The Ford F-150 may have been completely redesigned for 2015, but for the new model's sophomore year, the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] is trying to broaden its appeal. The 2016 F-150 Limited gets crammed full of luxury and technology features as Ford tries to make everyone forget the Lincoln Mark LT ever happened.
Exterior changes include model-specific 22-inch wheels, raised dimensional "LIMITED" lettering on the hood, a new grille, and satin-finish chrome badge on the tailgate. There's also a chrome front bumper with body-color end caps, a body-color rear bumper, and satin-chrome door handles and exhaust tip.
Ford also loaded the Limited up with seemingly all of the tech available throughout the F-150 range. Standard features include blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, power running boards, LED headlights, a panoramic roof, and remote start with tailgate release. An optional technology package adds lane-keep assist, a 360-degree camera system, and dynamic trailer hitch assist.
The new-for-2016 Pro Trailer Backup Assist is also available as an option. It lets the truck steer itself and a trailer into a parking space, while the driver sets the steering angle with a knob on the dashboard.
2016 Ford F-150 Limited
On the inside, the F-150 Limited gets the new Sync 3 infotainment system, which replaces the much-criticized MyFord Touch system. Other notable features include a 10-speaker Sony audio system, heated and cooled leather front seats with "multicontour massaging," a laser-engraved VIN plate on the center console lid, and some model-specific aesthetic features like fiddleback eucalyptus and aluminum trim.
The F-150 Limited is offered only with the 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V-6, which produces 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and buyers can choose between rear- and four-wheel drive.
While Ford gives the recently-remodeled F-150 an extra dose of luxury, its rival General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] is updating its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size trucks for 2016, with styling tweaks and some added tech and convenience features.
The 2016 Ford F-150 Limited goes on sale this winter. In the meantime, check out the in-depth review of the complete 2016 F-150 range at our sister site The Car Connection.