hardware and appointments
Priced a little north of fifty grand, the F-150 Lariat tester amounted to a workable hauler that can do double duty as a high-end family sedan.
Heated and air conditioned seats, power everything, a backup camera and a power-sliding rear window were all on board. It's missing the heated steering wheel and 120V power outlet you'll find in the Ram, though F-150's infotainment system is far the Dodge's superior--boasting better sound quality and more modern-looking displays. To the delight of seasoned pickup owners, the F-150 can even read incoming cell phone text messages.
F-150's complicated array of climate and audio controls demands more precision than those of the Dodge, and they proved difficult to manipulate while wearing gloves. They work towards a more modern and upscale look though--especially after dark when everything lights up icy-blue.
|The F-150 Lariat amounted to a workable hauler that can do double duty as a high-end family sedan.|