2009 Ford F-150 - Road Test Specs

2009 Ford F-150

(5.4L V8 FFV 6-speed Automatic 5.6 ft. Bed)
Model year2009
StyleLariat 4dr SuperCrew Styleside 5.5 ft. SB (5.4L 8cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$35,820
Options on test vehicleLeather-Trimmed Captain's Chairs w/ Console and Floor Shifter ($895); Lariat Plus Package ($795); Chrome Step Bar ($495); Sony AM/FM Stereo with 6-disc CD Changer ($435); Tailgate Step ($350); Limited Slip 3.55:1 Rear Axle ($300); Power-Sliding Rear Window ($250).
As-tested MSRP$39,340
Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5,400cc (330cu-in)
Block/head materialIron block/aluminum heads
Valvetrainsingle overhead camshaft, 3 valves per cylinder, variable camshaft timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.8:1
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)310 @ 5,000 (gasoline - 320 hp on E85)
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)365 @ 3,500 (gasoline - 390 lb-ft on E85)
Transmission type6-speed Automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 4.17:1; II = 2.34:1; III = 1.52:1; IV = 1.14:1; V = 0.86:1; VI = 0.69:1; Final Drive = 3.55: 1
Suspension, frontIndependent, Double Wishbones, Coil Springs, and Stabilizer Bar
Suspension, rearSolid Axle, Leaf Springs
Steering typeHydraulic rack and pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)20.0:1
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelLTX A/S
Tire typeAll season, Raised outline white letters
Tire size, frontP265/60R18
Tire size, rearP265/60R18
Wheel materialAluminum alloy
Brakes, front13-inch ventilated disc, single-piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rear13.7-inch ventilated disc, single-piston sliding caliper
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)5.0
0-60 mph (sec.)7.8
0-75 mph (sec.)11.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.8 @ 88.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)128
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)56.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.72
Sound level @ idle (dB)47.1
@ Full throttle (dB)74.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65.8
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsNot much technique required here -- whack and go. No redline indicated, but it seems to upshift at 5,400 rpm. More a feeling of torque than horsepower here. Shifts are smooth, but not particularly fast.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsDespite the inevitable forward pitch and gravelly-sounding tires, this F-150 stops reasonably well and consistently so. However, the driving position is terrible (no telescopic wheel, but it needs one) so the bottom edge of the dashboard scraped against my shin bone during our simulated panic stops.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSkid pad: Low limit early-onset understeer and tire torture, but the number came back better than it feels. Slalom: Typical long-wheelbase pickup with knobby tires.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)87.3
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)14 City / 20 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)14.4
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)26.0
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)5,314
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)5,528
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)56/44
Length (in.)231.7
Width (in.)78.9
Height (in.)74.3
Wheelbase (in.)144.5
Track, front (in.)67.0
Track, rear (in.)67.0
Turning circle (ft.)47.0
Legroom, front (in.)41.4
Legroom, rear (in.)43.5
Headroom, front (in.)41.0
Headroom, rear (in.)40.3
Shoulder room, front (in.)65.9
Shoulder room, rear (in.)65.6
Seating capacity5
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance5 years/60,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard, includes trailer sway mode
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemDirect tire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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