2014 Ford F-150 Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director
August 11, 2014

The 2014 Ford F-150 grabs a share of the full-size pickup truck lead thanks to towing, technology, and toughness.

The Ford F-150 isn't just the best-selling vehicle in America. It's been the best-selling vehicle in America for more than 30 years. It can take as long to order one as it does to explain why it's so popular: the F-150 is available in myriad combinations of drivetrains, body styles, bed lengths, and trim levels. At the same time, it has some of the best towing ratings, some of the most intriguing tech features, and some of the most fuel-efficient powertrains of all the full-size pickups.

The biggest news for 2014 is the addition of the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor. The first "sport" truck to get the powertrain, according to Ford, the Tremor is configured with the F-150's regular-cab body style, with a 126-inch wheelbase and the shorter pickup bed. Both rear- and four-wheel-drive versions are offered. The Tremor weighs in at about 5,000 pounds, and comes with a 4.10 rear axle and an electronically controlled locking rear differential, for maximum power extraction from the EcoBoost V-6, Ford says. Other 2014 changes are slight, with new trailer-tow mirrors, a new FX grille, and HID headlamps on F-150s at the XLT trim level and above.

Otherwise, the F-150 carries over into the 2014 model year essentially unchanged--in a year when a new Silverado and Sierra and a new turbodiesel Ram are ready. With King Ranch editions, EcoBoost V-6 turbos, and a Harley-Davidson model wearing basic black like it owns it, the F-150 still looks ready to rumble. The blocky, Tonka look is either cartoonish or spot-on macho, depending on your allegiance to trucks in general, and Ford, specifically. The huge grille, the slab sides, the impossibly tall fenders make it a musclecar in its class, and an object to be coveted in certain parts of the country--anywhere within a 100-mile radius of an oval-track race. The cabin couldn't feel more contrasty: it's quiet, well-organized, and depending on the model and trim, plushly finished in high-grade plastics and tightly assembled pieces, with attractive proportions. Even work-grade trims look expensive--and the addition of MyFord Touch controls have pushed the center stack in a more adventurous direction.

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The F-150 comes in a wide range of body styles and bed lengths, and it's up to you how to configure it. The Regular Cab has either a 6.5-foot or 8-foot bed, and so does the extended SuperCab. The SuperCrew four-door pickup also comes with short- and long-bed options, as well as a wheelbase six inches longer than other versions, with all the additional room going to the rear seats. All F-150s can have well sculpted bucket seats, and even the basic bench isn't a bad alternative. In back, the seats have a truly flat floor, and the cushions fold up against the back on four-door models so huge packages can be carried inside, safely and securely. A tailgate ladder and a side box step are stamped into each version.

The quartet of powertrains that replaced Ford's old modular V-8s in the 2011 model year are back, unchanged for 2014. The standard 3.7-liter V-6 may seem like the dollar-store choice, until you've driven it with a light cargo load. The six-speed automatic (standard across the board) gets paired with taller rear axles to help it accelerate to 60 mph in under 10 seconds, and gas mileage still pushes the envelope, at up to 23 miles per gallon on the EPA highway cycle. The new Silverado and Sierra blow by it in towing capacity, though. If you want to hang with the popular crowd, you'll need the turbocharged, 3.5-liter version of the six. It blows out 360 hp, runs and guns to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds, and cranks out enough torque to challenge Ford's own V-8s for supremacy, while also giving the EcoBoost six the best towing numbers of the F-150 range.

In their 1990s heyday, pickup trucks excelled at smooth V-8 power. Now they're truly muscular, especially at Ford, where the 5.0-liter V-8 endows the F-150 with a Mustang GT powertrain and its sizzling exhaust note, too. The 5.0 puts out an EcoBoost-identical 360 hp: the engine's retuned from the Mustang application for better low-end torque and to maintain the truck's 10,000-pound tow rating. At the top of the range is a new 6.2-liter V-8 with a monster output of 411 hp and 434 pound-feet of torque, fitted in the most luxurious models and in the Raptor off-road special edition.

