Ford F150 2009 Detail Specification Video Reviews


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Smooth and quiet ride, multiple cab and bed configurations, beefy towing and hauling capacities, attractive and functional cabin, responsive handling.

Engine performance still not equal to its most potent rivals, steering wheel doesn’t telescope.

The 2009 Ford F-150 has been fully redesigned, with styling changes inspired by the Super Duty Series trucks and mechanical changes inspired by the competition. The former include a taller hood line and more macho grilles, while the latter includes higher-output engines along with a new six-speed automatic transmission.

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Crazy as it sounds, the best-selling vehicle for nearly all of the past 30 years has been Ford’s F-Series pickup truck. Although that prestigious title technically belongs to Ford’s entire F-Series family (meaning it includes the Super Duty rigs and commercial-use chassis cabs), most of the sales numbers were generated by the F-150. If you wanted to label something as “America’s truck,” this would be it. And for 2009, Ford has revamped the F-150 in an effort to retain that title.

Ford’s magic formula for the F-150 has traditionally consisted of strong towing and hauling capabilities, solid durability and a dizzying variety of body styles, trim levels and options. In recent years, this formula has been expanded to include a smooth, quiet ride and an easy-to-drive demeanor. If you can’t find something you like in an F-150, then maybe you don’t really want a pickup truck. Nonetheless, stiff competition in the large pickup segment has compelled Ford to give the F-150 a thorough freshening this year.

Making changes to a perennial cash cow is not something a company’s going to take lightly. As such, Ford has made careful but key upgrades to the F-150 that effectively address its former shortcomings. Notably, the F-150’s engine performance paled when compared to most rivals, so this year slightly more powerful engines, along with a six-speed automatic in place of the aged four-speeder, provide better low-speed acceleration as well as more relaxed and fuel-efficient cruising. The F-150 still can’t touch a Tundra in a stoplight drag race, but it no longer feels lethargic. More importantly, it boasts massive towing and hauling capacities along with slightly improved fuel economy.

Additional changes for the 2009 Ford F-150 include Super Duty-inspired front-end styling and a new high-zoot Platinum trim level. The SuperCrew also gets more “super” via a 6-inch cabin stretch, which provides a flat rear floor and limolike rear passenger room as well as the ability to carry really large objects within the cab. Other neat and useful features include a capless fuel filler, steps that deploy to ease access to the bed, Ford’s Sync multimedia voice command system (which can also provide weather, gas prices, sports scores and movie times via Sirius Travel Link) and an integrated trailer-brake controller. As before, there are numerous features that optimize hauling and reduce stress, such as a cargo management system and a rearview camera.

Facing off against the new Dodge Ram, the recently redesigned GM trucks, the Toyota Tundra and the Nissan Titan, the 2009 Ford F-150 has its work cut out for it. But with its class-leading work capacity, user-friendly features and pleasant driving dynamics, the F-150 remains one of the easiest half-ton pickups to live with on an everyday basis. And with the wide range of available body styles, trim levels and equipment, you’re sure to find one that meets your needs. America’s truck? You bet.