Today TestDrive is in the everyday work truck, the Ford F150 XLT. You won't find leather seats, navigation, heated steering wheel, or panoramic sunroofs here. Nope, this truck is meant for work, and does a damn good job of it. Equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and 4x4 drive, the F150 XLT could be your choice to replace your commercial vehicle.

Our full tour and review of the 2017 Ford F-150 XLT goes in-depth with all the features and options with this commercial-trim vehicle. Most other trucks are loading up the options to position themselves as luxury vehicles, but a vast majority of truck buyers are looking for something dependable to use every day on the job site, farm, or trade.

This isn't the absolute base model F150, but likely the most popular option for buyers here in Canada looking for the basics they need along with the most affordable price. This truck doesn't have HID lights, leather seats, or power tailgates, but it does offer enough to get the job done.

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Comments

    • Erick Pantoja
      Erick Pantoja

      Does this have back up cámara????

      about 2 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Erick Pantoja

      There's always good deals for pickup trucks! One of the most marked up vehicle segments with plenty of room for negotiation. Good luck!

      about 2 months ago
    • Erick Pantoja
      Erick Pantoja In reply to Erick Pantoja

      Haha!! Sorry I have 2 accounts my sons uses one totally forgot
      Thanks for the reply!
      This is just a perfect truck for kids and dogs no need for leather seats and sunroof!
      Hope they give me a deal today!

      about 2 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Erick Pantoja

      Two replies from two different accounts? Yes, this has a backup camera although it's a small one.

      about 2 months ago
    • Erick Pantoja
      Erick Pantoja

      so does this one have a back camera?

      about 2 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Erick Pantoja

      It does, but a pretty small one.

      about 2 months ago
    • Butch Dye
      Butch Dye

      Well, sorry, BUT they are not just work trucks any more.

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Butch Dye

      Which is why we've featured a number of top-end pickup trucks since filming this episode.

      about 3 months ago
    • Daniel
      Daniel

      Finally someone who reviewed a base model without all the luxury bs. Thanks 👌

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Daniel

      We've produced a more recent episode on the 2018 F-150 XLT, I think we did a much better job explaining the use case for this truck and it's capabilities: https://youtu.be/27X_oZea_gM

      about 3 months ago
    • Graham Clarence
      Graham Clarence

      This review was well done, but I think I should clarify why luxury trucks exist. Yes, trucks are meant to do work. The luxury trucks can still do work, but the people who buy them don’t always use them for dirty work. They are still capable of towing something like a boat or an RV (yes, smaller travel trailers and lots of boats can be towed by a larger SUV, but if you have a fifth wheel, you definitely need a truck) and can still haul stuff in the bed like bikes or even large items that just can’t fit in the back of a crossover. It is still a vehicle that takes up space in your garage or driveway, you still need to pay insurance on it, you still need to keep up with the maintenance, and you still need to buy it. If you’re going to need a truck for some things anyway, why pay 40k for a truck and 60k for a luxury car when you can just pay 70k for a luxury truck? Not everyone who has a truck uses it for farm work or construction work.

      about 11 months ago
    • Graham Clarence
      Graham Clarence In reply to Graham Clarence

      Perpetual Radio Networks that is true, but I can assure you that people living in rural areas generally prefer V8’s. I know this from living in a rural area myself. If I go to the nearest Ford dealer to me, all the F-150s have the 5.0L because out here, nobody wants a turbocharged V6. In the city it is different though. The 5.5’ bed is useful because it allows the truck to be more maneuverable, which isn’t very important in a rural area.

      about 11 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Graham Clarence

      Realistically the F-450 is going to be the choice for heavy farm work, but we see a staggering number of XLTs on the road being used for work-related activities, most of which have one of the smaller EcoBoost engines.

      about 11 months ago
    • Graham Clarence
      Graham Clarence In reply to Graham Clarence

      Also, most construction workers and farmers would buy a truck with a 6.5’ bed and a V8, so this truck isn’t even that great for lots of people who use it for work.

      about 11 months ago
    • Will Exantus
      Will Exantus

      3 years from now this truck will be in the scrap yard. American trucks and cars are all junk. Every year they built them with new engine because their are crap especially the ecoboost engine nothing but problems. Please don't waste your hard earned money on American junk. Get a Toyota Tundra and 30 years from now it will still be on the road and it will worth than that crap.

