The 2011 Ford F-150 gives you pretty much everything you need in a pickup truck and shows you why it’s the best-selling vehicle in the world.
With its great towing and payload capabilities, comfortable space and strong yet efficient engines, this truck makes life just a little better. If you’re hauling gear around Macon, towing your boat over to the coast or even headed up to a nice eatery in Atlanta, this truck will get you there safely and with a pleasant ride.
For 2011, the F-150 gets three new engines. There is a Duratec 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 that makes 275 pounds-feet of torque and can run on E85 ethanol. Next in line is a 360-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 that blasts 380 pounds-feet of torque, or if that’s not enough, get the 411-horsepower, 6.2-liter two-valve V-8 behemoth that cranks 434 pounds-feet of torque. Finally, the tester came with a 365-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost twin-turbo engine that you’ll swear is a V-8 because of its great power, but it clearly has V-6 fuel efficiency.
Each engine has a six-speed automatic transmission with optional auto-manual mode, and you can get rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.
The F-150 plays in the hyper competitive pickup league, but boasts best-in-class ratings of 11,300 pounds of towing capacity and a payload capacity of 3,030 pounds.
Ford offers the truck in a dizzying array of models that include XL, STX, XLT, FX2, Lariat, FX4, SVT Raptor, King Ranch, Platinum, Lariat Limited and Harley-Davidson. Then, there are more choices for cab size: regular cab has seating for three, SuperCab and SuperCrew have seating for six.
With the regular cab, you get a long bed, but with the other two you can choose from short (6.75-foot) or long (8-foot) bed.
The trim levels offer their own grille stylings and wheel sizes range from 17- to 22-inches.
Ford also offers exterior options such as a cargo box, tailgate folding step, split bed extender, side step, vinyl wraps, running boards, telescoping tow mirror, and two-tone paint.
So basically, you can get your truck in a variety of flavors and with lots of fixin’s.
On the inside, Ford has taken the truck’s dash high tech. The instrument panel has a very informative display. There are plenty of convenience features, too, such as the lockable center storage console that can accommodate a laptop and the folding backseat which condenses to allow 57.6 cubic feet of cargo space.
If you get the navigation system, you’ll get an 8-inch touch-screen that displays real-time traffic and gas prices, plus Sirius Travel Link and Ford’s Sync multimedia system, which operates on voice command. Ford says the USB port and auxiliary audio input jack for music players are standard.
The F-150 offers impressive safety features such as four-wheel antilock brakes, dual-stage front airbags, side curtain airbags, an electronic stability system with traction control, Roll Stability Control, trailer sway control, hill start assist/hill descent control, and an SOS post-crash alert system. A rearview camera is optional.
The F-150 ranges in price from around $23,000 to around $52,000.
Truck lovers will find a lot to love in the F-150.