2012 Ford F-150 Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

With the usual vast array of bed lengths, body styles, and trim levels, it's easy to tailor an F-150 to your work and play needs. It's not challenging to get comfortable in any of them, either, so long as you match the body style to the task at hand.

Any F-150 will carry at least three passengers, but in the most cramped version of that future, they'll all be spread across a bench seat in the Regular Cab version. That's the workhorse special, though even with the Super Cab, the tight space behind the front seats sports only a pair of flip-up jump seats that fold away for more locked-down storage. The Super Crew is the version most buyers will lust for, since it comes with 5.5-foot and 6.5-foot bed-length options (the Regular Cab has either a 6.5-foot or 8-foot bed, and so does the extended SuperCab). The Super Crew is six inches longer than other versions, and the extra length is applied to rear-seat leg room.

Comfortable seats make the Ford F-150's nicely finished interior feel as good as it looks.

If you opt for the bench seat, all is not lost--it's not uncomfortable, but lacks all lateral support unless you use the flip-down armrest. Other F-150s we've driven have had very nicely sculpted seats, with room in every direction, unimpeded by styling choices at all. The rear seats on Super Crews get a truly flat floor to perch on, and the bench-seat cushions fold up against the back on four-door models so that in-cab storage is flexible without resorting to the kind of midgate design that makes the Chevy Avalanche so distinctive. A tailgate ladder and a side box step are stamped into each version, for easier cargo loading.

As a pickup truck, versatility and utility is the F-150's primary reason for being, and the Ford F-150 doesn't disappoint in the cargo category. Likewise, inside some F-150 trims come with a lockable center console good for large items like laptops or small briefcases—or even file folders—while there are plenty of smaller storage cubbies, for notebooks, smartphones, sunglasses, tools, and the like.

Ford has made huge strides in terms of interior quality, and although the materials aren't free of imperfections they are well ahead of what consumers are used to from Ford. Otherwise, however, build quality is tight.  The F-150's cabin is superbly quiet and refined, although in some models—especially those with the new V-8s—engine noise can be a bit much, depending on your expectations.

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