This new 3.7-liter V6 makes 302 horsepower, which is more than last year's 4.6-liter V8 managed. It feels like it, as the base engine gives this truck plenty of acceleration and passing power for light-duty needs.
Good balance and stability, but the limits are understandably low. Ford's electric power steering system gives good feel and makes the truck feel less heavy than it really is.
Leaf springs aren't the most comfortable way to go, but they do support lots of weight. Ford has tuned this supension to provide reasonable ride comfort when the truck is unloaded.
The new engine isn't thrashy or overloud at full throttle and cabin isolation is commendable for this class.
All major controls, as well as the audio and climate controls on the center stack, are simply and logically laid out in a self-explanatory way. Good driving position, with a generous range of adjustment.
Generally good to the front, with well-defined front corners and a high vantage point. Of course the view straight out the back is a challenge, but good mirrors offset this somewhat. A rear backup camera is available.
Seat Access & Space
A 4x2 F-150 is reasonably easy to get in and out of and front seats are spacious. Rear-hinged rear doors lead to well-shaped seats that are best used for short trips due to limited legroom. A crew cab neatly solves this problem.
Cargo & Storage
Small item storage is good inside, and the rear seats fold up for inside storage of larger items. Our truck had a 6.5-foot bed, but a longer 8-foot box is available.
The F-150 appears well made inside and out. The XLT trim of our truck makes a good impression at this price point.
The 3.7-liter V6 isn't the F-150 engine to get for towing heavy loads regularly, but the 4x2 can still handle 5,800 pounds with the tow package and optional 3.73 rear axle ratio. That's enough capacity for many freshwater boats.