2019 ASG AWARDS: Best Economic Performance, Best Environmental Performance and Best All-Around Performance in the Full-size Truck segment.
NOTEWORTHY ASG FINDING: offers the smallest life-cycle carbon footprint and lowest cost of ownership of any full-size truck in the North American market today.
ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE RATING: 100
ASG’s 2019 Study assessed all light-duty trucks available in North America, and found the lightweight aluminum designed Ford F-150 to lead the full-size truck competition in all performance areas, earning ASG's Best All-Around Performance honor. According to ASG, the F-150 holds the smallest life-cycle carbon footprint and lowest cost of ownership of any full-size truck in the North American market today.
The idea of light-weighting is not revolutionary in and of itself, it’s basic physics – reduced vehicle weight requires less power to physically move the vehicle, thus encouraging the use of smaller fuel efficient engines, as found in the 2.7L EcoBoost. What is groundbreaking however, is Ford Motor Company’s ability to implement its light-weighting strategy with economies of scale that makes the F-150 not only price competitive, but in fact the industry leader with the lowest combined purchase and operating costs of any full-size truck in 2019.
ASG’s findings point to the F-150 2.7L EcoBoost, with the smallest carbon footprint in the full-size truck segment, earning ASG’s Best Environmental Performance Award. ASG found the F-150 equipped with the 2.7L EcoBoost to produce 12% less CO2-e emissions across its life-cycle, as compared to the average full-size truck [accounting for resource extraction, processing, vehicle assembly, delivery, use with upstream fuel phases, and end-of-life management]. Further, the F-150's 22 MPG (city/hwy combined) bests the average 20 MPG (city/hwy combined) for the segment, a 2 MPG advantage that is significant over time - reducing fuel costs by $1,915 over the first 78 months of operation, and reducing CO2-e emissions by nearly 25,000 pounds over the vehicles lifetime.
In ASG's economic assessment, the F-150 holds claim to the lowest cost of ownership when considering purchase and operating costs across the first 6.5 years, earning ASG's Best Economic Performance Award. This is a tribute to the F-150's light weighting strategy combined with the fuel efficient 3.3L V6, a combination that beats the average full-size truck with a 10% cost advantage (purchase and operating costs over the first 6.5 years - 87,594 miles for the average new truck buyer).
The Automotive Performance Index (API) applies statistical methods to demonstrate each vehicle rating in relative comparison. For example, the vehicle that performs highest in environment performance in a given class obtains a rating score of 100. Each vehicle in its class is then compared relative to the top-performing vehicle with a rating score reflecting the statistical difference in performance outcomes. A score of 91 translates to a 9% environmental performance deficit as compared to the top-performing vehicle.
Due to the API’s relative vehicle rating method, vehicle class divisions were identified as a critical input - these class divisions are detailed here.
While the Automotive Performance Index is indeed an exhaustive list of vehicles to trim level detail, with each vehicle assessment reporting over 200 unique data outputs (the culmination of thousands of data inputs), ASG has taken additional measures to ease the burden of sorting through all data points and all vehicle assessments. We have developed key performance categories and sorted all vehicles in each class according to Environmental Performance, Social Performance, Economic Performance and All-Around Performance. The vehicle in each class with the best score in each unique category is named the performance award winner (i.e. Best Environmental Performance Award winner). The vehicle in each class that scores highest combined scores in Environmental Performance, Social Performance and Economic Performance is named the ASG Best All-Around Performance Award winner.
One step further, we also name the Best 5 All-Around Performance Award winners in each class to provide consumers with a concise product comparison guide.