A lot can change in 30 years. And if you’re America’s best-selling pickup for every year in that time span, very few of those changes go unnoticed.
According to a comparison created by BlueSpringsFordParts.com, the 2016 F-150 has nearly double the horsepower and 50 percent more torque than the 1986 model. The current generation gets about 30 percent better fuel economy despite being hundreds of pounds heavier than the older model.
But all that innovation doesn’t come without a cost.
“It would be great if Ford could find a way to bring the cost of the 2016 model down to the 1986 price point,” says Kyle Harris of BlueSpringsFordParts.com. Even adjusting for inflation, he said, the 2016 F-150 is nearly 30 percent more expensive than the 1986 model. “As nice as the new truck is, I think a lot of F-150 buyers would gladly sacrifice some features for a lower price.”
Among other notable changes to F-150 in the last 30 years are: