This 2013 Ford F-150 video review talks about its various body styles, cab types, bed lengths, engines and trim levels like the SLT, King Ranch and SVT Raptor. We discuss price, fuel economy, safety, features and towing, while also comparing it to other pickup trucks.
Like most pickups, there are tons of variations. There are three body styles and two possible bed lengths for each. There are nine trim levels, ranging from the $24,000 base XL to this reasonably equipped $35,000 XLT SuperCab and all the way up to the luxury-lined King Ranch or hard-core SVT Raptor. Whether you want a basic work truck or something with all the latest luxury, convenience and high-tech features, the Ford F-150 has you covered.
Same goes for engines. This has the base V6, which with more than 300 horsepower, isn't the slug it used to be. From there, you can opt for a 5.4-liter V8, a turbocharged V6 called the EcoBoost and then a 6.2-liter V8. The powerful and efficient EcoBoost is probably the smart choice, but all are competitive in terms of acceleration, fuel economy and towing.
In crash tests, the government gave the SuperCrew four stars for overall crash rating, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety pick.
That SuperCrew is the best option for family duty. It may not have the Toyota Tundra's limolike backseat, but it gets the job done. The same can be said for this smaller SuperCab, though it does have awkward clam-shell doors. They used to be better than nothing, but all its competitors now have regular rear doors.
Like all Fords, the F-150 gets the latest high-tech features like this MyFord electronics interface that does everything from change a radio station to control your Bluetooth phone. You can get the full MyFord Touch system that expands functionality and features, but it can be frustrating to use. Either way, Ford's controls are more complicated than those in other trucks.
There are so few full-size pickups, you should really check them all out. GM's trucks, the Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra each have their own virtues. But with the F-150's powertrain variety and history of dependability, it's easy to see why it sells so well.