Step Into a New Ford F-150

The F-150 is arguably the most famous truck in the world. The first generation came out in 1947 and has been vastly popular and beloved ever since. It grew and adapted as the industry was changing and today the truck is a perfect mix of comfort, elegance, technological advancements, practicality, off-road capability and power.

Design of the Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 is a modern truck. It looks like an imposing, rugged machine that can go anywhere, but also features many modern features found in the latest luxury cars.

Even though modernization made the FordF-150 far more appealing, it lost nothing in terms of its tough and reassuring appearance. Different trim levels offer a different feel for each vehicle. LIMITED, for example is all about style and luxury, while the RAPTOR’s exterior immediately reveals it is a mean off-road machine.

Interior of the Ford F-150

The F-150 is beautifully refined on the inside. The materials are top-notch, fit and finish are impeccable and the look of it all is a successful blend of elegance and ruggedness. Of course, the level of goodies you get greatly depends on the trim level you pick, but in all of them the F-150 is a well put together vehicle with a roomy interior and modern design.

More elaborate trim levels bring great luxury, loads of room, and tech amenities found in some of the best cars available.

The cabin is quiet, really well insulated and perfectly laid out. Controls are at hand and intuitive. Bucket seats hug the passengers and provide comfort even on really long trips. Rear seats in higher-trim crew cab versions are heated and just as comfortable as the front ones.

Similarly, storage spaces in the cabin are ample. Higher trim levels add even more cubby holes, but it is not very likely that you will miss space even in the entry level model.

Engines and Drive of the Ford F-150

In total there are six engine options for the new Ford F-150.

A 3.3 l V6 replaced the old 3.5 and brought more power and torque, and better fuel efficiency. It produces 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. This engine is naturally aspirated, so you need to rev it higher for the top torque and power figures. It is also paired with a 6-speed SelectShift automatic that is only available on XL and XLT trim levels.

The F-150 now also has a 2.7 l EcoBoost V6 twin-turbo option which produces 325 hp and 400 lb-ft. It is paired with a 10-speed gearbox, as are all engines below.

The 5 l V8, in its latest iteration, produces 395 hp and 400 lb-ft. It is also naturally aspirated and it provides a potent push and smooth power delivery.

The next option is a 3.5 l EcoBoost V6 twin turbo which is actually two engines in one. The standard one available across the range produces 375 hp and a massive 470 lb-ft of torque.

The same engine in its high-output form provides more power than the 5 l V8. It produces 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. Even though this engine is a V6, it is the most powerful option and the one that propels the beastly Raptor.

The final option is a 3 l V6 turbo diesel with 250 hp, but an amazing 440 lb-ft of torque available from just 1750 revs.

Despite its size and shape, driving the F-150 is no chore. The engines are great for the vehicle, the more powerful ones give very good performance, the brakes are easy to dose and very reassuring even when the bed is loaded and the steering response is well measured. Steering is not too light so that you have no feel while navigating such a large vehicle, but it is also not too heavy to rip the steering wheel out of your hands in rough conditions. The vehicle provides a perfect mix of control and feedback.

Trim Levels for the Ford F-150

In total there are seven trim levels for the new Ford F-150, if you count the standalone Raptor; each of which can be enhanced with optional equipment packages, giving plenty of customization options. There are literally hundreds of possible configurations when you buy a new F-150.

There are also three cab options – regular, SuperCab, and SuperCrew. Depending on the cab option you choose, you can also opt for one of three bed lengths.

The XL is the entry level trim and it comes with 17” wheels, vinyl floor, cloth upholstery, 40/20/40 front bench, automatic headlights, driver info display, trailer sway control, trailer connection wiring, air conditioning and a 4.2” display. If you opt for anything but the regular cab, you get 60/40 rear bench split. The XL can be either RWD or 4WD and if you opt for the latter it comes with front tow hooks.

The most common equipment pack for this trim is called 101A and it includes remote locking, cruise control, bigger screen, Bluetooth, USB, smartphone app integration and power locks and windows.

There are also other packs which add style, off-road capability and practicality, including things like Pro Trailer Backup Assist that helps you steer in reverse with a trailer attached.

All in all, the XL is a very good work truck that is more than just a budget proposal, as it includes some advanced features that working people will welcome. As you add packages, the XL can become one serious machine.

However, if you’re generous with adding packages, you can also climb up the trim levels to the XLT, which brings everything from the XL with its 101A pack, plus additional features such as alloys, chrome details on the outside, fog lights, carpets, lumbar adjustment for the front seats and a better interior layout that includes noticeably more storage space.

Option packs for the XLT add things like heated auto-dimming mirrors, trailer hitch, four tie-down cleats, power adjustable seat and pedals, leather steering wheel, rearview camera, better sound system and more storage under the rear seats. Mind you, all this is just one option pack called 301A. 302A adds more luxury perks such as rear parking sensors, heated 10-way power adjustable seats, remote ignition and an 8” screen that includes amenities such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and amazingly responsive Sync 3.

The LARIAT is a step up in terms of luxury as it includes almost all of the 302A perks, along with more additions such as 18” wheels, dual-zone climate, driver seat memory and vented front seats, leather upholstery and very nice ambient lighting.

The LARIAT also has optional equipment packs called 501A and 502A that add both practicality and luxury making the F-150 LARIAT a seriously luxurious truck. The list of additions in these two packs is extensive. Just some of the additions are remote release tailgate, LED headlights, rain sensors, heated steering wheel and rear seats, bucket seats, Bang & Olufsen audio as well as safety perks such as power running boards, 360 camera, lane departure warning, auto parallel parking, forward collision warning, forward collision mitigation and adaptive cruise control.

Let’s step up even further up to the KING RANCH trim that comes with SuperCrew body, all of the perks from the 502A and a dedicated styling theme for both the interior and exterior. It also has more interior perks such as voice activated navigation, 5-year SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link subscription and more.

The PLATINUM builds further with all of the previously mentioned amenities plus things like 20” wheels and wood and aluminum interior details.

The LIMITED is a pure splash of luxury. Not only does it include all of the previous features and packs, as well as many standalone optional features as standard, but it also has dedicated styling details, its own leather upholstery and massive 22” wheels. In short, it has everything.

The RAPTOR is a standalone model of the F-150. It is more focused on off-roading so it packs the state-of-the-art high output 3.5 EcoBoost with 450 hp and 510 lb-ft, which is the most powerful engine in any current version of the F-150. However, it is not just the engine that makes this vehicle special. The Raptor adds a dedicated 4WD system and long-travel suspension, skid plates and fender flares, reinforced frame for heavy-duty use, torsed LSD for the front, off-road tires and an interior trim used only for this model.

The Raptor is one serious off-road machine, but it also has many of the luxury perks from the Lariat.

Is the new Ford F-150 looking pretty good? With all the options available and decades of trusted engineering, the F-150 is a truck like no other. Come see for yourself at our Calgary car dealership located at 1040 – Westridge Road, give us a call at (403) 934-2100, or book atest drive online now and see what makes the Ford F-150 the truck more people rely on when there’s a job to be done.
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