2014 Ford F-150

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$25,025-$54,410
$23,211-$49,377
14 CITY / 20 HWY
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Overview

What's New for 2014:
  • STX SuperCrew model
  • STX Sport package option
  • Tremor sport truck model
  • Expanded availability of HID headlight option
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels for STX and XLT
  • FX Appearance package gets new grille design
  • Limited trim level offered with new Marina Blue leather
  • Optional power telescopic and folding trailering mirrors

Introduction
The Ford F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in America. It is a full-size pickup truck available in three cab styles, with a choice between four engines, and comes in one of 11 different trim levels. It competes against the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Nissan Titan, Ram 1500, and Toyota Tundra.

Models and Features
With 11 different trim levels from which to choose, there ought to be a Ford F-150 to suit any need.

The basic work truck is called the XL. The STX trim level adds more equipment combined with a sportier appearance, and for 2014, is offered with the SuperCrew cab style for the first time.

The F-150 XLT is better equipped than the STX, and has a more traditional exterior appearance with chrome bumpers and a shiny grille. For XLT equipment plus a sportier look and a V-8 engine, the FX2 and FX4 versions meet the requirement.

The Lariat trim level adds leather and other upgrades to the F-150, and three successive trim levels called King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited are designed to deliver additional luxury, technology, and personalization.

Two performance-oriented F-150 models are also on sale. The new 2014 F-150 Tremor is a regular cab, short-bed truck equipped with a turbocharged, EcoBoost V-6 engine and other mechanical upgrades. The SVT Raptor is an off-road-ready performance truck with significant styling and mechanical modifications.

All versions of the 2014 F-150 include Ford's Easy Fuel capless fuel-filling system, which helps to save time at the pump because the truck lacks a fuel cap that needs to be unscrewed and then screwed back on after the tank is full.

Options and Packages
Ford offers a lengthy list of option packages and individual upgrades for the F-150, ranging from Crew Chief fleet management software and Max Towing package equipment to a MyFord Touch infotainment system and Sync AppLink technology.

In terms of functionality, class-exclusive features include an optional tailgate step that makes it easier to climb into the bed, and optional cargo box side steps to make it easier to access the bed from both sides of the truck. Ford also offers a stowable bed extender and a cable lock system with 9.5 ft. of vinyl-coated, braided steel cable to secure items to the bed wall. An integrated trailer braking system is also optional, along with power deploying running boards.

Under the Hood
Four different engines are offered for the 2014 Ford F-150, depending on cab style, trim level, and other factors. Each is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission equipped with a tow/haul mode and delivering the power to the rear wheels (2WD) or all four wheels (4WD).

A 3.7-liter V-6 engine generates 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 278 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm, and is E85-compatible. It tows a maximum of 6,700 pounds, and can handle up to 1,930 pounds of payload.

A turbocharged, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is also available for the F-150, dubbed EcoBoost by the automaker. It delivers 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm, enough to tow up to 11,300 pounds and tote a payload weighing up to 3,100 pounds.

Choose the 5.0-liter V-8 engine and the F-150 produces 360 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 380 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,250 rpm. Maximum towing capacity is 10,000 pounds, and maximum payload measures 3,120 pounds. The V-8 is also E85-compatible.

Ford's 6.2-liter V-8 cranks out 411 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 434 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm. It can handle a trailer weighing 11,300 pounds and a payload of up to 2,010 pounds. Note that because the 6.2-liter V-8 is offered only for SuperCab and SuperCrew versions, its maximum payload number is lower than the EcoBoost V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8.

Fuel Economy
The most fuel-efficient F-150 engine is the 3.7-liter V-6, rated to get between 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, depending on the truck's configuration. The turbocharged, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 dips slightly to a range of 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway, a small price to pay for significant towing and payload increases.

As might be expected, the F-150's V-8 engines are not as fuel-efficient as the 6-cylinder choices. The 5.0-liter V-8 returns between 14 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway, while the 6.2-liter V-8 has ratings that range from 12 mpg in the city to 18 mpg on the highway.

The SVT Raptor model, the off-road-ready truck, is equipped with the 6.2-liter V-8 as standard equipment, and is estimated to get 11 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highway.

Safety Ratings and Technology
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not conducted crash tests for the 2014 F-150 as this overview is written. In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every 2014 F-150 cab style received a 4-star (out of 5 stars) overall protection rating, and all 4WD models get a 3-star rollover resistance rating compared with a 4-star rating for the 2WD models. The main difference among cab styles is that the F-150 SuperCrew's frontal-impact protection rating is 3 stars, while the regular cab and SuperCab models receive a 4-star rating.

Standard safety equipment includes trailer sway control, integrated side spotter mirrors to help the driver to see in the truck's blind spots, and an SOS Post Crash Alert system that activates the horn and the emergency flashers upon air bag deployment.

Sync AppLink is available for the F-150, depending on the model, and includes 911 Assist service. As long as a paired phone is aboard the F-150 when the air bags deploy, the system automatically contacts a 9-1-1 emergency operator who can speed rescuers to the scene of the accident.

Additionally, the F-150 is offered with a trailer brake controller, reversing camera, rear park-assist sensors, and MyKey programmable safety features.

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