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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 809 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

Super comfortable

By on Saturday, April 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,000

10 10.0
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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: "Great comfort"

Cons: "Hard to park in tiny places"

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

"This is by far the best vehicle I have ever owned. Every seat is comfortable. I feel like I'm on my living room couch, but I happened to be going down the highway!"

LOVE my Ford Platinum F150 except....

By on Saturday, April 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,180

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfort, style, tow rating, foldaway running board"

Cons: "MOTOR 3.5 ecoboost - terrible"

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

Love this truck

"This truck is so awesome on many levels. I never knew how much attention the "Platinum" version would bring me. The dealer knew I loved bells and whistles, and called me up when this vehicle arrived, my Explore was 3 years old and it was time for a new vehicle. My other vehicle was a 2005 F150 also. So I decided it was time to get the best of both worlds, a classy 4x4 truck. Platinum it was.... Love all but 2 things on this vehicle. 1: The twin turbo 3.5 is ok on the highway, but a DOG in the city, mileage comes no where near the ratings - I average about 13.5 - I did better in my 2005 V8 ford. I dislike the 3.5 enough I have them searching for the same vehicle but with a V8. 2: minor inconvenience , they need a good place to set your phone - if that is all I have to complain about - lol. Just that stupid motor."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Love this truck

Best pickup I ever had

By on Thursday, April 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 225,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I bought this vehicle after it had been used as in a rental fleet with 6000 miles on it. It now has over 225000 miles and I have never had an issue with it. The ride is great, performance is respectable.. I change oil every 3.000 to 4.000 miles and I'm on my third set of tires. My only complaint is that the auxiliary light over the rear window leaked and it stained the headliner a little."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Very comfortable, very capable towing and off-road

By on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,005

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great towing and off-road"

Cons: "Placement of cruise control and manual shift butto"

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

"Like some reviews, I could complain about the gas mileage, but I have learned a very light foot on the accelerator makes a huge difference. I towed two heavy trailers, both around 7000 pounds, and got 15 MPG on the interstate at 70 MPH. I have three very minor complaints: one is that the cab has too much room! Another is the placement of Fords cruise control (I prefer it on the right side); Also the manual downshift button is about one inch too close to the steering wheel causing me to lean over to see it. I am extremely glad I chose this Ford."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great truck

By on Saturday, March 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "No push button start, ecoboost does not give mpg"

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

"One minor issue which Ford fixed right away - and a door lock malfunction after 2 yrs. Otherwise best ruck I've ever had - powerful (better than my old 5.4 V8), comfortable ride, roomy, tows 6500 lb RV trailer GREAT, nice features. Hard to justify a new one. Love my truck!"

5 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Spacious, powerful, definite head turner

By on Sunday, March 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Sufficient power, comfortable on long trips"

Cons: "gas mileage, a bit pricey"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This 2013 150 Limited is my third Ford. Great vehicle with lots of amenities,great styling, handles great, smooth ride. Gas mileage is not great. Experienced complete brake failure with no warning at 13000 miles which prompted a bit of research. I found out other owners had similar issues with brake failure, or experienced extended stopping distances. Repaired under warranty (took 30+ days for Ford obtain remanufactured replacement part) Ford has not initiated a recalled, which is a bit troubling . No other issues experienced."

1 person out of 7 found this review helpful

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