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2014 Ford F150 Super Cab Review

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2014 Ford F150 Super Cab Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.1

Continuing a 36-year trend, the 2015 Ford F-150 reigns supreme among full-size pickup sales. Owners love the F-150 for its wide and varied lineup that includes multiple bed lengths, cabins and engine choices, as well as an unimaginable number of trim levels. And, although there is no diesel engine option, the F-150 is the only full-size pickup to offer a turbocharged gasoline engine delivering power like a V8 with unbeatable fuel economy. Whether it's an inexpensive basic work truck that can take a beating and still hold its value or a plush, horse trailer-hauling family vehicle you can be proud to take to any country club, Ford builds an F-150 for all occasions and occupations.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a more personalized pickup truck, Ford's F-150 for 2014 offers one of the most varied and distinct line ups in the business. From trims to work options to cutting-edge electronics and infotainment systems, there is an F-150 for just about everyone.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The F-150 is a big truck that takes up a lot of space. If you just need a casual truck for hauling small items, a midsize pickup like the Toyota Tacoma or Chevrolet Colorado might be a better fit (literally).

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 8.1
  • 7.4
  • 7.6
  • 7.8
  • 7.8
  • 7.8
How It Ranks

#14

out of 26

Fuel Economy

#13

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Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.8 out of 10
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2014 Ford F150 Super Cab Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

The 2014 Ford F-150 receives a new grille, with HID headlights now on XLT and higher trims. XLT and SLT trims gain new 17-inch wheels, while power telescoping and folding trailer side mirrors are offered as a new option. Limited trims will offer a new Marina Blue leather interior.

Driving the F150 Super Cab
2014 Ford F150 Super Cab Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions Big payload and bigger towing ability hasn't kept Ford engineers from building a pickup truck that doesn't ride or handle like an aging flatbed. The 2014 Ford F-150 is so...

... comfortable you'd swear you were behind the wheel of a Lincoln SUV. We tested a number of trims and found all delivered a fairly calm driving experience, with little harshness and an impressively quiet cabin. No matter which engine you choose, there is no shortage of power or ability, although the base V6 would be our last choice and the twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, our first. On the road, the F-150's electric power-assisted steering does an excellent job of delivering feedback to the driver while keeping the big truck tracking straight and true on the highway. During a towing demonstration, 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 2014 Ford F-150 scores big. It deploys easily and even offers a convenient hand-hold.

ROOMY SUPERCREW CAB
The cab in Ford's 2014 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.

2014 Ford F150 Super Cab Details
2014 Ford F150 Super Cab Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Knowing that the hands controlling the 2014 Ford 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
2014 Ford F150 Super Cab photo

The 2014 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 F-150 features a strong new front grille, 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 2014 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 2014 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
2014 Ford F150 Super Cab Engine photo

Do you want a gasoline engine or a gasoline engine? The 2014 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)

With more than 30 different variants, the 2014 Ford F-150 pickup pricing covers a wide spread. Regular Cab XL models have a starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) right around $25,000, while a fully-laden Limited SuperCrew can run well over $50,000. Somewhere in between those two extremes is where most buyers will find themselves. A look at the Fair Purchase Price on kbb.com shows the typical transaction price being paid for the 2014 Ford F-150 in your area, so be sure to check it out before you set out to buy. The F-150 is expected to retain a better-than-average residual value, with the SuperCrew models at the top of the chart, followed by the Regular Cab and then the SuperCab. Over a 5-year period, the F-150's projected residual value is expected to be nearly on par with the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra, slightly better than the Ram 1500 and Nissan Titan, but slightly below the Toyota Tundra.

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2014 Ford F150 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 744 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

Very dependable

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Quailty, dependablility"

Cons: "Tire wear, road noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"The 2013 Ford F-150 was a tad over priced but is a good vehicle. Only concern was early tire wear and couldn't be corrected until new tires a put on. Mileage is between 17 - 21. 17 mpg is mostly during winter months an 21 mph during summer months."

The gas mileage, like the cake, is a lie.

By on Saturday, June 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,700

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "It's comfortable, it does what a truck should."

Cons: "Gas mileage, Sync, and the A/C suck."

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

"I'm not usually one to obsess over fuel mileage, if I were, I'd drive a Prius or Sonata Hybrid; but as any other vehicle owner should do, I check it regularly to see what I'm getting for my dollar. To say the least, my 2014 F150 STX Sport disappoints. I've owned other trucks, so I wasn't expecting to single-handedly save the planet with a pickup, but after both my Dodge and GMC trucks were usually within 1-2 mpg of their EPA highway rating consistently with my driving, I was expecting more of the same with my new Ford. Much to my surprise, my average fuel economy is about 25% less than it's EPA rating. Even driving like a little old lady and never breaking 60mph, the most I can coax out of this thirsty beast is 18mpg (vs a 23mpg highway rating), and that's pathetic, my 4.8L GMC truck could do that on the highway while driving faster (70mph, and hey, 18 against a 19mpg highway rating at high speeds is pretty good!)! The lies don't end with the gas mileage, the Sync system is the biggest joke played on the motoring public since the Oldsmobile diesel (they may have left you walking, but at least they didn't argue with you while you're trying to drive!)"

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

ANOTHER GREAT FORD TRUCK

By on Saturday, June 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,400

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: "Super dependable, smooth ride and looks great."

Cons: "None"

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

"This is the 4th Ford I've bought since 2004. I had to fix a torque converter and suspension parts in my 2005 Escape, wheel bearing in my 2008 Fusion ( probably my fault I hit the curb ), poor gas mileage in my 2004 F250 ( but it does have the V10 ), and finally my 2011 F150 Supercrew with 5.0. Best vehicle I've ever owned...no problems at 84200, and still gives me decent gas mileage, smooth ride and dependability. I bought a 7 yr 100K warranty because of all the electronics but so far, haven't used it. I grew up a GM guy, but all my GM products had so many electrical issues I finally gave up after my Z71's abs went out in the middle of nowhere. Both trucks were perfect!"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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