Know these numbers:
43: The number of years the Ford F-150 has been the best selling vehicle in the U.S.
1948: “Since 1948 our hardworking F-Series customers have trusted Ford to help them get the job done.” Jim Farley, Ford COO.
F-150 Limited. (Images: Ford)
100: Percentage of F-150s assembled in the U.S.
2: Number of plants where the F-150 is built: Dearborn Truck Plant, Dearborn, Michigan; Kansas City Assembly Plant, Claycomo, Missouri.
6: There are six trim levels: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited
6: There are six engines: 3.3-liter V6, 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, 5.0-liter V8, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel V6, and 3.5-liter PowerBoost hybrid V6.
3: Number of cab styles: regular (seats 3), SuperCab (seats 5, 6), SuperCrew (seats 5, 6).
3: Number of boxes: 5.5-ft (52.8 cu. ft. volume); 6.5-ft (62.3 cu. ft.); 8-ft (77.4 cu. ft. volume)
Work on the inside.
4: Wheel sizes: 17, 18, 20 and 22-inch.
4: SYNC 4 hands-free entertainment and vehicle information system is being used. This is the all-new execution of the hands-free system that Ford has had on offer for more than 10 years. It has two times the compute power of SYNC 3. Offers real-time mapping and wireless connection to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
12: Size, in inches, of the center screen available on the XLT high series and above. For XL and XLT standard and mid-series models the touch-screen size is 8 inches.
12: Size, in inches, of an available digital gauge cluster. It includes graphics and animations informative of the truck’s selectable drive modes, turn-by-turn navigation and off-roading data.
911: Ford is providing complimentary access to 911 Assist, which automatically connects to emergency responders in the event of an accident.
360: The F-150 features Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0, which provides a variety of vehicle safety systems. There are 10 new driver-assist features.
A hybrid that can tow.
100,000: Number of miles of divided highways—in all 50 states and Canada—that the available Active Drive Assist (hands-free driving capability) system can operate on.
8 and 18: Number of speakers available on the B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen (the 8), which is available on the XLT and higher and the B&O Unleashed system (18, including speakers in the headliner and front headrests) available on Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum, and standard on Limited.
3.5: Displacement of the V6 EcoBoost engine that is part of the PowerBoost full hybrid system. The hybrid system has a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission that includes an integrated 35-kW electric motor. There is a 1.5-kWh lithium-ion battery. The hybrid (available on trims from XL to Limited) is expected to have a range of 700 miles on a single tank of gas. Can tow “at least” 12,000 pounds.
Power where you need it.
15: Size, in inches, of a laptop that can be accommodated on the optional Interior Work Surface. This optional work area is achieved by having the console shifter fold flat.
180 (nearly): Max Recline Seats fold nearly flat. The bottom cushion raises to meet the back cushion. The upper back support rotates 10°.
11: There are 11 grille options.
2.0/2.4/7.2: Number of kilowatts generated with the available Pro Power Onboard system. It is an on-board generator. The 2.0 kW is available with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost, 5.0-liter V8 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost. There are dual 120-V 20-A outlets in the bed. The 2.4-kW package is standard on the PowerBoost hybrid. It has the same number of outlets as the 2.0-kW. The 7.2-kW version is optional on the PowerBoost. This brings four 120-V 20-A outlets and one NEMA L6-20 240-V 30-A outlet. The 2.0 could be used for tailgating (600 W for the electric heater, 400 W each for the TV, speakers and mini-fridge, and 200 W for a blender). The 2.4 kW system could be used for cement/masonry (1,800 W for a jackhammer and 500 W for a compact concrete mixer). The 7.2 kW could be used for framing a house (1,800 W for a 12-inch compound miter saw, 1,000 for a circular saw, 1,200 for a gang battery charger, 1,200 for a hammer drill, 1,000 for a ½-hp air compressor, and 800 W for area flood lights).
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.
Although the RAV4 has plenty of heritage in the small crossover segment, competition has gotten a whole lot tougher, so Toyota has made significant changes to the fourth-generation model.