By KBB.com Editors
If Ford does one thing better than building tough trucks, it's selling them. Rising fuel prices and a move toward smaller vehicles have forced the company to revise its F-150 lineup by offering more features and options with an aggressive new pricing strategy. Determined to keep the F-150 America's best selling pickup, Ford continues to offer a dizzying array of configurations (a total of 60 in all) as well as a new 5.4-liter V8 Flex Fuel engine that can run on E85, a blend of 85-percent ethanol and 15-percent gasoline. Tough competition from Dodge, as well as new lines from GMC and Chevrolet, will keep the fire under the F-150's tires, which could very well translate into some great deals for the savvy consumer.
If you're a pickup-truck kind of person to begin with, but your spouse is not, this truck could very well win him or her over. Bold colors, outrageous trim packages, a lavish interior and the all-American big Blue Oval should win thumbs-up approval.
If you like your trucks rough, loud and shaky, this one won't cut it. On a serious note, the F-150 cannot claim the most horsepower or torque in its class, an important bragging right for some truck owners. Safety-conscious consumers won't care for the lack of side-impact and side-curtain airbags.
The FX2 Sport Package is now available on two-wheel-drive SuperCab and SuperCrew XLT models, while an auxiliary audio input jack becomes standard on STX, XLT, FX and Lariat trims. New options this year include SIRIUS Satellite Radio, a DVD-based navigation system and six new colors. A new tire pressure monitoring system is standard across the line, as is a five-year/60,000 mile warranty.
Driving Impressions Power is the name of the game when it comes to full-size trucks, and here Ford has made some significant advances. The Triton 5.4-liter V8 features a three-valve-per-cylinder design and...variable cam timing to generate 300 horsepower and a healthy 365 pound-feet of torque. A beefed-up version of the 4R75E automatic transmission has been assigned to handle the engine's added muscle. Gone are the old power steering system and torsion bar front suspension; replacing them are a modern rack-and-pinion steering and front coil-over-shock suspension. The combination of these features makes these the best-handling, best-riding F-150s to ever leave a Ford factory. If you've driven the older models (2004 or prior), you'll be duly impressed by the dead-on steering feel and straight-line tracking of today's F-150s.
DVD System Screen Adjustment
The F-150's optional overhead rail system with DVD entertainment system allows you to adjust screen distance.
Small Rear Door
Regular Cab models have a small rear door to help load items behind the back seat.
The F-150's interior is as close to car-like as you'll find in any pickup. Not only is the new F-150 better-looking inside, it's also more quiet, safe and spacious. The dash and interior design on the base models look good enough, but the addition of leather, wood, chrome and center console-mounted shifter found on the high-end models combine to raise the bar on the plush pickup concept. Seating is firm and upright, and SuperCrew models feature lots of rear legroom and amenities such as DVD-entertainment and power windows.Exterior
The F-150 carries on for 2007 with only minor exterior upgrades. The recently redesigned shapely Ford body, egg-crate grille and Blue Oval badging remain intact, surrounded by some new chrome trim and a crop of fresh new colors. The F-150's silhouette is easy to spot, thanks to its tall bed wall (about two inches taller than the previous generation F-150). Though it looks different, some may find the tall bed walls make it difficult to reach a toolbox from the side of the truck. The Regular Cab features a set of small, rear-hinged doors that allow easy access to the narrow space behind the front seat. Those who like to have as much fresh air in the cabin as possible will appreciate the SuperCab's optional rear roll-down windows, a first in this segment.
The base F-150 has a 202-horsepower V6, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), 26-gallon fuel tank, AM/FM stereo, dual side mirrors, vinyl split-bench seat, tilt wheel, power steering, locking tailgate and 17-inch steel wheels.
The F-150 offers numerous trim levels, engine choices and bed and cab lengths. Notable options include a 300-horsepower 5.4-liter Triton V8, power seats, power windows, power locks, remote entry, keypad unlocking system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD changer, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, leather seats, all-wheel drive, DVD navigation, trailer and towing packages, power sliding rear window, cruise control, power moonroof, Reverse Sensing System, limited-slip differential, 35-gallon fuel tank, mechanical or automatic shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, power adjustable pedals and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Base Regular Cab models are powered by a tepid but fuel-efficient (for a big truck) V6. We don't recommend this engine for towing or hauling heavy loads. The 4.6-liter engine might save you some money, but it, too, seems to lack the punch this truck deserves. We prefer the 300-horsepower 5.4-liter V8, which has the power to move, haul and tow that's befitting to this truck's can-do image.
202 horsepower @ 4350 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20 (manual), 16/20 (automatic)
248 horsepower @ 4750 rpm
294 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/20 (2WD), 14/18 (4WD)
300 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
365 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/18 (2WD), 14/18 (4WD)
By DaleC on Monday, August 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "good power , comfortable and very reliable."
Cons: "Deep bed, gas mileage."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Great truck. There are a couple of things I would change but over all love the vehicle. If you are short like me get ready to do alot of climbing when using the bed. They are really deep. I would also move the anchors in the bed, but other than that I love all this truck can do. The only other thing to consider is that this truck likes gas, but it is a truck and it is almost nine years old."
By dodger on Sunday, August 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"overall quality vehicle, have enjoyed since new! I am 6 foot 5 inches plenty of head and leg room for the entire family!"
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Caseycool on Monday, August 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought my 04 in 2005 with 7k miles on it. It has been a great truck. Drive and ride are smooth, good power, and has been very reliable. The only problems Iv had have been with the window regulators. All four have broken. The week spot in the window system is the cheap plastic pulleys that break after time. Its very common to this model(according to youtube), and how to change the part is on there too. Other than that I love this truck."
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful
By Tina on Thursday, August 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Pros: "Truck was useful for projects and camping"
Cons: "Always needed repair work"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Our truck had issues weeks after driving it off of the car lot brand new. Transmission and steering were biggest problems. After 10 years the engine died at 160,000 miles-not so ford tough."
2 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By thomas on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "comfortable, reliable"
Cons: "larger turning radius, gas mileage, needs tires"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"clean, comfortable, reliable, well maintained and in very good shape. Running boards, bed liner, bed extender. Interior carpet and leather in very good condition."
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By GStein on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,285overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good ride, strong motor"
Cons: "Wish I had leather"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"We purchased new in spring 2006, now end of summer 2014. 105,300 miles on the F150 Supercrew 4x4 XLT. I have just done the common maintenance, I have changed the oil every 3-5K. I know they say perfectly fine to go 7 K on today's vehicles,,,,, but I'm a little old school and have not had any issues with the trucks engine and dependability. Only thing is the 4 x 4 - we hardly ever engage them and the solenoid has been replaced twice and now both actuators for front end had to be replaced. A little discouraging, since we hardly use but maybe 2 x's a year."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful