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2012 Ford F150 SuperCrew Cab

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2012 Ford F150 SuperCrew Cab Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.3

Holding the title of America's best-selling pickup truck for 34 years running is no small feat, which is why the 2012 Ford F-150 pickup deserves every accolade it receives. With stiff competition from Ram and Chevy, not to mention Toyota and Nissan's full-size entries, Ford refuses to rest on its laurels, continuing to improve the F-150 full-size pickup with new features and better mechanical components. Last year, Ford gave the F-150 all-new engines and transmissions, and this year there's expanded use of an electronic locking rear axle replacing the old limited-slip unit. Yet, despite all its improvements, the 2012 Ford F-150 remains a tough workhorse designed to tackle big payload and towing jobs. With class-leading capabilities, impressive fuel economy and the only turbocharged 6-cylinder engine in the segment, the more than 30 different version of America's favorite pickup truck should continue to set sales records and send the competition scrambling to keep up.

You'll Like This Car If...

Built Ford Tough isn't just an advertising slogan, it's the reason the Ford F-150 is the best-selling truck in the country. An impressive range of models and options permits the F-150 to be everything from a simple work truck to a super-plush family hauling machine.

You May Not Like This Car If...

With its strong resale and reliability ratings, about the only reason not to like the 2012 F-150 comes down to whether you like its bold and boxy styling.

What's New for 2012

The 2012 F-150 pickup receives a few important new features, beginning with the addition of Hill Start Assist and the inclusion of neutral tow assist on all 4x4 trucks. A new automatic 4x4 system is added to Lariat and higher trims, while a new FX Appearance package adds flat-black wheels and accents, black leather seats with red piping, and FX graphics. The FX Luxury package gains heated and cooling front seats.

Driving the F150 SuperCrew Cab
Driving Impressions

Despite its impressive payload and towing ability, the 2012 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 2012 Ford F-150 scores big. It deploys easily and even offers a safety hand-hold.

Roomy SuperCrew Cab
The cab in the 2012 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.

2012 Ford F150 SuperCrew Cab Details
Interior

The 2012 Ford F-150 has a sophisticated yet practical truck interior. Knowing that the hands controlling the F-150 will often be clad in some type of glove, be it work or ski, the F-150's 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. In fact, there are clever storage compartments throughout the 2012 F-150's cabin for holding everything from beverages to cell phones. There are even two 12-volt outlets, one on the dash and one in the console, for recharging portable electronics, 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. The same goes for the rears seats, at least those on SuperCrew models.

Exterior

With the exception of one generation late in the 1990s, the F-150 has always had an easily-identifiable boxy shape. The 2012 Ford F-150 continues the tradition but adds a healthy dose of oversized ornamentation (think grille, bumpers and mirrors) usually covered in chrome on upper trims. The 2012 F-150 features a strong 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. Ford's 3-bar grille receives varying styling treatments depending on the trim level, ranging from simple black plastic pieces on base trucks, to a black mesh grille with the Ford name spelled out in huge block letters on the SVT Raptor, to a chrome-slathered behemoth found on the King Ranch and Platinum versions.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2012 Ford F-150 full-size truck 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 second-row center head restraint and integrated spotter mirrors.

Optional Equipment

For those who really use their pickup trucks as trucks, the 2012 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 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 2012 F-150 is the lack of a diesel option, but the four available gasoline engines – two V6s and two V8s – offer reasonable fuel economy, aided significantly by the addition of a 6-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 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 (2WD), 16/21 (4WD), 12/17 (2WD, E85), 12/15 (4WD, E85)

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

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

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2012 Ford F150 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 826 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

X Ford Fan Boy

By on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Loved it at first"

Cons: "Not about how you start but how you finish..."

