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2013 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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2013 Ford F150 Regular Cab Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.2

Claiming the title as America's best-selling full-size pickup for 35 years running is nothing to sneeze at, which is why the 2013 Ford F-150 strikes such awe in its owners and trepidation in its rivals. With a string of modern engines, including a turbocharged V6, and the latest in transmission and 4x4 mechanical componentry, the F-150 shows it isn't resting on its laurels. With an eye on the big jobs only a big truck can do, Ford builds an F-150 for just about every customer, satisfying needs from the dirtiest construction worker to the country-club set trailering their prize horses to show. Equally impressive are the F-150's class-leading capabilities, fuel economy and resale figures.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like variety and choice, the 2013 Ford F-150 offers the most comprehensive lineup in the industry. High-end interiors and cutting-edge infotainment and audio options further distance the F-150 from other trucks.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The F-150 is a big truck. If you just need a truck for light-duty jobs, a smaller mid-size will probably be less expensive and easier to maneuver and park.

What's New for 2013

The 2013 Ford F-150 receives a new grille, available MyFord Touch and a new Limited trim that includes navigation, rain-sensing wipers, HID headlights, red and black leather seating and polished 22-inch rims. The Raptor and SX4 models gain standard Hill Descent Control.

Driving the F150 Regular Cab

Driving Impressions Despite its impressive payload and towing ability, the 2013 Ford F-150 doesn't ride like a stiffly-sprung work truck. In fact, it rides more like a plush Lincoln SUV....

Every version of the F-150 we tested was devoid of a rough ride, with no shudder or hopping over rough or unpaved roads and a level of quiet unheard of (no pun intended) in a full-size pickup. Each version also provided ample power, with the least-liked engine being the base V6 and the most appreciated being the new twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6. Thanks to the F-150's electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), we experienced a level of steering feel and control that belied the big Ford's 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.

TAILGATE STEP
Designed to deal with the awkward and potentially dangerous chore of getting into the pickup truck's bed, the integrated tailgate step on the 2013 Ford F-150 scores big. It deploys easily and even offers a convenient hand-hold.

ROOMY SUPERCREW CAB
The cab in the 2013 F-150 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.

2013 Ford F150 Regular Cab Details
Interior

Knowing that the hands controlling the F-150 will often be clad in some type of glove, be it work or ski, the design team has created buttons, knobs and switches that are slightly oversized, widely spaced and easy to reach. A thoughtful center console design can swallow two or more laptops or tablets; there are even slotted ridges along the sides for holding hanging files in place. There are two 12-volt outlets, one on the dash and one in the console, and an available 110-volt outlet. As for overall comfort, we think the F-150's contoured front seats are among the most comfortable in the class.

Exterior

The 2013 Ford F-150 continues with its traditional boxy exterior but adds a healthy dose of oversized ornamentation (think grille, bumpers and mirrors) usually covered in chrome on upper trims. The 2013 F-150 features a strong new front end, powerful shoulders and a tall bed wall creating a nice, deep box. Those tall bed walls, however, can be a bit of a hindrance when trying to access a tool box or gear in the bed's center. Understanding this problem, Ford offers an extendable side step on most models. Other available features include a tailgate stepladder, extendable side mirrors and HID headlights.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Every 2013 Ford F-150 full-size truck shares 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 second-row center head restraint and integrated spotter mirrors.

Optional Equipment

For those who really use their pickup truck as a truck, the 2013 Ford 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 step that allows easy access to the deep cargo 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. And when it's time to hit the road, the MyFord Touch will let you control navigation, music and cell phone all through the power of your voice.

Under the Hood

Do you want a gasoline engine or a gasoline engine? The 2013 F-150 offers four of them – two V6s and two V8s – all with reasonable fuel economy, aided significantly by the addition of a 6-speed automatic transmission. A twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 is 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-valves-per-cylinder 6.2-liter V8's best-in-class 11,300-pound tow rating.

3.7-liter V6
302 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
278 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 mpg (2WD), 16/21 mpg (4WD), 12/17 mpg (2WD, E85), 11/15 mpg (4WD, E85)

3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6
365 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
420 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 mpg (2WD), 15/21 mpg (4WD)

5.0-liter V8
360 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
380 lb-ft of torque @ 4,250
EPA city/high fuel economy: 15/21 mpg (2WD), 14/19 mpg (4WD), 11/15 mpg (2WD, E85), 10/14 mpg (4WD, E85)

6.2-liter V8
411 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
434 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18 (2WD), 12/16 mpg (4WD), 11/16 mpg (Raptor)

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2013 Ford F150 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 734 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."

2 people out of 4 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."

5 people out of 6 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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