In fact, the rear-seat legroom is absolutely limousine-like, and the mechanically articulated second-row seat flips up and out of the way, delivering an ample 57. Our two favorites are the integral tailgate step that makes clambering into the box easy and the spring-out box side steps that make reaching into the vehicle's deep cargo box much more convenient. Vehicle Details The F-150's interior is both attractive and functional. The center console was lengthened from the previous version by two inches so it can easily accommodate two or more laptops, and it even has ridges so it can accept file folders. It is hard to imagine a more inauspicious time to introduce a new full-size pickup truck — with the possible exception of the Eve of Destruction — but the all-new-for-2009 Ford F-150 is shouldering its way into the U.
A look at the Fair Purchase Price shows the typical transaction price being paid for the F-150 in your area, so be sure to give it a look before you set out to buy. Two generations ago Ford designers penned a swoopy, almost Ferrari-like F-150 that bowled over critics but didn't play as well with truck buyers. . For those who really use their pickup trucks as trucks, the F-150 offers some exclusive options that are right on the money. Our off-road excursions in the well-equipped four-by-four versions of the truck demonstrated it has the goods to get it done in muck and mire as well. In the two generations since, Ford has made the F-150 much huskier, with an imposing front end, strong shoulders and a deep, deep pickup box.
Ford also paid special attention to the seats, which are some of the most comfortable in our experience. Do you want a gasoline engine or a gasoline engine? Somewhere in between those two extremes is where most buyers will find themselves. With this in mind, Ford engineers built in class-leading capabilities in both those areas while, at the same time, boosting fuel economy across the board. Roomy SuperCrew Cab The cab in the 2009 SuperCrew has been stretched six inches compared to the 2008 model, and the interior is transformed. But don't think they skimped on creature comforts, as the F-150 offers increasing levels of luxury from among its 35 variants.
Ford promises that diesel and new EcoBoost high-fuel-efficiency engines will be available in the 2010 model year. It deploys easily and even offers a safety hand-hold. The three-bar grille is the most important element of the design and if you're paying attention you can tell an F-150 trim level simply by the grille treatment — ranging from simple in the more work-oriented versions to more luxury-car-like looks for the up-level Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum versions. Perhaps the only shortfall with the 2009 F-150 is the lack of a diesel option, but the three gasoline engines available — all V8s — offer slightly better fuel economy than before, aided significantly by the addition of six-speed automatic transmissions in many of the truck's trim levels. Perhaps most impressive was the towing demonstration in which we hauled 20-foot trailers with absolutely zero drama, thanks in large part to the pickup's trailer sway control, rearview camera and integrated trailer brake controller, a segment first. Knowing men's hands would most often be using the controls, Ford designers made the knobs, buttons and switches brawny and put them within easy reach of the driver. Each version also offered ample power, good acceleration and a level of steering feel and control that belied its size and heft.
The F-150 is expected to retain a better-than-average residual value, with the SuperCrew models at the top of the chart, followed by the Regular Cab and then the Super Cab. Tailgate Step Designed to deal with the awkward and potentially dangerous chore of getting into the pickup truck's bed, the integrated tailgate step scored big. It is just one of more than 30 storage areas built into the interior for things like cell phones and music players. With credit tight and leasing options for new pickups shrinking, Ford figures that the bulk of its sales will come from buyers who genuinely need the unique aspects full-size pickups offer — big payload and towing capacities among them — instead of those who simply want to be seen in a pickup. Also earning high marks are the stowable bed extender and beefy cargo management system.
The F-150 comes in flavors ranging from plain vanilla all the way to banana split with whipped cream, nuts and sprinkles, but one thing all levels share is a robust, hydro-formed, boxed-section chassis that offers 10-percent greater torsional rigidity while actually being lighter than the previous frame. Instead, each and every version of the F-150 we've driven offered exceptional ride quality — no shudders, hops or hiccups — and a level of quiet that was startling. . . . .
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