      about 1 year ago
    • Tommy Truth
      Tommy Truth

      The no frills work truck is the XL, not the XLT. And even the XL has too many options and technology on it these days.

      about 1 year ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Tommy Truth

      That's true, however we ended up getting this one to review so we made it work.

      about 1 year ago
    • Deereman
      Deereman

      What farmer buys a Ecoboost? Never seen a farmer use anything without a v8 or a inline 6 diesel.

      about 1 year ago
    • Tommy Truth
      Tommy Truth In reply to Deereman

      You won't find a farmer with a 5.5' bed either.

      about 1 year ago
    • Tommy Truth
      Tommy Truth In reply to Deereman

      V6's today.

      about 1 year ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Deereman

      Not sure which market has a Ford inline 6 diesel, but it isn't Canada.

      about 1 year ago
    • dsnake457 sch
      dsnake457 sch

      That is not a No-Frills Work Truck, My 2017 XL is. Standard V6, 2 wheel drive, 6ft bed, 100A electronics package.  PS you need a key to open the door and start it.

      about 1 year ago
    • Graham Clarence
      Graham Clarence In reply to dsnake457 sch

      The XLT also needs a physical key to start. Only the Lariat and above trucks get push button start. Maybe an XLT with the 302A equipment package could have it.

      about 11 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to dsnake457 sch

      That's very true, they do make an even more affordable option, however the XLT seems to be the most popular for single-buyers, whereas I can see the XL being a good fleet option when bought in bulk.

      about 1 year ago
    • Raymond Bezy
      Raymond Bezy

      This truck is as basic as an XLT comes. It's a 300A pkg. You can get a 301A and 302A pkg as well on the XLT. It's funny you say it struggles to get on the highway. If that's the 3.5L Ecoboost that truck is waaaay faster than the Ram with the hemi. The 2.7L Ecoboost is faster than the hemi.

      about 1 year ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Raymond Bezy

      We had the chance to review the 2018 F-150 XLT with the 3.5L EcoBoost a few months ago and found the power delivery much better: https://youtu.be/27X_oZea_gM

      about 8 months ago
    • Terry Thompson
      Terry Thompson In reply to Raymond Bezy

      Raymond Bezy I thought the same thang kinda funny how they allways say the ram lol EcoBoost destroys the ram

      about 8 months ago
    • Poppy Neese
      Poppy Neese

      Also the review was very well done, would have never known you weren't a truck guy, until you said you weren't. My theory is pickups have replaced large family automobiles and much more useful, women seem to love trucks and I've always thought women were much more practical about vehicles than us guys.

      about 1 year ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Poppy Neese

      Definitely seems to be the way things have been going! There's a lot more on the road and they're quickly becoming a popular choice. It's still good to know you can get a good 'Work Truck' instead of ones loaded with luxury.

      about 1 year ago
    • Poppy Neese
      Poppy Neese

      I wanted something that wouldn't rust, had plenty of room for the grandkids, got pretty good fuel economy and had enough power to occasionally pull a small trailer. Had always owned Tacomas, but their comfort and economy aren't there. My 2017 is a crew cab wit 4wd, stx package and 2.7 ecoboost engine. Runs like a scared hound when you need it to, looks great in Race Red. Extremely comfortable too, with the wife a 3 grand kids couldn't have made a better choice, little worried about the turbos down the road, but with 33% of f150's being sold with 2.7 I'm sure rebuilding the turbos will become a big industry prices will fall.

      about 1 year ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Poppy Neese

      Sounds like you picked the right truck! I think turbo failure mostly affects performance-oriented vehicles. I know many of the turbo BMW's recently have issues, but those are almost always abused. With proper maintenance and regular driving habits I'm sure it will be fine!

      about 1 year ago
    • Daniel McCormack
      Daniel McCormack

      He makes a good point it's just a pickup

      about 1 year ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Daniel McCormack

      Especially when pickup trucks these days are trying to compete as luxury vehicles, most people just need them to haul payload and fit workers.

      about 1 year ago
    • XLT SpecialEdition 17
      XLT SpecialEdition 17

      where is this truck from the xlt truck looks like an xl truck with xlt badging

      about 1 year ago
    • Tommy Truth
      Tommy Truth In reply to XLT SpecialEdition 17

      It is the package it has. Other XLT trucks have different options on them.

