Ford F-150: Long History with Equally Long List of Models and Features
The 2017 Ford trucks lineup includes the F-150, F-150 Raptor and F-150 SuperDuty. Buyers will see the 2017 Ford truck’s differences over the 2016 model lineup in regards to engine choices and available standard and optional features that are offered.
Ford’s F-150 has been a mainstay in the car manufacturer’s vehicle lineup since it was first introduced in 1948. It’s one of the car manufacturer’s most famous and recognized vehicles.
The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling pickup truck in the United States since 1977. It’s been the best-selling vehicle in the United States since 1981. The Ford F-150 pickup truck also breaks sales records in nearby Canada, having been named best-selling vehicle in that country.
The Ford F-150’s long history is equally matched with the available models that are offered by the car manufacturer and the available features and options buyers can outfit the pickup truck.
The 2017 F-150 comes in six different models, including the XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited trim levels. Buyers have four different engine choices to pick:
- 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6
- 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6
- 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6
- 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8
Buyers’ engine choices are limited to which specific model they pick. All four engines are available in the XL and XLT models. The Lariat model can be outfitted with the 2.7-liter, 3.5-liter EcoBoost or 5-liter V8 engines.
Buyers can pick from either the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine or 5-liter V8 engine for the King Ranch and Platinum models. The Limited model only comes with the 5-liter V8 engine.
The Ford F-150 is the only pickup truck in its class that is constructed out of aluminum. Its aluminum body gives it a 700-pound weight reduction over the previous model Ford F-150 it replaced. An aluminum body also means that the pickup truck will never rust, which sometimes happens to vehicles that are constructed using steel.
Ford F-150s can be equipped with a new Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature that automatically guides the pickup truck backwards for the driver when hauling a boat or other watercrafts. It’s the first pickup truck to offer this feature.
Ford F-150 Raptor
More is the running theme for the 2017 Raptor. It has more power, more off-road capabilities and more available space than the previous model that it replaces.
The 2017 Raptor gets its power from a direct fuel injection twin-turbo, intercooled dual overhead cam 24-valve high-output 3.5L EcoBoost engine. This new engine replaces the 6.2-liter V6 engine that powered the previous model Raptor.
Buyers will have no problem taking their 2017 Ford Raptor off road. The pickup truck features a class-exclusive available bead lock-capable wheel system.
The system allows the driver to deflate the pickup truck’s tires for maximum traction while driving off road. The 2017 Ford Raptor features 17-inch tires from Goodrich. The tires were designed specifically for the pickup truck.
If buyers need more space, then they can opt for the Raptor Super Crew model. This model offers more room than the standard model and easier access to the pickup truck’s cabin with four doors.
Ford F-150 Super Duty
The 2017 Super Duty is for the truck buyer who works hard and wants a pickup truck to work equally as hard. The 2017 Ford F-150 SuperDuty comes in 14 different trim level models, including:
- F-250—XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum
- F-350—XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum
- F-450—XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum
The 2017 Super Duty gets its power from either the base 6.2-liter V8 engine or the 6.7-liter V8 engines. The 6.7-liter accolades include:
- Best in the pickup truck category with 440-horsepower output
- Best in the pickup truck category with 860-pound feet of standard torque
- Best fuel economy over other pickup trucks in its category
The Ford F-150 is the only pickup truck that has received a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The SuperCab and SuperCrew models have an available Forward Collision Warning System.
Pricing varies depending on which trim level model of the Ford F-150 the buyer picks.
The basic Ford F-150 starts at $26,430. The basic F-150 SuperDuty starts at $32,385. Pricing for the F-150 Raptor has not yet been released. However, expect it to start at around $50,000 for this high-performance, off-road model.