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2009 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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2009 Ford F150 Regular Cab Review

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It is hard to imagine a more inauspicious time to introduce a new full-size pickup truck – with the possible exception of the Eve of Destruction – but the all-new-for-2009 Ford F-150 is shouldering its way into the U.S. market on a crest of increased capabilities across the board. With credit tight and leasing options for new pickups shrinking, Ford figures that the bulk of its sales will come from buyers who genuinely need the unique aspects full-size pickups offer – big payload and towing capacities among them – instead of those who simply want to be seen in a pickup. With this in mind, Ford engineers built in class-leading capabilities in both those areas while, at the same time, boosting fuel economy across the board. But don't think they skimped on creature comforts, as the F-150 offers increasing levels of luxury from among its 35 variants.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a truck with serious towing and payload capabilities, yet as quiet and comfortable as many luxury sedans, then the F-150 should surely be on your shopping list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

For the short-term the F-150 doesn't offer a diesel option, so if you are a firm believer in diesel you must shop elsewhere, at least until next year.

What's New for 2009

Though it utilizes a great deal of what has made the F-150 a perennial bestseller, the 2009 model is all new. Key changes include rugged "big-truck" exterior styling, a roomier and more refined interior and a new top-of-the-line Platinum trim level.

Driving the F150 Regular Cab

Driving Impressions Ford is so proud of the F-150's payload and towing capabilities that it might be natural to assume the new version would "ride like a truck." The surprising news is...

it doesn't. Instead, each and every version of the F-150 we've driven offered exceptional ride quality – no shudders, hops or hiccups – and a level of quiet that was startling. Each version also offered ample power, good acceleration and a level of steering feel and control that belied its size and heft. Perhaps most impressive was the towing demonstration in which we hauled 20-foot trailers with absolutely zero drama, thanks in large part to the pickup's trailer sway control, rearview camera and integrated trailer brake controller, a segment first. Our off-road excursions in the well-equipped four-by-four versions of the truck demonstrated it has the goods to get it done in muck and mire as well.

Tailgate Step
Designed to deal with the awkward and potentially dangerous chore of getting into the pickup truck's bed, the integrated tailgate step scored big. It deploys easily and even offers a safety hand-hold.

Roomy SuperCrew Cab
The cab in the 2009 SuperCrew has been stretched six inches compared to the 2008 model, and the interior is transformed. In fact, the rear-seat legroom is absolutely limousine-like, and the mechanically articulated second-row seat flips up and out of the way, delivering an ample 57.6 cubic feet of space behind the front seats.

2009 Ford F150 Regular Cab Details
Interior

The F-150's interior is both attractive and functional. Knowing men's hands would most often be using the controls, Ford designers made the knobs, buttons and switches brawny and put them within easy reach of the driver. The center console was lengthened from the previous version by two inches so it can easily accommodate two or more laptops, and it even has ridges so it can accept file folders. It is just one of more than 30 storage areas built into the interior for things like cell phones and music players. We especially appreciate the dash-mounted USB port and auxiliary music player input, plus the two easily accessible 12-volt outlets – one on the dash and one in the console. Ford also paid special attention to the seats, which are some of the most comfortable in our experience.

Exterior

Two generations ago Ford designers penned a swoopy, almost Ferrari-like F-150 that bowled over critics but didn't play as well with truck buyers. In the two generations since, Ford has made the F-150 much huskier, with an imposing front end, strong shoulders and a deep, deep pickup box. The three-bar grille is the most important element of the design and if you're paying attention you can tell an F-150 trim level simply by the grille treatment – ranging from simple in the more work-oriented versions to more luxury-car-like looks for the up-level Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum versions.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The F-150 comes in flavors ranging from plain vanilla all the way to banana split with whipped cream, nuts and sprinkles, but one thing all levels share is a robust, hydro-formed, boxed-section chassis that offers 10-percent greater torsional rigidity while actually being lighter than the previous frame. The level of standard safety equipment is truly outstanding, including AdvanceTrac with RSC traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes and Safety Canopy side-curtain air bags with roll-fold technology for enhanced head protection in rollovers and side impacts. Safety is also enhanced by front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, "smart" airbags and seatbelts and new seats and restraints for superior performance in low-speed rear-end collisions.

Optional Equipment

For those who really use their pickup trucks as trucks, the F-150 offers some exclusive options that are right on the money. Our two favorites are the integral tailgate step that makes clambering into the box easy and the spring-out box side steps that make reaching into the vehicle's deep cargo box much more convenient. Also earning high marks are the stowable bed extender and beefy cargo management system. And for those who have ever left a tool on a work site, never to see it again, the Tool Link radio-frequency identification tracking system enables you to maintain a detailed real-time inventory of the tools and/or equipment stored in the pickup box. When it's kick-back time, Ford's SYNC, SIRIUS Travel Link and a high-powered Sony brand audio system help you while away the time.

