2019 Ford F-150 Supercrew: A super-duper truck for sure

4 Sep 2019 | 595 views | No Comment
  2019 Ford F-150 Supercrew Price as tested: $66,520.00 [caption id="attachment_10225" align="alignnone" width="530"] Thanks to the addition of a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine, the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited is the most powerful light-duty pickup in America[/caption]   By Don Hammonds Performance: Power for this stallion on wheels comes from a 5.0 liter V-8, backed by Ford's new 10 speed automatic transmission which, I believe, was developed in cooperation with General motors./  I have nothing but praise for the F-150's power, acceleration, and passing ability. But even more impressive, at least for me --a non-truck driver--- is how smooth, tomb quiet, and remarkably stable the F-150 is on the road.  I have finally found a truck that I really would buy--if--and it's a big if--I had the bucks to handle the cost. Inside the F-150 you really do not hear a thing, and it is just a joy to pilot. Brakes are quite good, too, adding yet another reason to buy the F-150. I just had a feeling of stability and security with this truck, and none of the sway and bounciness I usually experience with trucks. But....there's a big problem for those of who live in the city: Parking.  I don't think it's an accident that almost all the F-150s I see in Pittsburgh are out in the 'burbs, not in the city.  Pittsburgh has very narrow streets and parking is at a premium for cars on city streets, never mind trying to locate a space  in which you can park, but also be able to maneuver gracefully. H0wever, if you have the patience, and you are an experienced driver of something as large as the F-150, then by all means, you simply have to consider this truck. You won't be disappointed. Economy: Here's another big surprise: Fuel economy! The Feds rate the F-0150 at 18 miles per gallon overall, 16 city and 22 highway, but I got about 20 miles per gallon overall. Heck my old 2009 minivan gets that! The F-150 uses 5.6 miles of gasoline for every 100 miles driven, and you will need to spend about $3,500 more in fuel costs over five years, compared with the average new vehicle, according to the Feds. Annual fuel cost is $2,100, based on driving 15,00 miles annually with gasoline costing $2.55 a gallon. The truck:  The F-150, America's  best selling vehicle, has dominated the truck segment for years, based on it's reliability luxurio9us appointments and comfort, and of course, its practicality for those who need a large truck.  The tables have turned, however, in the market--though I haven't driven one, I'm told by both auto writers and various articles in car publications that the Ram pickup is the one to beat these days, thanks to its beautiful interior and exterior designs, and a host of high technology features that come with it. Chevy?  Well, let's just say that, although it's a totally redone product with a faster engine, the styling of the truck and the lackluster interior is causing a lot of truck buyers to look elsewhere--including  switching to the GMC truck line.  Just sayin'! Technology:
      It goes without saying that there are a ton of choices you will have to make if you buy the F-150.
     Let's start with the cab styles.  Ford gives you a choice of three styles. You can choose regular,  SuperCab (extended) and SuperCrew (crew cab), and of course, you will have to pick one of three different lengths for the truck bed itself. There are a number of engine options, too.  There's a  3.3-liter V6 engine that makes 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. It provides a six-speed automatic transmission. Want to go faster?  Take a look at the turbocharged 2.7-liter, 325 horsepower,  V6 , or a 395 horsepower,  5.0-liter V8, which powered our test truck. Or you can get one of two versions of a 3.5 liter turbocharged V6, which put our 375 horsepower or 450 horsepower.  If you are a diesel fan, you're in luck! Ford has a new turbocharged 3.0-liter, 250 horsepower  diesel-powered V6. All but the base 3.3-liter engine pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Now let's talk about the model lineup. First up is the Ford F-150 XL, with a rather lengthy list of standard features, including 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights with automatic high beams, trailer sway control, pre-wired trailer connections, manual mirrors and windows, vinyl flooring, a cloth-upholstered 40/20/40-split front bench, a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a driver information display, air conditioning, a 4.2-inch central display screen, a four-speaker radio, a rearview camera, and forward collision warning with automatic braking. SuperCab and SuperCrew models come with 60/40-split folding rear seats and two additional speakers. If you are looking for a few optional features, consider Ford's 101A package, which gets you power windows and locks (including the tailgate), power mirrors, remote locking and unlocking, cruise control, Ford's MyKey vehicle control feature, a larger driver information screen, Sync voice controls, Bluetooth, smartphone app integration, a USB port and a CD player. Other XL options include chrome and sport appearance packages, the FX4 Off-Road package, side steps, a tailgate assist step, drop-in or spray-in bedliners, remote vehicle tracking, and trailer tow packages with Ford's Pro Trailer Backup Assist system. The next step up the F-150 model ladder is the F-150 XLT. Standard features include the aforementioned 101A package, along with alloy wheels, chrome bumpers, and exterior trim, foglights, a keypad entry system, rear privacy glass, carpeting, driver and passenger seat lumbar adjustments, additional interior storage bins and pocket, an eight inch touchscreen, which has Sync3, AppleCarPlay, and Android Auto, FordPass Wi-Fi connectivity, and an additional USB port.
Some of the available options for the XLT include a regular or panoramic sunroof choice, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, inflatable rear seat belts, a navigation system, power adjustable pedals, an auto-dimming driver side and rearview mirror, power adjustable driver's seat, rear underseat storage and a number of other options. The next model up is the popular F-150 Lariat. Standard features include  the turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine.  18-inch wheels, a trailer hitch, keyless entry and ignition, power-adjustable pedals, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver-seat memory settings, ambient lighting, leather upholstery and ventilated front seats. There are, as you might expect, optional packages for the Lariat. The Mid 501A package adds upgraded mirrors, remote tailgate release, rear parking sensors and front-facing spotlights to the features listed in the XLT's Luxury 302A package. The Luxury 502A package, meanwhile, adds LED headlights and foglights, automatic wipers, a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, front bucket seats, heated rear outboard seats (SuperCrew), a navigation system, and an 11-speaker stereo with HD radio. Other options include lane departure warning, power-deployable running boards, a surround-view camera system, an automated parallel parking system and adaptive cruise control.

