2013 Ford F-150 Preview

Jeff Youngs | May 06, 2013
FAST FACTS
  • New Limited trim level replaces last year's Harley-Davidson trim
  • Four luxury trim levels available
  • Center stack is redesigned for 2013
  • 4-wheel drive (4WD) is available on all trim levels
  • Optional turbocharged V-6 engine provides up to 365 horsepower
  • Available V-8 engine delivers 411 horsepower

Introduction

The Ford F-150 is the automaker's oldest truck-based vehicle in continuous production. Introduced in 1948 to replace Ford's old line of car-based pickup trucks, the F-150 is a full-size pickup that's offered with three different cabs (Regular, SuperCab, and SuperCrew) and three bed lengths. Four engines, 2- and 4-wheel drive, and 2- and 4-door body styles are available. Popular for private, commercial, and service use, the F-150 competes with the Toyota Tundra, Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500, and GMC Sierra, among others. The 2013 Ford F-150 is available in a total of 10 trim levels: the base XL, STX, XLT, FX2, Lariat, FX4, King Ranch, SVT Raptor, Platinum, and Limited. The top-of-the-line Limited trim replaces the Harley-Davidson model. Properly equipped, the F-150 can tow up to 11,300 pounds or handle a payload of more than 3,000 pounds.

Exterior Features

Regular and SuperCab versions of the 2013 Ford F-150 are offered with 6.5- or 8-ft. cargo beds, while the SuperCrew cab comes with either a 5.5-ft. or a 6.5-ft. bed. (The Raptor trim only offers the 5.5-ft. bed.) The F-150 is available in 11 exterior colors (color availability varies by trim level) with standard 17-inch wheels. The STX trim adds alloy wheels and body-colored exterior trim. The XLT adds chrome exterior trim, plus automatic headlights and fog lights, while the FX2 includes 18-inch wheels and a trailer tow package, and the FX4 adds an electronic locking rear differential, skid plates, and hill-descent control. Several of the luxury trim levels lose the FX's off-road features as standard equipment, but the King Ranch adds distinctive exterior trim and badging, as well as running boards and an integrated trailer brake controller, while the Platinum steps up to 20-inch wheels and xenon headlights, adds power to the running boards, and includes a sunroof and automatic wipers. The Raptor regains the off-road features and more. It features 17-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, a high-performance suspension, and on-the-fly transfer case, but loses some of the luxury items found on other trims. Finally, the Limited features 22-inch wheels.

Interior Features

The base F-150's interior features air conditioning and a radio, plus vinyl upholstery. The SuperCab adds front power windows. The STX adds cruise control, cloth upholstery, CD player, and rear power windows for the SuperCab. The XLT adds the Sync system and Bluetooth, while the FX adds a leather-covered steering wheel and auto-dimming rearview mirror, front bucket seats (with power adjustments for driver's seat), and a trip computer. The Lariat's standard upholstery is leather, with 10-way power-adjustable heated front seats and the MyFord Touch electronics interface. The King Ranch has ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, wood interior trim, remote ignition, and additional safety features. The Raptor has its own interior trim and upholstery; the Platinum trim level adds a navigation system; the Limited includes even more elaborate upholstery, trim, and controls.

Optional Features

The F-150 offers many option packages at various levels. Many of the standard features on the upper trim levels are available as options on the lower trim levels, either as part of a package or individually. By the time the Limited trim level is reached, only a few optional features remain. These include a choice of hard or soft tonneau covers, bed liners, rear-seat entertainment features, cargo covers and organizers, a bed extender, and other extras.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Ford F-150 is available in 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive (2WD or 4WD), and with four different engines. The standard engine is a 3.7-liter, 302-horsepower V-6 model that produces 278 lb.-ft. of torque. An available 5.0-liter V-8 engine generates 360 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. A 3.5-liter, turbocharged V-6 engine that delivers 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque is another option. Standard on the Raptor is a 6.2-liter, 411-horsepower V-8 engine that provides 434 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard on all F-150s.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Ford F-150 are:

  • F-150 with 3.7-liter V-6 engine and 2WD: 17/23/19 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • F-150 with 3.7-liter V-6 engine and 4WD: 16/21/18 mpg
  • F-150 with 5.0-liter V-8 engine and 2WD: 15/21/17 mpg
  • F-150 with 5.0-liter V-8 engine and 4WD: 14/19/16 mpg
  • F-150 with 6.2-liter V-8 engine and 2WD: 13/18/15 mpg
  • F-150 with 6.2-liter V-8 engine and 4WD: 12/16/13 mpg

Safety

Standard safety features on the 2013 Ford F-150 include stability and traction control, trailer sway control, front-seat side and side curtain air bags. Many other safety features are available on upper trim levels as standard equipment or options.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates the 2013 Ford F-150 4 stars (out of a possible 5) for overall impact protection, including 5 stars for side-impact protection and 4 stars (3 for the SuperCrew) for front impact protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the F-150 received a "Good" rating--the Institute's highest--for frontal-offset, roof strength, and side-impact protection.

Technology

Ford's Sync technology includes voice-controlled phone capability, automatic phone book download, photo transfer, voice-activated music search and radio tuning, an integrated navigation system, turn-by-turn directions, voice access to business listings, audible text messages, and much more. Sync works in concert with the MyFord Touch electronics interface, which includes three displays and allows the use of various entertainment and communications-related attachments.
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