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

"I have been a happy Ford F150 3.5 Ecoboost XLT since my truck was new back in may of 2011. The truck had 4 miles on it when I took it off the lot. I have done all of my own maintenance to the truck at much earlier intervals that the truck indicated. I have had some small issues with the spark plugs cracking and needed replacing. This happened on 2 sets of the Ford motocraft plugs before I changed to an Autolite and the problem was resolve. This was probably the biggest issue I had while Owning this truck to this point. I currently have 117,000 miles on the truck and it is now July of 2016. On to the major problem. During this past winter I began noticing a slight rattle upon startup 1st thing in the morning (did not occur for the rest of the day). At first I figured it was the valves clicking due to the oil being broken down and thin or something, so I changed the oil. This issue got better and was less noticeable until now. Now that is is warmer I guess it allows the oil to settle more and cause the timing chain to loosen more causing the rattle. I looked up the issue and sure enough there is a TSB out about this issue. I made some phone calls and received a few different prices on the replacement and repairs required for this issue. Most of them were around 1500. I was not happy about this, but was willing to deal with it. I dropped off my truck and they indicated they would get to it in a couple days or so. I received a phone cal the next morning by 10:00 AM. The service manager indicated that I needed a new motor and turbos. I was totally blown away by this. The truck has been running great, no check engine light, wrench, smoke, nothing! All there was was the rattle. I thought he was messing with me and I asked him to repeat the diagnosis once again and he repeated that i need a new engine and turbos. He said it will cost 11k to complete the work. At this point I told him to stop everything and I would be down to review with them and grab my truck. When I got there I asked for an explanation and they were very certain of the isssue as it has been seen multiple times. They did not even have to take the motor apart to diagnose the issues. They just knew the engine and turbos were going to go. They indicated it could be a week or 6 months but they were certain they were going to go. Like i said the truck was and still is running fine so It is concerning that FORD knows of this issue so well that they can diagnose without extensive investigation, but FORD does nothing to make current owners and future buyers aware of this issue. After the dealer ship I spoke to the Ford Regional Customer Service Rep and they indicated they have no programs currently to help out with this issue. In other words, "sorry for your luck". They did offer to give me a X Plan Code if I wanted to buy a new Ford. That is more of a slap in the face if anything. I have been a long time ford truck owner. This is my 3rd ford truck and is the only one not to make it past 185000 miles. I have grown to assume this is standard as it should be for a 40 k truck that is properly cared for. I have done everything thing possible to preserve the body of this truck expecting the rust to win the battle before the engine gave in..... Apparently this was not true. I strongly recommend anyone thinking of buying a ford let alone an ecoboost to reconsider. Previous Loyal Ford Fan Boy turned Dodge/Chevy Fan Boy. Ford BUYER BEWARE!!!!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I'm so happy that I may not trade it in yet.

By on Saturday, July 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very comfortable on long drives."

Cons: "sync navigation not reliable. Use a gps."

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

"I'm very happy that I got the 3.7 v-6 (no ecoboost). Still riding on original tires and brakes. She still has the new car shine despite Florida sun. No problems except for the sync which is sometimes unreliable. She does labor a bit towing a small rv at highway speeds. Never got estimated mpg but that's because the EPA gave auto manufacturers unreasonable demands."

Ecoboost is a fabulous engine

By on Thursday, July 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

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
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Power, flexibility, looks, engineering, low maint."

Cons: "Lots of plastic. Gas filler door spring broke."

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

At its home in the Shasta Valley, CA

"Ordered mine with as an FX4 plus pkg with tow mirrors. Wanted Nav but not all in the package I'd have to order to get it, so I went with aftermarket Pioneer Navi with sound system and backup camera. 4+ years and 85K later and couldn't be happier. Tows a 24' trailer with ease and hauls 1T pallets of wood pellets easily over the Siskiyou Pass. Flawless operation on long vacation trips. Ecoboost 3.5 is powerful and has we've gotten lifetime 18.6 mpg. Overall, couldn't be happier."

At its home in the Shasta Valley, CA

This is an amazing truck. Works well, comfortable.

By on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Rides great, tows even better, and power for days"

Cons: "ecoboost mileage is bad. Sync can make you swear"

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

The happy couple

"This truck has worked well. The ecoboost engine is powerful enough to pull my 32' travel trailer with absolute ease and get good gas mileage while doing it. ( 10.5 average).Do not, however expect good mileage around town because 11.4 is my average. ( does include some hills). The Ford Sync has me yelling at it sometimes, and the navigation sends me to far off place that it shouldn't, but happy overall."

The happy couple

Great Vehicle

By on Monday, July 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

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
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "5.0 v8, handling, off road capability"

Cons: "Cant think of any"

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

"Very stout truck. Love the styling. The 5.0 V8 is astounding. Very solid and well built truck. I wont drive anything but fords."

2009 F-150 STX SuperCab 6.5' Bed - long term

By on Saturday, July 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great ride/handling, very reliable, quiet & comfy."

Cons: "Fairly expensive, but new vehicles are nowadays."

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

"I special ordered this truck in October of 2008. Truck was built Nov. 17th 2008. It took until January 5th of 2009 to get to my dealer for delivery due to Ford doing some really thorough inspections of every 15th truck coming off the line and of course mine was one of them. I was really pleased with my truck from day 1 and 7+ years later I'm still very happy with it. I have had only two issues with the truck, and they have been in the last year. First, I found a leak in the transmission where the electric control cable connects. It was a bad gasket. Next was the antilock brake control module. The brake and antilock lights came on and remained on, but the antilock brakes worked normaly. I had the repairs done at the selling dealer and that solved the problem. Unfortunately, it cost me just over $900. The module itself was $800 and had to be special ordered. The upside is that my gas mileage runs just over 22 MPG with the 4.6L 3-valve engine. Yes, I do drive it very conservatively, but I have added a K&N intake, a cat-back dual exhaust and reflashed the computer with a Hypertech programmer. I change my oil and filter myself regularly and use Motorcraft synthetic blend oil and motorcraft filters. No el-cheapo filters or oil for my baby. I have had none of the issues I have read others complain about here with my truck and my dealer has a top notch service department. Those that complain about dealer service not being able to fix their issues need to find a new dealer to do business with or an independent shop that is recommended by folks they know. These places do exist and can be found all across the country with just a little checking. Good luck and God bless."

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