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2009 Ford F-150 Review

A best-selling, smooth-riding vehicle.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2009 Ford F-150 delivers impressive handling and riding dynamics courtesy of the double-wishbone front suspension and the stiff frame. The power train enhancements executed on the vehicle in 2009 also make it feel noticeably livelier. This is because of the six-speed automatic system that comprises well-spaced gears as well as a cooperative nature. The pickup still runs down on maximum power.

The Range

Body style: two-door pickup, four-door pickup
Engine: 5.4-liter Triton V-8, 4.6-liter three-valve V-8, 4.6-liter two-valve V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: Ford F-150 XL, Ford F-150 STX, Ford F-150 XLT, Ford F-150 FX4, Ford F-150 LARIAT, Ford F-150 King Ranch, Ford F-150 Platinum

What's New

For the 2009 model year, the Ford F-150 was completely redesigned. While the styling changes have been inspired by Super Duty Series trucks, the mechanical changes are inspired from competition. The former led to the inclusion of a more macho grille and a taller hood line. The latter incorporates a higher output engine coupled with a brand new six-speed automatic transmission system.

Exterior

The exterior of the 2009 Ford F-150 sports nice metallic colors. The XL comes with a signature three-bar grille and standard 17-inch wheels. The STX adds grille frames and body colored bumpers. The XLT offers the same colored-key bumpers, along with chrome elements, underbody skid plates, 18-inch wheels, and a towing package.

The newly designed Ford F-150 won the 2009 North American Truck of the Year award, which goes a long way in explaining the success of the vehicle. The chassis is rigid. That, along with the stiff frame, improves the vehicle’s handling capabilities.

Another important aspect about the vehicle’s exterior is the side steps, which make it easier for people to get in and out of the F-150. The tailgate is also another strong point of the pickup’s exterior.

Interior

The 2009 Ford F-150 can comfortably accommodate five to six people. The backseat comfort of the car is one of the best in its class, courtesy of the abundant legroom, the flat floor, and the seatback angle that is not upright as in many of its rivals. Ferrying three passengers at the back is possible if you opt for the SuperCab.

Geared for commercial use, the bare-boned XL comes equipped with FM/AM radio, vinyl seating, and air-conditioning. The sporty-looking STX includes all the components of the SL and adds a cloth 40/20/40 split bench seat as well as an improved audio system that comes with a CD player with an auxiliary audio input jack.

The leader of the pack, undeniably, is the XLT that features cruise control, full-power accessories, and upgraded cloth interior. The four-wheel drive variant also has heavy-duty shocks and retuned springs, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a six-way power driver seat, and a satellite radio.

Performance & Handling

There are three major choices of engines in the 2009 Ford F-150 lineup. All these engines are V-8s. These are as follows: a 4.6-liter engine that can generate 248 hp and 293 lb-ft torque, a higher capacity 4.6 generating 292 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque, and the most powerful 5.4-liter engine, one of which can produce a whopping 320 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque.

The basic 4.6-liter comes with a four-speed auto transmission system, while the higher output 5.4 and 4.6 are available with the six-speed auto transmission system. The brakes of the 2009 Ford F-150 have a very soft feel to them but still manage to stop within a good distance. The four-wheel drive SuperCrew variant stopped at a commendable 127 feet from 60 mph.

Buyers are offered a choice between either the four-wheel or two-wheel drive options in all variants of the 2009 Ford F-150. When properly equipped, the 5.4-liter version can tow over 10,500 pounds and haul a 3,030-pound payload. The F-150 struggles somewhat to match its more powerful peers in hauling and towing tests.

Safety

Stability control, anti-lock disc brakes, and a trailer sway control, besides the full complement of airbags, including full-length side curtain and front-seat side, are standard equipment in all versions of the 2009 Ford F-150.

EPA Fuel Economy

F-150 SuperCrew with two-wheel drive: 15/21 mpg city/highway
F-150 SuperCrew with four-wheel drive: 14/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • The quiet and smooth ride
  • Multiple bed and cab configurations
  • Large hauling and towing capacities
  • Functional and attractive cabin
  • Responsible handling
  • Best-selling vehicle for several years

You Won't Like

  • Inadequate engine performance
  • Unimpressive real-world hauling and towing performance
  • No telescopic steering wheel

Sum Up

A best-selling, smooth-riding vehicle.

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