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The Ford F-150 has been America’s best-selling truck for 32 consecutive years. And if that isn’t an impressive achievement on its own, the 2016 model aims to keep that streak alive. It scored a five-star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA, offers a lighter body made of military-grade aluminum alloy in addition to new features such as the Pro Trailer Backup Assist, giving it a wide variety of selling points.

While its list of accolades and offerings is impressive, how does the 2016 Ford F-150 stack up to its competitors? AxleGeeks compared the Ford F-150 XL SuperCrew with its competition in terms of price, fuel economy and range, horsepower and torque, payload and towing capacity, curb weight and more to find out.


For a full-size pickup truck, the 2016 Ford F-150 touts impressive affordability. Its XL SuperCrew model has an MSRP of $32,830. In comparison, the Ram 1500 Tradesman has an original price of $37,685 and the Chevy Silverado 1500 Work Truck has an MSRP of $35,105, showing the F-150 has an edge on several of its competitors.

Fuel Economy

The F-150 XL SuperCrew earns a combined 21 miles per gallon — 18 city mpg and 25 highway mpg — resulting in an 11 percent advantage in combined efficiency over the average output of its competition.

Fuel Range

The F-150’s city range of 468 miles and highway range of 650 miles give it a 52-mile edge in both categories over other 2016 full-size half-ton crew cab pickup trucks, equating to superior efficiency and more fuel savings over the life of ownership.

Horsepower and Torque

The Ford F-150 XL SuperCrew comes standard with a 3.5L V-6 engine. This engine generates 282 horsepower and 253 ft-lbs of torque, resulting in a 21 percent deficiency in both areas when compared to other models in its class.

Payload and Towing Capacity

While short on power with its standard engine offering, the Ford F-150 is capable of meeting your demands. It has a payload capacity of 1,610 pounds, making it a mere 5 percent deficient relative to other models in its class. However, with its 11,800 pounds of towing capacity, it can tow 1,460 pounds more than the average haul of its competitors, showing the F-150 has what it takes to handle your most demanding jobs.

Weight-to-Power Ratio

This model has a weight-to-power ratio of 15.9 lbs per hp. In context, the Ford F-150 XL SuperCrew must pull 1.1 pounds more per each horsepower generated than its class average of 14.8 lbs per hp.

Curb Weight

The F-150’s military-grade aluminum alloy and steel frame drops its curb weight to 4,489, reflecting an engineering feat. It is 776 pounds lighter than other models in its class.

Front-Row Seat Space

Ford designed the interior of its F-150 models to be mobile work spaces, with intuitive controls and in-cab storage options. However, its interior space for the driver and passenger is only average, as its front-row headroom of 40.8 inches and its 43.9 inches of legroom put it right in line with the offerings of other models in its class.

Back-Row Seat Space

Ford was more generous with its second-row seating space. Its headroom of 40.4 inches give it a slight edge on its competition, while its legroom of 43.6 inches is 7 percent roomier than its class average.


When equipped with its standard engine offering, the Ford F-150 isn’t the most powerful option in its segment, but it does offer a bevy of competitive features, from a larger fuel range to more towing capacity than its class averages. Add in its impressive affordability, and you have a truck that can meet all your demands while keeping your costs of ownership low.

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