Ford F-150 - Still America's Favorite Truck - For a Reason
The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling truck in America for more than 30 years. In fact, it's the best-selling vehicle, period. And for anyone who's owned one, you know why. No other truck can match the F-150's combination of rugged toughness, quality, style, durability and resale value. No matter what you might need a truck for; the F-150 can get the job done. And when it comes to just plain looking tough, it's no wonder the F-150 has maintained its position on top of the heap.
Ford has managed to keep retooling and restyling the F-150 just enough to make it appear fresh every year. And by updating its features and performance characteristics, they've kept a step ahead of the others who would look to dethrone it. And there's no lack of challengers in this very competitive segment. Despite recent attempts by other manufacturers to beef up their line of trucks, the F-150 keeps coming out on top.
F-150's Trim Levels
The latest lineup of F-150 trucks includes 10 models and configurations to choose from. There's still the rock-solid XL, the hardest working truck in America. Even as a no-frills workhorse, it manages a comfortable ride and solid performance. The XLT adds better styling, more features and wider choice of options. The STX version is more sporty and geared towards city use - while still capable of getting the job done. The FX2 and FX4 (2WD and 4WD) are towing machines that come with full tow packages as standard equipment.
The F-150 Lariat package is when we start getting into the real luxury and customization realm. While still a completely capable and powerful truck, the Lariat can be configured to rival many luxury sedans on the inside. The upscale branded trim levels like the saddle-leather inspired King Ranch edition, the ultra-bad Harley Davidson edition and the blinged-out Platinum edition all have specialized features and badging for a customized look. The SVT Raptor can only be described as a factory designed off-road monster. With specialized tires and Baja-inspired suspension, this truck is capable of rolling off the showroom floor and into an off-road race.
Powertrain and the F-150
Ford has designed 4 engines for their new F-150 line. Not all are available in every truck model, but they've matched each truck with the perfect engine choices for its purpose. The base 3.7-liter V6 puts out 302-hp and plenty of torque. The 5-liter V8 does 360-hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. An available twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 is new to the lineup and delivers an impressive 365-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Last up is the 6.2-liter V8 with a generous 411-hp and delivering 434 lb-ft of torque, for any pulling chore you can think of. All of the power-plants come paired with a 6-speed automatic and can be had with 2- or 4-wheel drive.
Every auto manufacturer out there knows how popular and lucrative the truck market is, and they've tried for decades to dethrone the Ford F-150 as king. Following Ford's lead, they've made their trucks tougher-looking and chunkier. But try as they might, the F-150 is firmly ensconced in its position as America's favorite truck, and the only battle here is for second place.