Watch This New Ford F-150 Get a Sledgehammer Beatdown
Normally, when an automotive outlet receives a long-term test vehicle, it gets put through a regimen of everyday road testing. Questions regarding real-world fuel economy and interior comfortability are comprehensively answered. But the new aluminum-bodied F-150 begged a much more important question, durability. So when the editors over at Edmunds.com took delivery of their long-term 2015 Ford F-150 test truck, they set about answering that durability question immediately...by smashing the bed with a sledgehammer. Not once, but twice. RELATED: Take a closer look at the all-new 2017 Ford Raptor 4x4
It might seem like cruel and unusual punishment, but it's an important bullet point on the modern truck buyer's checklist. While both aluminum and steel-bodied trucks can take some abuse, conventional steel-bodied trucks are generally regarded to cost less to repair. Aluminum repairs require more specialized equipment and technician training, and thus may take longer and cost more.
The editors selected the truck's rear bed panel because, as Dan Edmunds explains, it's a body panel that has to be repaired, it can't simply be pulled-off and swapped. And repaired it was. At the end of the day, the total repair bill came out to $2,938.44.
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