Owner’s Log: 2015 Ford F-150 Lariat (6/2015 – 9/2016)

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Another quarter passes, and the 2015 F-150 continues to pack on the miles in short order, more than ever this quarter, and the truck is loving it! (and so am I)  The extra tech features continue to impress as well.  Read on for more details and what I’ve used the truck for in the last 3 months.

Stats:

Time Period: 6/21/2015 – 9/20/2016
Miles Driven: 2,309 / 6,471 (this update / total) (1,455 in previous update)
Average MPG: 18.2 mpg (reported by on-board computer)
Avg MPG for Year: 16.1 (hand-calculated)

Costs:

Maintenance Costs: $0
Repairs: $0.00
Total Cost (non-fuel): $0.00

Services Performed:

  • 7/15/2016 – Oil change, tire rotation – paid for by Maintenance Package.

Summary:

2015 Ford F-150 Drivers Side

The Blue Jean Metallic paint appears different under different lighting conditions, as shown here

This quarter marks many more miles than the previous one, as the F-150 came in handy for ferrying my lawn mower and yard tools, top soil, grass seed, and other household necessities.  Also, with an infant at home, family trips were made easier by taking the truck, taking advantage of the extra space afforded to us by the SuperCrew cab and covered bed.

Increased mileage on the engine means increased mileage at the pump.  New vehicles, many of which use synthetic blend and full synthetic oil – the Ford F-150 uses the former – take a lot longer than older engines to break in.  In many cases, I’ve seen full engine break-in at or near the 20,000 mile mark.  Once the odometer reached 5,000 on my truck, I saw a marked improvement in MPGs, as is borne out by the stats above.

The tech features, as I mentioned above, continue to impress.  I’m quite enamored with the Adaptive Cruise Control, as it takes quite a bit of stress out of driving in traffic, and the 360-degree camera is handy in tight spots.  The panoramic sunroof is simply stunning, and many passengers comment on it.

Summer also means heat, and the F-150’s air conditioning seems even better than my previous truck, despite less than stellar results from the cooled seats.  Fret not, there’s a fix on the way, and it’ll be on this site in the coming days.

2015-ford-f-150-pine-treeThe all-terrain tires came in handy on July 4th weekend, when I was in Pennsylvania for almost a week.  My father-in-law asked me to help clean up a fallen pine tree.  I drove my truck across his land, in wet grass and on hill sides which gave my previous truck troubles (equipped with highway-biased tires).  Having the truck handy was great, since it carried all the tools, hydration, and a built-in place to rest when needed.

Dated Notes:

  • none

General Observations:

  • none

by John Suit

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