Car and Driver … and Economist
CAFE fuel mileage standard (mandated by 2025) means that U.S. carmakers need to get serious about fuel efficiency. Really serious.The 54.5 MPG
But that’s a road Ford is not traveling… at least not in its venerable F-150 pickup truck, for more than 30 years the bestselling vehicle on America’s highways. Befitting its bestseller status, the F-150 has to be all things to all people. So, if Ford is to deliver new thinking, they’ve got to do it in a familiar package. Their solution? To drape the 13th-generation model of its flagship pickup in aluminum sheet metal.
READ AND LEARN. How well do you know your auto coverage?
But the F-150 is possibly the meatiest of meat-and-potatoes rides, and not some piece of automotive exotica. Thus, Ford’s weight- and fuel-saving solution also has to be as rugged, easy-to-maintain, and affordable to repair as steel body panels … and, of course, cost about the same to insure. Quite the set of challenges.
So how are they doing? Car and Driver surveyed, well, a truckload of experts, including Dr. Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute. You may be surprised at his answer—that insuring the next-gen F-150 should cost pretty much the same. Why–and what can Hartwig’s answer tell you about auto insurance in general? Read on and wonder no more…