Under the Hood

Do you want a gasoline engine or a gasoline engine? Perhaps the only shortfall with the 2009 F-150 is the lack of a diesel option, but the three gasoline engines available – all V8s – offer slightly better fuel economy than before, aided significantly by the addition of six-speed automatic transmissions in many of the truck's trim levels. A 4.6-liter two-valve V8 takes the place of the previous six-cylinder, a 4.6-liter three-valve V8 uses open-valve injection and the 5.4-liter three-valve is E85-capable. Ford promises that diesel and new EcoBoost high-fuel-efficiency engines will be available in the 2010 model year.

4.6-liter V8 (2-valve)
248 horsepower @ 4750 rpm
294 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 (2WD), 14/18 (4WD)

4.6-liter V8 (3-valve)
292 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
320 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20 (2WD), 14/19 (4WD)

5.4-liter V8 (3-valve)
320 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
390 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD, Gasoline), 10/14 (2WD, E85), 14/18 (4WD, Gasoline), 10/13 (4WD, E85)

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2009 Ford F150 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 735 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Dependable and Comfortable

By on Monday, May 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price, excellent vehicle to drive."

Cons: "No DVD player"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This F-150 is an excellent vehicle. It drives really well with great acceleration. It is very comfortable and has remote start capabilities. Excellent quality and also a great work vehicle if not driving just for the comfort."

best vehicle we have had in many years

By on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,132

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "drives and rides like a car"

Cons: "no clmplaints"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My wife and I love this truck. It rides like a big car, and drives like one too. The gas mileage exceeds the manufacturers estimate. We have owned Lincolns and Cadalacs, but, we would buy this one again and let those go. We bought it to tow a 35 foot camper. It takes it on down the road with no problems. We live in the mountains, and, well, it does it very well."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Completely changed my perspective of Ford!!

By on Saturday, May 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Handles like a luxury car, Interior, Exterior"

Cons: "Inter-cooler collects moisture which shudders eng"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The minute I saw this truck I instantly fell in love. I have spent years researching the perfect truck for me and my needs. The Eco Boost was always in the top 5 of my list. Now it is the number one, which caused me to actively look for one to purchase. I checked various websites and compiled a list of "cons" that people were complaining about. Once I test drove it I started my test. I put the truck through everything people were complaining about, and it passed with flying colors. I don't know if I just got lucky, or if its about to fall out from beneath me, but as it stands right now, I will never get rid of this truck while it's running."

I like everything about this truck.

By on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,734

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Not enough characters list the pros. It's all good"

Cons: "Too many characters to list the cons. NONE."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

A really fine daily driver. Very comfortable long trips. It's towed everything up put behind it very well.

"I've recently learned my truck is kind of odd in that it has the 6.2 power plant. People know it when I put the hammer down. The dealer told me that's the motor they put in the Raptor. They had never seen one in a F-150 XLT Crew cab. It's not even listed on KKB Choice of options. This has been an awesome truck. I bought it used with 5000 miles. The previous owner drove it for 12 months and needed to upgrade to an F-350. It's very comfortable to drive with my bad back as most all Ford trucks are. That was the main reason I bought this truck. That and I'm a ford guy. All the amenities from the Bluetooth to the shift on-the-fly four-wheel-drive are great. I've had very little problems. Recently the air conditioning compressor went out as well as the satellite radio receiver module behind the dash. Both at the same time. My extended warranty picked it up except for the hundred dollar deductible. I have no reason to sell my truck except the vanity side of me would like to have a 2016 F-350 loaded King Ranch or platinum."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

A really fine daily driver. Very comfortable long trips. It's towed everything up put behind it very well.

The 4th F150 I owned and each is an improvement

By on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Gerat for work or pleasure"

Cons: "None really, a darn good vehicle!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This '09 has been flawless in performance and reliability, not even a light bulb failure! The shift strategy of the 6 speed is not what it could be but it is a truck even though one can drive it with spirit. Ford could also fit bigger brakes and it would not cost that much; they are adequate not wonderful It is as quiet today as new with 56K and comfortable on long trips to FL and back to MI cruising at 75-80 and returning 17-18 on the highway. No question this the best of the 4 F150's I have owned."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

I love this truck, tons of luxury.

By on Saturday, May 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "I can do anything in it, its all at my fingertips."

Cons: "none to me"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"It does everything I need it to, pulls my 33 foot trailer with ease. I have every option available and it is nice nice. However my next truck will be an f250 diesel so I can pull the big hills faster."

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