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STYLING | 7 out of 10
F-150s with the Lariat trim offer an upscale ambiance
Assertive trapezoidal grille beneath a muscled-up hoodline
Regular cabs and SuperCabs have narrow rear-hinged back doors
The Ford F-150 was redesigned in 2004 and hasn't undergone any major changes, including the current 2008 Ford F-150, which is slated to be the last of the 11th-generation body style. Despite its age, the exterior of the Ford F-150 2008 edition scores well with reviewers, and the interior is not far behind.
The exterior of the 2008 Ford F-150 comes in a variety of flavors and is generally applauded in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. Edmunds says that the Ford F-150 is "available in three body styles: regular cab, extended cab ('SuperCab') and crew cab ('SuperCrew')." They add that regular cabs "come with a 6.5-foot or 8-foot cargo bed, while SuperCabs can have either of those or a garage-friendly 5.5-footer," and "the SuperCrew can have either the 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed." The SuperCrew features four regular doors, while Kelley Blue Book finds that the other cabs have "a set of small, rear-hinged doors that allow easy access" to the rear.
Cars.com writes "some F-150 styling touches were borrowed from the Mighty F-350 Tonka concept truck," such as the "stepped-design side windows" that "improve mirror visibility and enhance the tough-truck look." Special packages and editions of the Ford F-150 2008 include a Harley-Davidson SuperCrew that Motor Trend says has an "aggressive look" accentuated by "body-colored bumpers and trim pieces and several Bar and Shield badges," along with "22-inch aluminum wheels and monster high-performance tires." The 2008 Ford F-150 Lariat gets "a chrome surround and honeycomb insert," according to Cars.com, and Edmunds adds that the Lariat Limited includes "polished running boards" and "smoked taillights."
The interior of the Ford F-150 2008 still holds up well after a few years on the market. ConsumerGuide writes that the Ford F-150's "gauges are handsome and well-placed," but when compared to more modern rivals, the "controls for audio" and "automatic climate systems are slightly undersized." Automobile reviewers rave about the "finely wrought instrument cluster" on their Ford F-150 Lariat tester, and Kelley Blue Book says "the dash and interior design on the base models look good enough." Edmunds also lists the "attractive and functional cabin" as one of their favorite features on the 2008 Ford F-150.
A 2004 makeover still wears well on the 2008 Ford F-150.