The Ford F-150 is a full-size Pickup that is an integral part of Ford’s famed F-Series. The F-Series is famous for being the best-selling Pickup for 37 years and was the best-selling vehicle line overall in the United States for 17 years. Originally starting in 1948, the F-Series has remained a popular series of vehicles for over 60 years. The F-150 line was originally released in 1975 and has remained popular on its own right for over 30 years.
Used Ford F-150
8th Gen F-150
The perpetually popular F-150 possesses a wide variety of configurations and options that help make it a great choice for any prospective buyer. There are certainly many reasons that Ford sells nearly a million F-Series units every year, and the F-Series has consistently won industry awards over the years, most recently in 2011 from JD Powers, however the largest reason for its success must be the strength, versatility, and staunch dependability of the F-150.
A new redesign has been announced for the 2015 model year including twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), seating for six, a 360° camera system for safety while backing up and attaching loads. This promises to deliver more towing and hauling capability than ever before by cutting nearly 60 pounds from the F-150’s chassis with a switch to aluminum in the body.
2009 – 2014
7th Gen F-150
The 7th generation has a decidedly masculine style and features updated interiors with new features such as the Sync voice-command system, navigation system, and a full complement of airbags which come standard. This has increased safety for both driver and passengers and improved the technological value of the vehicle as a whole, making it intrinsically more user-friendly.
The latest edition F-150s posses six-speed automatic transmission and are available in several different power levels. The 3.7-liter V6 with 302 horsepower is the base engine, a 5.0-liter V8 with 360-hp, a twin-turbo (“Eco-boost”) V6 with 365-hp, and a 6.2-liter V8 with 411-hp are the other options depending on trim level. This means that no matter what job or location you plan on using your new F-150, there is an engine with the power necessary to achieve your goals and get you to your destination.
In regards to safety, the current generation consistently receives 4 out of 5 stars on Government crash tests, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IHSS) has repeatedly awarded the top rating of “Good” in its frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength tests.
2004 – 2008
6th Gen F-150
Beginning in the 2004 model year multiple trim levels and body styles were made available. The XL version is the basic truck, while the STX offers several additional features, and the XLT economically provides the best value for the customer’s dollar. Beyond these, additional trim levels include the off-road-oriented FX4, the sporty FX2 (introduced in 2007), the luxurious Lariat, the even plusher Lariat Limited (for 2008), and the King Ranch and Harley-Davidson special editions for aesthetically minded buyers.
Nearly all variants have a four-speed automatic transmission from 2004-’08, however, the V6 comes with a five-speed manual standard. All F-150 trim levels and body styles may be configured as either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, however, the FX4 comes with four-wheel drive standard.
With the 6th generation the F-150 was justly considered bigger, more powerful and offering of a greater variety of features and body styles than ever before; all factors which made consumers very pleased.
1997 – 2003
5th Gen F-150
Ford decided to go with a sharply contrasted exterior look for 1997 when compared to earlier models. The F-150 now featured a smoother exterior styling with a “jellybean-like” shape as opposed to the previous angular chiseled box shape of previous editions. When discussing the interior, this generation is widely considered the Best-in-class for interior styling and as owners spend most of their time looking at the inside of the vehicle, that’s a real plus.
The new engines for 2002 were a 4.2-liter V6 with 202 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque, a 4.6-liter V8 with 231 horsepower and 293 pound-feet, and a 5.4-liter V8 with 260 horsepower and a stout 350 pound-feet.
Ford’s attention to the needs of various customer ensured that there were three cab options; Regular cab, SuperCab (extended cab with 4-doors and a comfort-enhancing flip-up 40/60 rear seat) and SuperCrew (a crew cab introduced for 2001 with full-size doors and a larger rear-passenger compartment) body styles. In regular and SuperCab both standard or Flareside are available, SuperCrew is found in standard bed only. Although, whichever cab is chosen the F-150 boasts a max trailer weight of 8,800lbs. Drivers with passengers on a job, and drivers who use their work vehicle as their primary vehicle will wish to invest in the SuperCab or SuperCrew option as it affords more internal space which equates more comfort.
1992 – 1996
4th Gen F-150
In 1992 the F-Series was brought stylistically in line with the Ranger and Explorer models, further increasing the aerodynamic design of the body. Furthermore, the twin side-windows for the rear seat were replaced by a single window improving design sense. Finally, the FlareSide bed returned after a four year hiatus which began in 1987, this bed option remained popular throughout the 1996 model year. This generation was closer to the rear bodywork style of the dual rear-wheel F-350 and featured a revised tailgate.
In 1993 the XL trim became the new base model. And in 1994 Safety upgrades were the focus with a driver’s side airbag, side door beams and a high, center-mounted third brake light for increased visibility especially at night. This year implemented a CFC-Free air conditioning system in response to increased environmental concerns about the ozone.
1987 – 1991
3rd Gen F-150
By 1987 the F-Series was the best-selling American vehicle for 9 years in a row. This year featured a redesign with many improvements to ease maintenance including updated front end flush headlights that required just the bulb to be replaced, instead of the entire headlight. It also saw a new, easier to access fuse box, A/C compressor, power steering pump and an uncomplicated alternator belt replacement. The instrument panel was refined with easy to read gauges and a larger glove box for increased storage and driver satisfaction. All improvements which made owners and mechanics equally happy.
The 4.9-liter inline 6 engine was upgraded with fuel injection resulting in a 20% more output for 150 horsepower. The 7.5 liter V8 became more powerful from fuel injection upgrades that replaced earlier carburated engines.
As of 1988 horsepower for all the engines was 4.9-liter inline six with 150, the 5.0-liter V8 with 185, the 5.8-liter V8 with 210, the 7.5-liter V8 with 230 and the new 7.3-liter (up from 6.9 liters) diesel V8 with 180. Lastly, four-speed manual gearboxes received upgrades with five-speed units, so across the board the F-150 was a more powerful, reliable vehicle.
1980 – 1986
2nd Gen F-150
The F-100 line was discontinued in 1983 as the F-150 had proven so popular it superseded the market demand for the older model and became the new base truck starting in the 1984 model year.
The 1980 redesign took a step towards increased aerodynamic features. To this end the hood face slanted rearward, a cleaner looking grille was introduced, and the body sides were chiseled down into a flatter accent groove. The SuperCab’s quarter windows were split into a twin window effect. As a bonus of this revamped interior there was 10% increased legroom. The 1982 model is notable for having the “FORD” letters on the hood replaced by the blue oval Ford symbol in the grille center.
The 1986 F-150 was the last model to include a 3-speed manual gearbox with a steering column lever (3-on-the-tree); making it the final vehicle in the US which offered that particular option.
1975 – 1979
1st Gen F-150
Although Ford’s F-Series of trucks has a history that stretches all the way back to 1948, the first Truck to bear the F-150 name was not released until 1975.
A half-ton pick-up, the F-150 was introduced to bridge the gap fittingly between the F-100 and F-250 models. The original offering combined the best qualities of both models and also was better for the environment due to better emission controls. In the debut year fully 1/3rd of the F-Series sales were due to the new F-150.