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Ford F-150

Buying a new vehicle for cheap these days can be a daunting task, especially a pickup truck. As customer demands have grown, so have the trucks’ capabilities and price tags. If you’ve got $50,000 to blow, the options are nearly limitless. But what about $30,000? Or even under that? What kind of truck can be had for less than that magical money ceiling?

The truck market is a highly competitive one with each automaker gunning to outdo and one-up the competition. This is great for those looking for feature-laden trucks with more technology than the best luxury cars could boast five years ago or tow ratings that seem to compete with Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks.

Consequently, prices for these “work vehicles” have become luxury-like in the process. Sure, some buyers need a truck to pull double duty as the family sedan throughout the week while still towing the boat or RV on the weekends. For that purpose, modern full-size trucks in mid- to upper-grade trim reign supreme.

Because prices have jumped so high, folks wanting to spend $30,000 or less on a truck only have a few options, consisting mostly of single- or extended-cab full-size trucks or smaller midsize trucks. It all depends on how the truck is optioned out.

Those looking to tow will have to sacrifice interior amenities for a larger engine and a towing package. Those looking for interior room will ironically have to stick with a midsized truck that offers a four-door crew cab model. For buyers, it all boils down to how the truck will be used. Evaluating personal use is perhaps the most critical aspect of buying a truck on a budget.

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So far, this year has brought freezing temperatures and snow in places where it these are rarely seen, so it’s a good idea to start upgrading your car to for snow-driving capabilities. Ken Block, for example, transformed this Ford F-150 SVT Raptor into a sick-looking F-150 RaptorTrax, which looks like the ultimate snowmobile.

The F-150 Raptor was updated with snowboard racks, a roof basket, a rear-mounted winch, interior storage for snacks and drinks, Recaro seating, an exterior stereo setup for blasting music and four burly Mattracks. The RaptorTrax offer the usual Ken Block paint scheme, combined with exterior-mounted Rigid Industries lighting to help guide the way.

Although Ken Block didn’t announce any specifications figures just yet, the RaptorTRAX features the same Whipple-supercharged, 6.2-liter, V-8 engine as the base SVT Raptor — possibly with a slight output increase from its standard 411 horsepower — and a full roll cage for added protection.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford F-150 Raptor.

Now that Ford has announced that it will discontinue the SVT Raptor variant for the 2015 Ford F-150 , we’re left with the kind of sadness normally reserved to seeing one of our favorite TV shows get cancelled.

The SVT Raptor trim for the F-150 was a personal favorite of ours and now that it’s going to be discontinued, we’re beginning to appreciate more and more when an aftermarket company has an impressive tuning program at its hands.

That’s precisely what Roush Performance has and it’s definitely worthy of our attention. Roush fitted its Phase 2 performance upgrade onto this F-150 SVT Raptor so, off the bat, you know that this isn’t some purely aesthetic upgrade.

Nope, this one has it all in spades, including the aforementioned aesthetic upgrades. That comes in the form of a predominantly red body finish with matching custom graphics on the sides and back, finished off by some camo detailing on the rear.

But that’s not what’s tickling our fancy for this particular Roush program on the SVT Raptor. It’s the Phase 2 performance upgrade that adds a slew of new mechanical components on the pickup ’s powertrain. A huge intercooler was dropped into place, as were high-flow fuel injectors and a dual-tip, performance-tuned, cat-back exhaust system that bumps the output of the F-150 SVT Raptor to a staggering 590 horsepower, a sizable increase from the standard 411-horsepower output from the pickup’s standard 6.2-liter, V-8 engine.

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Ford F-150

By now, all the currently available information has been disseminated regarding Ford ’s latest and greatest F-150 . The news of its new aluminum skin, stronger frame and a new engines are leading headlines; along with its host of whiz-bang gadgetry designed to make the F-150 knock out the competition.

We’ve already covered the nitty-gritty details in our review of the 2015 F-150 , but now we present the top-10 things you need to know about the 2015 truck. Call it the “Reader’s Digest” version. We cover the exterior design and interior details; explore the handy new features found in the bed; touch on the truck’s development; and speculate about horsepower, torque, and how much the whole thing will cost.

Click past the jump for an overview of the 2015 Ford F-150

Ford has been selling the F-Series since 1948, but the F-150 model didn’t arrive until 1975, when Ford used it as a `tweener pickup to span the gap between the F-100 and F-250.

When Ford rolled out the Atlas Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, we were pretty sure that the automaker was already hard at work overhauling the existing F-150 in its likeness. In fact, the model has already been spotted testing and today we present the first details on the all-new F-150.

Rumors suggested that Ford will focus on drastically reducing the F-150’s total weight by making use of lightweight aluminum materials. Under the hood, the model will likely carry the same engine lineup with some minor improvements to the total output and fuel consumption.

Updated 01/13/2014: The all-new Ford F-150 made its world debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show as the "toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever." The model will be about 700 pounds lighter than the previous generation, and offers an an evolutionary design inspired by the Atlas concept.

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When it comes to programs for pickup trucks, like the F-150 , aesthetics often take a back seat to performance and functionality upgrades.

The old adage holds true with The Sportsman Channel’s custom modification for the Ford pickup, which you will be able to see at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show .

