Wednesday, June 22, 2011

2011 Ford F150 Truck review


Appearing unchanged from the previous year, the 2011 Ford F-150 comes in many shapes with 11 trim levels, 3 cabin styles and 3 bed sizes. The changes to the F-150 pickup truck goes into a massive upgrade in 2011 with all-new engines. A 360 horsepower, 5-liter V-8 engine comes standard on FX2, FX4, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trim models of the 2011 Ford F-150. The superior 6.2 liter V-8 engine produces 411 horsepower backed up with 434 pounds-feet of torque. V-6 power reintroduced to the Ford F-150 in 2011. Immediately available with a 3.7 liter V-6 generating 291 horsepower, a 3.5 liter V-6 engine constructed with EcoBoost technology will roll out early 2011 with 365 horsepower and 420 pounds-feet of torque. All engines are now routed through a 6-speed automatic transmission becoming the first and only full-size pickup truck in the United States sporting 6 gears. Apart from the powertrain, the 2011 F-150 includes standard technology such as air conditioning, Easy Fuel Gas Filler and a two-ton jack. The off-road warrior F-150 SVT Raptor now comes standard with the 6.2 liter V-8.

Benefits of Driving a 2011 Ford F150 Truck
Ford claims class-leading fuel economy, as well as best-in-class towing and horsepower for both its base V6 engine as well as both of the available V8s. Ford also says that it's the only automaker to offer a 6-speed automatic transmission across its entire model lineup. The F-150 is also the only full-size pickup so far to offer electric power steering, which saves fuel and gives an improved steering feel. Across the lineup, the F-150 carries through with the full redesign that the truck received for 2009; since then, the F-150's very purposeful, upright instrument panel and vastly upgraded interior materials have stood out in this very competitive class.

What's new for 2011?
The Ford F-150 has an all-new roster of engines for 2011, including Ford's first-ever turbocharged. The entire engine lineup is now mated to 6-speed automatic transmissions. The EcoBoost V6 is also one for the history books-a turbocharged V6 that claims to provide V8 power and torque with V6 fuel economy, while still maintaining truck-duty standards of durability. The already extensive lineup of F-150 models has also been expanded to include Lariat Limited and XLT Custom models. Newly available on some F-150 trims is a message center that includes a 4.2-inch display screen that shows trip computer functions, towing performance and off-roading information. The system also includes a higher-resolution rearview camera display.

Model Strengths
* Smooth, strong new powertrain lineup
* fuel efficiency
* class-leading towing and payload capacities
* wide range of models for all budgets, tastes, and needs
* available luxury features

Model Review
There are now four different engines offered on the F-150: a 302-hp, 3.7-liter V6; a 360-hp, 5.0-liter; a 411-hp, 6.2-liter V8; and a 365-hp, 3.5-liter turbocharged V6. All four come hooked only to a 6-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode and they can be had with either rear- or 4-wheel drive. There are also several cab lengths, and Regular, SuperCab and SuperCrew cab styles. The latter of the four engines-the EcoBoost turbo V6-is the star of the lineup-- it produces V8 levels of power, but with V6 fuel efficiency. Peak torque for the EcoBoost V6 is 420 pound-feet that starts as low as 1,700 rpm and models with this engine are rated at a best-in-class 11,300 pounds and a best-in-class payload of 3,060. What's more, this engine, which Ford will be promoting as an alternative to step-up V8 models from competitors, runs just fine on regular unleaded gas.

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