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Pre-Owned: 2009-2014 Ford F-150

The Revolution Begins

Colin Ryan
Feb 4, 2016
Photographers: Courtesy of Ford
This is the twelfth generation of Ford’s super-successful fullsize pickup. It’s about as civilized as a work truck gets, thanks in part to a quiet cabin and a refined double wishbone front suspension. It also took a major step forward with safety features. For anyone using his or her pickup as a daily driver, the F-150 fits the bill perfectly.
Photo 2/13   |   12F150SVTRaptor
Propulsion came initially from one of a pair of 4.6L V-8 engines making 248 hp (with 16 valves) or 292 hp (with 24 valves). A 5.4L V-8 developing 310 hp was optional. This is the generation that ditched manual transmissions and just offered a four-speed automatic (with the least powerful V-8) or a six-speed auto. Following the regular format, rear-wheel drive is standard, with four-wheel drive as an option. These V-8 engines were only adequate (rivals had more power) and proved to be short-lived.
Cab choices are regular, SuperCab (think extended cab), or SuperCrew. Regular can come with a 6 1/2-foot bed or an 8-foot bed. The SuperCab adds the extra choice of a 5 1/2-foot bed, and the SuperCrew comes with either the 5 1/2-foot or 6.5-foot bed. The SuperCrew also offers generous rear passenger space or the ability to carry a lot of gear in the cab itself, aided by a flat floor and four fullsize doors.
The ’09 model launched with seven trim levels. XL is the basic trim, and it’s really basic: not much more than vinyl upholstery, air conditioning, radio, and 17-inch steel wheels. The STX adds a little more, like a stereo system with a CD player and auxiliary input, cloth seating, and a bench seat that splits in 40/20/40 fashion.
Photo 3/13   |   2014 F150 STX 008
As always, the XLT is a happy medium and a big seller. This is where power windows, locks and mirrors come in, along with cruise control and higher-quality cloth upholstery. FX4 goes for a tougher demeanor, with standard four-wheel drive, skidplates, its own suspension setup, leather-wrapped steering wheel, six-way power-adjustable driver seat (plus sport front seats), satellite radio, towing package, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The three most luxurious levels are Lariat, King Ranch, and the new Platinum at the very top of the tree.
In ’10 came the Harley-Davidson trim (22-inch wheels) and the off-road–specialist SVT Raptor extended-cab variant. The Raptor comes with sport seats, 35-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires, and Fox Racing shock absorbers with 11 inches of travel at the front and 12 inches at the rear—all as standard. Raptor received a 411hp 6.2L V-8 that was optional at first, then standard from ’11.
The pivotal year was ’11, when a whole range of new engines came on board: a 3.7L V-6 (302 hp), 5.0L V-8 (360 hp), and a 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 (365 hp). These joined the 6.2L V-8 that was introduced late in the previous model year and now became available in Lariat Limited (an all-new trim level), SVT Raptor, and Harley-Davidson versions.
Photo 4/13   |   2014 F150 Lariat 011
The EcoBoost has slightly less torque than the 6.2L V-8 (420 lb-ft, compared with 434 lb-ft) but better fuel economy at 18 mpg combined. The 6.2L returns 14 mpg combined. Every engine is linked to a new six-speed automatic transmission. Improved tow ratings span from 6,100 pounds to 11,300 pounds (6.2L and EcoBoost). And the SVT Raptor was offered with a crew cab option.
The next year saw some driveline alterations. Four-wheel-drive versions received a neutral tow function so they could be flat-towed by an RV (for example). The previous limited-slip differential option was replaced by an electronic locking rear differential, and higher trims were updated with a new two-speed transfer case. The Raptor gained a Torsen helical gear limited-slip diff up front.
For ’13, a new Limited trim replaced the Harley-Davidson version. The infotainment system also saw some updates. Xenon headlights and hill descent control became available, and the whole range had a slight styling tweak.
Photo 5/13   |   12F150Raptor Interior
Checking the all-knowing book of blue, a hypothetical four-wheel-drive ’12 XLT EcoBoost regular cab with a 6 1/2-foot bed in good condition is valued at $17,915 when bought from a private seller. A Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT with comparable criteria is rated at $19,747 and a Ram 1500 SLT comes in at $17,326.
2009-2014 Ford F-150
Body type: Pickup truck
Drivetrain: Front engine, RWD/4WD
Airbags: Driver, front passenger, side curtain
Engines: 4.6L/248hp SOHC V-8 (’09-’10); 4.6L/292hp DOHC V-8 (’09-’10); 5.4L/320hp DOHC V-8 (’09-’10); 6.2L/411hp DOHC V-8 (’10-on); 3.7L/302hp DOHC V-6 (’11-on); 5.0L/360hp DOHC V-8 (’11-on); 3.7L/365hp DOHC V-6 (’11-on)
Brakes, f/r: Disc, disc, ABS
Price range, whlsl/retail (KBB): $6,102/$8,103 (’09, RWD XL 4.6L V-8), $36,912/$41,041 (’14, 4WD Limited SuperCrew 3.5L V-6)
NHTSA frontal impact rating, driver/fr pass: Five stars/five stars

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