• Base price for F-150 XL now $23,670.
  • Pricing for two most affordable trim levels up less than 1 percent over 2012.
  • Priced at $49,180, new Limited trim now tops F-150 lineup.

Despite volatile gas prices, pickups remain huge sellers in America. The 2013 Ford F-150 is likely to stay at the top of the heap, thanks to pricing that, as least on the most affordable models, is up just slightly compared with 2012 manufacturers' suggested retail prices. Ford has a new version for 2013, too. The F-150 Limited is at the top of the pickup range and is priced at nearly $50,000.

The base 2013 F-150 XL, meanwhile, is priced at $23,670. That's $170, or just .72 percent, higher than last year's base price of $23,500. The most affordable F-150 model includes air conditioning and an automatic transmission but few other comfort and convenience features. Still, the XL offers plenty of utility for the money.

One notch up in Ford's full-size pickup line is the SXT. With standard alloy wheels, color-keyed bumpers, keyless entry, a cloth bench and a CD player, the 2013 F-150 SXT comes in at $25,935. That's an increase of $175 over the 2012 model.

For more standard equipment, the $28,685 XLT offers standard SYNC and options like cloth bucket seats, power heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals and a backup camera. The XLT also offers a convenience package that includes satellite radio and towing equipment.

The FX2 and Lariat are similarly priced--$35,185 and $35,835 respectively--and both include a host of standard and optional extras. But the FX2 has a sportier look and comes exclusively in rear-wheel drive. The Lariat has more exterior chrome and can be specified as a 4x4. The FX4 brings sporty aesthetics and 4x4 off-road capability. It's priced at $38,765.

When it comes to leaving the pavement for the trail, Ford's most athletic performer remains the SVT Raptor. With more aggressive styling than the rest of the lineup and some positively high-performance off-road goodies, the Raptor is priced starting at $43,340. That's less than 1 percent higher than the 2012 price.

The King Ranch and Platinum F-150 models remain for 2013, priced at $43,515 and $46,100 respectively. But a new model, the F-150 Limited, is now at the top of the range. It starts at $49,180 and includes a long list of standard equipment, from 22-inch wheels and HID headlights to SYNC with MyFord Touch and navigation. Aluminum interior trim, two-tone leather and a moonroof provide the feel of luxury in a pickup package.

With multiple cab and bed configurations, 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive and the 2013 Ford F-150 Limited sporting a price tag that's more than double the XL's, the F-150 range includes a huge range of possibilities. Pickup truck drivers like versatility, and the F-150 lineup certainly offers plenty.

What it means to you: Ford's F-150 lineup is vast, spanning ten trim variations, multiple drivetrain options and several cab configurations. With so many possibilities, shoppers are certain to find a 2013 F-150 that meets their needs and their budgets.


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Nick Palermo is an automotive writer and lifelong car nut. He follows new and late-model used vehicles for AutoTrader.com, writes about vintage cars for Hemmings Classic Wheels and blogs on all things automotive at LivingVroom. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and twins.

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