Quick Look: 2010 Ford F-150
Best-selling Ford Gets New Brakes and More
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.
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.
Owners who use the F-150 for work purposes are sure to appreciate the optional Ford Work Solutions productivity suite. The package includes an in-dash computer, the Tool Link asset tracking system, a fleet telematics and diagnostics system called Crew Chief, and the Cable Lock security system. Towing capacity ranges from 5100 to 11,300 pounds depending on the F-150’s GCWR, while maximum payload is rated from a slim 1020 pounds for the Raptor to 3030 pounds for the long-wheelbase standard cab F-150 with the 5.4-liter V-8 and Heavy-Duty Payload Package.
As one of the most popular trucks in history, it’s no surprise that the F-150 has sat atop sales charts for years. The full-size truck boasts immense flexibility, but more importantly, a loyal and diverse following.
|2010 Ford F-150|
|Vehicle Layout||Front-engine, RWD, 4WD, 2- and 4-door full-size pickup truck|
|Engine||4.6L/248-hp/294 lb-ft SOHC 16-valve V-8, 4.6L/292-hp/320 lb-ft SOHC 24-valve V-8, 5.4L/310-hp/365 lb-ft SOHC 24-valve V-8|
|Transmission||4-Speed Automatic, 6-Speed Automatic Transmission|
|Curb Weight||4693-5485 lb (RWD), 4951-5789 lb (4WD), 5863 lb (SVT Raptor) (mfr)|
|Wheelbase||125.8 in (regular cab, short bed) to 163.2 in (SuperCab, long bed), 133 in (SVT Raptor)|
|Length x Width x Height||213.2 x 78.9 x 74.6 in (regular cab with RWD and 6.5-ft bed), 250.3 x 78.9 x 76.7 in (SuperCab with 4WD and 8-ft bed), 220.9 x 86.3 x 78.4 in (SVT Raptor)|
|EPA City/Hwy Fuel Econ||14-15/18-21 mpg|