After you've come up with a revolutionary redesign that has proved as successful as the one the legendary F-150 got not so long ago, there has to be a temptation to sit back and revel in the glory, at least for a while. Well, if the designers and engineers at Ford did do any of that after coming up with the thirteenth-generation of the full-size pickup in 2015, they weren't at it for very long. As well as the 2017 Ford F-150 now boasting an incredibly anticipated new-generation of the Raptor for the new model year, a totally new second-generation of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 has also been brought into play.
When we consider the fact a big part of a pickup truck is made up of an open bed, it would be easy to assume it must be a much simpler vehicle than a sedan, SUV or crossover. However, as anyone who's looked closely at buying a pickup recently will testify to, a pickup like the 2017 Ford F-150 can be as complex or a simple as you want it to be. These days there are what seems like here's an almost limitless amount of ways you can configure a truck, with all manner of beds, engines, transmissions, trims, towing equipment, upgrade packages and more to select from. To put this into stark perspective, the newest version of the sensational F-150 offers: seven different trims, four engines, two transmissions, three beds, three types of cab and two different drivetrains. And those things are in addition to all the normal choices of color, interiors, options and accessories found in other types of vehicle.
The entry level 2017 Ford F-150 is the no-nonsense, workmanlike XL model. From there the F-150 family now goes upwards through XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited trims. And if that's not enough, now you can have a degree of luxury coupled with capability that would have been unimaginable not so long ago, by choosing the hardcore, off-road focused new Raptor.
There's no disputing trims, beds, cabs and accessories are all important considerations, but first and foremost, serious trucks need to have the right engines available. There are no problems in that direction as far as the 2017 Ford F-150 is concerned as the four on offer here have all the modern, light-duty, full-size pickup bases covered.
The standard engine in the 2017 Ford F-150 is an impressive 3.5-liter V-6 that offers 282 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque. Next in the family is another V-6, but this time it's a turbocharged EcoBoost developing a healthy 325 horsepower and 375 lb.-ft. of torque. No V-8 offered in the F-150 range would probably still be totally unthinkable, so it's good news the third engine in the lineup is the tried-and-trusted 5.0-liter V-8 that puts out 385 horsepower and 387 lb.-ft. of torque. Of course, the best is always saved until last, and that's probably the case here as we're talking about that second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6, which now delivers 375 horsepower and a gutsy 470 lb.-ft. of torque.
Regardless of what you want your full-size light duty pickup truck to do and whatever jobs you have in mind for it, the right one is there somewhere for you in the fantastic 2017 Ford F-150 lineup.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.