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Quick Take
The 2009 Ford F-150 is better than the truck it replaces, and in several areas it has moved to the head of its class. Read more »
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Can the best get better? It’s certainly hard to argue with success, and for the last quarter century, Ford’s big F-Series pickups have dominated the U.S. sales charts, despite a growing onslaught of domestic and import competition.

 

For 2009, Ford is making some major changes to the full-size truck, and while it isn’t quite a ground-up redesign, the update is significant enough to keep the competition worried.

 

Among the most significant updates, an improved box frame means a 10 percent increase in torsional rigidity, and that translates into both a more stable ride and increased towing and hauling capabilities. Standard Roll Stability Control minimizes rollover risks, while the new Trailer Sway Control reduces the risk of accidents while towing. An updated, foldaway bed extender makes it easier carry oversized loads. And Ford adds several additional versions of the F-Series for 2009, moving further away from the old one-size-fits-all approach to pickups.

 

Pickup buyers want a package that doesn’t compromise their needs. These days, that means a variety of cabin and bed configurations. No other automaker offers quite as many options as Ford, the 2009 F-Series available with three different cab styles, four box options and, now, seven unique trim levels,

 

Platinum adds sparkle to line-up

 

Ford already offered six different trim versions of this big truck, from the no-fuss XL to the high-featured King Ranch edition. For ’09, the line-up is joined by the top-end Platinum Series.

 

Like all F-Series models, it starts with the now-standard Ford chrome triple crossbars surrounding a newer, bolder Ford logo on the grille – on the Platinum, that’s a satin chrome grille with mesh inserts. The top-end F-150 gets 10-way leather captain’s chairs, satin ash wood interior accents, and real aluminum dash panels. The Platinum Series comes with standard 20-inch, 16-spoke aluminum wheels.

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