Upon seeing the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor for the first time, it was the first question both colleagues and friends alike asked: "So, how close is it to the Raptor?" It's a completely different idea of truck, I'd always respond. And that's the point of the Tremor. 

The Tremor is a short-wheelbase, regular-cab configuration of the F-150 that sends power from a 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine to the rear wheels. This setup makes it easy to maneuver the Tremor in crowded parking lots and a lot of fun on back-country roads. The off-road-oriented Raptor, on the other hand, is not available in regular cab form, but rather in the SuperCab or SuperCrew configuration. This additional length and its high ground clearance make the Raptor more of a handful in congested areas. Ford's thirsty 6.2-liter V8 engine is the only form of motivation currently offered for the Raptor, too.

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A 4.10 rear axle helps push the Tremor off the line quickly and soon after you can hear air being sucked into the turbocharged V6 engine. Powering up a steep hill in the Tremor was done so in a spirited fashion. Most of the time the Tremor feels light and easy to handle, but you are quickly reminded that you're driving a truck as you plow through a corner. The 6-speed automatic transmission works quickly with this configuration and we noticed an average of 18 mpg that included a mix of highway and city driving. Rated at 16 mpg city, 22 highway and 18 combined, the fuel figure we observed was directly in line with the EPA's combined forecast.

Defining marks

So that people around you will know you're driving a Tremor, Ford took the liberty to put graphics on each side of the bed with its name, while flat-black accents including 20-inch wheels and black badging with red lettering help set the look apart. Also included is the FX Appearance Package that brings HID headlights, a floor shifter and SYNC telematics with MyFord Touch. As it stands, the Tremor is the only regular cab F-150 currently offered with a flow-through center console and bucket seats. The brushed-metal accents, red-stitched steering wheel and Alcantara seat inserts give the Tremor an aggressively styled feel inside as well.

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We touched on it briefly above, but the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine rated at 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque make the Tremor quick on its feet. Up to 90 percent of peak muscle is served up from 1,700 to 5,000 rpm. If you're looking for F-150 Lightning quickness, look elsewhere, but the Tremor is still fun nonetheless.

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