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2011 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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2011 Ford F150 Regular Cab Review

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That the F-150 is the best selling truck in America for 33-years running tells you Ford must be doing something right when it comes to their full-size pickup line. Ever increasing competition, however, has forced Ford to step up its game, especially in the one area the F-150 has shown vulnerability in the past: Power. In what Ford bills as the most extensive powertrain overhaul in the 62-year history of the F-Series pickup, a total of four all-new engines and a new six-speed automatic transmission move the F-150 to the top of the horsepower and fuel economy charts. But Ford has not forgot the core purpose of its fabled truck, and knows 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 have built in class-leading capabilities in both these areas while, at the same time, boosting fuel economy across the board. But don't think they skimped on creature comforts, as the 2011 Ford 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...

Despite this year's new round of engine choices, the 2011 F-150 still doesn't offer a diesel option, so if you are a firm believer in diesel you must shop elsewhere.

What's New for 2011

Four new engines mark the big changes for the 2011 Ford F-150: a 3.7-liter V6, 5.0- and 6.2-liter V8s, and a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. For the first time, a six-speed automatic is standard on all F-150 models. Other new features include the use of electric power-assisted steering, an available 4.2-inch LCD message center, a larger in-mirror rearview camera system, and a telescoping steering wheel.

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 2011 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, thanks to the new electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), 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. 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 2011 SuperCrew is so roomy it out-measures some full-size sedans. 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.

2011 Ford F150 Regular Cab Details
Interior

The 2011 Ford 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 is both long and wide enough 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 – and even an available 110-volt outlet. 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. One drawback are the box's tall sides that make reaching into the center of the bed a difficult chore for all but the tallest among us; an available extendable side step somewhat alleviates this problem and is an option worth considering. 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 2011 Ford 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 superior torsional rigidity while actually being lighter than the old-fashioned ladder frames of the past. The level of standard safety equipment is truly outstanding, including AdvanceTrac with RSC traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags 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, a new second-row center head restraint and integrated spotter mirrors.

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 2011 F-150 is the lack of a diesel option, but the four new gasoline engines available – two V6s and two V8s – offer reasonable fuel economy, aided significantly by the addition of a six-speed automatic transmission. A twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 is offered, a first for this segment and an engine that promises both strong performance and good fuel economy. Both the 3.7-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 are fitted with fuel-saving twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) technology, and for towing needs, nothing can beat the two-valve per cylinder 6.2-liter V8s best-in-class 11,300-pound tow rating.

3.7-liter V6
302 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
278 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD), 14/18 (4WD)

3.5-liter V6, twin-turbocharged
365 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
420 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: TBA

5.0-liter V8
360 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
380 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250
EPA city/high fuel economy: TBA

6.2-liter V8
411 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
434 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: TBA

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2011 Ford F150 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 744 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

Very dependable

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Quailty, dependablility"

Cons: "Tire wear, road noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"The 2013 Ford F-150 was a tad over priced but is a good vehicle. Only concern was early tire wear and couldn't be corrected until new tires a put on. Mileage is between 17 - 21. 17 mpg is mostly during winter months an 21 mph during summer months."

The gas mileage, like the cake, is a lie.

By on Saturday, June 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,700

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "It's comfortable, it does what a truck should."

Cons: "Gas mileage, Sync, and the A/C suck."

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

"I'm not usually one to obsess over fuel mileage, if I were, I'd drive a Prius or Sonata Hybrid; but as any other vehicle owner should do, I check it regularly to see what I'm getting for my dollar. To say the least, my 2014 F150 STX Sport disappoints. I've owned other trucks, so I wasn't expecting to single-handedly save the planet with a pickup, but after both my Dodge and GMC trucks were usually within 1-2 mpg of their EPA highway rating consistently with my driving, I was expecting more of the same with my new Ford. Much to my surprise, my average fuel economy is about 25% less than it's EPA rating. Even driving like a little old lady and never breaking 60mph, the most I can coax out of this thirsty beast is 18mpg (vs a 23mpg highway rating), and that's pathetic, my 4.8L GMC truck could do that on the highway while driving faster (70mph, and hey, 18 against a 19mpg highway rating at high speeds is pretty good!)! The lies don't end with the gas mileage, the Sync system is the biggest joke played on the motoring public since the Oldsmobile diesel (they may have left you walking, but at least they didn't argue with you while you're trying to drive!)"

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

ANOTHER GREAT FORD TRUCK

By on Saturday, June 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,400

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: "Super dependable, smooth ride and looks great."

Cons: "None"

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

"This is the 4th Ford I've bought since 2004. I had to fix a torque converter and suspension parts in my 2005 Escape, wheel bearing in my 2008 Fusion ( probably my fault I hit the curb ), poor gas mileage in my 2004 F250 ( but it does have the V10 ), and finally my 2011 F150 Supercrew with 5.0. Best vehicle I've ever owned...no problems at 84200, and still gives me decent gas mileage, smooth ride and dependability. I bought a 7 yr 100K warranty because of all the electronics but so far, haven't used it. I grew up a GM guy, but all my GM products had so many electrical issues I finally gave up after my Z71's abs went out in the middle of nowhere. Both trucks were perfect!"

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Won't ever need to drive another truck again!

By on Friday, June 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Powerful, reliable, safe, a true do it all truck"

Cons: "Needs more interior options"

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

"I have an echo boost FX4, this is my 5th Ford truck, and my 3rd F150. My last truck was an 02 F250 with the 7.3L Turbo diesel, and the small 3.5L V6 echo boost motor puts that F250 to shame. That echo boost has 100 more horse power and 200 more foot pounds of torque. To date I haven't put anything behind my echo boost that even makes the truck act like anything is being towed. Comfort, reliability, value, reliability, all through the roof! My only complaint is I wish they were quicker to put more features inside the truck. There is no reason why we shouldn't be getting trucks with LED lights on the inside, plugs everywhere, and with more technology. RAM trucks are leading the way interior wise in my opinion."

8 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Outstanding truck

By on Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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

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: "Smooth ride, good mileage, roomy"

Cons: "Haven't found a fault yet"

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

"Great ride and power gets 22 mpg on highway with Ecco Boost. Very roomy in front and in back seating area. If I had to choose one vehicle, this would be it."

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Very satisfied, rides like the day I bought it

By on Sunday, May 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,600

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good power, great brakes, comfortable"

Cons: "Hard to put key in ignition due to steering wheel"

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

"In 2009 I wanted to buy a Chevy but GM was just about ready to go bankrupt so I went to Ford. Very happy with my decision, the Ford has been absolutely great in all ways. Love it on the open road, very quiet smooth ride. I drive to visit friends in the south once a year (750 miles one way)and it's very solid and comfortable all the way."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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