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1997 Ford F-150

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1997 Ford F-150 Review

The best truck on the road.

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The 1997 Ford F-150 serves as a two- or four-wheel drive, full-size pickup truck available in a variety of regular and extended cab models. F-Series trucks have been the automobile of choice among consumers in the U.S. for decades, outselling all other vehicles on the market.

Drivers of the F-150 get the satisfaction of a joyous experience behind the wheel, highlighted by exceptional performance, easy handling, and a commanding presence on the road. Also note its super good looks.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup
Engines: 4.2-liter six-cylinder, 4.6-liter V-8, 5.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Ford F-150 Regular Cab, Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab, Ford F-150 XLT Regular Cab, Ford F-150 Lariat Regular Cab, Ford F-150 Extended Cab, Ford F-150 XL Extended Cab, Ford F-150 XLT Extended Cab, Ford F-150 Lariat Extended Cab

What's New

The 1997 Ford F-150 gets new and improved engines, a new suspension, and more safety features. Styling of the front grille alters, depending on the model. All Extended Cabs now have a third door, which enables clear access to the rear compartment.


The 1997 F-150 regular cab with a short bed has approximately a 202-inch length, a 78-inch width, a 73-inch height, and a 120-inch wheelbase. The 1997 Ford F-150 with a long bed measures about 19 inches longer. Extended cabs add about 18 inches to the truck’s length. The F-150 features body-colored body-side molding, chrome front and rear bumpers, chrome trim, power chrome door mirrors, complex surface lens halogen headlights, a straight side pickup bed, a rear platform step, trailer towing preparation, a fixed rear window, and privacy tinted glass. It has a gross weight of 5550 pounds and sits on 16-inch wheels.


The interior of the 1997 Ford F-150 regular cab fits two or three passengers, while the extended cab accommodates up to six passengers. In the front, it uses a split-back cloth or vinyl bench seat with head restraints and a folding armrest in the center, a cigar lighter, an ashtray, and two cup holders. Pockets in the doors and bins on the seats provide easy storage. The dash contains logically arranged gauges for clear readability and conveniently placed controls for easy use. Extended cabs have the option for a bench seat in the rear. The F-150 features an auxiliary power point, a lockable illuminated glove compartment, power locks, one-touch power windows, front reading lights, and an AM/FM stereo with four speakers. A cassette or CD player and leather seating remain optional.

Performance & Handling

The F-150 contains either a 4.2-liter, six-cylinder engine that produces 210 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, a 4.6-liter V-8 that pumps out 210 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque, or a 5.4-liter V-8 engine that cranks out 235 horsepower. All three engines mate with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Maximum towing capacity ranges from 5800 pounds with the six-cylinder engine to 8000 pounds with the 5.4-liter V-8.

The 1997 Ford F-150 uses an independent front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with a semi-independent rear suspension with leaf springs. This results in a smooth and stable ride. It has excellent handling for a truck of its size, providing good balance when going around corners. Power steering grants great feedback and allows for precise control.


The 1997 Ford F-150 comes equipped with anti-lock brakes on two or all four wheels. Driver and front-passenger front-impact airbags come standard as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford F-150, 4.2-liter six-cylinder: 14/17 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150, 4.6-liter V-8: 13/17 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150, 5.4-liter V-8: 12/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Built to last
  • Strong performance
  • Comfortable ride

You Won't Like

  • Below average fuel economy
  • Uncomfortable rear seating
  • Engine noise

Sum Up

The best truck on the road.

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