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The Ford F-150 has been America’s best-selling truck longer than I can remember – dating all the way back to the days when trucks were all regular cabs and came fitted with vinyl seats, carbureted V-8s backed by manual transmissions, and crank windows. Now high-end trucks can easily rival a traditional luxury sedan for creature comforts and available options. The newest example of this is the 2016 Ford F-150 Limited.

Though the Limited trim isn’t exactly new – having debuted in 2013 – it is the first time the range-topping trim has been found on the all-new, aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150. Back before the 2015 model year, the Limited provided all the luxuries of the King Ranch, but without the whole western motif. Now with the new generation F-150, the theme continues, but with a host of upgrades and brand new features that haven’t been seen before.

Spotting a F-150 Limited is a breeze. The truck features a block-lettering “Limited” emblem across the hood just above the grille, rolls on unique 22-inch chrome wheels, and has a large chrome trim piece on the tailgate embossed with another “Limited” logo. But more on the exterior later.

The new trim level will arrive at dealerships this winter with the other 2016 model-year trucks. Ford has set the price of the F-150 Limited at $54,100.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Ford F-150 Limited.

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As I mentioned in the intro, the Limited will come with some unique badging on its hood and tailgate. More discreetly, the truck’s grille has bespoke details in its three-bar design. Each of the three horizontal bars are made up of smaller horizontal bars, giving it a different look than the other F-150s in the lineup.

Since the Limited sits at the top of the range, the LED headlights and fog lights are standard equipment.

Since the Limited sits at the top of the range, the LED headlights and fog lights are standard equipment. Like other trim levels, the front bumper is chrome with body-colored end caps.

If 4WD is ordered, tow hooks are perched just below the bumper for easy access. The biggest visual upgrade on the rear is the satin-chrome appliqué on the tailgate that lets everyone know what trim level you’re driving.

The LED treatment continues onto the side mirrors of the F-150 as it sports the industry’s only side-mounted floodlights. The taillights are LED units as well, and feature the radar sensors for the blind spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert – two of a handful of safety equipment coming standard on the Limited. Other gadgets include lane-keeping assist, the 360-degree camera system, and Ford’s all-new Pro Trailer Backup Assist.

Other features on the outside include power-deployable running boards, remote tailgate release, and the class-exclusive panoramic glass roof. The Limited trim is offered in four color choices that include Shadow Black, Magnetic, Blue Jeans, and White Platinum Metallic tri-coat.


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The 2016 model year continues with the swanky new interior design found on the 2015 F-150. The high-end dash uses soft touch materials and was designed to not give off any glare during harsh sunlight. There is one new feature 2016 brings: the new SYNC 3 infotainment system software.

The high-end dash uses soft touch materials and was designed to not give off any glare during harsh sunlight.

Ford says the system is much easier to use and offers more capability and flexibility. It also includes enhanced voice recognition, allowing occupants to speak more naturally into the system.

Of course, this is a story about the Limited trim and there is plenty to tell. All five seats are lined with black and Mojave leather while the front buckets get heated and cooled functions, along with 10-way power adjustment and Ford’s multicontour massaging. Rear seats are also heated.

The cabin is accented with real fiddleback eucalyptus wood and aluminum trim pieces while the center armrest gets a unique badge that designates the Limited trim and includes each truck’s specific VIN in a laser-engraved font. Ford has been known to make rather interesting center armrest plaques that show off trim levels, and this one doesn’t disappoint.

Other features in the cabin include the large TFT driver information display, the 110-volt power outlet on the dash, dual zone climate controls, electronic 4WD, the trailer brake controller, automatic headlights, and enough storage space to make an empty filing cabinet look cluttered. The 10-speaker sound system from Sony with HD radio and SiriusXM keep passengers entertained.


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Ford only offers its range-topping engine in this range-topping trim level: the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. The twin-turbocharged mill cranks out an impressive 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque yet still provides 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined.

Properly equipped, the EcoBoost-powered F-150 Limited can tow up to 10,100 pounds.

Backing the EcoBoost is a six-speed automatic transmission that features manual shifting capabilities Ford calls SelectShift, a tow/haul mode, and even a sport mode.

Properly equipped, the EcoBoost-powered F-150 Limited can tow up to 10,100 pounds. That’s roughly 2,000 pounds shy of the F-150’s maximum tow rating, though achieving that number requires the regular cab and long bed configuration. Ford’s 10,100-pound tow rating is still competitive against Chevrolet and Ram.

The F-150’s body may be aluminum, but its backbone is a fully boxed ladder frame constructed from high-strength steel. The frame eight crossmembers that hold the two main frame rails together.

Five of them are through-welded into place, meaning they go through the side frame rails and stick out of the other side. Both joints are then welded for added rigidity. The whole frame is then E-coated for corrosion resistance.


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Prices for the 2016 F-150 Limited start at $54,100. That’s a substantial increase over the $51,585 starting price of the F-150 Platinum, the next trim level below the Limited.


2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited

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Perhaps the F-150’s strongest competitor is the new-for-2016 Laramie Limited trim level on the Ram 1500. The range-topping trim includes a unique interior that boasts real open-pore wood accents, black leather seats with grey accent piping, bespoke graphics on the TFT driver information display and the 8.4-inch Uconnect system, and nearly ever available option on the Ram comes standard.

