|Large pickup truck; Built in USA|
|Good condition price range: $7,100 – $51,200*|
2009 Ford F-150 Front
2009 Ford F-150 Rear
2009 Ford F-150 Interior
2009 Ford F-150 Interior-2
The redesigned F-150 improved in almost every way. Ford paid particular attention to the needs of SuperCrew buyers and commercial users-which together make up the vast majority of sales-and it shows. Surprisingly, Ford still doesn’t offer a 4WD system that can be left engaged on dry pavement; but in most other respects, the Best Buy (2009-12) F-150 is a strong competitor and a must-see for those shopping full-size pickups.
Ford redesigned its highly popular full-size pickup for 2009, giving it more power, greater passenger room, and numerous new features. A 248-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 replaced a 202-hp V6 as the base engine, and it mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. A 292-hp version of the 4.6-liter and a 310-hp 5.4-liter V8 also were available, both matched to a six-speed automatic. The 5.4-liter V8 was capable of running on E85 ethanol-blended fuel, yielding 320 horsepower. F-150 pickups might have rear-drive or four-wheel drive, which could not be left engaged on dry pavement but included low-range gearing for off-road use. Standard safety features included antilock brakes, traction control, an antiskid system, front side airbags, and curtain side airbags.
Three cab styles again were offered, though not on every model: regular cab (which deleted its former rear access doors); SuperCab (extended cab), with rear-hinged back doors that did not open independently of the fronts; and SuperCrew (crew cab), which had four conventional doors and gained six inches in length, mostly benefiting rear-seat legroom. Cargo box choices included 5.5-, 6.5-, and 8-foot Styleside beds and a 6.5-foot Flareside bed. Seven trim levels were offered: base XL, sporty STX, off-road-oriented FX4, midlevel XLT, uplevel King Range and Lariat, and new line-topping Platinum.
Newly available features included a hideaway side step for access to the pickup bed, a tailgate step, a retractable cable lock to secure items in the bed, and a capless fuel filler. New electronic devices included Ford’s Sync voice-activated cell phone and MP3 player control system, a voice-activated navigation system that could provide real-time traffic information, and a rearview camera. For fleet users, the F-150 could contain a built-in dashboard computer with available printer, a tool inventory system, and a vehicle tracking device. Also new was an SFE (Superior Fuel Economy) package for 2WD models with the 292-hp 4.6-liter V8 and a six-speed automatic transmission. That package included low-rolling-resistance tires and a different axle ratio for a 1-mpg increase in the EPA highway fuel economy estimate. Maximum payload capacity was 3030 pounds on regular cabs, 2650 on SuperCabs, and 1760 for CrewCabs. Peak towing capacity was 11,300 pounds on all models. Large-pickup rivals included the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Dodge Ram 1500, and Toyota Tundra.
Ford’s full-size pickup lineup expanded to include a revamped Harley-Davidson model, as well as an off-road-oriented version called the SVT Raptor. Launched during the 2010 model year, the Raptor could hold a new 6.2-liter V8 that generated 411 horsepower. More than 7 inches wider than a regular F-150, Raptors got specific trim and an off-road suspension. The Harley-Davidson pickup had all-wheel drive with low-range gearing, as well as a sport suspension. Its SuperCrew cab featured unique exterior and interior trim. Ford’s 6.5-foot Flareside cargo bed was discontinued, except for the Raptor. All 2WD models with the 4.6-liter “3V” V8 engine got improved fuel economy (15/21 mpg), comparable to the previous SFE edition. King Ranch and Platinum models added second-row heated seats and a power sliding window with defroster.
The 2011 Ford F-150 lineup received several new engine offerings, including a newly standard 3.7-liter V6, a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, and more powerful V8s.
Only minor changes marked the Ford F-150 for 2012.
2013 was a year of evolutionary changes. On the outside, all models got a revised front grille along with optional power folding and telescopic exterior trailer-tow mirrors. Inside, you could order the brand’s MyFord Touch interface. Joining the lineup this year was a new top-end Limited trim level.
Changes were minor for 2014 as Ford prepped an all-new F-150 that would debut for the 2015 model year. However, Ford did add a sporty new Tremor model with the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6.