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    Ask This When Comparing 2017 Ford Trucks

    Ford recently excited fans and industry experts alike when announcing the new all-aluminum Ford F-150. Many drivers may not give a second thought regarding what materials comprise the bodies of their vehicles, but truck enthusiasts are different. Consumers who buy trucks continue to pay special attention as to whether or not this new body type can be considered “Built Ford Tough.” While the 2017 Ford F-150 is ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report when compared to other full-size pickup trucks, Ford also offers consumers choices when it comes to trucks that are reliable, durable, and fun to drive. Top three new Ford trucks include the F-150, the F-250, and the F-350. Here are important questions to ask when comparing Ford trucks.

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    How much weight is saved in the Ford F-150 with its all-aluminum frame?

    While earlier versions of this body-style have saved in overall weight, the new all-aluminum frame in the Ford F-150 saves up to 700 pounds of weight when compared to traditional models.

    What is your budget for a Ford truck?

    If a brand-new F-150 with an aluminum body isnâ??t in your budget, consumers do not need to worry. Ford trucks have excellent reputations for quality and resale value, meaning that even older models provide consumers with the power and fuel-economy they need for years to come. The cost of a Ford truck can range between $18,000 to $50,000 or more depending on the trim level chosen and the age and condition of the truck.

    What trim levels are available in Ford F Series trucks?

    Regardless of which Ford truck consumers choose, there are five trim levels available in the F Series. The XL is the base model and the XLT is considered midlevel. Increasing in luxury and expense, the Lariat, the King Ranch, and the Platinum models are available to help give consumers the best options for their needs.

    What are the advantages to the Ford F-150 with an all-aluminum frame?

    The reduction in the overall weight of the Ford F-150 with this body type allows the truck to stop faster, have better overall fuel efficiency, accelerate faster, and haul more. Towing capacity is not diminished, even though the weight of the truck has been reduced, and gas mileage is dramatically improved.

    What interior options do you want?

    Trucks come with as many creature comforts these days as cars provide. Advanced safety features provide drivers with warning systems and backup cameras, and passengers can enjoy state of the art technology and luxury that includes heated and cooled seats and bluetooth capability. You'll find similar trim packages in all three of our favorite Ford trucks. For drivers who are on the road for significant amounts of time, these options may make all the difference for a comfortable and enjoyable ride.

    What cab size will fit your needs?

    The cab of a truck used to be one size fits all - a bench seat that up to three passengers could squeeze into. This is no longer the case for trucks, which offer a range of seating options. The Ford F Series incorporate three different cab styles: two-door regular cab, the SuperCab with four doors, and the four-door SuperCrew cab. Along with trim styles of different levels, these cabs are options in the different Ford F Series trucks.

    What kind of gas mileage do I want in a Ford Truck?

    Gas mileage largely depends on the size of an engine and whether the truck is 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive. Consumers need to pay attention to the engine options, providing them with enough power for their needs and balancing that with good gas mileage. The F-150 has 19 to 22 combined miles per gallon depending on the size of the engine. The F-250 averages about 15 miles per gallon, while the F-350 ranges between 11 and 14 miles per gallon in the city and on the highway.

    What will the truck be used for?

    There are many options when it comes to Ford trucks, especially in the “F” series. The F-150 is a light duty truck with a decent towing capacity and plenty of room for passengers. The F-250 and F-350 trucks are considered medium duty and heavy duty, more appropriate as work trucks or for hauling heavy payloads.