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The Ford F-150 is part of the F-Series, a descriptor used to cover the entire succession of Ford pickups that have been in production for more than 60 years. Since that genesis, millions of Ford trucks have been sold. In fact, the F-Series has been the most popular vehicle sold in the United States for nearly every year of the past three decades. Originally conceived as a rugged, no-frills workhorse, the Ford F-150 has since morphed into a well-appointed, versatile pickup truck. And it isn't just ranchers and contractors who cherish it: Anyone who needs to comfortably tow a boat, haul stuff or transport recreational cargo can take the F-150 to heart.

There's a lot of competition in the full-size pickup truck market segment these days. But new or used, the F-150 is a great choice, as the truck's wide array of configurations and incredible popularity means you're almost guaranteed to find the right one for your needs.

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Ever the jack of all trades, the Ford F-150 is available in no fewer than nine trim levels. These consist of the base XL, sporty STX, well-equipped XLT, rugged FX2/FX4 models, luxurious Lariat, western-inspired King Ranch, extreme off-road Raptor and the opulent Platinum and Limited variants. There are three cab sizes, three bed lengths and of course a choice between 2WD and 4WD.

Plenty of powerful engine choices are available as well. A 302-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 is the base engine, while the other choices (depending on trim level) consist of a 360-hp 5.0-liter V8, a 365-hp twin-turbo ("EcoBoost") V6 and a 411-hp 6.2-liter V8. All come matched to a six-speed automatic transmission.

In reviews, we've found the F-150's interior to be comfortable and quiet, but its ride and handling to trail that of newer, competing pickups. The powertrain lineup provides performance ranging from adequate to downright thrilling. Existing in its own ultra-specialized world, the incredibly capable, desert-racing-inspired SVT Raptor stands apart from all other pickup trucks. For just about any truck buyer, the F-150 will be an excellent choice, but keep in mind that its competition is better than ever and an all-new F-150 is just around the corner.

Read the most recent 2015 Ford F-150 review.

If you are looking for older years, visit our used Ford F-150 page.

For more on past Ford F-150 models, view our Ford F-150 history page.


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