2014 Ford F-150 Review
Pros & Cons
- Compelling engine lineup, particularly the turbocharged V6
- largest selection of variations in this class
- numerous convenience features.
- SuperCab's less convenient clamshell rear doors
- frustrating electronics interface
- starting to show its age compared to newer rivals.
List Price Range
$9,975 - $29,995
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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. Despite what the title says, it is actually a super cab 4x4. I opted for the 3.7L V6 (the non-ecoboost engine.) It's the base engine, but if you just drove it without knowing which engine it had, you would figure it had a V8. In other words, it doesn't feel underpowered. The engine is rated at 302 horsepower which looks impressive on paper. However, the engine creates 278ft/lb of torque. That means that in order for it to generate that much power, the engine must rev very high. (The 302hp rating comes at 6,500 RPM) You really have to press the gas pedal to wake it up. Once you do, it screams with plenty of power. To put this in perspective, a F150 in the 90's with a 5.0 made 275ft/lb of torque. That's just how far technology has advanced that a much smaller engine can do the same work consuming less fuel. My truck in its configuration is rated to tow up to 6,100lbs. If you need more capability than this, or tow frequently, the current 5.0 or 3.5 ecoboost are better choices. They generate 380 and 420 ft/lb of torque, respectively. The tradeoff I made for less capability was more fuel economy. No, I don't expect to buy a truck for great fuel economy. I bought this truck for the 4x4 in the winter and the bed for weekend projects. No need to consume more fuel for more capability that I would never need. The 3.7 offered the best fuel economy of the group, with 16 city, 18 mixed, and 21 highway. This was a real area of disappointment, here. I measure my fuel economy with both trip meters: Trip A is per gas tank, Trip B is per oil change. I did achieve 20.5mpg on a trip from Omaha to KC, but I struggled to ever get 16mpg on any given regular tank. 5,500 miles into my 10,000 mile oil change interval and I'm averaging 15.6mpg. This doesn't even reach the EPA estimated 16mpg for city driving! Yes, I regularly commute in "city" driving, but those miles included at a minimum 30% highway driving. Again, credit to advances in technology, this fuel economy is much improved compared to the old F150 in the 90's with a 5.0 generating the same capability. But compared to other newer engines, like the ecoboost 3.5, the difference in fuel economy is marginal and hardly worth the sacrifice in power and capability. 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 base 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. This was a great and reliable truck. Never had any mechanical issues with it. However, I was intrigued by Ford's new 2.7 ecoboost engine that they released with the 2015 redesign. Not only does it offer more capability with 325hp and 375 ft/lb of torque, but does so with better fuel economy than my 3.7 v6. (Rated 18 city, 20 mixed, and 23 highway mpg.) So I recently traded in this truck for a new 2016 with the 2.7 as I think this is a much better engine choice for consumers like me. I will review this truck after 10,000 miles like I did for my 2014, but so far the fuel economy is living up to the hype this time. I think the 3.7 is better served as a fleet engine for cheap trucks that are cheap to maintain (i.e. no turbos.)
STX 4dr SuperCab 6.5 ft. SB (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
UPDATE. I traded this truck for a 2016 Ford F150 XLT. I enjoyed the 2014 but the lease was running out. 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 14.5 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 like 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.
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.
XLT 4dr SuperCrew 6.5 ft. SB (5.0L 8cyl 6A)
We have owned several Toyota trucks/cars for over 25 years and it was time to buy a new truck. On a whim I stopped by a Ford dealership and drove a new F150 Supercrew cab. Impressive! I then went to a Toyota dealer and drove a new Tundra. I wanted the 6.5 foot bed which the Toyota dealer said they could order for me, but the salesman lacked any enthusiasm for going thru that process. The Tundra is a very nice truck, but I liked the interior layout of the F150 better, plus the gas mileage on the Toyota was not as good as the Ford. Yes, gas mileage is important even though gas prices have been comparatively low for well over a year. That will likely change. So, I went back to the Ford dealer, picked out the truck I wanted and drove out of their dealership a happy camper! The V6 twin turbo engine has PLENTY of power and is very quiet. The ride is extremely comfortable and I love the rear camera for backing as I sometimes pull trailers. My wife has a Toyota Highlander and wants to sell it and get an F150! I have had excellent service with Toyota trucks, so I'll have to wait and see if Ford is their equal in build quality, but so far, I love my F150! Have now had my F150 for almost 10 months and have almost 23,000 miles on it and have had absolutely no problems. I periodically tow a 2 axle flatbed trailer loaded with a tractor or a single axle trailer for my Harley and the V6 engine does a great job with no evidence of engine labor, and the backup camera is terrific! Ford advertises this engine (3.5L V6) at 24 MPG highway, and I suppose you could get that, but you'd have to drive 50 MPH on flat ground at sea level to achieve achieve 24 MPG. I think all of the manufacturers have a very mysterious way of calculating mileage, so judging mileage by the window sticker is, as they say, "for comparison, as your actual mileage may vary". My only negative comment would be with the air conditioner; I wish it were a bit colder. Vehicle air conditioners were much better when they used Freon R-12, but under the government's false premise that R-12 depletes the ozone layer, we're stuck with the vastly inferior R-134. The Ford A/C is probably no worse than any other, however. Our Toyota A/C is far superior. All that said, I still love my F150! Update: I now have almost 40,000 miles on my F150 and have had no real issues. Now that the engine is broken in, the gas mileage has improved. Every so often I have trouble pairing with my cell phone and it takes over an hour before it finally pairs. Strange. Because I bought the long bed version of my Super Crew cab, it is a bit more difficult to park in marked parking lots, but that's a decision I made based on stuff that I haul, so I accept that. My wife, not so much. Do I still love my F150? Yep! Update. I now have 108,000 on my F150. The computer screen went junk on me, so I had to have it replaced, 1200 bucks! Ford needs to work on that system as it seems a bit fussy at times. Many times my phone won't sync with the truck when the phone is sitting in the console. I put new tires on it about 8 months ago. Have had no problems other than the above. The A/C has not improved with age. The V-6 engine is still terrific. I think my F150 is a great truck.