Excellent driving dynamics; impressive capabilities; comfort, convenience and safety features
Real-world fuel economy seldom matches EPA ratings; ride can feel stiff when the truck is unladen; options drive up the price considerably
The F-150 returns with a few changes. The high-performance 3.5-liter turbo V6 from Raptor is now also the standard engine for Limited Grade that also gets a cabin refreshening, as well as high-flow dual exhaust. XLT grade gets FordPass Connect standard. Ford offers a few new exterior colors. See the 2019 Ford F-150 models for sale near you
Among 2019 Ford F-150 grades, Lariat with the turbo 3.5-liter V6 looks tempting because of its broad range of talents and features. Many buyers, however, find an XLT with the SuperCrew cab and 2.7-liter V6 hits a sweet spot. For buyers with a big budget, the Limited offers a genuine luxury car experience in a full-size truck package, making for the best of both worlds. Find a Ford F-150 for sale
Choosing a 2019 Ford F-150 is not straightforward. A multitude of configurations involve the Regular Cab, SuperCab (extended) and SuperCrew (what everyone else calls a crew cab) -- bed lengths measure 5.5, 6.5 or 8 feet (the two longer beds come with the two smaller, cabs and the SuperCrew is eligible for the shortest bed). Then there are engines, trim levels and options bundles. Trims are XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Raptor, Platinum and Limited. Available on all grades (standard on Raptor) is 4-wheel drive. It's $3,645 extra for XL and $3,425 on other trim levels. All prices include factory delivery.
XL models ($29,750) are bare-bones work trucks. Standard equipment includes an AM/FM stereo with a clock (but no CD player or USB port), a 2.3-in screen in the center stack for audio controls, air conditioning, trailer sway control, a capless fuel filler, trailer connection wiring, side curtain airbags, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, pre-collision assist with emergency braking, automatic highbeams, front bench seat, 17-in steel wheels and little else. Not even power windows.
AWD versions of the XL are eligible for the FX4 Off-Road package (an electronic-locking rear axle, an off-road tuned specialist suspension, skid plates and hill-descent control). Other options include a tailgate-assist step, side steps, a power-lock tailgate, power outboard mirrors, power windows, power door locks, cruise control, SYNC 3, drop-in or spray-in bedliners and trailer tow packages with the Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature (basically a self-steering function for reversing up to a trailer).
The XLT ($35,755) adds power windows and locks (including the tailgate), power mirrors, a cargo management system (with four tie-down cleats), fog lights, remote keyless entry, MyKey, cruise control, SYNC 3 infotainment system, FordPass Connect with Wi-Fi hot spot, a USB port, a CD player, 17-in alloy wheels, some exterior chrome work, carpeting and a few more cabin stowage areas.
The Lariat ($43,295) brings leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front seats, power-adjustable pedals with memory, BoxLink, LED box lighting, power-folding outboard mirrors, heated/ventilated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, power rear sliding window, keyless access/push-button start, an 8-in touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, satellite radio, a rearview camera, a 10-way power driver's seat, LED bed lighting and 18-in alloy wheels.
The western-themed King Ranch ($53,985) comes only with the SuperCrew cab, containing a remote starter, remote tailgate release, heated rear seats, LED headlights/taillights, an 110-volt power point, a heated steering wheel, reverse parking sensors, a navigation system, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system.
The Platinum ($56,515, SuperCrew only) is more conventionally luxurious. It includes wood interior accents, a heated steering wheel, parallel-parking assistance, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, leather seating, rear safety belts that inflate in the event of an accident, power running boards, 20-in alloy wheels and a series of exterior upgrades.
The Raptor ($57,435) is available in SuperCab and SuperCrew forms, either of which comes exclusively with the 5.5-foot bed. It has a specialized suspension with longer travel and increased ride height (compared to a regular AWD F-150), massive 35-inch all-terrain tires, a locking rear differential, various off-road drive modes and steering settings, a Torsen (torque-sensing) front differential, a Terrain Management System, skid plates, running boards, tow hooks, LED grille lights, the most powerful turbo V6 and 17-in alloy wheels.
The Limited ($68,730, SuperCrew only) has 22-in alloy wheels and is loaded with virtually all that's optional in the lower levels except Raptor's performance/off-road features. The 2019 F-150 Limited comes with the ‘High Output’ version of the truck’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, high-grade massaging leather seats, and dual rear exhausts.
There's a lot of equipment available. Major upgrades include a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, massaging seats and a segment-exclusive panoramic sunroof. Some standard equipment in the higher trims may be optioned for the lower levels. For example, XL models can be upgraded with most of the XLT's features.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 -- The usual rival to the F-150. Favors big V8 engines for higher trims.
2019 Ram 1500 -- Refined and capable. Rear coil springs provide a comfortable ride. Options include air suspension and a diesel engine.
2019 Nissan Titan/Titan XD -- The XD version straddles the ground between a half-ton truck and a three-quarter-ton truck. A superb machine, highly capable and with an excellent Cummins diesel engine. The regular Titan is also well worth a look.