F-150 earns its excellent performance rating with a wide range of powertrains and excellent V-6 gas mileage; we'd choose an EcoBoost.The F-150, like the other best-selling pickup trucks in America, can be tailored to fit just about any need--whether it's for play, or for work. Getting comfortable in any of these versions is a given, at least up front, and hauling lots of cargo is a snap, too. It's mostly a matter of picking the right version to match the task.
Among the new features added for the 2013 model year are power-telescoping steering and power-folding trailer mirrors on some trim levels. On XLT versions and above, Ford now makes its Bluetooth-driven voice controller SYNC standard. This version of the system runs mobile phones with voice commands and includes emergency assistance and vehicle-status reports; optional add-on services include real-time traffic, turn-by-turn navigation, Send To SYNC from Google Maps, and other real-time information from news to sports to weather. The information from SYNC is displayed in a new 4.2-inch LCD screen paired with another screen in the gauge cluster that shows information from the trip computer.
2014 Ford F-150 shares the truck lead thanks to extreme towing capability and best-in-class tech features.
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You'll need more than two hands to count the different trim levels and models offered in the Ford F-150 lineup. It's a truck for every personality and price point.
F-150's stock and trade, and basic versions are outfitted for just that. The F-150 XL has a radio, and air conditioning, and wind-up windows, and not much more. Stepping up from the XL into STX and XLT, while the equipment gets progressively more luxurious; the STX adds a CD player, while the mass-market XLT adds on power windows/locks/mirrors and cruise control. All the mainstream models of the F-150 offer buyers the chance to choose from among a few body styles, bed sizes, and powertrains.
The plush Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited editions piles on features. Lariat trucks add on an LCD screen that displays vehicle settings; steering-wheel controls for audio and phone; 18-inch wheels; leather seats; power-adjustable pedals; satellite radio; and a towing package. Lariats also have an option for an off-road package that bundles skid plates, tougher shocks, and a locking rear differential. Lariat Limited and Platinum models add even more, like remote starting, larger wheels, and heated rear seats.For the jacked-up, energy-drink-and-dirt-sandwich crowd, there are FX2/FX4 models and the F-150 Raptor, all with a macho look highlighted by exaggerated fenders and blacked-out trim. The Raptor's the hardcore thrasher of the group, with its 6.2-liter, 411-hp V-8, skid plates, and Baja-ready add-ons.
At the top of the lineup are the luxury trucks, like the King Ranch edition and its special untreated-leather interior, and the Harley-Davidson edition, which includes a power moonroof, rear view camera, second-row heated seats, ambient lighting and a remote start system. The Harley exterior gets a unique six-bar billet style grille and boasts specialized forged aluminum and Harley-Davidson chrome badging. The truck also has a lowered appearance due to a fully integrated deployable running board. Also standard are 22 inch Euroflange forged wheels with a polished center wheel cap and low-profile performance tires. The paint selection is classic Harley-Davidson—Tuxedo Black and Ingot Silver.
MyFord Touch is now offered in the F-150 as well, standard on Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited models. As in other Ford vehicles, MyFord Touch uses voice, steering-wheel controls, and an 8-inch touchscreen to run phone, audio, navigation, and some climate systems. In the pickup truck, it also comes bundled with a media hub that contains twin USB ports, an SD card reader, and a set of RCA jacks--perfect for plugging in a 3G dongle, a fresh map data card, or a gaming system. As soon as we're able to test this new version of MyFord Touch, with its specially designed controls made of ease of use in trucks.