The best-selling vehicle in America year after year, the Ford F-Series doesn’t need any more presentations. To give you a quick idea, Ford sold 233,787 units across the country in Q2 2019. Pretty impressive, right?
The F-150 pickup, the most popular in the range, is available in a multitude of variants. The consumer is thus left with a choice of models so exhaustive that he can easily get lost. To help you sort this out, here are five things you should know about the 2019 Ford F-150.
Multiple engine options
If the F-150 is offered with a different box and cabin lengths, it can also be ordered with a choice of six different engines. Yes, six!
The consumers can choose between:
3.3L 290hp V6
2.7L 325hp EcoBoost V6
5.0L V8 with 395 horsepower
V6 Power Stroke 3.0L 250HP turbodiesel
3.5L 375-horsepower EcoBoost V6
3.5L High-Efficiency EcoBoost V4 450 horsepower
Ford’s two best-selling engines are the 5.0-liter V8 and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, the latter benefiting from turbocharging to deliver performance similar to that of the V8 while reducing fuel consumption. The 450 horsepower high-efficiency engine is reserved for the Limited version as well as the Raptor.
For work… or not
The Ford F-150 is a popular vehicle for workers, as are its rivals, the Ram 1500, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the GMC Sierra 1500.
However, the Ford pickup is also in great demand among some consumers who have never set foot on a construction site. This is why Ford markets Platinum and Limited versions, which offer several amenities that one would think reserved for large luxury cars.
Just imagine that it’s now possible to order an F-150 with 22-inch rims, a panoramic roof, a high-end audio system, and even seats with massage function!
On the other hand, the newer generation of F-150 doesn’t include a middle-range option like in the past. Older models, like the 10th generation, for example, used to offer a good compromise between light duty and heavy duty with the Ford F-150 7700 series. This limited edition model came with F-250 features like a 4R100 transmission, 10.25 7-lug axle with better brakes, heavier-duty suspension system as well as improved engine, transmission, and power-steering cooling system while still retaining the classic F-150 body.
Ford surprised many people at the unveiling of the current generation of its F-150, announcing that the body of the vehicle abandoned steel in favor of aluminum. However, the lower weight allows better load and towing capacities.
The 2019 F-150 can tow loads up to 13,200 lbs and has a payload of up to 3,270 lbs. Not bad!
Another great advantage of aluminum over steel is that aluminum doesn’t rust. On the other hand, aluminum is also more complicated to weld and replacement parts might cost more in the case of an accident.
A Raptor version, just for fun
Let’s talk about the Raptor!
Designed and built for off-road driving enthusiasts, this variant of the F-150 stands out with a unique grille, suspension with high-performance FOX shock absorbers, tires that can go almost anywhere and the Terrain Management system which allows the different components of the vehicle to adapt according to the terrain on which it must travel.
Big toy for adults, the F-150 Raptor also takes advantage of its 450 horsepower engine to achieve quite breathtaking accelerations. Its starting price: $73,970 CAD. It sure ain’t cheap but the Raptor is easily one of the most fun pickup trucks to drive off the beaten paths. This mean machine is simply unstoppable. If you can afford the hefty price tag, you won’t be disappointed!
With such an exhaustive offer of versions, the price of the Ford F-150 can go from one extreme to the other. The manufacturer announces a base price of $32,162 CAD for an XL version with a 3.3-liter V6 engine, but we can find variants of the F-150 whose price is three times higher!
Before signing a contract with the dealer, make sure you thoroughly analyze your needs and choose the model that suits you. With such a wide offer of options, you are sure to find one that will make you happy for years to come.