The Ford F150 has been the best selling vehicle in the world for 28 years and the best selling truck for 33 straight years outselling its closest truck competitor by 97,000 units. With statistics like these the F150 is a hard truck to compete with. Doug Scott, Ford truck marketing manager once said, “When it comes to trucks, only one stat matters-how customers vote with their wallets and the results are clear – the capability, productivity, technology and value of Ford F-Series is unmatched.” Year after year the F150 exceeds consumer expectations through class-leading towing, much-improved gas mileage, and luxury features. Ford knows what the American market wants in a truck and with the F150 they’ve delivered. The F150 started its reign as best selling vehicle in the world during the Carter Administration and still holds that title 28 years later with the 2013 model.
Although the F150 has changed, its superiority to its competitors hasn’t. For the 2013 year model the F150 showcases the same powerplants that replaced Fords previous modular V8’s in 2011. The base model features a 3.7-liter V6, which may not sound like much, but truly offers substantial torque and acceleration throughout the powerband. If you want to fit in with the cool crowd though the turbo 3.5 liter V6 is the way to go. It produces a whopping 365hp and races to 60 in less than 8 seconds which is pretty impressive for a truck of its size. The turbo six also makes enough torque (420 ft-lbs) to challenge Ford’s previous V8 powerplants. The top of the line F150 truck receives 411hp and 434 ft-lbs of torque from a monster 6.2 liter V8 mounted in the most luxurious models and Ford’s racy Raptor.
Not only does the F150 offer a number of engine packages but it also has a wide range of trim packages as well, eleven to be exact. The base model is the XL and successively following are the STX, XLT, FX2, Lariat, FX4, SVT Raptor, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited. On top of Ford’s wide range of models, each trim varies individually but most can be equipped with a selection of regular cab, supercab, and supercrew cab styles. The F150 can also be fitted with 2WD or a 4WD mode that shifts power to the front wheels when necessary. All F150’s include a safety package that includes airbags, stability control, trailer sway control, and hill-start assist. They are also offered with either a 6.5 or 8-foot bed for all of your hauling needs. They can also be equipped with Ford’s SYNC media controller that features CD/DVD capability, real-time traffic information, and navigation. Ford also offers Bluetooth and a rearview camera for an additional charge.
The F150’s extensive list of features and builds lends itself to an array of different clienteles seeking an variety of features in a truck. As the number one vehicle in the world, Ford is counting on the F150’s success and that success doesn’t seem like much of a gamble from the chair I’m sitting in. Throughout the evolution of the F150 we as observers of the industry have witnessed a number of drastically different models have undying success with little outcry from the public. Ford’s latest F150 seems to better the last and reminds the public of Ford’s stability as a brand and Ford’s ability to produce quality trucks year after year.
|Horsepower||302 @ 6500 rpm (3.7L V6)|
|360 @ 5500 rpm (5.0L V8)|
|411 @ 5500 rpm (6.2L V8)|
|365 @ 5000 rpm (3.5L EcoBoost®)|
|Torque||278 @ 4000 rpm (3.7L V6)|
|380 @ 4250 rpm (5.0L V8)|
|434 @ 4500 rpm (6.2L V8)|
|420 @ 2500 rpm (3.5L EcoBoost®)|
|Transmissions||6-Speed Automatic (standard)|
|6-speed SelectShift Automatic™ (optional on XL, STX, XLT; std. on FX2/FX4, LARIAT, King Ranch®, SVT Raptor, Platinum and Limited|
|Wheelbase||125.9″ (6.5′ box Regular Cab)|
|133.3″ SVT Raptor (5.5′ box SuperCab)|
|144.5″ (5.5′ box SuperCrew, 6.5′ box SuperCab, 8.0′ box Regular Cab)|
|145.2″ SVT Raptor (5.5′ box SuperCrew)|
|156.5″ (6.5′ box SuperCrew)|
|163.1″ (8.0′ box SuperCab)|
|Maximum Conventional Towing||11,300 lbs.|
|Maximum Payload||3,120 lbs. (Regular Cab 4×2 with 5.0L V8 and Heavy Duty Payload Pkg)|
|Warranty||Bumper to Bumper: 3 years / 36,000 miles|
|Powertrain: 5 years / 60,000 miles|
|Safety Restraint System: 5 years / 60,000 miles|
|Corrosion (Perforation only): 5 years / Unlimited miles|
|Roadside Assistance Program: 5 years / 60,000 miles|
|Minimum Vehicle Base Curb Weight (lbs.)|
Credits: Emmett Vick, carconnection.com, ford.com, and media.ford.com