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2005 Ford F-150

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2005 Ford F-150 Review

A perennial truck favorite.

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The 2005 Ford F-150 comes in three model types, which includes up to five variations. Each model comes in either a two-door or a four-door configuration. The FX4 is only available in a 4x4 Extended Cab, but the rest of the Regular Cab models are available in a 4x2 Crew Cab. All Super Cab models have an extended cab. As do all the Super Crew models.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door crew cab pickup truck, four-door extended cab pickup truck
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8, 4.2-liter V-6, 5.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed speed manual with overdrive, four-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab, Ford F-150 STX Regular Cab, Ford F-150 XLT Regular Cab, Ford F-150 FX4, Ford F-150 XL Super Cab, Ford F-150 STX Super Cab, Ford F-150 XLT Super Cab, Ford F-150 Lariat Super Cab, Ford F-150 FX4 Super Cab, Ford F-150 XLT Super Crew, Ford F-150 Lariat Super Crew, Ford F-150 FX4 Super Crew, Ford F-150 King Ranch Super Crew

What's New

Many of the 2005 Ford F-150 models are new additions for 2005; however, one previous model has been dropped. Both XL models and the King Ranch model are brand new. Also the SVT model is no longer available. Even though the Ford F-150 received a complete makeover in 2004, the Lariat models have been redesigned yet again for 2005. The 4.2-liter V-6 and five-speed manual transmission are also new. The doors on Regular Cab models are narrower than before.


The frames of the 2005 Ford F-150s are just as stiff as in 2004. Many exterior attributes are barrowed from some of the 2005 Ford F-350 models. The newly-designed exteriors of both XL models are made with heavy duty work in mind. STX exteriors are made with youth in mind. The XLT models have mainstream exterior and interior designs. The rugged FX4models have an exterior that clearly communicates an intention for its off-road innate abilities. Both redesigned Lariat models have sleeker, more luxurious exteriors. But the exterior of the ultra-swanky King Ranch is clearly top of the line .


The cabs of all 2005 Ford F-150s have a choice of a 40/20/40-split bench and two captain's chairs for the front row or seats. All Extended Cab models have three additional rear seats. Of course, the material used for the upholstery, and the interior trim vary by model. But the exterior design of the models gives consumers a good idea of what to expect inside the cabin.

Performance & Handling

The Regular Cab XL, Super Cab STX, Super Crew XLT, and Super Crew XLT are equipped with a 4.6-liter V-8. The Regular Cab STX and XLT are available with a 4.2-liter V-6, whereas All FX4 models have a 5.4-liter V-8. The Super Cab XL and Super Crew King Ranch have a 5.4-liter V-8. Both Lariat models also have a 5.4-liter V-8. As it is with most trucks, the fuel economy is poor. All models have transmission with overdrive. Overdrive allows the gears to turn over faster and achieve a greater number of revolutions per minute. Only the 4.2-liter V-6 Regular Cab STX has five-speed manual transmission. All other models have a four-speed automatic transmission. The 4.6-liter V-8 engines have 231 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torque, while the 4.2-liter V-6 has 202 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, and the 5.4-liter V-8 has 300 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. All models come with a powerful all-wheel drive.

The performance and handling of 2005 Ford F-150 models is better than in previous years, because the ride is smoother than it was. However, the ride is still somewhat bumpy when one goes down a flawed road. The maneuverability is also truck-like. Acceleration is not great with any of the 2005 Ford F-150 models. But it gives the impression of power.


All models have anti-lock brakes, and front seatbelt pretensioners come standard. Extended Cabs also provide child safety measures for rear seats. But the extra weight and total lack of side airbags make this vehicle rather unsafe.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford F-150 4.6-liter V-8: 13/19 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 4.2-liter V-6: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 5.4-liter V-8: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Many models and model types to choose from
  • Both Crew Cabs and Extended Cabs
  • Certain models have off-road ability
  • Several engines choices

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Lacks side airbags

Sum Up

A perennial truck favorite.

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