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Ford F-150

Vehicle research for the 2012 Ford F-150 pickup

The Good

The Ford F-150 offers a dizzying range of customization options and benefits from an excellent transmission. All the available engines perform well, and the truck gets good fuel economy for its class. Ford F-150s are tough and durable.

The Bad

Some models have come under fire in Ford F-150 reviews for having questionable frame construction. The Ford F-150 EcoBoost package, which is intended to improve fuel economy, doesn’t live up to the hype.

The Bottom Line

The F-150 lineup represents some of the most dependable and high-performing full-size pickup trucks on the market, though higher-end trim packages can get very pricey.

Price

The 2012 Ford F-150 is available in a whopping 52 different trim packages, and as you might expect, there is a wide variance in the features and the price of each. At the base end, you will find the F-150 XL 4x2 Regular Cab Styleside; the top of the line model is the F-150 Harley Davidson 4x4 SuperCrew Cab Styleside.

MSRP: $23,300 to $52,230

Average paid: $22,281 to $49,414

Performance

Acceleration and power

One area in which there is relatively little variation among the trim packages is under the hood; there are only four engines available for the F-150. The standard engine is a DOHC 3.7 L V6 engine, and the other available V6 is the Ford F-150 EcoBoost 3.5 L. The standard engine offers 302 horsepower, while the EcoBoost model has 360 horsepower. Two different V8 engines are available if you need more power, payload and towing capacity; the V8s include a 5.0 L motor with 360 horsepower, and a 6.2 L option with 411 horsepower. The entry-level 3.7 L V6 engine accelerates the vehicle from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 7.3 seconds.

Handling and braking

The Ford F-150 truck is renowned for delivering a smooth, even ride that borders on luxurious. It is also amply capable in off-road conditions, which a responsive suspension and heavy-duty shocks that easily absorb bumps and knocks. However, as you might expect from a full-size truck, the F-150 isn’t the best when it comes to finesse or fine maneuvering. Strong all-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock technology are standard on all trim packages.

Interior

Seating

Regular cab models have standard seating for three passengers on a reclining 40/20/40 split bench seat. Extended cab, crew cab and super crew cab models offer seating for up to five people, adding two fold-away seats to the rear of the truck. The default seating material is vinyl, which is a touch most owners appreciate, given its superior durability compared to cloth.

Features

Again, there is a lot of variation among the standard features available with the various trim packages, but the base model features factory equipment including tilt steering, a digital vehicle information display console, air conditioning, an anti-theft ignition system, scuff plates and grab handles. The base model’s stereo is a simple, no-frills AM/FM radio with a digital tuner and clock.

Cargo space

Total cargo volume on the base model F-150 is 65.5 cubic feet. Its cargo area dimensions are:

  • Length: 78.8 inches
  • Width (at floor): 60.3 inches
  • Width (at wheel housings): 50.0 inches
  • Height: 22.4 inches

Upgraded models offer more cargo capacity.

Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Ford F-150 four stars for rollover resistance, and four stars for overall crash safety. The truck earned a top rating of five stars for its side impact crash tests. Six airbags provide all passengers with a line of defense in the event of an accident, and other standard safety features include a crash alert system, stability control system, ignition support for hilly areas, a tire pressure monitor and seat belt pre-tensioners. The vehicle’s basic warranty covers you for three years or 36,000 miles, and its drivetrain is guaranteed for five years or 60,000 miles.

Specifications

Compared to the 2011 Ford F-150, only minor changes have been made, mostly to the standard features offered with the various trim packages. Given the astonishing range of options, specifications vary dramatically from truck to truck, depending on which trim package you select. This article will focus on the base model XL 4×2 Regular Cab Styleside, with discussion of major variations among the models in the appropriate sections below.

  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic with overdrive
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • Engine Type: Gasoline V6
  • Engine Size: 3.7 L
  • Horsepower: 302 @ 6500 rpm
  • Torque: 278 lb/ft @ 4000 rpm
  • MPG, City: 17 MPG
  • MPG, Highway: 23 MPG
  • Payload: 1,710 pounds
  • Towing Capacity: 5,500 pounds
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