2014 Ford F-150

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Overview + What's New

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2014 Ford F-150 XLT. © Ford Motor Company

Ford’s F-150 truck is a legend in sheetmetal. No vehicle sells more units on Planet Earth, and very few nameplates have had a longer production run (since 1948). This year’s F-150 is the last model of the venerable steed’s 12th generation, which means major changes are just around the corner for 2015. 

What's New

Traditionally, when a next-generation product is announced, the last year of the current generation doesn’t see any big changes. That’s the case with the 2014 F-150, for the most part. Noteworthy differences for 2014 are mostly appearance-based. There’s a new grille included with the FX Appearance Package, there’s an available power-telescoping and power-folding trailer-tow sideview mirror, along with new interior and exterior colors available. Oh, and there’s the brand-new F-150 Tremor…a potent salute to the high-performance street trucks of yore with a modern nod to fuel economy-friendliness. More on that one later.

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2014 Ford F-150 Bodystyles, Engines and Powertrains

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2014 F-150 Raptor SVT Special Edition Truck. © Ford Motor Co.

Bodystyles

The best-selling vehicle in the US for the past 32 years serves up satisfaction Burger King-style: have it your way. Need more cargo space? Go with a Regular or extended Cab (SuperCab) with a 6.5-foot or 8-foot bed. Need more people space? Opt for the crew cab (SuperCrew) with a 6.5-foot or 5-foot bed. The SVT Raptor, Ford’s off-road purposed F-150, comes only with a 5.5-foot bed that can be paired with a SuperCab or SuperCrew.

Engines and Powertrains

True to the theme of customization, there are 4 choices of engines available for the F-150. The choices start with the base 3.7L V6 that makes 302hp and peaks with 278 lb.-ft. of torque. According to Ford, the 3.7L averages 17 mpg on city streets and 23 mpg on the highway. Moving up the ladder brings you to the 5.0L V8 that ups the ante to 360hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque with a 2 mpg fuel efficiency penalty over the city and highway economy of the base V6. The most potent plant in the stable is the 6.2L V8 that delivers 411hp and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, but naturally serves up a greater fuel penalty of 4 mpg city/highway over the base V6. Then there’s the crowd favorite (and mine as well). The most recently added engine, the 3.5L EcoBoost V6, dishes out 365hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque while delivering almost the same fuel economy as the base V6. Ford claims for a 1 mpg penalty over the entry-level V6 the EcoBoost makes as much torque as most V8 engines and matches their towing capacity, as well. It’s a pretty big deal. All of the engines come mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard for all variations of the F-150 with the exception of the SVT Raptor. Optional for all models, and standard on the Raptor) is a 4WD powertrain. 

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2014 Ford F-150 Trim Levels

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2014 F-150 King Ranch. © Ford Motor Company

Trim Levels

Whether you’re just looking for the basics, want a full-on luxury experience or crave a themed ride, the F-150 has a trim level for that. Trims work their way up as follows: XL, STX, XLT, FX2, FX4 and Lariat. After the Lariat things branch off to the themed King Ranch, the off-road SVT Raptor, and the luxurious Platinum and Limited trims.

The base XL focuses on the necessities with standard 17-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, a tilt-only steering wheel, vinyl upholstery, a 40/20/40 front seat and an AM/FM radio. SuperCrew XL models gain keyless entry, power side mirrors, an overhead console and power front windows.

The STX includes all of the above, along with alloy wheels, cruise control, cloth upholstery, power-adjustable windows, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and additional body-colored exterior cladding. A SuperCab-equipped STX also gets rear power windows.

The XLT adds some comfort touches like a keyless entry keypad, the Sync voice control interface, automatic headlights, foglights, rear privacy glass, chrome exterior trim, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. The FX2 (2-wheel drive) adds 18-inch alloy wheels, a trailer tow package, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped and telescoping steering wheel with additional controls, front bucket seats, a six-way power-adjustable driver seat, a household power outlet, and an upgraded 4.2-inch display for climate/audio functions and satellite radio. A step up to the four-wheel drive FX4 adds skid plates, an electronic locking rear differential and the hill descent control system.

The Lariat trim upgrades comfort to luxury with additional touches like leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver-seat memory functions, the MyFord Touch electronics interface (with an 8-inch touchscreen), dual USB ports, power-adjustable pedals and a power-sliding rear window. The off-road features of the FX trim aren’t included in the Lariat.

Then there’s the King Ranch, themed after the historic ranch in Kingsville, Texas. What does it add? Wood interior trim, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, a rearview camera, remote ignition, a premium Sony audio system, running boards, power-folding and heated auto-dimming mirrors, chrome exterior trim, rear parking sensors, an integrated trailer brake controller and the necessary King Ranch badging inside and out.

For those who need still more luxury, there’s the Platinum and Limited trims. The Platinum starts off by adding 20-inch wheels, xenon headlights, power-deployable running boards, automatic wipers, a wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, a sunroof and a navigation system. The Limited tosses 22-inch wheels, a monochromatic paint job and an upgraded leather interior on top of the Platinum’s goodies. Neither of the trims (spiritual successors to the Lincoln version of the F-150) retain the King Ranch’s badging.

The Raptor takes the F-150 off the road by swapping out many of the luxuries listed above with 17-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, fixed aluminum running boards, front/rear tow hooks, a shift-on-the-fly transfer case, off-road performance suspension components and auxiliary equipment switch panel, along with unique interior trim and upholstery. Want a Raptor with a little more oomph? Check this out.

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2014 Ford F-150 Safety Ratings

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2014 F-150 Raptor Interior. © Ford Motor Company

Safety

Standard safety features for all 2014 F-150s include four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control, trailer sway control, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera and rear parking sensors are standard on the King Ranch trim level and up but optional on other F-150s. The NHTSA gave the 2014 Ford F-150 4 out of 5 stars in its crash safety tests--earning a 5-star rating for overall side-impact protection and 4 stars for frontal protection. The SuperCrew received 3 stars on the frontal protection test.

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2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

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2014 F-150 Tremor. © Ford Motor Company

The F-150 Tremor

New for 2014, Ford’s F-150 Tremor is a welcome return for the manufacturer and the pickup world in general to embracing high-performance street trucks. To be frank, the Tremor is not the full-on earthquake that the Ford SVT Lightning and Dodge Ram SRT-10 were. Fuel prices and the economic climate have put a damper on big honkin’ engines that tear through a tank of gas and tires like Godzilla. The Tremor is, however, a smart way to showcase the potency of the 3.5L EcoBoost V6. Available only with a Regular Cab and the F-150’s shortest bed (5.5 feet), the Tremor delivers performance by optimizing the power-to-weight ratio with a heft of around 5,000 lbs.

Performance-wise, the Tremor packs the same six-speed transmission as its brethren but adds a manual electronic locking 4.10:1 rear differential that Ford claims is optimized for a faster launch. The truck’s short 126-inch wheelbase also delivers better handling than its longer siblings. Even with a sharper focus on street performance, Ford claims the Tremor keeps relatively the same fuel economy and towing capability of its EcoBoost-equipped brethren.

Appearance-wise, the Tremor looks the part with an FX appearance package that includes flat-black accents, 20-inch flat-black wheels, black running boards, a chrome exhaust tip, styleside body graphics and black badges with red lettering. Inside you’ll find a floor shifter (not included on any other Regular Cab F-150), black leather seating with red piping, brushed-metal accents and a red-stitched steering wheel. Alcantara, or synthetic suede, seat inserts accent the package and Ford’s MyTouch system comes standard.  

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