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I could be wrong, but I think there’s a pretty stereotypical checklist of items you need to complete in order to be considered manly. An affinity for meat. A thirst for whiskey. A love of going outdoors. Flannel. Ron Swanson stuff—and stuff I can generally get behind. But this new RTR truck concept? I dunno.
Imagine driving down the road at speed when your door, which you thought was closed, pops open. This would be bad! Ford said Wednesday that it was recalling 1.3 million F-150 and Super Duty trucks to avoid just this scenario.
Engine swaps are interesting: most engine swaps are done for a pretty specific, rational purpose, like gaining reliability or improving performance. Those reasons make sense. But I’d argue that the pinnacle of engine swapping as an art comes when there’s really no rational reasons for it to have happened at all, and…
The 2018 Ford F-150 is a facelifted version of last year’s truck, except under the aluminum sheetmetal, there’s more horsepower, more torque, and more gears. That all sounds good, but how does it actually feel? Here’s what I thought after driving much of the new F-150 range near Ann Arbor, Michigan.
If you like your bombshells small and gentle, then boy are you in luck, because Ford has just announced some changes to the 2018 F-150 that are so understated and mild, they’ll blow your goddamn mind, in a subtle way. These improvements come to fuel economy across most of the available engine lineup, and a decent…
Ford has been extremely rude lately developing a new generation of police pursuit vehicles, and now it’s introduced the F-150 Police Responder. It’s getting really hard to keep track of everything I’m supposed to spot from a mile down the road.
The refreshed 2018 Ford F-150 will offer a new engine, more horsepower and torque from existing engines, and more gears in its transmissions. Here a breakdown with the numbers.
The Ford 300 cubic inch straight-six is a staple of American truck culture, having literally helped build this nation as we know it. Found in Ford F-Series trucks in the 1960s all the way until 1996, the big 560-pound iron-block powerhouse served valiantly for farmers, construction workers, and even lumberjacks. It…
The desperation for a new Ford Bronco is running dangerously unchecked. Enthusiasts are huddled around rumor scraps and wacky Photoshop renders while body shops are committing unspeakable acts of perversion to bring the Bronco back. Or at least, something resembling the idea of it.
The Ford F-150 is getting a facelift for 2018 with a new front bumper, headlight and grille design. But the goods behind it are a lot more interesting: the base 3.5-liter V6 is being replaced with a 3.3, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 and 5.0-liter V8 are upgraded—and there’s a brand new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel in…
You can still buy a Ford F-150 with a 5.0-liter V8, but the top-shelf engine option is the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost. Yet I still hear stuff like– “will that fancy-pants tech really last?” Take this tour of a turbo F-150 with 205,268 miles on it and see for yourself.
The all-new 2017 Ford Raptor is a 5,500 pound turbocharged brick sitting almost a foot off the ground on 35-inch off-road tires and long-travel shocks. I was expecting the off-road performance to set a new standard, but on winding roads? I thought we had laws of physics against stuff like that.
Backing up a trailer is one of the most ceaselessly counter-intuitive procedures in the world of trucks (or at least everyone else tells me it is), but not if you have an F-150 equipped with Pro Trailer Backup Assist. At least, that’s what Ford told me when they lent me this $67,270 optioned-out pickup. I borrowed a…
This 2016 Ford F-150 XLT got dropped off at a dealership like every other, except it inexplicably had one sweet upgrade– the high-performance driver’s seat from a Raptor. Gift from the truck gods or somebody’s wacky off-the-menu order?
The F-150 pictured above costs $67,270. It has a number of options including, but not limited to, multi-contoured massaging seats, which help explain the ridiculous price tag. There are a few expensive features, though, that are more than just frivolous—they’re actually incredibly useful.
Remember the new Ford Ranger pickup truck? Of course you do. You probably clicked on this article to drop “Why don’t they sell it in America?” into the comments. One of the reasons I’ve heard is “it’s too close in size to the F-150” but you never really see both trucks in the same place. Now you can.
We reported a few months ago that Ford’s 2017 F-150 was going to debut with a new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, which was expected to make 365 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. Well, Ford just called me out of the blue to inform me that their power numbers are actually higher than initial estimates. Great news!