The 2013 Ford F-Series earns an above average Total Car Score for the Large Trucks segment.
The Ford F-Series has long been a favorite amongst automotive critics. With its huge product line it fills the role of a simple work truck and weekend hauler, to the luxurious models with LCD screens and high quality leather.
Reviewers continue to be pleased with the F-150’s interior, noting the quality materials and comfortable seats, as well as the large amount of rear legroom offered up in crew cab models. The MyFord Touch system is available in most models. The higher trims include an 8-inch LCD touchscreen display with voice controls.
Reviewers are especially fond of the F-150’s engine choices, all four coming back unchanged for 2013. The base V6 should be good enough to accommodate most needs, with towing capacity ranging from 5,500 to 6,700 pounds. There are two V8 engines on offer, a 5.0-liter and 6.2-liter. But the star of the show is Ford’s turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost, producing 365 horsepower with a towing capacity of 11,300 pounds, while achieving 22 mpg highway.
All models are equipped with a standard automatic transmission, which reviews say is smooth and helps provides healthy mpg figures. Four-wheel drive is available on all models. Safety is also a strong selling point, with the F-150 receiving a Top Safety Pick from IIHS.
The 2013 Ford F-150 is a fullsize pickup truck available in regular, extended and crew cab body styles. It is available in nine trim levels and 2WD or 4WD. The high performance SVT Raptor and heavy duty F-250, F-350 and F-450 are all reviewed separately.
The base engine is a flex-fuel 3.7-liter V6 that produces 302 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. Ford offers a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine producing an impressive 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The final two engine choices are a flex-fuel 5.0-liter V8 good for 360 hp and 380 lb-ft and a 6.2-liter V8, which generates 411 hp and 434 lb-ft. All engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The base XL trim comes with vinyl seats and has manually operated windows. The STX adds cloth seats, keyless entry and cruise control, while moving up to the XLT offers power side mirrors, automatic headlights and an available rear view camera and reverse sensing system. The FX2 and FX4 add standard Ford Sync and are not available in Regular Cab body styles.
The luxury trims start with the Lariat, adding dual-zone automatic climate control, power heated leather front seats, and a power sliding rear window. The King Ranch and Platinum trims both add a standard rear view camera, remote start and reverse sensing system. The King Ranch is fitted with 18-inch 7-spoke aluminum wheels, while the Platinum has 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, a navigation system with SiriusXM traffic and power deployable running boards. Finally, the top-of-the-line Limited adds all of the Platinum features and 22-inch polished aluminum wheels and heated second row seats.
Fuel economy is relatively good across the board. Fuel economy for the 3.7-liter V6 is estimated at 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined in 2WD and 16/21/18 in 4WD. The V6 EcoBoost is estimated at 16/22/18 in 2WD and 15/21/17 for the 4WD. The 5.0-liter V8 is estimated at 15 city, 21 highway and 17 combined in 2WD and 14/19/16 in 4WD. The 6.2-liter V8 is estimated at 13/18/15 for 2WD and 12/16/13 for 4WD models.
When properly equipped the 2013 Ford F-150 is rated to tow up to 11,300 pounds.
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