The 2015 Ford F-150 is AAA’s Greenest Pickup
I know this is going to sound crazy, but the big red truck you see here is actually green. AAA ranked the 2015 Ford F-150 the winner of its 2015 Green Car Guide’s Pickup Truck category.
The Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center (ARC) tested and scored 88 environmentally friendly vehicles in more than a dozen categories, including braking, emissions, ride comfort, and, of course, fuel economy. AAA states, “Each category was scored on 0-10 points. Scores were totaled to determine top vehicles.” Each vehicle’s total score was then divided by its “as-tested” price to calculate its cost per point for best value.
After being pitted against the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4X4 and the Ram 1500 SLT Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4X4, the 2015 Ford F-150 Supercab Lariat 4X4 with the 325-horsepower 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 emerged victorious.
The $39,880 tester the ARC used received an overall score of 73.92 points, as opposed to the $42,610 Chevy’s 69.94 and the $45,150 Ram’s 67.44. On a cost-per-point basis, the Blue Oval’s entry came out on top again with the lowest truck score of $540.
Although the F-150 received high marks for its crashworthiness, visibility, interior noise levels, and cabin size, oddly enough, it was dinged for its fuel economy. Ford’s revolutionary aluminum pickup only returned an average of 17 mpg, far below the EPA’s combined (city and highway) rating of 22.
If you’re a AAA member, you can pick up its 2015 Green Car Guide at your local AAA branch for free or you can just click here.
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