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A new instrument cluster with an enlarged information center delivers trip information and logs trailer mileage among other duties
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New features include a 110-volt outlet, telescoping steering, and HD Radio.
off-roaders can see the lateral, vertical and turning radius dimensions of their maneuvers
Ford paid particular attention to the needs of SuperCrew buyers and commercial users--which together make up the vast majority of F-150 sales--and it shows.
With ten trim levels on tap, the 2011 Ford F-150 is bound to offer a standard features list that appeals to you. Sticker prices for some of the F-150 models may seem a bit high, but the value is undeniable thanks to Ford's recent improvements in its features loadouts.
As with each year, the vast range of F-150 body styles, powertrains, bed lengths, drivetrains and features makes ordering one as distinctive an experience as any vehicle you can buy today--except maybe for Porsche 911 owners, who can specify dozens of custom leather, paint and trim options. For big pickups, the different versions are aligned not with fashion, but with different needs and missions in mind. Want a sport truck that's good for light off-roading as well as line dancing? Or a luxury truck that can haul adults, a fifth-wheel trailer and all the race weekend coolers?
They're all here in F-150 trim packages.
Ford's most basic F-150s are the ones you'll often see in fleets and utility use, but that doesn't mean they come stripped. The basic XL, STX, XLT, and Lariat F-150s have standard six-speed automatic transmissions and a 3.7-liter V-6 with 302 horsepower. Each comes with a choice of regular, extended and crew-cabs—and all of them can be fitted with four-wheel drive. As they move up the pricing scale, each adds some bundled equipment and interior features that may make it simpler to move up a trim level.
The 2011 Ford F-150 XL, the lowest trim level available, is designed as a fleet work vehicle, and accordingly comes equipped with little besides a radio and air-conditioning. The 2010 Ford F-150 STX is very similar, but it gets a CD player in addition to the radio tuner. Moving up to the Ford F-150 XLT, where most consumers will start shopping, brings a significant features increase, with items like cruise control and full power accessories. Higher trims add even more features, like Ford's superb Sync connectivity system. The Lariat features everything included in the XLT F-150 along with an LCD screen to adjust vehicle features and settings; steering-wheel controls; power-adjustable pedals; leather seats; Sirius satellite radio; SYNC; chrome trim; 18-inch wheels; towing package; and an optional off-road package with a locking rear differential, skid plates and new shocks
The Lariat model is really the first step up the luxury ladder, the Lariat appeals to truck shoppers who want the latest Ford technology features, like the Bluetooth-driven SYNC controller, so they can stay in touch with their assistant and their work crew. It includes everything included in the XLT F-150 along with an LCD screen to adjust vehicle features and settings; steering-wheel controls; power-adjustable pedals; leather seats; Sirius satellite radio; SYNC; chrome trim; 18-inch wheels; towing package; and an optional off-road package with a locking rear differential, skid plates and new shocks. Lariat Limited and Platinum models add even more, like remote starting, larger wheels, and heated rear seats.
FX2/FX4 models and the F-150 Raptor get that macho, energy-drink-and-creatine look, with exaggerated fenders and blacked-out trim, along with strong off-road purpose, while the Raptor goes especially hardcore with a 6.2-liter, 411-hp V-8, skid plates, and even more jacked-up look.
New this year—and not necessarily just for Bike Week refugees—is the 2011 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson, which includes a power moonroof, rear view camera, second-row heated seats, ambient lighting and a remote start system. The exterior, meanwhile, features a unique six-bar billet style grille and boasts specialized forged aluminum and Harley-Davidson chrome badging. The truck also has a lowered appearance due to a fully integrated deployable running board. Also standard are 22 inch Euroflange forged wheels with a polished center wheel cap and low-profile performance tires. The paint selection is classic Harley-Davidson—Tuxedo Black and Ingot Silver.
In all, there's quite the palette of possibilities. It's just a matter of how much you're willing to spend.
The 2011 Ford F-150 has a lot of versatility and can be equipped as a basic work truck, off-road sand-crawler, or a vehicle luxurious enough for a CEO with a horse ranch.