The 2012 Ford F-150 earned “Truck of the Year” honors from Motor Trend magazine, making it a four-time winner of the award. For 2013, the F-150 continues its winning ways with fresh styling, increased connectivity and a broader swath of available features. Pricing has yet to be announced for the 2013 Ford F-150, but here are some hard points for the new lineup, including details on the all-new top-tier F-150 Limited.
The F-150 line continues to offer the most complete range of full-size pickups, from classic rear-wheel drive mudslingers to ultra-luxurious four-by-fours. Ford sells the F-150 in Regular Cab, SuperCab and SuperCrew styles, with your choice of 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrains. There are also three box sizes – 5.5 feet., 6.5 feet and eight feet – and four engines to choose from.
The standard engine is a dual-overhead-cam 3.7-liter V6 with Twin independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) cranking out 302 hp and achieving 23 mpg on the highway, both numbers that are best-in-class. The engine is FlexFuel capable, so you can run your F-150 on either regular gasoline or eco-friendly E85 ethanol blend. A marvel of cutting-edge engineering, the available 3.5-liter Ti-VCT EcoBoost®
V6 makes 365 hp and a whopping, 420 lb/ft of torque (available at a low 1,700 rpm), more than any other premium V8 competitor. Thanks to twin-turbocharging and direct gasoline injection, the EcoBoost returns up to 22 highway mpg, while all that torque helps to deliver 11,300 lbs. of maximum towing capability and a payload capacity of 3,120 pounds, two more best-in-class numbers.
The 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 pumps out 360 hp and 380 lb/ft of torque. While mileage is impressive at up to 21 highway mpg, capability is equally eye-opening – the highest towing (10,000 pounds) and payload (3,120 pounds) capacities of any small-displacement V8 in the segment.
The crowning powerplant in the lineup is the single-overhead-cam, cast-iron-block 6.2-liter V8. Pounding out an unmatched 411 hp and 434 lb/ft of torque, the 6.2-liter eight-cylinder meets most any trailering demand, offering a best-in-class 11,300 pounds of maximum towing capacity.
Ford is the first and only manufacturer to include a standard six-speed automatic transmission in its entire full-size pickup line. The fuel-economy-boosting electronic six-speed automatic includes a Tow/Haul mode, and in some F-150 trims it also includes SelectShift® manual shifting capability that operates via a toggle switch on the shift lever.
Just as the F-150 paces the segment in terms of power and capability, it does the same when it comes to standard and available driver-assistance technology. AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control reduces engine power and engages the brakes to help keep your F-150 steady and secure, regardless of road conditions. Trailer Sway Control and Integrated Trailer Brake Controller also make the cut, as do Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) and an Electronic Locking Rear Differential. For 2013, Hill Descent Control™ is now available, and available High-Intensity Discharge (HID) projector beam headlamps, a segment-first, provide increased visibility.
The F-150 continues to offer XL, STX, XLT, FX2, F4 and Lariat series trims, in addition to the premium King Ranch, Platinum, SVT Raptor and Harley Davidson versions. As mentioned, the big news for 2013 is the introduction of the new ultra-premium Limited to the F-150 range. Configured in the SuperCrew four-door cab layout, the Limited slots in at the top of the high-end trims and sports the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.
Meaning to surpass the desires of the most discerning luxury-truck buyers, Ford designers outfitted the Limited with world-class content. Model-specific details include exclusive 22-inch polished aluminum wheels and “LIMITED” dimensional box-side lettering accents. Standard HID headlamps flank the chrome-highlighted three-bar grille, which anchors a host of exterior styling enhancements such as body-color front and rear bumpers, sideview mirror caps and wheel-lip molding, and chrome-tipped exhaust.
Superior content and craftsmanship carries over to the interior of the Limited, where the seats gain red and black leather trim. Front seats feature heating and cooling, and rear seats are also heated. The standard moonroof permits the perfect play of light over the piano-black accents and aluminum center-console trim, while ambient interior lighting can reflect any mood, courtesy of five available colors.
Technology reaches new heights on the Limited as well, with SYNC® and MyFord Touch™ included as standard. The interface, mounted on the center stack, is now optimized to accommodate occupants wearing work gloves. A rear-view camera, voice-activated navigation and an eight-inch touch-screen are also standard equipment, as are a media hub with USB ports, an SD card reader and RCA video input jacks and a premium Sony audio system.
Ford has also made significant improvements throughout the F-150 range, including bold new grilles, a slate of new exterior colors, fresh aluminum-wheel designs, available PowerScope power-telescoping and power-folding trailer tow mirrors and an available 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen, housed in the instrument cluster, that offers a host of driver-information menus, including a trip computer, gauge setup and towing and off-road applications.
According to Ford Truck Group Marketing Manager Doug Scott, “A Ford pickup means family transportation, economic livelihood, rugged capability and reliability.” Come select the model that best suits your needs. Contact us to schedule a test drive of the new 2013 Ford F-150 lineup.