It’s no secret that the Ford F-150 is the best-selling vehicle around. It has been for the past 42 years, and frankly, I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I recently had an opportunity to use an F-150 for a few days so I could try to understand why this pickup-truck is so loved.
Depending on your needs and wants, there is bound to be an F-150 suited for you. With three cab sizes (Regular, SuperCab and SuperCrew), three bed sizes (5.5 feet, 6.5 feet and 8 ft) and seven different trim levels; the 2019 F-150 is available in more than 40 different configurations. Trim levels include the base XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, the luxurious Limited and the off-road hot-rod, Raptor.
One reason why people like these full-size trucks is for the amount of room they offer. As the SuperCrew, the back seat is almost limo-like, with tons of leg room. You’re going to be hard-pressed to find a sedan with as much back seat room as the F-150. And if no one is sitting back there, that room doesn’t have to go to waste – the rears seats lift up to allow extra storage.
Being that the F-150 that I had was the mid-level Lariat model, it didn’t have some of the high-end luxury features that others have, yet it was still quite nice. The leather-trimmed seats are both heated and cooled (in the front) and the steering wheel was also heated – just in time for the cold weather. Housed inside an 8-inch touchscreen is Ford’s latest infotainment system, Sync 3, was easy to use and flawless. It supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and there is even a 4F LTE WiFi hotspot that can support up to 10 devices. Scattered throughout the cabin are USB ports as well as a 12-volt outlet.
Along with the comfortable and roomy interior, another draw of the F-150 is its wide array of powertrain options. The base engine is a 3.3-liter V6 engine that makes 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. From there the choices are: a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 (325 hp, 400 lb-ft), followed by a 5.0-liter V8 (395 hp, 400 lb-ft), then a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 available in two power levels: 375 hp and 470 lb-ft or 450 hp and 510 lb-ft. Finally, there’s a new 3.0-liter turbodiesel-powered V6 (250 hp, 440 lb-ft). All but the base 3.3-liter engine pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission. And, of course, all F-150’s are available in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
For 2019, aside from the turbodiesel V6 being offered, Ford has made the forward collision warning with emergency braking a standard feature on all F-150s.
Along with the Lariat trim level, the tester arrived as a SuperCrew with the popular FX4 Off Road package and the Lariat Sport Appearance package and was powered by the 3.5 turbocharged V6 rated at 375 hp. The high-output V6 (450 hp) is only used in the Limited and the Raptor. The truck also came with a $65,180 price tag.
While the price may seem high, I must say, there is a lot of truck here. The Velocity Blue exterior paint color, with matching color on the grille was quite a head turner, and that’s saying a lot especially when F-150s appear to be everywhere.
In my time spent with the F-150, I easily sensed why they are so popular. Not only is it easy to drive (despite its large footprint), but there is a ton of power that can be used for zooming around town or for towing that boat you dream of getting. And on the way home from the office, if you need to stop by Home Depot to pick up some bags of mulch, well, there is no better vehicle to do it in than an F-150. Heck, there is even a step and a handle on the tailgate that will make loading and unloading a breeze.
On the flip side, there are plenty of amenities and luxuries to use the F-150 for an evening on the town or taking the family on a long road trip.
The F-150 not only represents today’s modern truck, but also the modern all-purpose vehicle. It’s capable, rugged, luxurious and commuter friendly. Which is probably why it’s America’s best-selling truck. I think I get it.
— Christopher A. Randazzo
By The Numbers:
2019 Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCrew
Base Price: $47,900.00
Price as Tested: $65,180.00
Layout: front-engine / rear-wheel drive
Engine: 3.5 liter Twin Turbo V6 EcoBoost
Transmission: 10 – speed automatic
Horsepower: 375 hp
Torque: 470 lb-ft
EPA Fuel Economy: 17 city / 23 highway mpg
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