Ford’s new F-150 can be your ultimate winter companion image

Too much snow on your driveway today? Fret not, because your recently acquired light-duty 2015 F-150 has been skillfully handed to accept a “plow-prep” option that makes adding a snow-plow an easy task for a wide range of pickup customers.

Traditionally, the snow plows have been compatible with a wide range of heavy-duty pickups – the lighter full-size pickups were usually severely limited by chassis and electrical characteristics – so finding a compatible snow-plow was usually a titanic task. The new, aluminum intensive generation of 2015 F-150 was originally designed and engineered to meet the pre-requisite requirements of adding a snow-plow. “By using more high-strength steel in its frame and advanced materials in the body, the new (F-150) has more capability and better handling, which is exactly what you’d want for plowing,” comments Eric Peterson, Ford F-150 marketing manager.

The automaker also used an upgraded electrical system that took into consideration the idea of retrofitting plows – the modern electrical power steering usually can’t handle the loads of both the steering and plow controls. But the new F-150 truck has an ace up its sleeve: a button on the dashboard cuts off the juice for accessories such as heated seats, heated steering wheel and fog lights, redirecting it to the steering and plow. Best of all, the plow-prep option costs only $50 and no chassis tweaks or suspension upgrades are necessary. The plow-prep option is naturally limited to the top engine option – the 5-liter V-8 engines – but is available in any cab configuration: Regular, SuperCab and SuperCrew.