You can't put a price on safety, and brakes are a big part of that equation. For 2010, the F-150 receives an overhauled brake system with larger disc rotors, new front calipers, master cylinder, brake booster, and refreshed lines. MyKey, Ford's programmable teen-safety key, is also a new safety option on all trims except for XL.
But that's not the end of the laundry list. In response to customer feedback, Ford redesigned the front headrests by using a new foam material and seating them a half-inch farther back for improved comfort. The King Ranch and Platinum models receive heated second-row seats, a power-sliding rear window with defrost, and a Sony in-dash six-CD player. A new XLT Chrome Package adds a six-bar billet-style front grille, the trailer brake controller display is now located in the gauge cluster, and after a long holdout, the flareside style box has been relegated to truck history.
The paint palette has been slightly redone. New exterior colors include Ingot Silver, Lava (Harley-Davidson only), Molten Orange Tri-Coat (Raptor only), Tuxedo Black, and White Platinum Tri-Coat. Dropped colors are Amber Gold, Black, Brilliant Silver, Stone Green, and White Sand Tri-Coat.
Even with all the changes, the F-150 still retains some semblance from its 2009 form, particularly in the engine department, the area where the truck is harped on the most. The three V-8 powerplants at its disposal -- a 4.6-liter two-valve, 4.6-liter three-valve, and 5.4-liter three-valve with E85 compatibility -- have entered the twilight years and are expected to retire sometime after 2010. For now, the 4.6-liter two-valve is matched to a four-speed automatic transmission while the remaining two engines feed power to a six-speed self-shifter. Unfortunately for manual fans, Ford discontinued the option in 2009.