2015 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost 4WD
Stepping up to the Lariat trim adds a bunch of LED goodies, including the deliciously useful LED headlights. Spotter lights in the side view mirrors make it easy to illuminate a campsite at night. You also then have the option for the 3.5L EcoBoost over the 5.0L V8. The 3.5L EcoBoost engine generates the most torque that you can currently get in a Ford F-150. It’s also a carryover engine from the previous generation of F-150, so if you’re worried about longevity opt for this engine.
The 3.5L EcoBoost makes 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The 5.0L V8 (which is shared with the Mustang, in slightly different tune) makes 385 hp and 387 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, the 3.5L EcoBoost can pull 12,200 lbs of stuff. That’s a lot of stuff. That’s three-quarter ton truck stuff.
Even though the 3.5L EcoBoost is a carryover engine, it does bring some controversy with it into the new 2015 Ford F-150. The engineers at Ford opted to use the stereo to create a gnarly engine noise inside the cabin. When I first drove it, I could tell there was something “off” about the noise. I’ve driven several 3.5L EcoBoost trucks before, and they didn’t sound like this. However, my drive partners couldn’t really tell. Many thought the noise was pleasing. The noise did sound good. You really can’t tell it’s coming from the stereo in the driving position. Knowing it’s fake is a bit of a buzzkill for more, but you might not notice or care.
The 3.5L EcoBoost is noticeably faster than the 2.7L EcoBoost that I drove previous. Considering that I also saw fuel economy close to 20 mpg with this engine, I’d just get the bigger engine (albeit more expensive) and be done with it.
The Lariat trim opens the door for a lot more options. My test truck had lane keep assist, a huge panoramic moonroof (the XLT also had it as an option), a productivity display in the instrument cluster that can show you just about anything you ever wanted to know, and more. Also noticeable is the lack of Start / Stop technology. It only exists on the 2.7L EcoBoost version.
This truck drove very similar to the 2.7L XLT. Aside from having more power, and the ability to check more options, they’re virtually the same truck. They all have good levels of noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), and are nice to drive.
You really can’t go wrong if you’re in the market for a new pickup truck. The 2015 Ford F-150 improves upon their winning formula that allows them to sell a new one every 43 seconds. Undoubtedly, Ford will see similar success with the new truck. But the competition with GM and Ram is intense, and both are nipping at the heels of Ford. What that makes is a better truck for consumers, regardless of brand you purchase. I look forward to getting a new F-150 in for a full review and share that with you in the future.