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 since 1948. 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 with a wide range of trim levels.
There's a lot of competition among full-size pickup trucks these days. But the F-150 is a great choice because it offers impressive mileage thanks to its lightweight aluminum body and a range of efficient and powerful engines. While previous generations offer less efficiency and power, they're still comfortable and very practical trucks.
Current Ford F-150
The full-size Ford F-150 pickup is known for its competence, comfort and customizability — offering everything from hardcore off-road performance to luxury comfort. There's a range of cab and bed-size combinations along with several engine options. Picking the right F-150 can be daunting, but buyers should be able to find the exact setup to match their needs and budget.
The F-150 is available in six trim levels: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited. A high-performance off-road version called the Raptor is reviewed separately. There are also three cab styles: regular (two-door), SuperCab (four-door) and SuperCrew (extended four-door). Regular and SuperCab trucks can be had with a 6.5- or an 8-foot bed, while the SuperCrew can be had with the 6.5-foot bed or a shortened 5.5-foot bed.
Engine options for the F-150 start with the base 3.5-liter V6 producing 282 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. A turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 (325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque) is also available, along with a 5.0-liter V8 (385 horsepower and 387 lb-ft of torque). These engines are all paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. At the top of the range is a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that makes 375 horsepower and a massive 470 lb-ft of torque; it is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The V8 has a tow rating of 8,900 pounds with the standard axles and 10,800 pounds with optional upgraded axles. The maximum towing capacity with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is 12,200 pounds.
Trim levels range from the utilitarian XL to the Western-influenced King Ranch to the luxurious, fully loaded Limited. Basic equipment includes 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, air-conditioning, a cloth-upholstered 40/20/40-split folding front bench, and a four-speaker stereo with a 4.2-inch display screen. Trailer sway control and pre-wired trailer connections are also standard, and 4x4 models get front tow hooks. Moving up through the trims nets buyers a host of both practical and luxury extras, from leather upholstery, power seats, heated front and rear seats, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, parking sensors, a rearview camera and more.
Optional extras include an off-road package, side steps and power steps, a trailer hitch and a trailer backup assist system, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, spray-in bedliners, power-folding and heated mirrors, power-adjustable pedals and much more.
In reviews, we were impressed by the high towing and payload ratings, the comfortable cabin, the extensive convenience and safety technology, and the performance from each of the engines. On the downside, the nature of the turbocharged engines makes it difficult to match the optimistic EPA ratings. Buyers looking for a basic work truck will do well with the XL, and those who need to move passengers should give the XLT a look. Ultimately, the F-150 is one of our favorite all-around trucks, and most buyers should be able to find a version that fits or exceeds their needs.
Read the most recent 2017 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.