Ford Trucks Pick Up Even More Awards

April 14th, 2017 by

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Over the past several decades, Ford has solidified itself as a leader in the pickup truck segment. Made in America and made to perform, the Ford F-Series of pickups is as important to the brand’s lineup as it is to our cultural identity. Proudly displayed at Ford dealership locations across the United States, it can be said that the F-Series lineup is the heartbeat of the blue oval brand.

It isn’t just that Ford manufactures pickup trucks that people like to drive, it’s the fact that those pickup trucks are the most award-winning and best-selling in America. While Ford does have to contend with competition from Chevy and a few other big name brands in the pickup truck space, the truth is that Ford is truly the king of the class. The brand has managed to snag a plethora of awards that solidify this well-known point, including two very recent accolades that are as unique as they are important.

Ford F-150 Recognized for Being Green

The green movement and the pickup truck segment don’t exactly go together like peanut butter and jelly. Rather, their association is more akin to grape jelly meeting up with your favorite new pair of white jeans. Despite this relatively common truth, AAA Green Car Guide has recently recognized the F-150 with an award that likely even took Ford by surprise.

In a strange and wonderful twist of fate, the 2017 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew was named the Top Green Vehicle in the pickup truck segment by AAA Green Car Guide. The award was bestowed upon the light-duty pickup truck for its best-in-class fuel economy numbers, spacious interior, and exceptional handling.

Who says pickups can’t be efficient and capable? Not Ford.

The 2017 F-150 4×2 with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 under the hood is capable of up to 19 miles per gallon in the city, and 26 miles per gallon on the highway. While some SUVs and even midsize crossovers struggle to reach such an impressive EPA-estimated number, the Ford F-150 achieves it with ease. Those numbers have earned not only the title of the most efficient standard-size pickup truck by the Environmental Protection Agency, but also the prestigious award from AAA Green Car Guide.

Megan McKernan is the manager of the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center, and noted that the F-150 more than earned its most recent award for multiple reasons. “Many drivers need the flexibility of a larger vehicle, but still want to make a green choice. AAA awarded the Ford F-150 XLT the 2017 pickup category winner in the AAA Green Car Guide for its best-in-class fuel economy, great visibility, spacious interior and exceptional handling.”

It’s important to note that on average, gas prices in the United States are 40-percent lower than they were five years ago, but that consumers are still paying close attention to EPA fuel economy estimates. Along with handing out annual automotive awards, the AAA Green Car Guide also conducts market research year-round. In one of their most recent surveys, AAA found that American car buyers are citing fuel efficiency as a “major purchase consideration” when purchasing a vehicle, with 70-percent rating it as an important factor.

The Ford F-150 pickup truck is not a stranger to earning “green” awards. Just prior to the announcement from AAA that the F-150 earned the institutions Green Vehicle Award, the same model was given the Greener Choice Award by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The Ford F-150 4×2 was the only full-size pickup truck to make the council’s list of Greener Choices.

As if buyers needed one more reason to get behind the wheel of a brand new 2017 Ford F-150. But, just in case they did – keep reading to uncover yet another compelling point as to why the F-150 should be your next vehicle purchase.

2017 F-150 Raptor Named Pickup Truck of the Year

The Ford F-150 Raptor is completely new for the 2017 model year, and plenty of people are taking notice. Named the Pickup Truck of the Year at the 2017 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards, the F-150 Raptor is an obvious choice for buyers in this segment.

Judges over at Popular Mechanics didn’t shy away about their feelings toward the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. In the post announcing the winners of the 2017 awards, Popular Mechanics offered some insight as to why the F-150 Raptor earned top accolades over other trucks on the market: “But amongst all this earnest usefulness, we have a truck that’s single-minded in its pursuit of a frivolous goal: desert racing. The new Ford Raptor is to the standard F-150 what the Incredible Hulk is to Bruce Banner.” In the estimation of Popular Mechanics, other trucks are too caught up in the effort to become the swiss army knife of pickups, rather than focus in one a single important niche.

For the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, that niche happens to be desert racing. With a mind-boggling horsepower rating of 450, a ten-speed automatic transmission to handle all of the heat, and a Fox Racing suspension that can cruise over rough terrain at 60 miles per hour, Popular Mechanics concludes that, “It’s a silly talent, but it’s cool, okay? The Raptor is lust worthy, and pickups usually aren’t.”

Two Different Trucks with the Same DNA

As you can see, the 2017 Ford F-150 is a versatile pickup that exists at varying degrees of practicality. On the one hand, buyers can purchase the 2017 F-150 4×2 truck complete with best-in-class fuel efficiency. On the other hand, adrenaline junkies can swing through DePaula Ford and snag up an unpractical, yet thrilling, Ford F-150 Raptor.

Depending on who you are, and what it is you want out of your pickup, you can be sure that you will find what you need in the 2017 Ford F-150 truck lineup. Whether you know what your particular truck needs are or not, come down to DePaula Ford and allow our expert team to tour you through the impressive in-stock F-150 trucks that are ready for you to drive home in today.

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