2013 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCab 4x2 (3.7L 6-cyl. 6-speed Automatic)
The 3.7-liter V6 in the Ford F-150 is a good engine, but it would be better served by a transmission of its own, not a V8's hand-me-down. And this generation of F-150 is nearing the end of its life cycle. The competition, particularly Ram, is making aggressive moves that really highlight that fact.
PerformanceFord's 3.7-liter V6 is strong, but you know it's working. Turns out a 6-speed transmission is fine for a V8, but the lower torque of a V6 demands more gears. Handling and steering are solid, but unremarkable.
The 3.7-liter V6 moves out adequately and makes decent power, but it is held back by overly-broad gear spacing. Gets to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds, a few ticks behind the Ram.
Stops from 60 mph in 130 feet, just a couple feet more than most passenger cars. Pedal feels dependable, with decent feedback.
Goes where it's pointed and stays on the intended path, but feedback is a bit numb and response is somewhat slow.
For some reason this truck feels longer than it looks when cornering. Otherwise, it feels stable and secure when empty.
Gear spacing too wide for the V6 engine. Gear hunting occurs on a variety of slopes (empty or loaded), and the downshift rpm jump is stark. Ram has it right with their 8-speed V6 combo.
Ford raised this truck's tow rating from 5,800 to 6,400 pounds. We don't see it. After testing, the first number seems right. 6-speed transmission hunts relentlessly on grades.
ComfortSitting there with the engine off, our Ford F-150 XLT is indeed comfortable. Start driving it down the road and the picture changes somewhat.
Optional buckets are nicely supportive in a sit-down sense, but are barely adequate laterally on twisty roads.
The ride isn't hard, but the aftershake from small ripples (seen and unseen) and cracks makes for near-constant low-grade jiggle. Typical leaf spring truck behavior.
Tire and wind noise are moderate, but you'd better like engine sound. The cabin doesn't mask it much under load and there are large rpm spikes when the 6-speed transmission kicks down.
InteriorThis truck feels dated inside, and it's not just the styling. Certain controls feel outmoded, and it turns out reverse-hinged doors were never that great of an idea to begin with. Now that GM canned them, Ford is alone here.
Driving position is good, but the the mid-level audio system and climate control layout is a festival of look-alike buttons. Manual selector on column shift lever isn't ideal.
Front seat access is fine. But reverse-hinged rear doors need to go away. Rear seat ingress OK, but there's no place for a grab handle and the front passenger must let you out.
Front cabin has decent space. Rear seats are tight, as expected for a SuperCab. They sell a SuperCrew for those that need full-size rear seat accomodations.
Good to the sides and front, and the mirrors are big. Rear three-quarter view a bit tough due to fat passenger headrest and small windows in the back door. Needs a back-up camera.
Optional center console is big, but has no audio jacks or power. Flip down bin with those is small. Good door pockets up front. Seat brackets and jack eat into rear floor storage. Bed is 6'6".
ValueThe F-150 is still a good truck, but it's no longer the strong value player in the segment, at the XLT level anyway.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Good exterior build quality, but the interior materials in our XLT come across as plasticky. The lack of engine noise supression seems like a cost-saving move.
It's not that the Ford lacks critical features, it's just that the newer competiton has upped the ante. And so the F-150 feels like it's lacking somewhat at the XLT level.
We used to think the cost for the Ford F-150 Super Cab XLT was decent, but the advanced new 2013 Ram 1500 makes it seem pricey by comaparison.
Good. Previously best in class, but now second fiddle. Delivers a respectable 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined.
The F-150's powertrain is covered for 5 yr/60,000 miles. Bumper-to-bumper coverage lasts for 3 yrs/36,000 miles.
Roadside assistance is provided for 5 yrs/60,000 miles.
Fun To DriveGets the job done, but the chassis doesn't really connect with the driver.
Drives bigger than it is and the constant back-and-forth shifting is not what you want in a truck. Needs more gears or more cylinders.
Ford trucks have always played the tough truck theme to the hilt. That said, there's so many of these on the road that you'll be invisible.
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