The Ford F-Series is America’s best selling truck, but Ford’s truck lineup is being challenged by competition from GM and Ram. Recently, Andre had the chance to take the 2017 Ford F-150 FX4 off-road to put the off-road package, all-new 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and 10-speed transmission to the test. He took the truck on the same course at the 2016 Texas Truck Rodeo as he did with the 2017 Ram Power Wagon, and Roman did with the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.
Overall, the Ford performed quite well. Andre never got stuck and the truck saw no major scrapes. However, there was a slight issue with the front air deflector, which greatly reduced the approach angle of the truck. Of course, it is there for efficiency on the highway and could be taken off after some doing. Andre also had a chance to play around with the Ford’s 4×4 system’s modes, and found that even the 4-Auto mode provided ample traction and kept him from having to get too muddy.
You can be sure that we will take the updated 2017 Ford F-150 on tough Rocky Mountain trails, our 100-mile highway MPG test loop, and the Ike Gauntlet in the coming months. In the meantime, check out this first off-road review video.