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Ford Motor Company still hasn’t rolled out all of the information on the 2015 Ford F150, but they announced the towing and payload numbers for the next generation Ford F150 pickup and – as I expected – the new lightweight F150 is the most capable F150 ever with towing and payload figures that make it by far the best in the half ton truck class.

Patrick Rall Reports from TorqueNews.com

The 2015 Ford F150 has groundbreaking levels of aluminum in the body and because of that, the next generation F150 will be the significantly lighter than the outgoing models. This will help to make the 2015 F150 one of the most efficient half ton trucks sold in America, but a few months back I speculated that this lightweight design would have a big impact on the towing and payload capabilities. After all, cutting weight from the body means that the chassis, suspension, brakes and drivetrain are able to tow or haul that much more weight.

It turns out that I was right, the 2015 Ford F150 is vastly more capable; with numbers that make it much better than the outgoing 2015 F150 and more importantly – much better than any other new half ton truck sold in America. Also, the maximum payload numbers for the 2015 F150 put it way above the competition from General Motors and Chrysler’s Ram brand. Most importantly, these numbers from Ford are certified under the new SAE towing standards so the other automakers can no longer point out the fact that their towing numbers are SAE approved while Ford’s are not. Everyone is on a level playing field – and the 2015 F150 beats the competitors very soundly.

2015 F150 Offers Best in Class Towing
The 2015 Ford F150 is available with four engines – the new entry level 3.5L V6, the new 2.7L EcoBoost V6, the returning 5.0L V8 and the returning 3.5L EcoBoost V6. If you want the most towing capacity possible from your 2015 F150, you will need to once again opt for the 3.5L EcoBoost V6. When equipped with the Max Tow package, the twin turbocharged 2015 F150 will allow you to tow a whopping 12,200 pounds.

2015 Ford F150 Galleries:
A closer look at the trimlines of the 2015 Ford F150
The 2015 Ford F150 at the 2014 NAIAS

Aside from the 2015 Ford F150, the most capable truck in terms of towing levels is the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the 6.2L V8 and rear wheel drive. That truck is able to pull 11,800 pounds according to the Chevrolet website. The strongest towing Ram 1500 packs the 5.7L Hemi and a max towing rating of 10,450 pounds.

For those of you who aren’t keen on math, this means that the 2015 Ford F150 can tow 400 pounds more than the 2015 Silverado 1500 and 1,750 more than the 2014 Ram 1500.

The 2015 F150 Dominates the Hauling World
It is a big deal for the 2015 Ford F150 to offer significantly more towing capabilities than the strongest Ram or General Motors under the new SAE requirements, but just as important is the fact that the new F150 beats the Ram and Chevy in hauling numbers…by a massive margin.

The strongest 2015 Ford F150 in terms of payload is one that is fitted with the 5.0L V8 engine. When properly configured with the engine that is shared with the Mustang GT, the 2015 F150 is able to haul a stunning 3,300 pounds. That’s right – 3,300 pounds. That is a massive advantage over the Ram 1500’s best payload number of 1,910lbs or the Silverado’s best number of 2,210lbs.

A payload capacity of 3,300lbs means that the 2015 Ford F150 could haul around a car in the bed if it would fit and for those question that – I own a classic American muscle car that weighs a touch under 3,000lbs.

Will anyone really haul 3,300lbs in the bed of their 2015 Ford F150? Probably, but it won’t be common and the important part is that if you NEED to haul 3,000lbs worth of anything – the 2015 F150 is the only half-ton truck on the market that will be able to safely handle that load.
 

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Was able to compare trailering with the new F-150 at our ride and drive. I am experienced in pulling a trailer (I have my cdl and drove big trucks for a short time too), so this wasn't a first time experience. I was nervous as a PASSENGER in the Dodge with 5000lbs behind us. Could just feel the trailer working against the entire setup. Driving was even worse. Just zero confidence, like it truly was my first time ever towing something. Chevy was better but no power. Foot to the floor and losing speed. New F-150 in both Eco motors (3500lbs with the 2.7L) were great. Gaining speed going uphill, never let off going around turns or cresting the hill. Wish this was something easily done at our level.
 
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