2008 Ford F-150

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2008 Ford F-150 Review

An affordable work truck with good handling and an attractive interior, but lacks the power of some competitors.

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Overview

The 2008 Ford F-150 maintains this truck's legacy of reliable performance. Only the 5.4-liter V-8 offers impressive power. The F-150 offers a lot of variety. With 10 trim levels and regular cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew options, consumers can certainly find a version that matches their needs. Overall, the 2008 Ford F-150 takes a no-nonsense approach that occasionally misses the mark but still offers the features that most people need to get work done.

The Range

Body Styles: Truck, SuperCab truck, SuperCrew truck
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8, 5.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic transmission
Models: F-150 XL, F-150 STX, F-150 XLT, F-150 FX2, F-150 Lariat, F-150 60th Anniversary, F-150 FX4, F-150 Limited, F-150 King Ranch, F-150 Harley-Davidson

What's New

Ford adds a few trim levels to the 2008 F-150. The lineup now features a plush Lariat Limited model, XL SuperCrew, and a 60th Anniversary edition. Some new packages are also available, like the STX package, which adds several sporty features to the truck. A new Cargo Management system makes it easier to secure items to the truck's bed. A rearview camera is also a new option for the 2008 models.

Exterior

You probably think you know an F-150 when you see one, but that's only because it looks so similar to other Ford trucks. It has a powerful grille and a heavy body. Other than that, there aren't many standout exterior features.

Interior

The 2008 F-150 has a simple interior that suits its workhorse image. A SuperCrew can seat five people comfortably and six if it's needed. The SuperCab can also accommodate five passengers with three in the back, but they won't have much legroom, so it's only useful for short trips.

The interior doesn't offer much storage space unless drivers opt for an overhead console. They can also choose optional console shifters and captain's chairs. If they need a bit more cargo space, they can fold the rear seat down in the SuperCab and SuperCrew versions.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Ford F-150 gives consumers the option of three engines with a couple of extra add-ons for some models. The base engine is a 4.2-liter V-6 that offers 202 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The 4.6-liter V-8 does better with 248 hp and 293 lb-ft of torque. The 5.4-liter V-8 with a supercharger is available in the 2WD Harley-Davidson edition and offers an impressive 450 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, drivers have to reach those upper trim levels before they get noteworthy power.

Still, the F-150 does a lot with what it has. The 5.4-liter V-8 can tow 11,000 pounds in a pinch and support a 3050-pound payload. Sit behind the wheel of a comparable Toyota Tundra or Nissan Titan, though, and consumers will notice that the F-150 lags a bit in comparison. Luckily, the 2008 Ford F-150 has responsive handling that makes it easy to drive. Despite its heavy weight, drivers can have fun with the F-150 as long as they’re not looking for a lot of power to give them an adrenaline rush.

Safety

Every 2008 Ford F-150 comes with anti-lock disc brakes. Drivers won't find much more than that until they hit the 2WD V-8 models, which have traction control. Most of the F-150's competitors offer side airbags and stability control, but consumers won't find those here.

The 2008 F-150 does get good marks in crash tests. The National highway traffic Safety Administration gave it five out of five stars in its frontal-impact test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the F-150 a ""good"" rating, which is its highest, in frontal-offset crashes.

Despite its lack of safety features, the 2008 Ford F-150 is a pretty safe vehicle. While it doesn't do a lot to keep drivers out of accidents, it protects when they have one.

EPA Fuel Economy

F-150 XL: 14/20 mpg city/highway
F-150 STX: 14/20 mpg city/highway
F-150 XLT: 14/20 mpg city/highway
F-150 FX2: 14/19 mpg city/highway
F-150 Lariat: 13/17 mpg city/highway
F-150 60th Anniversary: 14/19 mpg city/highway
F-150 FX4: 13/17 mpg city/highway
F-150 Limited: 13/17 mpg city/highway
F-150 King Ranch: 13/17 mpg city/highway
F-150 Harley-Davidson: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Responsive handling
  • Multiple cab and bed configurations
  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Attractive interior
  • Functional controls

You Won't Like

  • No side airbags or stability control
  • Not much interior storage space
  • So-so performance
  • Large number of trim levels can get confusing

Sum Up

An affordable work truck with good handling and an attractive interior, but lacks the power of some competitors.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Toyota Tundra
  • Nissan Titan
  • Dodge Ram
  • GM Silverado
  • GM Sierra

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