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2011 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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2011 Ford F150 Regular Cab Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.3

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 733 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

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."

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."

3 people out of 4 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."

Value for sales price is very good.

By on Monday, April 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good open road vehicle."

Cons: "Painted bumpers are sheetmetal thin."

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

"Have not had a single problem since I bought it new. Replaced tires with new michelens and kept it's maintenance at the dealer where it was bought."

24 people out of 42 found this review helpful

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