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2013 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

Car Review: 2013 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

by on January 11, 2013


Full Review by Andy: For Fans and Farmers

On June 4, 2012, in Bruceville, Texas, Ford CEO Alan Mulally ripped the tarp off the new 2013 Ford F-150. Fawning over its new glimmering chrome grille were 100 or so young adults seated in the audience, members of the Future Farmers of America (FFA). Doug Scott, a Ford marketing manager, graciously said in a Ford press release that “farm families have always represented an important F-series truck constituency,” and that “we are delighted to join forces with them to reveal the new F-150 models.”
What is new for 2013? Glamorous new wheel designs, state-of-the-art xenon (HID) headlamps, three fresh colors, and the MyFord Touch infotainment system. After all, what could be more useful to the cattle farmer tossing silage into the bins than a spiffy new LCD touch-screen? Ford also introduced a new Limited model trim, starting at $52,455, which has more technology than a NASA shuttle. Once again, Ford obviously tailored its technologies to suit the small farmer.
Yet why razz on Ford for overindulgences? Ford is merely giving customers what they want, and the truth is that many F-150 customers have never ridden a horse or picked tomatoes. They are suburbanites, and they want a pickup truck that can haul furniture.

Therefore, the base F-150 XL is tailored for commercial labor. The XL SuperCrew is a barebones work truck, equipped with the base 3.7-liter 302-horsepower V6 engine. It is a four-wheeled dolly cart and comes with one of two box lengths: 5.5 or 6.5 feet. Standard features include air-conditioning and a radio. Such features would have been considered Thoreauvian even back in the ‘70s. On the upside, the XL is a rugged and capable worker that can tow 6,300 pounds.

Optional for the XL and standard on the XLT and all other trims is a 5.0-liter 360-horsepower V8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a Tow/Haul mode and available paddle shifters. Depending on the trim, drivetrain, and axle ratio, it can tow between 7,500 and 9,400 pounds. The XLT, which is the F-150’s best-seller, is equipped with full power accessories, fog lamps, cruise control, an upgraded audio system, a dash of chrome, and other traits of modern life.

Next in line are the FX2 (rear-wheel drive) and FX4 (four-wheel drive) trims. Riding on 18-inch wheels, they feature a variety of upgraded interior technologies. The SYNC infotainment system comes standard, which can provide turn-by-turn directions, use voice controls, make phone calls, stream internet radio, and more. Also free of charge are several convenience features such as a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a telescoping steering wheel, and front bucket seats.

Optional on the FX and on all other trims except the XL is a 6.2-liter 411-horsepower V8, charging the F-150 with brutish power and propelling it to 60 mph in just over seven seconds. It is standard on the SVT Raptor, a model reviewed separately. Properly equipped, a truck with the 6.2-liter can tow up to 11,300 pounds, equal to five or six Rosie O’Donnell’s.

The next trim in the lineup is the Lariat. Imbued with the spirit of Texas, the F-150 Lariat comes with thick leather upholstery, wood-grained trim, upgraded interior materials, and a healthy helping of technology. Apparently, Texas went techno, because the F-150 Lariat has power-adjustable pedals, heated eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a power-sliding rear window, dual-zone automatic climate control, and standard MyFord Touch, a quirky and somewhat confusing-to-use system that allows drivers to control interior functions through an eight-inch LCD touch-screen.

Optional on the Lariat trim is Ford’s crème de la crème, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost 365-horsepower V6 engine. Courtesy of twin turbochargers, it matches the 6.2-liter’s maximum towing capacity and achieves significantly better fuel economy. It is also optional on the King Ranch and Platinum trims, which are similarly equipped to the Lariat with the exception of thematic decor and heated/ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, etc. The new Limited trim has the EcoBoost engine standard, comes only with the short box, and has so many features it is more limousine than pickup truck.

In case it has not become clear by now, the Ford F-150 is available in more trims than Baskin Robbins has ice cream. Farmers and fans alike will be able to find the truck to suit their lifestyles.


3.7-liter V6: 302 horsepower @6,500 rpm/278 lb-ft of torque @4,000 rpm
six-speed (shiftable) automatic transmission
17/23 mpg (RWD)
16/21 mpg (4WD)

5.0-liter V8: 360 horsepower @5,500 rpm/380 lb-ft of torque @4,250 rpm
six-speed shiftable automatic transmission
15/21 mpg (RWD)
14/19 mpg (4WD)

3.5-liter turbocharged V6: 365 horsepower @5,000 rpm/420 lb-ft of torque @2,500 rpm
six-speed shiftable automatic transmission
16/22 mpg (RWD)
15/21 mpg (4WD)

6.2-liter V8: 411 horsepower @5,500 rpm/434 lb-ft of torque @4,500 rpm
six-speed shiftable automatic transmission
13/18 mpg (RWD)
12/16 mpg (4WD)

0-60 mph: 7.4 seconds (depending on engine)

Base MSRP: $31,155

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