1999 Ford F-150

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1999 Ford F-150 Review

One of the best trucks on the road.

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Overview

The 1999 Ford F-150 is a full-size pickup truck that belongs to the F-Series, which has been in production for the last six decades, beginning in 1948. It's part of the tenth generation and was introduced in 1996 with a radical redesign. The last time the F-Series was redesigned was in the 1980s, and this new style included improved aerodynamics, fuel economy, and a spacious interior.

The Range

Body Style: pickup
Engine: 4.2-liter V-6, 4.6-liter V-8, 5.4-liter V-8
Transmission: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Ford F-150 Work, Ford F-150 XL, Ford F-150 XLT, Ford F-150 Lariat

What's New

The 1999 Ford F-150 comes with a revised trim level list. The Work model replaces the base model, while the Lariat and XLT models also receive additional four-wheel anti-lock brakes. However, only the XLT model gets air-conditioning as a standard feature. The SuperCab model gets a fourth door, and all engines have been improved with greater horsepower. The options list is revised and simplified as well.

Exterior

The 1999 Ford F-150 follows the same aero styling that was introduced in 1997. It's available in several different body options including regular cab, SuperCab, flare side or standard boxes, and long or short beds. On the flip side, the swooping exterior makes it a little difficult to park in a crowded parking lot. Nevertheless, the exterior design offers superb visibility while off roading.

Interior

The 1999 Ford F-150 has many options available for its interior, ranging from bare minimum to luxurious. Regardless of the options, it is clear that Ford paid close attention to this aspect. The interior has a smooth, modern look to it with handy controls and convenient dashboard from which cup holders pop out. Large map pockets on the doors add more storage to the interior. Head, leg, and shoulder room are ample, although entry and exit are a little more difficult on the 4WD than in the 2WD versions.

The 1999 Ford F-150 SuperCab has a rear door that makes entry and exit easier for passengers. The rear seat itself offers plenty of headroom, although legroom is somewhat lacking. Overall, it is clear that Ford softened the hard edges. The materials used inside are rarely found in a supposed utilitarian vehicle.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Ford F-150 base V-6 engine is noisier than most other vehicles, and it gets louder when throttled hard. Acceleration is just about average, but only with little cargo onboard. However, the V-8 engines are smoother and more powerful options, although it doesn't offer as much low-speed power as the V-8 that's in the Dodge and GM. Despite the lack of power at lower revolutions, the V-8 proves to be good enough for most applications.

The 1999 Ford F-150's V-6 engine, on the other hand, is useful only for light-duty work. It accelerates adequately from standstill with no cargo, but it accelerates slowly at around 25 to 40 mph. Nevertheless, it is responsive enough for passing on highways. It offers a stable and comfortable ride on the highway, although there is a little bounciness present. The worst bumps are absorbed well by the vehicle’s suspension, and the rear axle remains especially rigid even with an empty cargo bed. Wind and noise filtration is the same as other competing pickups.

Safety

The 1999 Ford F-150 is one of the safest vehicles in its class. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave it a five-star rating in terms of driver safety during a front-impact collision. It also scored four out of five stars in terms of passenger safety during a front-impact collision.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford F-150 2WD, 4.2-liter engine, automatic: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 2WD, 4.2-liter engine, manual: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 2WD, 4.6-liter engine, automatic: 13/18 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 2WD, 4.6-liter engine, manual: 13/17 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 2WD, 5.4-liter engine, automatic: 12/16 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 4WD, 4.2-liter engine, automatic: 13/16 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 4WD, 4.2-liter engine, manual: 13/17 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 4WD, 4.6-liter engine, automatic: 12/16 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 4WD, 4.6-liter engine, manual: 12/16 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 4WD, 5.4-liter engine, automatic: 11/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Perfectly designed interior
  • Four doors on the SuperCab version
  • Better engine output
  • Superb off-road capabilities

You Won't Like

  • Not many engine choices when compared to the competition.

Sum Up

One of the best trucks on the road.

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