The sheer number of configurable combinations in the full-size truck segment can be mind-boggling. Cab design, engine, transmission, axle ratio, bed length, and option packages can all be custom-suited to consumer needs, so it comes with little surprise that the 2010 Ford F-150 arrives with a laundry list of revisions despite just entering the second model year of its current generation.
The best-selling lineup has been retouched from the base XL to the topline Harley-Davidson edition. The F-150 can be ordered as a Regular Cab, SuperCab (extended), and SuperCrew, but with five axle ratios and abundant option packages, the customization has only scratched the surface.
To start, the XL is equipped with new wheels, although Ford advertises 16 different wheel designs for the entire F-150 line. Vinyl flooring is also a new option for XL SuperCrew work trucks that are likely to see a lot of dirty feet. A Heavy-Duty Payload Package adds a 3.73 limited-slip axle and 7-lug steel wheels.
After a one-year respite, the sport-oriented FX2 trim returns for SuperCab and SuperCrew models with rear-wheel drive. FX2 modifications include 18-inch aluminum wheels, a unique billet-style front grille, body-colored front and rear bumpers, special seats, and more.
The biggest change, by far, is the addition of the newly strengthened SVT Raptor. The Baja-tested off-road machine thrilled testers, nabbed numerous awards, and raised the bar as truck enthusiasts were put on high alert for the next hot factory ride with a bed in the back. The Raptor is built on its own exclusive 133-inch-wheelbase SuperCab with a 5.5-foot box and fitted with unique bits and pieces such as tuned Fox suspension and a 4.10 rear axle.