Quality wasn’t compromised when Ford built the latest iteration of the F-150. One of the reasons why it still retains its high-quality build is because it’s primarily made with aluminium. The F-150 is built with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminium alloy body. In addition, the engine block material, cylinder head material, and lower control arm of the front suspension are also made of aluminium. So why is its aluminium build so important? We at Team Ford Edmonton are here to answer this question! On top of that, we also compiled a list of advantages for why driving an aluminium-built truck is one of the best options available to help you get the job done.
Despite being marketed as a “heavy-duty” truck, one of the advantages of the F-150’s aluminium build is that its very light compared to something like steel. Its lower density helps improve the fuel efficiency of the truck because it reduces the vehicle’s weight. That’s why you see Ford marketing their newer F-150s as having 23% more fuel economy. You would think a lot of those improvements were made under the hood, but really, they’re made over and sideways too!
The only real downside of paying for an aluminium-build truck is that it can be a little bit pricey. But the good news is that it’s actually worth the investment! You rarely have to worry about taking the F-150 to a body shop for small scratches and dings. This is because aluminium is more durable than most other metals used to manufacture cars. Just imagine saving money on several repairs over the course of the truck’s lifetime. Now imagine using those savings on something else like additional accessories for your F-150—pretty great, right?
The chemical properties of aluminium make it naturally resistant to corrosion. It generates a protective oxide coating that prevents it from happening, while adding extra surface treatment such as anodizing, painting, or lacquering can also further improve the metal’s property. This means that the high-strength, military-grade, aluminium alloy body on your F-150 pretty much stays shiny and clean throughout its lifetime. You’d rarely have to take it to a body shop to get it fixed, but you can always check out our friends at Fusion Collision if anything ever happens.
The carbon footprint for Aluminium based trucks are small. This is mainly because it has both lower carbon emissions and the materials are infinitely recyclable. More than 75% of all aluminium from 1888 are still in use today! That’s means most of the aluminium in the world used for building vehicles are practically over 100 years old. It’s pretty amazing if you think about it.
Otherwise, these are just only a few of the advantages of driving an aluminium-body truck. There are even more advantages with driving a F-150,a s well. Wanna learn more? You can come to our showroom and check out what we’ve got in store, or book a test drive ahead of time to see what it feels like driving Alberta’s #1 pickup truck. We at Team Ford Edmonton can’t wait to see you stop by soon!