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2009 Ford F-150: Used Car Review

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author photo by Joe Tralongo November 2014

The 2009 Ford F-150 is part of a long line of full-size pickups that have consistently been the best-selling vehicles in America for more than 30 years running. With a makeover for the 2009 model year, Ford grafted the rugged exterior look of the heavy-duty F-Series pickups onto the F-150, and upped its standard and optional equipment list. SuperCrew models have cabs that extend six inches, creating more rear-seat legroom, while the luxurious King Ranch and Platinum trims provide a level of luxury that is on par with the Lincoln Navigator SUV. Offering better economy and comfort than the previous F-150, the 2009 model is a great choice for those whose pickup truck must also serve as a family shuttle.

What We Like

Good fuel economy; comfortable ride; class-leading towing and payload; integrated tailgate step ladder; flat load floor in the SuperCrew

What We Don't

4.6-liter V8 engine choices feel lethargic; frivolous rear hinged doors on Regular Cab; 5.5-foot bed isn't very useful; old 4-speed automatic on base models

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The Ford F-150 offers a choice of three V8 engines. The base 4.6-liter has two valves per cylinder and produces 248 horsepower and 294 lb-ft of torque. The upgraded 4.6-liter V8 with three valves per cylinder makes 292 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. Lastly, the 5.4-liter V8 produces 320 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Only the base 4.6-liter engine comes with a 4-speed automatic transmission, while the other two offer a 6-speed unit. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates fuel economy for the base 4.6-liter engine to be 14 miles per gallon in the city and 19 mpg on the highway with 2-wheel drive and 14 mpg city/18 mpg hwy with 4-wheel drive. The 4.6-liter 3V engine earns 15 mpg city/20 mpg hwy with 2-wheel drive and 14 mpg city/19 mpg hwy with 4-wheel drive. The 5.4-liter engine returns 14 mpg city/19 mpg hwy with 2-wheel drive and 14 mpg city/18 mpg hwy with 4-wheel drive. The 5.4-liter engine can also run on E85, but when doing so, it sees a significant decrease in fuel economy, earning just 10 mpg city/14 mpg hwy with 2-wheel drive and 10 mpg city/13 mpg hwy with 4-wheel drive.

Standard Features & Options

The Ford F-150 comes in three cab styles: Regular, SuperCrew and SuperCab with cargo beds ranging from 5.5 to 8 ft. in length. There are seven trims, starting with the XL and moving up to the STX, XLT, FX4, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum.

The base XL comes with a vinyl bench seat and floor cover, air conditioning, manual windows and mirrors, AM/FM radio, tilt steering wheel, removable locking tailgate, 17-inch steel wheels and the 4.6-liter V8 engine. Standard safety features include AdvanceTrac with roll stability control, front-seat-mounted side airbags and side-curtain airbags.

The SXT jazzes things up a bit with a 40/20/40-split cloth bench seat, styled steel wheels, body-colored bumpers, a CD player, an auxiliary input jack and even more available option packages.

The XLT improves things significantly by adding power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, alloy wheels, keyless entry, cruise control, upgraded interior trim, upgraded cloth seats and chrome accents.

The FX4 brings a rugged off-road package that includes standard 4-wheel drive, the 5.4-liter V8 engine, off-road springs and shocks, 18-in wheels, additional skid plate protection, bucket seats with a center console and a power driver's seat.

The Lariat and King Ranch up the ante with leather seating, heated front seats (heated and cooling on King Ranch), power adjustable pedals, 10-way power driver's and passenger seats with driver's side memory, upgraded wheels, exterior paint choices and the SYNC voice-activated audio system.

Platinum pickups include all the King Ranch features plus 20-in wheels, unique paint and interior trim, upgraded leather seating surfaces and more available options.

Options for the F-150 include a number of work-solution features such as an integrated tailgate step ladder, a pop-out side step for easy access to the bed, the Tool Link radio frequency tracking system (for keeping track of tools at the work site) and an in-dash computer with Internet capability. Comfort and convenience features vary by trim and include navigation radio, Sony audio, SYNC and Bluetooth connectivity, a power sunroof, sliding rear window with defroster, retractable side steps, a rear backup camera, rear parking sensors and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

Pricing

With so many trims and cab configurations on the market, the F-150's pricing can range from bargain-basement to a premium price tag. As the F-150 holds middle-of-the-road 5-year resale value, it should be easy to get into a nicely outfitted XLT for less than a comparably equipped Toyota Tundra. The Dodge Ram and Nissan Titan hold slightly lower resale values. To get a good idea of the F-150's price range, we suggest checking out the used car values at KBB.com. You can also search the AutoTrader Classifieds to see what models are currently for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the following recalls for the 2009 Ford F-150:

A recall was issued for a possible defective brake light switch that may cause a delay in illumination.

A recall was issued for a possible defective door handle spring that, in the event of side impact, could fail and allow the door latch to open.

Recall repairs are required by law even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

The Ford F-150 earned five out of five stars in the NHTSA front- and side-impact crash tests. In the rollover roof-strength test, the 4x2 model earned only four out of five stars while the 4x4 model earned three stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Ford F-150 its highest rating of Good in the frontal offset and side-impact crash tests.

The 2009 F-150 left the factory with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. In addition to the new vehicle warranty, second owners can purchase extended coverage when they buy from a certified pre-owned (CPO) Ford dealership. CPO vehicles come with a 169-point inspection and a 6-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty starting from the time the vehicle enters service.

Other Cars to Consider

Toyota Tundra -- The Tundra offers better acceleration and fuel economy than the F-150, but it doesn't have as diverse a model range or features menu.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 -- The Silverado has a more powerful V8 engine, but it can't match the F-150 for resale or crash-test worthiness.

Ram 1500 -- The Ram offers the power of a HEMI V8 plus a larger cab in the Quad Cab model, but it doesn't offer a 6-speed transmission on any model.

AutoTrader's Advice

With so many trims and configurations to choose from, it's impossible to say which is the best. For most people, the XLT SuperCab or SuperCrew will offer the most value, but try to find one with the 5.4-liter V8. If money is no object, a 4-wheel-drive King Ranch is about as American as an American pickup truck can get.

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