There's no truck quite like the 2016 Ford F-150, and its aluminum body really sets it apart from older models. Like the competition, the used 2012 Ford truck consists of steel body panels. Aluminum is better for a number of reasons.
First, aluminum doesn't rust. This is great if you plan to haul your boat to the beach every weekend, where salty air has been known to rust steel components. It's also a plus if you plan to hang onto your F-150 for quite a few years. You'll never have to replace these aluminum body panels due to rust.
The next thing you'll notice is that the 2016 Ford F-150 truck feels lighter and more maneuverable than the used 2012 Ford F-150. While the 2012 Ford F-150 offered impressive handling for the full-size truck segment, the 2016 F-150 leaves it in the proverbial dust. Thanks to its new aluminum body, the 2016 F-150 has shed some 700 pounds compared to the 2012. This is very good news, because the new 2016 Ford F-150 feels less like a truck and more like a family-style crossover SUV as you make your way around cramped parking lots or through winding mountain passes. You've never felt such responsive handling and precise steering in an F-150.
Because it weighs less than ever, the 2016 Ford F-150 can tow and haul heavier loads than previous models. For example, the used 2012 Ford F-150 towed up to 11,300 pounds, depending on configuration. However, with the new 2016 Ford F-150, you can tow trailers that weigh a maximum of 12,000 pounds. Not only that, but you can do so with even greater fuel efficiency. That is to say that the F-150's aluminum body panels also contribute to new-and-improved EPA ratings. Use the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine to tow max loads of 12,000 pounds and earn up to 17 city/24 highway mpg. Meanwhile, the 2012 F-150 requires the 6.2-liter V8 engine to tow its maximum ratings. This V8 proved thirsty, earning only 13/18 mpg with rear wheel drive - and even less with four-wheel drive.
Let's face it: the newer your vehicle is, the better the trade-in value. If you're starting out with a used 2012 Ford F-150, you're automatically downgrading your future prospects. It doesn't matter if you plan to trade in your F-150 in a few years or way down the line - the fact is, buying a new 2016 Ford F-150 truck will serve you better now and when it comes time to upgrade your vehicle.
Test-drive the new 2016 Ford F-150 truck to discover a whole new take on the full-size pickup. Compared to the used 2012 Ford F-150, you can tow and haul max loads while simultaneously saving money at the pump. When it comes time to trade your F-150 for a new-and-improved future model, you'll enjoy an excellent trade-in value.