Answers to Your Questions About the 2015 Ford F-150

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We’ve been hearing a lot about the 2015 Ford F-150 over the past several months. The bulk of the chatter has been about its new aluminum body. A good portion of it has been about the second EcoBoost to join the engine lineup: the 2.7-liter, 325-horsepower V6.

You all had a few questions about my recent experience with the pickup that focused on other parts of it. I’ve put those and the answers to them below.

seventyseven250 – “Is there any chance Ford alters the current order protocol and allows the 2.7L Lariat 4×4 to be ordered with the luxury package (#502)?”

Mike Moran, director of regional communications for the Blue Oval, said via email, “Not at this time.”

Aquapools – “Is the new larger fuel tank 33 gallons or 36 gallons?”

The typo that led to that confusion is going to be corrected. The Extended Range Fuel Tank holds 36 gallons, according to Moran.

neojeff – “How are the new LED headlights? … Also I can’t seem to get a feel for how well that technology package works? Is it useful or something that would seldom be used? “

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to use them because all of my behind-the-wheel time was during the day. The good news is Ford expects them to last more than five times longer than conventional headlamp bulbs.

I used the direction arrows on the left side of the steering wheel to search through menus in front of me to access and set up some of the pickup’s tech. The system was intuitive, in my opinion. The eight-inch screen between the tach and the speedo featured tabs through which I could easily navigate to change things such as the intervention level of the Lane-Keeping System (which was effective yet subtle in providing corrective steering inputs in Aid & Alert mode). If you’ve used a modern web browser, you’d have an easy time doing the same.

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Personally, I think I’m great at staying in my lane all by myself. However, let’s face it: Many of us don’t always look straight ahead while driving because we’re checking something on our phone or reaching down for a drive-through soda. Ford’s L-KS could prove useful in such cases.

When scaling or descending rough terrain, all I had to do was press a button above the nav screen to activate the handy 360-degree camera so I could avoid scraping paint off of my handsome new tester. I did get plenty of mud on it, though…

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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