It's no secret that Ford is a leader when it comes to trucks. In fact, Ford trucks are number one in the business, leaving the competition behind on several important fronts. This is why so many people place their trust and very livelihood on their Ford trucks, because in the end they know the pickups will not fail them.

Only Ford offers EcoBoost for its trucks. The innovative approach to engines combines aggressive turbocharging with direct injection. Even though EcoBoost engines are smaller, they pack a serious punch with this approach. For example, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 for the 2017 F-150 pounds out 375 horsepower and a monstrous 470 lb.-ft. of torque. That's plenty of capability to take on big jobs, yet it also means fewer stops to refuel.

Shoppers who need even more capability can turn to the Ford Super Duty lineup, which is designed for extreme capability. With the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbo diesel engine, owners can tackle some incredibly tough jobs, thanks to the peak 440 horsepower and 925 lb.-ft. of torque.

Ford is also a leader when it comes to tough lightweighting. Its trucks are durable, yet shed considerable weight by the body being constructed with high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy. At the same time, certain vital mechanical components were made tougher than ever before, including the chassis, steering and axles. According to Ford, the 2017 Super Duty features a fully boxed frame which is 24 times stiffer than the one on the 2016 model. Improvements of that kind are most definitely noticed by fans of the brand, and appreciated in a big way.

Plenty of flexible options make Ford a true leader in the industry. 2017 F-150 models with the 5.0-liter V-8 engine can be prepared for compressed natural gas (CNG) and propane through a special package. The setup adds hardened valve seats, intake valves and a unique bi-fuel manifold. With a single flip of the switch, drivers can easily choose to either refuel using gasoline, or one of the two alternatives.

Another key difference for Ford trucks, putting them at number one, is the Raptor. The 2017 model introduces a new look that's striking, plus a number of mechanical improvements. It's a pickup made to take on rugged trails with ease. Even better, the high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 is able to produce monumental figures at a peak 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque. With 3-inch Fox Racing Shox, which features a custom internal bypass technology, the truck benefits big time with 13 inches of suspension travel up front, and 14 inches of travel in the rear. Variable damping rates are possible with these shocks, translating into not only better trail performance, but also a smoother ride on pavement.

Actually useful technologies are available for Ford Trucks, adding functionalities which are important to pickup owners. A prime example is the 360-degree camera with a split-view display. Four cameras supply a 360-degree view of the surroundings, including a clear view for attaching hitch balls to trailer receivers.