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2015 Ford F-150 Towing Capacities

Friday, January 23rd 2015. | 2015 Ford F-150, Reviews
2015 F-150 XLT in Green towing

2015 F-150 XLT in Green towing

The 2015 Ford F-150 brings some class-leading numbers to the half-ton segment, here’s a definitive guide as to what each engine’s towing capacity range is. We’ll start with the base 3.5 liter V6 and make our way up to the 3.5 liter V6 EcoBoost. It’s quite remarkable that we have a V6 topping Ford’s engine range rather than 6.2 liter V8 in the 2014 model, but lucky for us that EcoBoost engine is one hell of a performer!

2015 Ford F-150 King Ranch White

2015 Ford F-150 King Ranch White

3.5 liter Ti-VCT V6 (base engine)

This engine starts at a modest 5,100 pound towing capacity, but when properly equipped tops out at a respectable 7,600 pounds (or 7,500 pounds with 4×4), this is largely accomplished with a switch in axle ratio from 3.55 to 3.73. As in the past, I recommend foregoing the 3.5 liter engine for this one at is not that much more expensive, unless you have a need for the absolute cheapest model available and/or need the simplest/easiest to maintain engine of the bunch.

2.7 liter EcoBoost V6

This engine has a much tighter range when it comes to towing capacity, starting at 7,600 pounds and topping out at 8,500 pounds, you’ll have to equip a payload package and a 3.73 rear axle ratio. Very impressive for fairly small displacement V6, it’s those twin turbo’s! As I mentioned above, it is a no-brainer, in most cases, to upgrade to this engine from the base V6.

5.0 liter Ti-VCT V8

Now we’re getting into the heavy duty stuff, at least in regards to half-tons. This engine will tow anywhere from 8,300 pounds up to 11,100 pounds. The top end of the range comes down to 11,000 for a Super Cab and 10,900 for a Super Crew. Not much of a sacrifice should you need more room for passengers.

3.5 liter EcoBoost V6

Here we are, at the top of the 2015 F-150 engine line-up. This twin turbo will tow up to 10,700 pounds at its lowest axle ratio and all the way up to 12,200 when properly equipped. Who would’ve guessed that a 3.5 liter V6 would outdo a 5 liter engine by over 1,000 pounds?

2015 Ford F-150 2.7 liter ecoboost towing at davis dam

2015 Ford F-150 2.7 liter ecoboost towing at davis dam

So, all considered, we have a max-tow range of 5,100 pounds all the way up to 12,200 pounds, with most models handily outdoing that lower-end 5,100 pound tow rating, especially with a cost-effective upgrade to the 2.7 liter V6 EcoBoost. When it comes to the 5.0 vs the 3.5 EcoBoost, I have no trouble recommending either engine for anything you have to throw at it. If I’m honest, I might be looking at an F-250 or bigger if I am considering regularly towing anything that’s right around the max-tow rating of either of these engines. But hey, Ford says these trucks can do it, so maybe you’ll end up with an F-150. They truly are remarkable trucks, both past and present.

2015 F-150 XL Base 2WD

2015 F-150 XL Base 2WD

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