Unlike the Ford, Ram offers its customers both the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 or the highly regarded 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. The Hemi is the right choice for those towing heavy loads on a regular basis. It puts out 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. If towing isn’t a top priority, the EcoDiesel is the better choice. With 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, the turbodiesel V-6 offers a silky smooth experience with class-leading fuel economy. Both engines are backed by the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

Prices for the Ram 1500 Laramie Limited start at $50,675 and rise to $57,300, not including options. What’s more, for those looking for a heavy-duty truck, the Laramie Limited is offered on the Ram 2500 and 3500 HD.

Read our full review here.

2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali

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The GMC Denali trim can almost be given credit for inventing the luxury truck market. Now in 2015, the truck remains near the top of the competition. It offers a high quality leather-lined interior not found on lesser trim levels with added features like heated and cooled front seats, blind spot monitoring, front and rear park distance sensors, and GM’s Magnetic Ride Control that helps keep the ride feeling more like a Cadillac than a full-size truck.

The GMC 1500 Denali comes with either the 5.3-liter V-8 or the mighty 6.2-liter V-8. The smaller V-8 makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque while the LT1-derrived 6.2-liter makes an impressive 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Like the Ram, the Denali trim can be had in the Sierra 2500 and 3500 series as well.

Pricing for the Sierra 1500 Denali starts at $49,665 and moves close to the $60,000 mark.

Read our full review of the 2014 Sierra 1500 Denali here.


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The new F-150 Limited addresses the needs for a number of truck buyers who want their luxury car amenities with the pulling power of their work truck. These are the type of folks who tour with thoroughbred racing horses, run large-scale farms, or just want the convenience of having a truck without giving up the comforts normally afforded by a high-end sedan or crossover.

Sure, it’s hard to stomach the thought of an F-150 costing nearly $60,000 when trucks were traditionally workhorses that were rode hard and put away wet. Trucks have evolved from mere worksite tools to status symbols and daily drivers. That transition has been a long time coming, but at this point, the F-150 Limited represents the leading edge of the transition.

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Press Release

Ford, America’s truck leader, introduces its most advanced and luxurious truck ever – the Ford F-150 Limited.

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The new Limited expands the F-150 model lineup – Ford’s toughest, smartest, safest and most capable F-150 ever – with more standard technology and driver convenience features than any other light-duty pickup. The Limited, a 2016 model, goes on sale this winter.

“The F-150 Limited sets a new bar for what discerning customers should expect in a high-end truck,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “We’re adding segment-exclusive technology, and features that improve productivity, convenience and capability with distinctive style.”

There’s a Ford F-150 for every truck customer, beginning with work-ready versions that have a starting MSRP below the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT, as well as the popular mid-range F-150 XLT. But the new F-150 Limited meets the growing, untapped needs of luxury customers looking for exclusivity, convenience and fine craftsmanship that’s differentiated from other high-series trucks. F-150 Limited surpasses the well-appointed Lariat, the Western-themed King Ranch and contemporary Platinum edition models.

In 1999, the company introduced the special-edition 2000 Harley-Davidson F-150. In 2001, the first King Ranch F-150 arrived. The 2009 F-150 took truck luxury to new heights with the Platinum model, and the first-generation Limited was added with the 2013 model year.

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Exterior refinements
The 2016 Ford F-150 Limited stands out with exclusive 22-inch polished aluminum wheels and raised dimensional LIMITED lettering on the hood, unique grille and satin-finished chrome badge on the tailgate. The chrome front bumper has body-color end caps while the rear bumper is body color; bright belt moldings visually tie the two together. The exterior is further accented by satin-chrome door handles and chrome exhaust tip.

Available colors include Shadow Black, Magnetic, Blue Jeans and White Platinum Metallic tri-coat.

Top-tier equipment
The standard equipment list is a showcase of the best F-150 Limited has to offer to make getting work done easier and with greater comfort.

BLIS® with cross-traffic alert, chrome front tow hooks (4x4 only), panoramic vista roof, power-deployable running boards, quad-beam LED headlamps, remote start and tailgate release, as well as an integrated trailer brake controller come standard. A technology package includes a lane-keeping system, 360-degree camera system and dynamic trailer hitch assist.

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Interior equipment includes heated and cooled black and Mojave leather front seats that are unique in design and feature Limited badging, 10-way power adjustment and class-exclusive1 multicontour massaging. Heated rear seats and SYNC® 3 with AppLink™ are also included.

SYNC 3 is Ford’s newest communications and entertainment system that features enhanced voice recognition, high-speed performance, capacitive touch screen and easier-to-understand graphical interface.3

F-150 Limited also includes a Sony® 10-speaker sound system with HD Radio™, subwoofer and single CD player paired with a five-year subscription to SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link to complete the package.

The interior is further differentiated from other F-150 models with a laser-engraved VIN plate on the center console lid including production number. Unique front and rear floor mats, unique instrument cluster face, genuine fiddleback eucalyptus, and aluminum interior accents and unique scuff plates with ice blue backlighting further distinguish the Limited model.

All-new, segment1-first Pro Trailer Backup Assist is available that makes it easier for drivers of all skill levels to back a trailer up to launch a boat or park in a driveway. The technology allows customers to steer a trailer instinctively by turning a knob left or right to indicate direction; the truck controls its steering and limits vehicle speed.

Advanced power and fuel efficiency
The 2016 F-150 Limited is powered by the 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6, which allows for towing of up to 10,100 pounds when properly equipped. This advanced powertrain produces 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque – the latter unsurpassed by any truck with a comparable engine in its class1 – and has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.2

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The engine is paired with an electronic six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul and sport modes that features SelectShift® with progressive range select. Four-wheel-drive models are equipped with two-speed automatic four-wheel drive that automatically shifts between two-wheel and four-wheel drive depending on driving surface traction conditions.

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