I always complain in my reviews that there are no longer any cheap honest trucks available anymore. Gone are the days of single cab, manual transmission trucks that smell bad but put in a solid day’s work. Well, I drove a modern cheap honest truck, and I’m still complaining.
The 2017 Ford F-150 has a 3.5L v6 and a 6 speed automatic transmission. There was a larger V8 offered, as well as an Ecocoost V6. This truck had the smallest, weakest engine possible. Paired of course with a cloth interior, tiny infotainment system, and a plastic steering wheel. There is a back seat, but that comes with no additional features. The truck is four-wheel-drive, which is a must for modern trucks. Essentially this truck will do everything and anything you ask it to do. So how could I possibly still complain?
Build quality. It’s as simple as that. The 2017 Ford F-150 XL feels cheap. It is cheap, but let me put this in perspective. I used to work on a farm cleaning out barns for a summer to pay for my second Rx-7. My get-around truck was a late 1980’s Ford ranger. I wish I had gotten the chance to film that truck. It was a tiny little thing, but to me I felt like a million bucks in it. Everything fit together in it. I never once drove it on pavement, but I still never heard a squeak or rattle from the interior. That is not the case with the 2017, which I drove only on pavement. I heard the plastics hit each other, the steering wheel creaked when I grabbed it, and the seats felt like hand-me-downs.
Is the 2017 Ford F-150 XL a cheap honest truck: yes. But it is not nearly the quality of the cheap trucks of decades’ past. The F-150 XL is proof you can still buy a cheap truck, just don’t expect high build quality.
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