America’s love for pickup trucks dates back almost a century when the first factory-build Ford has hit the streets in 1925 and changed our lives forever. And since Ford has now decided to shift the focus in the US towards trucks and SUVs by 90% we are definitely going to see better versions of Ford trucks on our roads every year. Ford’s F-150 is the most bellowed truck in the US, and Ford is set on making this already popular model bigger and better. So, lest see why F-150 tops the charts, leaving the popular Tacoma or the Silverado far behind.
- The holy trio for a truck – towing, payload and hp are the best-in-class
- Unique bed and cab styles
- Multiple choices for the beds, powertrains and cabs
- Raptor trim is awesome for off-roading
- Very comfortable seats
- On-point infotainment
- Awesome engine lineup
- Spacious cabin
- Insufficient fuel economy
- Exceptionally pricey upper trims
Ford F-150 Overview
This full-size pickup is truly an American icon, we are now into thirteenth generation and 50 years of making of this classic vehicle. Ford’s F-series is always an etalon of all of the latest innovations and advanced cutting-edge upgrades. Ford cherishes this particular model: a few years ago they’ve invested 3 billion dollars to replace the truck’s steel body with an aluminum one to drastically boost fuel economy and managed to lighten the “load” by a jaw dropping 700 pounds. Since Ford has introduced this pickup they’ve sold more than 40 million of them. Hence, we are looking at one of the best-selling vehicles in history.
As for this year’s model, we have a lot of worthy upgrades: Ford added a 3.0-liter diesel-powered V6 engine, top trims are full-packed with tech and safety aids and are capable of generating unparalleled 450 horsepower. Moreover, the sheer number of engines for you to choose from is unbelievable: 2019 F-150 has six of them. This year there are more than a few of the safety features became standard across all of the trims and a 36-gallon fuel tank is also standard for the premium two trims. Overall, F-150 is probably the best pickup truck there is, there’s no hype, no extra effort to market or impress, just continuous outstanding ingenuity and highest-quality craftsmanship. As for the variety – there are altogether six main trim levels and the off-roading king – the Raptor.
The F-150 is a great looking car, it really stands out and, actually, Ford hasn’t really ever missed the mark with the F-series exterior. Powerful black mesh grille, the stylish aluminum wheels, body-color bumpers add much to the appeal. Plus, the F-150 appearance is also dictated by the variety and practicality: there are three cab styles (regular, extended and crew cab), three bed lengths that depend on the style of the cab and three choices for the bed ( standard, short and long). Furthermore, the tailgate has a step that pulls out and makes it much easier to get into the bed, there are also pop-out steps made for the same purpose.
The interior is well-crafted, comfortable, and roomy. Way too often we see vehicles with beds lacking interior-wise, design or tech, this is definitely not the case with Ford’s pride pickup. F-150 offers exceptional roominess, a lot of storage space for personal items and supportive seats. Ford offers great visibility that isn’t blocked in any way by the bed. All of the controls and knobs are clearly visible and are strategically placed within reach. And the Ford’s SYNK 3 infotainment is the best there is on the market today. If you need to be working and spend a lot of time on the road – this is how you spend your days on the road in style.
Ford really went all-in with the engine lineup: whatever you think you are looking for the F-150 definitely has it. Altogether you can choose between 6 awesome engines from 2.7 liter to 5.0 one and generating anywhere from 250 to 450 horsepower. F-150 delivers a smooth ride, almost resembling a sedan, and the vehicle handles well, F-150 has the most impressive towing capabilities and offers a whole separate trim build specifically for off-roading.
Even the base trim has a solid tech package, though, the upper trims are packed to impress. F-150 standardly comes with:
- automatic high beams and emergency braking
- forward collision warning
- pedestrian detection
- rearview camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist
- AM/FM stereo
- single-zone manual climate control, and more.
Of course, higher trims offer SYNK 3 infotainment, sunroof, dual-zone CC, bigger and better touch-screen, navigation, Bang & Olufsen AS with 10 speakers and many-many more tech and safety features.
If you want the works, well it is going to cost you. The fully loaded upper trims have hefty price tags, the starting price for the Platinum is 54 920, Raptor basic complication is 52 855 and the Limited starts at impressive 67 135. But, the base models are very affordable for the value and start at 28 155.
The seating fully depends on your choices: you can sit six people if you go for a SuperCab and SuperCrew models and three can be comfortably seated in a regular one. As always – quality material upholstery is standard and as for optional feature, there’s even a massaging feature for the front seats. So, you can really aim high with the F-150.
The two base models have a single zone manual AC and moving on up you’ll have the option to control your temperature with the dual-zone electronic automatic.
The SYNC 3 infotainment is user-friendly, with an intuitive interface. A highly praised infotainment system on the market with easy smartphone integration and the ability to boost your tech features by adding Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
Storage and Space
Ford provides enough space to comfortably store personal items, there is also the option of foldable rear seats for the SuperCab and SuperCrew. The towing power is very impressive: it can tow up to 13 200 pounds. F-150 has 3 bed lengths: 5.5, 6.5, and 8-foot and many additional options that make it easy to load, secure and transport cargo.
It is an extremely comfortable pickup with a roomy cabin and well-shaped seats. Add the in-control smooth ride, user-friendly SYNK 3 and many drivers’ aids and you will find yourself in the car that is made to keep you comfortable for miles at a time.
All of the seats are firm and supportive. You can opt for highly adjustable, heated and massage options.
The comfort of the ride, as well as cargo-loading aids are best-in-class.
The ride doesn’t feel buzzy even on rough roads. Some have reservations because of the acceleration, stating that it is rather underwhelming, especially on the 1.0-liter engine.
Safety & Reliability
Overall NHTSA safety ratings is 5 out of 5 stars.
Should I Buy the Ford F-150?
The Ford F-150 is an undisputed king in its class.
How Much Does it cost?
28 155 USD – 70 560 USD