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5 Reasons to Buy: 2011 Ford F-Series Pickup


author photo by Josh Sadlier July 2011

The Ford F-Series, led by the bestselling regular-duty Ford F-150, has long been a stalwart among full-size pickup trucks. Until recently, however, it was surprisingly low on power relative to its rivals. Happily, Ford recently responded with an entirely new lineup of engines to complement the inherent goodness of the F-150 and its heavy-duty brethren. There's no longer a need for any excuses - Ford's big trucks are unquestionably among the best of their breed. Here are five reasons to buy the 2011 Ford F-Series:

1.  Stellar Engines

Usually the V6-powered base model is an afterthought for truck-makers, or at best a marketing ploy to keep the starting price low. That's no longer true for the entry-level F-150, which boasts a 3.7-liter V6 rated at 302 horsepower - almost as much power as some of the competition's V8s. This is a serious option for those who need a fully competent work truck but don't want to break the bank. But the rest of the new engine family is so good that it'll make your decision a tough one. There are two great new V8s - a 5.0-liter (with 360 hp) and a 6.2-liter (with 411 hp) - and then there's the motor that might trump them all, a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that gets fuel economy on par with the base V6, yet still cranks out 365 hp and 420 lb-ft, the latter being 40 lb-ft ahead of the 5.0-liter V8's torque output. The icing on the cake is the heavy-duty-only turbodiesel V8, a new Ford design that generates a barely comprehensible 800 lb-ft of torque.

2.  Quiet Cabin

The new engines may be responsible for returning the F-Series to the spotlight, but this iteration of Ford's bestseller has always been praised for its remarkably quiet ride. You would think that a vehicle with brick-like aerodynamics would be beset by wind noise on the highway, but Ford has gone to great lengths to keep this noise outside the truck, and you'll notice it on the first extended drive you take.

3.  Plentiful Cab Configurations

Trucks these days are asked to do a little bit of everything, so Ford offers the F-Series in the expected array of cab styles: standard, which has one row of seating; extended, which has two rows but still only two doors; and crew, which has two rows and four doors. Whether you plan to use your truck for family trips or worksite tasks - or both - Ford's probably got a body style that's right for you.

4.  Attractive High-Tech Options

If you've kept up with technology trends over the past few years, you're probably assuming that we're going to talk about the Sync voice-recognition system for phones and mp3 players here. Well, you're right, but that's really just the tip of the iceberg. Did you know that the F-Series offers an in-dash computer with internet access? A rear-seat DVD system? A navigation system with hard-drive-based music storage? If you want your pickup to be a rolling entertainment center or an office on wheels, Ford's finest makes a pretty strong case for itself.

5.  Comprehensive Heavy-Duty Range

The F-Series is available in no fewer than three heavy-duty trim levels. That doesn't necessarily make Ford the heavy-duty king, as there's a lot of overlap between the F-250 and F-350. The F-450, however, really is the king - it will tow an absurd 24,400 pounds when properly equipped. Need more grunt? The next step up has smokestacks and a trailer.

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