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2015 Ford F-150 review: Better in almost every way

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Ah, the generic white pickup truck, about as common as dirt. You see them everywhere; these workhorses serve contractors, municipalities, movers, satta king satta result gardeners, you name it. The white work truck is so ubiquitous on American roads that it’s practically invisible.

This 2015 Ford F-150 Platinum, bedecked in $595 White Platinum Metallic paint and chrome brightwork, aims to be more than just a work truck and it’s anything but invisible. It balances its potent 4×4 power train with a luxurious, leather-trimmed cabin. It’s not just a workhorse; it’s a well-groomed Clydesdale.

It’s also smarter than your average truck. For 2015, the F-Series has undergone a tech transformation. The pickup now features full LED lighting from its quad-beam headlamps to its tails. The body is now composed of lightweight aluminum and its frame of high-strength steel. And though the F-150 is still available with a beefy V-8 engine, Ford’s focus seems to be squarely on a new selection of downsized EcoBoost V-6 engines.

Aluminum chassis and ride quality

Though now composed of aluminum and high-strength steel, the 2015 Ford F-150 still feels like a truck. Ford says that the new F-150 is lighter than the previous generation by up to 700 pounds (depending on options), but at about 4,696 pounds, our Supercrew-configuration example is still a heavyweight.

The Platinum model features a motorized step that extends when the door is opened.

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The ride is smooth, I believe due to the double wishbone front suspension’s controlled articulation. The F-150 can feel a bit floaty over highway undulations and a bit bouncy over larger bumps and potholes, but it never felt uncomfortable during my hundreds of miles of testing.

Trips were made more comfortable, thanks to this example’s power multicontour seats. The front buckets featured heated and cooled surfaces, a ridiculous amount of adjustability, and massage functions. The seat backs and bottoms have separate massage controls with two levels of intensity. The bottom massage was a bit odd at first, but I felt that the slight shifting of the seating surface helped to ease fatigue during one of my longer trips — a 4-hour ride from San Francisco to Sacramento and back to pick up new seats for my project car.

The F-150 Platinum is available with full LED illumination from the quad-beam headlamps to the tails.

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Being a Supercrew model, the F-150 offered gobs of space, both in the bed — the shorter 5.5-foot box — and in the cabin. The rear seats offer enough space to comfortably hold three adults. When not in use those rear seats fold up, not unlike in a Honda Fit, revealing a flat floor that can accommodate bulky items that need protection from the elements.

Back in the bed, thoughtful Platinum features — such as a power release rear tailgate with an integrated, slide-out step — help the F-150 owner load and access cargo. Our example also featured an optional bedliner and a fold-out bed extension.