All the Pickup Truck News: An Electric F-150, an Expensive F-150 and a Family-Friendly F-150
The Ford F-150 dominated headlines on Cars.com sister site PickupTrucks.com this past week, where we focused on three unique aspects of the popular full-size pickup. First, Ford released a video of a PR stunt (admittedly, a very cool PR stunt) in which an all-electric prototype F-150 pulled more than a million pounds of weight, the video of which you can check out below. Then, we looked into just what a $75,000 — not a typo — Ford F-150 Limited offers buyers and what alternatives are available at such a hefty price. Finally, for shoppers with families, we tested how an F-150 Raptor SuperCrew’s rear seat performs in a Car Seat Check.
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Our-truck-can-tow-this-much stunts are nothing new to the automotive industry, but they’re still probably a much more effective way of enticing shoppers, which is why Ford took an all-electric prototype F-150 and hooked it up to 10 double-decker car transport railcars weighing a claimed total of 1 million pounds and towed them 1,000 or so feet — and when that wasn’t enough, Ford added 42 F-150s to the railcars and did it all again. There are a ton of disclaimers in the video, but we’ll say it again here: Please don’t exceed your vehicle’s maximum towing capacity. (Still, it’s pretty cool to watch.)
A $75,000 Pickup
Pickup truck prices continue to climb, and one of the best (worst?) examples of this is the nearly $75,000 2019 Ford F-150 Limited we recently tested. We examine just what such a high price gets you, and also consider some pickup and non-pickup alternatives for shoppers willing to spend that much but not necessarily needing every aspect of a full-size pickup truck.
Can You Baby in the 2019 F-150 Raptor SuperCrew?
Another way to spend roughly 75 stacks is the 2019 F-150 Raptor SuperCrew we recently tested. But, if you’re someone with small children, do you really want to spend that much on a vehicle that can’t safely accommodate a child-safety seat? We tested the Raptor in a Car Seat Check to see how it performed. (Spoiler alert: really, really well!)
Recalls, Recalls and More Recalls
Recalls went out this past week for 2019 Ram heavy-duty and chassis-cab trucks, 2017-19 Nissan Titans, and 2018-19 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Freightliner Sprinter vans. If you own any of those vehicles, be sure to check out the recall alerts below and see if your vehicle is part of the safety action.
And there’s more where that came from, including an explanation of how the electronic locking front and rear axles work on the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, our account of driving the 2020 Jeep Gladiator off-road sans doors, and a rundown of the things we like and don’t care so much for on the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500. Here’s everything covered in the truck world by PickupTrucks.com can Cars.com in past week:
What Do These Buttons Do in the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2?
Ford Shows Prototype Electric F-150 Towing Over a Million Pounds
What You Get in a $75,000 Ford F-150 Limited, and What Else to Consider
2019 GMC Sierra 1500: 7 Things We Like (and 4 Not So Much)
So You Want to Put Car Seats in Your 2019 Ford F-150 …
Doorless 2020 Jeep Gladiator Isn’t Just for Fun
2019 Ram HDs and Chassis Cabs: Recall Alert
2017-2019 Nissan Titan: Recall Alert
2018-2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Freightliner Sprinter: Recall Alert
And here’s the all-electric F-150 video:
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