Living up to its name as an all-around weekend adventure seeker, the since F-150 Adventure Edition was born out of requests from fans of The Sportsman Channel to see what kind of items they’d want to see in a pickup, so they could enjoy their hunting, fishing, hiking and camping excursions.

The end result is a pickup that is loaded with a bevy of custom modifications, including custom bumpers, fender flares, a six-inch lift kit, an 11,000-pound winch and a set of 20-inch all-terrain wheels from Dick Cepek Tires wrapped in Fun Country tires.

Inside, the upgrades continue with a ridiculous Maxxsonics custom audio system to go with a locked storage from TruckVault and nylon bags from Battle Lake Outdoors.

For all of your weekend outdoor exploits, the F-150 Outdoor Adventure has all your needs wrapped up in an impressive package.

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Known for its serious suspension components, Skyjacker Suspensions has partnered with Ford to create this beastly F-150 for the 2013 SEMA Show taking place now through 8th.

Starting with an already capable 2014 F-150 FX4 Crew Cab, Skyjacker installed its massive six-inch lift and threw a set of BFGoodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM2 tires under it. The FX4’s standard four-wheel drive and electronic-locking rear differential keep the meaty BFGs turning when the going gets muddy.

Stout front and rear bumpers from Fab Fours Inc. protect the bodywork, and house a heavy-duty winch and LED light bar up front and a receiver hitch out back. Built-in steel recovery points make it easy to attach D-ring shackles for pulling lesser trucks out of sticky situations.

The F-150’s bed includes a lockable double-drawer storage unit from TruckVault for keeping gear safe and dry. Up top, a roof rack provides extra space for items and holds a second LED light bar. Custom graphics complete the tough-truck look, while rock rail steps make it easier for kids and girlfriends to hop inside.

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Okay, so we all loved the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning from the 1990s and 2000s, but it was never really a useful truck. You couldn’t take it off-road; well, we’ll rephrase that to you shouldn’t have tried taking it off-road; and it wasn’t much for towing either. So, it was basically a sports car with a bed...

After discontinuing the SVT Lightning, following its 2004 run, Ford went to task developing a new SVT pickup that was everything the Lightning wasn’t. And now we have the SVT Raptor : a jacked up F-150 with up to 12.1 inches of suspension travel, a snarling V-8 engine with 411 horsepower, and likely one of the best-balanced four-wheel-drive systems in a pickup.

Well, being car lovers, what else could we ask for? For Shelby to get its tuning hands on this beast it push it to extremes so obscene that the FCC is investigating it, of course — 575 horsepower, to be precise, thanks to a supercharger and some other tasty bits. Unfortunately, Shelby is limiting this supercharged, baja monster to only 100 units, so you’d better get to buying before supply runs out.

For those of you that can’t swing the $60k-plus required to own this Shelby-tuned pickup, World’s Fastest Car Show from Motor Trend has a test video (above) that at least sheds some light on what you’re missing out on.

You know as well as we do that Justin Bell wouldn’t take the Shelby down a six-lane highway in Southern Cali and tell us how smooth it runs. Rather, he opted to thrash the Shelby SVT Raptor in a more fitting manner by taking it to the Vegas Off-Road Experience (VORE) and gave it the hammering that Shelby intended it to have. We’re not too sure if Shelby saw the video yet, but It either loved the fact that it got a good workout and video evidence of its performance, or it billed Mr. Bell for the massive wear and tear on the suspension, tires, engine and brakes.

Either way, at least we get a nice look at this rare Shelby rig. Enjoy!

The 2014 Ford F-150 is here and as expected, it still looks relatively the same compared to past year’s models. This may be a bit of a gamble from Ford considering that its main rival, the Chevrolet Silverado , is sporting entirely new looks.Fortunately for Ford, the Ram has had the same look since 2009, when it was still under the Dodge umbrella.

But Ford is willing to roll the dice that the F-150’s popularity will carry its best-selling status while waiting for the next-generation model to arrive in a year’s time.

For now, Ford is offering a wide range of enhancements to the F-150, highlighted by the introduction of the F-150 STX SuperCrew trim and the SXT Sport Package.

The former gives us a full range of cab options that won’t necessarily be detrimental to our wallets while the latter is offered for buyers looking for extra style and personalization of their F-150s.

That’s about the length of changes you’ll see in the 2014 F-150 with Ford believing that you can still get top-grade value on the current generation pick-up before the new era is ushered in by the next-gen model next year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ford F-150 and the F-150 SXT SuperCrew

The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor is the first true sport truck that Ford has produced since it eliminated the F-150 Lightning following the 2004 model year, and it is coming in nearly uncontested. It’s only real competition comes from the Ram R/T , which is essentially a short-wheelbase Sport model with a set of 4.10 gears, 22-inch rims and a nostril-style hood. Keep in mind, however, that Ram has yet to confirm an R/T model for its 2014 1500.

Now, the new-for-2014 Tremor is set to lead the pack at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series during the Michigan National Guard 200 race on August 17th. With its twin-turbo V-6 engine pumping out 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, the Tremor will have no problem being the pace truck for the upcoming race.

From the looks of things, there are only a few changes that transformed the base Tremor into the Tremor Pace Truck, including the safety lights and a more prominent "F-150 TREMOR" decal on the bed. The two models that will pace the race are draped in the red and pewter hues that we saw when Ford unveiled the model.

We’re uncertain whether this will result in a F-150 Tremor Pace Truck model for the public, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it.

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