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2014 Ford F-150: Used Car Review

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author photo by Joe Tralongo November 2016

As part of a long line representing America's best-selling pickup, the 2014 Ford F-150 not only makes a great used pickup choice, but with so many models out there it's easy to find anything from a dedicated work truck to an ultra-plush King Ranch. The 2014 model year saw Ford give the F-150 only minor changes, namely the addition of HID headlights on the XLT and higher trims and available telescoping side mirrors. SuperCrew models provide limousine-like legroom for rear passengers, while the plush Platinum and Limited trims provide a level of luxury on par with the Lincoln Navigator SUV. Offering superior economy and comfort, the 2014 Ford F-150 is a great choice for drivers who want their pickup truck to also serve as a family shuttle.

What We Like

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

What We Don't

Frivolous rear-hinged doors on regular cab; 5.5-foot bed isn't very useful; high-end trims can get pricey; temperamental MyFord Touch

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The Ford F-150 offers a choice of four engines. The base engine is a 3.7-liter V6 good for 302 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. Two V8s are offered: a 5.0-liter producing 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque or a 6.2-liter good for 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. Finally, there's the 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged V6 that produces an impressive 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. All F-150s use a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates fuel economy for the base 3.7-liter engine to be 17 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg on the highway with 2-wheel drive and 16 mpg city/21 mpg hwy with 4-wheel drive. The 5.0-liter V8 earns 15 mpg city/21 mpg hwy with 2-wheel drive and 14 mpg city/19 mpg hwy with 4-wheel drive. Both the 3.7- and 5.0-liter engines can also run on E85 but see a significant decrease in fuel economy when doing so.

The optional 6.2-liter V8 is rated at 13 mpg city/18 mpg hwy with 2-wheel drive and 11 mpg city/16 mpg hwy with the Raptor's standard 4-wheel drive, while the 3.5-liter EcoBoost earns 16 mpg city/22 mpg hwy with 2-wheel drive and 15 mpg city/21 mpg hwy with 4-wheel drive.

Standard Features & Options

The Ford F-150 comes in three cab styles: Regular, SuperCab and SuperCrew, with cargo beds ranging from 5.5 to 8 ft in length. There are 10 trims, starting with the XL and moving up to the STX, XLT, FX2, FX4, Lariat, Limited, SVT Raptor, 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, a tilt steering wheel, a 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 STX jazzes things up a bit with a 40/20/40-split cloth bench seat, a MyKey programmable key fob, styled steel wheels, body-colored bumpers, cruise control, 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, HID auto headlights, upgraded interior trim, SYNC audio with voice control, fog lights, 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, hill descent control, 18-in wheels, additional skid-plate protection, bucket seats with a center console, a telescoping steering column and a power driver's seat.

The Lariat and King Ranch up the ante with leather seating, heated front seats (a heated and cooling front seat and heated rear bench seat are offered with the King Ranch), power adjustable pedals, 10-way power driver's and passenger seats with driver-side memory, a power rear window, upgraded wheels, additional exterior paint choices, and the SYNC voice-activated audio system and MyFord Touch.

The Limited includes most of the Lariat's standard equipment plus special leather interior, sunroof, navigation, rain-sensing wipers and unique wheels.

The SVT Raptor is the sports car of the bunch, with a lifted heavy-duty off-road suspension, bigger tires and wheels, hill descent control, protective skid plates, sport seats and an available 6.2-liter V8.

Platinum pickups include all the King Ranch's features plus 20-in wheels, heated rear seats, a power-sliding rear window, unique paint and interior trim, Sony audio, 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 stepladder, a pop-out side step for easy access to the bed, a stowable bed extender, 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, MyFord Touch, SYNC and Bluetooth connectivity, a power sunroof, a sliding rear window with a defroster, retractable side steps, a rear backup camera, rear parking sensors and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. An electronic rear axle replaces most of the limited-slip units on models equipped with the EcoBoost and 5.0-liter engines.

Pricing

With so many trims and cab configurations on the market, the F-150's pricing can range from bargain-basement to premium. 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 RAM 1500 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 2014 Ford F-150:

A recall was issued for models with the 3.5-liter engine regarding a possible leak causing a loss of brake fluid from the primary reservoir.

A recall was issued regarding a problem with the front-seat clearance from the frame to the seat track. This situation can cause problems with the Occupant Classification System, which calculates the occupant's size and weight when deploying the airbags.

A recall was issued regarding a misaligned brake-pedal position sensor that may cause the brake lights to delay illumination.

A recall was issued for a possible defect in the electric power steering unit that could lead to total loss of steering control while driving.

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 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) gave the Ford F-150 its highest rating of Good in the frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests.

The 2014 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 172-point inspection, a 12-month/12,000 mile comprehensive warranty and a 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty starting from the time the vehicle enters service.

Other Cars to Consider

Toyota Tundra -- The Tundra offers strong V6 and V8 engines on par with the F-150, but it doesn't have as diverse of a model range or features menu. The Tundra does, however, hold better resale values.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 -- The Silverado can't match the F-150 in trim levels and features, but it offers a more powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine, has a higher tow rating and matches the Ford F-150's resale value and crash-test worthiness.

RAM 1500 -- The RAM offers the option of a turbodiesel engine, an 8-speed automatic and the power of a HEMI V8, plus a smoother ride and better interior cabin materials, but the RAM can't match the F-150 for power, towing or resale value.

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 either the 5.0-liter V8 or EcoBoost V6. 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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