2005 Ford F-150 4dr SuperCab XL Rwd Styleside 6.5 ft. SB (4.6L 8cyl 4A)
For the selection of trucks available, the F150 isn't a bad choice. I bought mine used due to the bargain price I paid for it. General ride and handling are good for a truck this size. Performance for the 4.6L engine is rather lethargic though. Rated at only 230 hp for 2005, it is merely sufficient for the weight it has to contend with. My previous Ranger with a 4.0L and 4WD would easily put this thing to shame in all performance categories. However, fuel mileage for both trucks are much the same, about 14-15 mpg for the mostly spirited stop and go driving I do. I prefer the styling over the '09 model year which is way too boxy now, '04-08 was sleek w/o looking overly squared off.
Seating is comfortable, even with base model interior. Roomy cab for over 6 foot tall people, and rear cab doors that open wide for access.
Some ideas are addressed in newer models, but not fully. 4.6L needs more power and efficiency, still lacking compared to competition. Needs more gears in transmission, at least a 5-speed auto. A/C could be colder too. This is the least efficient system I've had in a Ford truck.