      about 1 year ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to XLT SpecialEdition 17

      Could it be different options for different markets? We seem to get different things here in Canada. Otherwise it could be due to it being a fleet vehicle, different options to keep costs low.

      about 1 year ago
    • XLT SpecialEdition 17
      XLT SpecialEdition 17 In reply to XLT SpecialEdition 17

      non ecoboost v6s

      about 1 year ago
    • XLT SpecialEdition 17
      XLT SpecialEdition 17 In reply to XLT SpecialEdition 17

      PRN the grille for one I also only see either xlt chrome trim or sport trim models I've only seen that grill on v6 xl models

      about 1 year ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to XLT SpecialEdition 17

      This was a fleet vehicle, however the VIN did show up as an XLT. What's missing to make you say that?

      about 1 year ago
    • johan pineda
      johan pineda

      I was wondering how the truck behaves  in the snow with the non slip axle.  is the  4x4 good?

      about 1 year ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to johan pineda

      Unfortunately we didn't have an opportunity to try it out, the snow we got during the week with this truck was pretty light. The 4x4 is good for getting out of sticky situations like the mud field we decided to shoot in.

      about 1 year ago
    • Pescarusul Albastru
      Pescarusul Albastru

      Is big ?Is looking masiv....

      about 1 year ago
    • Sunitha Durai
      Sunitha Durai In reply to Pescarusul Albastru

      Dorin Rochis wildanimal s

      about 1 year ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Pescarusul Albastru

      It's a huge truck, that's for sure. Makes getting around in tight streets difficult.

      about 1 year ago
    • 6825mitchell
      6825mitchell

      I bet that ecoboost will out run a hemi in any race we could put together. Good review

      about 1 year ago
    • boochful Jim
      boochful Jim In reply to 6825mitchell

      I have the 2.7L twin turbo and it wrrecks my buddies 1500 hemi ram in a race

      about 1 year ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to 6825mitchell

      Tough to say, but definitely something we would have liked to have done! Perhaps as the show grows we'll be able to. Thanks!

      about 1 year ago
    • Enzo Barletta
      Enzo Barletta

      How tall are you? The cab looks small

      about 1 year ago
    • Benjamin Burkhardt
      Benjamin Burkhardt In reply to Enzo Barletta

      Obviously he was standing closer to the camera as well

      about 1 year ago
    • Benjamin Burkhardt
      Benjamin Burkhardt In reply to Enzo Barletta

      Enzo Barletta he's a larger guy

      about 1 year ago
    • Enzo Barletta
      Enzo Barletta In reply to Enzo Barletta

      thanks for your answer. good review

      about 1 year ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Enzo Barletta

      I'm 6 feet tall, but I was standing closer to the camera and further along the front of the truck compared with the cab, so that might be why it looks smaller than it really should.

      about 1 year ago
    • ThePluripotent
      ThePluripotent

      Good job on the review. Amusing as well.

      about 2 years ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to ThePluripotent

      Thanks! We wanted to do something a little different with this one, hopefully most will see the humour in it as you have. But we also feel that the working truck is underrepresented in auto journalism so we wanted to give it a fair shot!

      about 2 years ago
    • SOMEBILO2
      SOMEBILO2

      Great review !

      about 2 years ago
    • BewareTheIdes
      BewareTheIdes In reply to SOMEBILO2

      It was a good review, however, he got a dislike from me since he is morbidly obese.

      about 1 year ago
    • Quick Dubbs
      Quick Dubbs In reply to SOMEBILO2

      Thank you very much PRN.

      about 2 years ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to SOMEBILO2

      Sync 3 is offered as part of the 302A package ($6,600CAD). As for the the underseat cup holders, you access them from a latch that flips the bottom of the seat upward, then the cup holder plastic clips into place with a release latch.

      about 2 years ago
    • Quick Dubbs
      Quick Dubbs In reply to SOMEBILO2

      PRN Will the sync 3 infotainment system be offered with the xlt trim? The front row middle seat. After a person raise the middle seat. How do u flip the bottom cup holders over? Love the video! I've seen this xlt trim on thd street 4 times today. Bottomline this will be the level f150 I'm gonna get! So I would like to know whats offered?

      about 2 years ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to SOMEBILO2

      Thanks! As a work truck I think this is one of the best available. I think Ford is doing some great things with the F-Series.

      about 2 years ago