The F-150 is one of the best known pickups produced by Ford and its part of the famous F Series which is around for 60 years.
The F-150 is also one of the best sold trucks in the United States and was designed as a tough work horse able to tackle any kind of terrain with poise. Thanks to its versatile nature the F-150 is also able to deal with a wide range of applications and can be used for family transportation as its available in both single and double cab configurations.
Since its inception, the Ford F-150 was continuously improved and the latest models have anything they need to keep their head up against their competitors with dignity.
The 2011 Ford F-150 comes with a choice of four engines including a 3.7 liter, 5.0 liter, 6.2 liter and 3.5 liter units which develop between 302 and 411 hp. When proper equipped, the vehicle is able to tow 11.300 lbs and has a maximum payload of 3120 lbs.
The F-150 isn’t as aggressive as the Dodge Ram, but its front end design looks slightly more imposing than the Chevrolet Silverado.
The front bares a square radiator grille which is offered with a chromed treatment and a few horizontal stripes. On each side of the grille we find the angular headlights which cope pretty well with the utilitarian nature of the vehicle and add a welcomed dose of masculinity to the entire design.
We’re not impressed by the heavy duty bumper, as it features a basic design without any fancy lines. At least it has a solid build quality and seems ready to endure without hesitation the punishment of harsh working conditions.
Keeping in trend with most of today’s pickups, the F-150 comes with a set of aggressive wheel arches and a high ground clearance which betrays its rugged character. The truck can be ordered with either 18 or 20 inch wheels.
The interior is a perfect match for the heavy duty look found outside. The dashboard is pretty masculine and you’ll also find a cavernous center console which is fitted with all the common controls to keep the various vehicle functions under control check.
The materials are at par with the rivals from Dodge or Chevrolet, but the build quality is slightly better than what you’ll find at the Chevrolet Silverado.
As it was expected, space is far from being a problem and on the front row of seats there is space for up to three passengers, all of them being treated with decent leg and head room. At the back there is also room for another three passengers and there is enough leg and shoulder room for everybody.
The front captain seats are deep and supporting offering a decent level of comfort. Drivers will be happy to know that the multifunction steering wheel is fairly ergonomic and comes wrapped in a nice faux-leather. Apart from the regular controls for the audio system, the steering wheel is also fitted with a five-way button which helps you control the small LCD screen located between the tacho and speedometer.
The instrument cluster features a pretty intuitive layout, but its catchy design could act as a distraction while driving.
You won’t have any complains about the all around visibility, as you have a commanding view of the road and the windscreen is big enough to keep you well informed of what’s going on in front of you.
There is an impressive amount of storage places and different cubbies to keep your things and we also like the convenient flat floor found at the back which permits you to move easy through the cab.
Engines and performance
Ford offers a plethora of engines for its F-150 including a 3.7 liter V6, a 5.0 liter V8, and a strong 6.2 liter V8. The engines are mated to either a 4-speed or a new fuel-efficient 6-speed automatic transmission.
The 5.0-liter, 3-valve V-8, has been optimized for better performance with improved horsepower and torque, and is capable of running on E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline), regular unleaded gasoline or any blend in between. This unit delivers a maximum output of 302 hp at 6500 rpm with 380 lb.ft of torque achieved at 4250 rpm. This unit represents the most common choice and comes with a pretty decent fuel economy of 14 miles per gallon in the city and 19 mpg on the highway.
The 6.2 liter V8 is the strongest engine in Ford F-150’s lineup and churns out 411 hp @ 4400 rpm with 434 Nm @ 4500 rpm of torque, while the weakest 3.7 liter V6 comes with 302 hp and 380 lb.ft on tap.
All engines deliver enough power to keep you satisfied and even the weakest unit its able o offer plenty of punch dealing well with big payloads.
Ford F-150 Engines Specifications
|Engine||hp @ rpm||lb.ft @ rpm||Fuel Economy 4x2||Fuel Economy 4x4|
|3.7L V6||302 @ 6500||278 @ 4000||17 city / 23 hwy||16 city / 21 hwy|
|5.0L V8||360 @ 5500||380 @ 4250||15 city / 21 hwy||14 city / 19 hwy|
|6.2L V8||411 @ 5500||434 @ 4500||13 city / 18 hwy||12 city / 16 hwy|
|EcoBoost||365 @ 5000||420 @ 2500||16 city / 22 hwy||15 City / 21 hwy|
Ride and handling
The Ford F 150 rewards you with a traditional pickup driving experience. Its tall ground clearance and the massive wheels give you feel of solidity. Its tall stance gives you a great road visibility while you can also rely with confidence on the plate sized the lateral, mirrors.
We also need to send a shout to the excellent power steering which permits you to maneuver this big mammoth with ease at low speeds. The steering will also gain some weight as you push the accelerator pedal avoiding being overly light.
The body roll is also perfectly kept in check and the truck handles surprisingly well.
The Ford F-150 is a fairly versatile truck and thanks to its mix personality it can be used for both family necessities and to haul heavy loads. It has also pretty capable off road performances and the cabin is comfortable offering a welcoming and pleasant environment.
All engines are fairly strong and pretty efficient too while the overall road manners are better han expected.