     You've basically reached the top of the heap with the F-150 Limited, which comes with the high-output version of the turbocharged 3.5-liter engine, an extended-range 36-gallon fuel tank (the standard tank is 23 or 26 gallons, depending on cab size), 22-inch wheels, upgraded leather upholstery in front, unique styling details and many of the F-150's optional features as standard.

      Looking for something hot as a firecracker and a head turner all rolled up in one?  Don't miss the  F-150 Raptor. Providing all the heat is the same high-output version of the turbocharged 3.5-liter engine as the Limited. It has many of the same features as the XLT, but it offers a reinforced frame, a special four-wheel-drive system, a modified long-travel suspension, Fox shocks, flared fenders, skid plates, 17-inch wheels with upgraded off-road tires, and special interior trim with leather and cloth upholstery. The Raptor offers many of the same options as the XLT and the Lariat, as well as a few exterior styling packages, a Torsen limited-slip front differential and forged, bead-lock capable wheels. Safety: Among the safety features other than the usual belts and air bags, are the Advanced Security Pack, AdvanceTrac with RSC; Safety Canopy Air bags, SOS Post-Crash Alert System, and other safety perks as well. Styling and Aesthetics: I look at the current F-150 as an understated classic, always fashionable  truck. It projects strength, dignity, security and practicality, and will probably never go out of style. I especially like the dip on the doors that provides a feeling of expansiveness and airiness, as well as giving you an even better sense of security as you drive the truck.   There were only a few niggles with the interior.  One was smallishness of the climate control tabs on the dash, although you can certainly access the same features via the touchscreen if you wish. Either way, thereis the issue of taking your eyes away from driving in order to make adjustments. I didn't like the idea of taking my eyes off the road , even though  I could have gone through the touchscreen. Warranty: Three year, 36,000 mile warranty bumper to bumper and five years/60,000 mile powertrain warranty  

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