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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.
You'll need more than two hands to count the different trim levels and models offered in the Ford F-150 lineup. It's a truck for every personality--and price point, with stickers ranging from about $25,000 to up, up, and away from $50,000 in luxurious Platinum and Limited versions.
Fleet duty is the F-150's stock and trade, and basic versions are outfitted for just that. The F-150 XL has a radio, and air conditioning, and wind-up windows, and not much more. Stepping up from the XL into STX and XLT, while the equipment gets progressively more luxurious; the STX adds a CD player, while the mass-market XLT adds on power windows/locks/mirrors and cruise control. All the mainstream models of the F-150 offer buyers the chance to choose from among a few body styles, bed sizes, and powertrains.
The plush Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited editions piles on features. Lariat trucks add on an LCD screen that displays vehicle settings; steering-wheel controls for audio and phone; 18-inch wheels; leather seats; power-adjustable pedals; satellite radio; and a towing package. Lariats also have an option for an off-road package that bundles skid plates, tougher shocks, and a locking rear differential. Lariat Limited and Platinum models add even more, like remote starting, larger wheels, and heated rear seats.
For the jacked-up, energy-drink-and-dirt-sandwich crowd, there are FX2/FX4 models and the F-150 Raptor, all with a macho look highlighted by exaggerated fenders and blacked-out trim. The Raptor's the hardcore thrasher of the group, with its 6.2-liter, 411-hp V-8, skid plates, and Baja-ready add-ons.
At the top of the lineup are the luxury trucks, like the King Ranch edition and its special untreated-leather interior, and the Harley-Davidson edition, which includes a power moonroof, rear view camera, second-row heated seats, ambient lighting and a remote start system. The Harley exterior gets 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.
Among the new features added for the 2013 model year are power-telescoping steering and power-folding trailer mirrors on some trim levels. On XLT versions and above, Ford now makes its Bluetooth-driven voice controller SYNC standard. This version of the system runs mobile phones with voice commands and includes emergency assistance and vehicle-status reports; optional add-on services include real-time traffic, turn-by-turn navigation, Send To SYNC from Google Maps, and other real-time information from news to sports to weather. The information from SYNC is displayed in a new 4.2-inch LCD screen paired with another screen in the gauge cluster that shows information from the trip computer.
MyFord Touch is now offered in the F-150 as well, standard on Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited models. As in other Ford vehicles, MyFord Touch uses voice, steering-wheel controls, and an 8-inch touchscreen to run phone, audio, navigation, and some climate systems. In the pickup truck, it also comes bundled with a media hub that contains twin USB ports, an SD card reader, and a set of RCA jacks--perfect for plugging in a 3G dongle, a fresh map data card, or a gaming system. As soon as we're able to test this new version of MyFord Touch, with its specially designed controls made of ease of use in trucks, we'll update this review.
Trail king, rock climber, workhorse or luxury SUV: the F-150 has many personalities on order, and now, MyFord Touch, too.