2014 Ford F-150 STX 4dr SuperCab 6.5 ft. SB (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
I have had this Truck since 2/1/15. It is great in the snow. With the 4 wheel drive you can get through just about anything. With the 5.0 liter I range around 14 in the city and it will get 21 MPG on the highway at 70 MPH. It's comfortable and the back seat is huge especially with the seats up. The truck does many things right. It pulls my boat and trailer with ease which is probably around 4000 lbs. Even with the 5.5 ft bed, there is a ton of room since the sides are high.
Here is a couple of annoyances.. In the STX model many times the rubber cup holder liner comes out attached to my coffee cup. I have never figured out how to retrieve a text when the blue tooth is on and I am a pretty techy guy. The manual does not explain the sync very well. Around 20,000 miles I started to get some vibration when braking. I assume it needs the rotors turned.
I have driven a few new GM trucks my friends have and I still mine better than theirs. I don't know anything about the dodges as Chrysler as whole seems to have more reliability problems than Ford or GM.
2014 Ford F-150 XLT 2dr Regular Cab 4WD 6.5 ft. SB (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
I purchased this truck brand new in November of 2014. It was a little spontaneous, but my finances were in order and dealerships were running Black Friday ads featuring very aggressive deals. I assume this was because the all new 2015 aluminum bodies were on their way. Ended up purchasing a $38k for a little over $27k, a deal I could not pass up.
I opted for the 3.7L V6 (the non-ecoboost engine.) Honestly, just driving it I would swear there was a V8 under the hood if I didn't know any better. In terms of speed and horsepower, it matches the old 5.4 and outperforms the old 4.6, 302, or 351w. It does lag behind all of these engines in terms of torque, but I don't ever tow anything. If I did, it would be well under its 6,700lb rating. The 5.0 or 3.5 Ecoboost is for towing loads up to 11,000lbs. I have loaded up the bed with some heavy cargo (moving furniture, lumber, etc.) and didn't notice any difference in engine performance. This truck is more than capable.
So the tradeoff for a little less towing capacity should be fuel economy. I have to be honest I was a little disappointed at first here. Initially, I was only getting 14mpg in mostly city driving, well under the EPA estimated 16mpg for city. However, I learned that brand new engines are programmed to burn more fuel during break in. After I crossed about the 8,000 mile mark, my city mileage has improved to about 15.5mpg, but would likely be better if my commute to work weren't so short. In actual trips across town I'm getting about 16.5 to 17mpg. I've taken a few trips with this truck as well, and my all highway trip from Omaha to Kansas City got me 21mpg. I think this is pretty good for such a large vehicle, but there's still much room for future improvement here.
I absolutely love driving this truck! We got hit by a couple of snow storms this past winter and the 4x4 made that a non-issue. Acceleration is great for a V6 (I can usually keep the RPM's at or below 2,000 RPM for acceleration which should help with engine longevity) Transmission shifts great, doesn't jerk or do anything else annoying as sometimes happens with other cars. Again, this should help with reliability and longevity. Steering and braking are where they need to be. Really enjoy the SYNC system! Always have my iPod hooked up. Only frustration is that sometimes the voice command misunderstands what track I want played, but it's 90% effective. I rarely talk on the phone, but when I do its really convenient having the system automatically stop the music and let me talk hands-free. The sound system could use some improvement. It is weak, but I plan on making some aftermarket adjustments to fix this.
Unless you need a truck for some serious towing over 7,000lbs, this truck will do everything you need it to and should be reliable for years to come!
2014 Ford F-150 STX 4dr SuperCrew 4WD 5.5 ft. SB (5.0L 8cyl 6A)
I am a repeat Ford F150 customer. My previous F150 I had for 11+ years. That truck was the replacement for an F150 that I drove for 9+ years. My trucks haul firewood, lumber, gravel, building materials, etc. My new purchase is the '14 STX Supercrew 5.0L with the Sport Package, and Tow Package. I have about 500 miles on the truck and my avg mpg is 19.5. My home is on the top of a mountain and I travel over a lot of country roads during my day. My biggest surprises are the amount of room in the crew cab and the mileage. The 5L V8 has plenty of get up and go. I chose the 5L V8 because of my concerns about the longevity of the turbo charged V6. Because I keep my trucks long past any extended warrenty I could buy, I decided that the proven 5L V8 was my best option. The interior appears to be well done. The bucket seats are comfortable as is the rear bench seat. The truck handles like a truck should. If you are looking for a car like ride then look somewhere else. That being said the handling on this truck is miles head of my previous F150. I actually had planned to purchase a different make but ended up back at the Ford dealership. So far, I couldn't be happier.
2014 Ford F-150 XLT 4dr SuperCrew 6.5 ft. SB (5.0L 8cyl 6A)
I have a light foot on the pedal but average only 14.5 mpg with 90% highway driving which is very disappointing considering the 3.5 turbo's claimed mpg of 21. Towing 7000 pounds at 65 mph however gives me 12 mpg: makes no sense. Ride should be stiffer. Seats very comfy. Should have more cabin storage. Incredible leg room in supercrew. Wish I bought an F-250.
Incredible cab room. Tremondous amount of options. Seats are very comfy and roomy. 6.5 bed is a very good size for me. The stereo sounds great. I love the rear radar feature.
A stiffer suspension number one improvement I recommend. Ford sync is not so easy but phone pairing is extremely easy. The cabin needs more storage compartments as does the truck bed area. The 3.5 liter engine has gobs of power but highway and city mileage do not come close to what Ford claims. Also the manual shift button for the auto Trans is in an awkward location. I think all auto makers should make cruise control easier to use like my Tacoma- push and set without having to look at what you're doing. The rear view camera could be bigger. Ford, please make it less boxy!
2014 Ford F-150 XLT 4dr SuperCrew 5.5 ft. SB (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
This is my third F-150 in seven years, as I lease. I use my truck as a combination farm vehicle and general transportation; everything from towing a livestock trailer to picking up groceries to hauling my grandsons. I was pleased with my previous two F-150's and so far this one seems even better. It looks sharp (plenty of compliments), has plenty of power (2.7L turbo), rides like a car and handles very well. I am particularly impressed with the engine (see below)and the interior finish. So far the gas mileage has been disappointing - especially after all the hype - but I am hopeful it will get better over time. Overall a very good truck and one I would highly recommend.
My last F-150 had the 6.2L V-8, so I approached the smaller engine with trepidation. But the turbo 2.7 gets up and moves without hesitation. The only downside is the sound. To anyone who grew up with the throaty growl of a Detroit V-8, this engine will sound like a weak sister - but it definitely gets the job done. I also like the interior on this new model. In the past Ford has fallen short in this area, but now it feels much more comfortable sitting in the cab - very sharp, but still functional. Also, the auto lumbar support with the 10-way seats is fantastic.
Ford doesn't say much about the engine auto-stop feature, but be aware that the engine turns off and restarts every time the truck comes to a compete stop - part of the increased gas mileage effort. This is a little disconcerting, but Ford has made it pretty much invisible and it is quick enough that there is no hesitation in pulling away from a stop. However, there is no delay, which means if you are in a line of stop and go traffic, your engine will stop and start quite a few times. I would suggest Ford add a way for the driver to adjust the time delay. Also Ford claims they have beefed up all the essentials, but one has to wonder what the impact will be after 100,000 miles or so?