The Ford F-150 is one of the most popular pickup trucks on the market. The wide range of available models and options gives buyers a lot of room to customize the F-150 to fit their needs. At its core, it is predominately a work vehicle with good power, a large truck bed, and solid performance on every model. However, drivers willing to pay extra can also get a very comfortable, well appointed vehicle in the process.
Unlike many truck series, the higher-end F-150 models are almost equipped as well as near-luxury sedans. Features like power leather seats, leather and alloy trim, and steering wheel controls are standard equipment on the F-150 King Ranch and F-150 Harley Davidson. While the weak fuel economy and high price tag make it a little impractical for drivers that do not regularly use the truck bed, the F-150 can offer a luxurious ride for drivers willing to pay extra for these higher end options.
Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 4.2-liter six-cylinder, 4.6-liter eight-cylinder, 5.4-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed manual, five-speed manual
Models: Ford F-150 XL, Ford F-150 XLT, Ford F-150 SVT Lightning, Ford F-150 Lariat, Ford F-150 King Ranch, Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson
The SuperCrew cab is a new option for the 2001 Ford F-150. The F-150 Work Series is no longer available, but an optional package for the F-150 XL can equip it to be almost identical to the discontinued model. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes and child seat safety anchors are now standard equipment.
The Ford F-150 is available with a regular cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew cab. The SuperCab is an extended two-door cab. The SuperCrew cab is a longer four-door cab. The F-150 is equipped with steel wheels and trailer wiring as standard equipment. Higher end models, such as the F-150 Lariat have chrome wheels instead as the standard option.
The Ford F-150 is a fairly utilitarian vehicle, so amenities are not a standard focus across all models. The Ford F-150 XL only has an AM/FM radio in terms of amenities. Higher end models, such as the F-150 Lariat, F-150 King Ranch, and F-150 Harley-Davidson have more amenities as standard equipment, such as cruise control, leather trim, overhead console, electrochromatic mirrors, and leather seats.
Performance & Handling
The Ford F-150 has solid performance even with decent sized payloads. The acceleration is better with the eight-cylinder models, but the six-cylinder base engine still provides good power output. Four-wheel drive is a standard feature, so the F-150 maintains solid traction, even in slippery conditions. The only weak point some drivers might find is the turning. The turning circle is relatively large and the F-150 is a long vehicle on top of that. The turning performance is pretty typical for a full-size truck, but might feel more awkward for drivers not used to this kind of vehicle.
The Ford F-150 has dual-front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, and an engine immobilizer as standard equipment on every model.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford F-150 4.2-liter six-cylinder: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 4.6-liter eight-cylinder: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 5.4-liter eight-cylinder: 13/18 mpg city/highway
- Large range of models
- Good all-around performance
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