New member here and current owner of a loaded '14 F150 FX2 w/ 3.5 EcoBoost. I've always been a Ford guy but had plenty of GM in the family. I'm in the market for a new truck and looking to take advantage of a lease on a new Sierra Denali.
I went to the dealership to test drive tonight knowing I loved the idea of this truck, but left with more uncertainties...
First things first, the truck is absolutely beautiful. Interior is leaps and bounds over Ford in terms of quality & feel. GM has some neat features that make it competitive against the F150.
Transmission: the first thing I noticed on the test drive was a serious CLUNK from the 8 speed every time I stopped and the transmission downshifted into first gear. I also noticed some pretty serious hunting going on when passing and attempting to downshift. It was probably a 1-2 second delay after I mashed my foot down.
Engine: I was honestly a bit disappointed for 2 reasons. One, with all the sound deadening, I could barely hear the 6.2 rumble (unlike my mother's '12 Yukon Denali). Second, it really didn't seem all that quick? There was an initial quick burst of torque when on the throttle but once you past 3-3.5k RPM the power really seemed to die off? (I know I'm coming from an engine with 2 turbos and looking at a big lazy eight.. but still)
Headlights: It might have been the road that I was on (lots of other cars) but it sure seemed like the LED headlights were dimmer than the HID's on my F150.
Turning Radius: it sucks. Couldn't make a u-turn on a very wide intersection.
In addition to those "bigger" / deal-breaker issues, there were a couple of other things that really irk me for a $65,000 truck:
No keyless entry (the Yukon's have it...)
No push button start (again, the Yukon's...)
No blind-spot light (again... ^)
The plastic "wood" trim on the sides of the center console was loose and rattled...
The intellilink touch screen seemed slow to react graphically to my inputs... For example, when changing a station, the audio switched immediately but the indicator on the screen and the "beep" were delayed.
The door handles feel like they might actually break off in my hand
No power telescoping steering wheel...
No A/C vents to the back seats??
Don't love the 22" wheels and wish there was another option with the "ultimate" package
So, I apologize for the rant but I think I am even more undecided then where I started. Yes, the new F150's are really nice, but so similar to my current truck that it doesn't warrant getting a new model to me. And now having experienced the Sierra Denali... not sure if I think trading up is worth it either?
What do you think.. did I just get a "dud" of a truck? Should I go back and test drive another?