Electric power steering was adopted along with the new engines, and it's also carlike in feel, with quick, light responses to inputs, more so than any other full-sizer. The ride and handling of the F-150 is probably where it gets nudged by Silverados and Rams: it handles pretty well for such a large pickups, but the ride is just a touch tougher than either. Four-wheel drive is available across the lineup, of course, and a new mechanical setup comes with automatic 4x4 mode that shifts power to the front wheels when needed.

All F-150s have a package of safety gear that blends electronic assistance with the usual airbags. Stability control is standard, and so are trailer sway control, which uses anti-lock brakes to mitigate the motion of a trailered vehicle, and hill start assist. A rearview camera and Bluetooth are available, too, and the F-150 has done well in crash tests. Especially of note is that the F-150 is the only one of the Big 3 full-size trucks to achieve 'good' scores in the important, rollover-related IIHS roof-strength test.

More than most any vehicles on the road, pickups still offer the custom-order experience, not just in hard points but in soft points. The F-150's no different: it comes in no less than eleven packages that run from stripper XL editions to Harley-Davidson, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited editions. The F150 can be fitted with Ford's SYNC media controller, with real-time traffic information, and even with features like a Sony sound system, DVD entertainment players and second-row heated seats. If you want to get an idea of how luxurious an F-150 can be, step into the King Ranch, upholstered in natural leather, surrounded by LCD screens and a navigation system. It's like sitting in the world's most sophisticated baseball glove--and the price tag of more than $44,000 adequately underscores that impression.

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2014 Ford F-150 4WD SuperCrew 145" XLT

Roomy and fun to drive

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Love the economy and power of the V-6 twin turbo engine
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December 15, 2016
2014 Ford F-150 2WD Reg Cab 145" XLT

nice truck

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have had no problems with this truck and it has a lot of get up and go
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May 17, 2016
2014 Ford F-150 4WD SuperCrew 145" FX4

Love My Truck!!

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I love everything about my truck; the only thing I would ask you to improve on is reducing the road noise.. Secondly, it would be nice option if I could turn on my camera while moving forward...
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January 31, 2016
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Another great Ford

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Two years and not a single problem. The ride and performance is on par with some of the finer automobiles.
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July 11, 2015
2014 Ford F-150 2WD SuperCrew 145" XLT

Awesome versatility, performance, mileage, styling! Hard to beat. And I was a Dodge Ram guy, and a GM buyer for years! M last Ford was from the muscle car era!

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Awesome, awesome, awesome! 22.4 MPG's at 85 on I10!
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June 20, 2015
2014 Ford F-150 4WD SuperCrew 157" XLT w/HD Payload Pkg

Great style, good looks, abundant performance!

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I don't' look at trucks for great gas mileage because of the inherently poor power to weight ratio. I'm pleased that it doesn't vary that much between city, hauling and towing. Highway mileage is decent for a... + More »
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May 14, 2015
2014 Ford F-150 2WD Reg Cab 126" XLT

Drives like a car but looks like a truck

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I purchased my 2014 Ford F-150 super crew with 5.0 liter engine about a month ago. The gas mileage is not the best but the looks and the comments I get about the truck are great. I come from a ford truck... + More »
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May 10, 2015
2014 Ford F-150 4WD SuperCrew 157" FX4

Awesome truck, fuel mileage isnt near good as advertised

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I have had my 2014 F150 now for 3 months, love it! Fuel economy isn't the greatest, especially towing, I have the Ecoboost. Ford has designed a top notch interior, but it misses the mark when compared to dodge... + More »
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April 16, 2015
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I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TRUCK ABOVE THE OTHER MANUFACTURERS.

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PLATINUM EDITION WAS AN EXCELLENT CHOICE. LUXURY AT ITS BEST. TURBO ECO BOOST ENGINE HAS AMPLE POWER AND TORQUE. FUEL MILAGE IS IN THE COMBINED CITY HIGHWAY RANGE OF 16 MPG TO 17.2 MPG. THIS IS THE QUALITY YOU... + More »
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April 13, 2015
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Ford Tough

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I like my Ford F150 supercrew 4x4 it has the 3.5 l which works well but don't expect 31mpg average around 23mpg which for a full size truck is good I really like the ride handle well even at 160km/h
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