Your 2015 F-150 Platinum Questions Answered
We recently asked what you wanted to know about the 2015 F-150 Platinum that we had in for review. We received a variety of different questions, and will answer some of those now for you. Be sure to also check out our full review of the 2015 F-150 Platinum.
For this round of review questions, we turned to our Facebook commenters for questions. Here are a sampling of those questions answered.
Karen asks the top question, and a question that I’ve heard from many different people. Why are the trucks so expensive?
Trucks are how companies like Ford make their biggest profits. There’s a huge amount of margin built into these vehicles that aren’t built into their cars. People pay the higher prices so the manufacturers keep building them that way. But if you are looking for a deal, they are out there.
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Jonathan wonders about EcoBoost fuel economy. He’s not getting the mileage that Ford claims on the window sticker, and that sentiment is shared by the people who were surveyed for a recent AAA study. Obviously, your mileage may vary, but without towing I managed to hit the window sticker EPA fuel economy during my time with the truck. So it can be done, even if some aren’t hitting the numbers.
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EcoBoost engines can get good fuel economy if you stay off the boost. The problem is most people like the power, so they work the engine harder. Also, if you’re hauling or towing, you’re working the engine harder, thus lowering the fuel economy.
While I don’t remember who asked the question, there was someone who asked about the quality of the doors and when you shut them, what kind of noise they make. For that individual who asked, here’s a video of me slamming the rear door on the truck.
Some of the remaining questions centered around Ford’s choice of aluminum for the 2015 F-150, and how it’ll handle different weather situations.
As you already know, aluminum won’t rust like steel, but that doesn’t mean it’s resistant to corrosion. If you live in a state where they use salt on the roads in the winter, you might be concerned.
Ford does a lot of testing at their headquarters in Dearborn, which sees its fair share of snow a year. But they also have labs where they can expose their vehicles to the harshest conditions non-stop for months. I’d like to think that they’re most important product will have survived some of the harshest conditions.
But the truck is still pretty new, and we won’t really see if there are long-term issues until they’ve been out for a few years. However, from everything I’ve seen I think they made a significant effort in avoiding corrosion.
Thank you for taking the time to ask your questions. If you have more, feel free to ask them in the comments here on this post, or join our discussion over in the forums!