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2019 Ford F-150 Test Drive Review: The Champion For A Reason

by Gabe Beita Kiser

There's not much to say about the Ford F-150 that the mention of a few key facts cannot convey. That includes the F-150's status as not only the best-selling truck in America for decades but the best selling vehicle in all of the United States for 40 years, the 4,147,200 possible combinations in which it can be had, and the way it can make crucial changes to its ingredients without bucking customers from the brand. Whatever it is about the F-150, whether its Ford's mastery of a mass-produced body-on-frame vehicle that it's harnessed since the Model T or its reputation as simply one of the best trucks around, it's been a smash-hit pretty much since the F-Series variant was unveiled in 1975.

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2019 Ford F-150 Changes: What’s the difference vs 2018 F-150?

The 2019 Ford F-150, based on the 13th generation released in 2015 received a mid-cycle refresh in 2018, and Ford has refined the 2019 model even further with added engine choices, safety tech, and features. Some of the most notable changes include the addition of a new 3.0-liter diesel-powered V6 to certain trims - Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum - and the Limited trimmed F-150 is now available with the high-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. A generous 36-gallon fuel tank is now standard on the Limited trim. Forward collision warning with emergency braking is now standard across the range. The XLT trim will now include FordPass Connect and Sync 3 as well as new exterior colors for the XLT Sport Appearance Package which include Agate Black, Abyss Gray, and Silver Spruce.

Pros and Cons

  • Huge selection of engines
  • High tech features
  • Spacious interior and comfortable seats
  • Good infotainment system
  • All-round capability
  • Ten-speed auto can be sluggish
  • Interior not as upmarket as some competitors
  • Exterior looks a bit dull
  • Road noise a bit high

F-150 Exterior

With a considerable range of exterior options on offer, you'll be able to tailor your F-150 to suit your exact wants and needs, for a price of course. The base trim XL is only available with black front and rear bumpers while the XLT and Lariat get chrome trimmings. The King Ranch, Platinum and Limited get color-coded bumpers. The XL through to the Lariat make do with Halogen headlamps, with Quad Beam LED headlamps and LED taillamps featuring on the King Ranch and above. Standard across the range is a cargo lamp with center high-mounted stop lamp as well as daytime running lamps. The XLT and Lariat have halogen fog lamps as standard and the King Ranch and higher models gain LED units. The F-150 rolls on a wide selection of wheels, starting with the XL's 17-inch silver steen units, and growing in size from 18 to 22-inches. The F-150's Grille, sidesteps, bed, exterior lighting, and running boards can all be customized via trim level specifications and optional extras. Three cab styles are available, including regular, SuperCab (extended), and SuperCrew (crew cab), while three bed lengths are available in varying combinations with the cab styles.

2019 Ford F-150 Front Angle View
2019 Ford F-150 Side View
2019 Ford F-150 Rear Angle View
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Dimensions

The F-150 in its most compact, regular cab format measures 209.3-inches in length, riding on a 122.4-inch wheelbase and has a height of 75.5-inches. With the standard window mirrors in their normal position, the F-150 is 96.8-inches wide. The longest F-150 is the 8.0-ft, styleside bed equipped Supercab that measures 250.5-inches, it also has the longest wheelbase at 163.7- inches. The tallest F-150 stands 78.5-inches from the ground. The F-150 in regular cab format has the best off-road dimensions, with approach/departure/breakover angles of 24.8/34.6/22.1 degrees, and also has the best ground clearance at 8.7-inches. Curb weight will vary greatly according to body style, bed length, engine choice, and additional options. The lightest F-150 measures the scales at 4,069 lbs, and the heaviest model weighs a hefty 5,320 lbs.

Exterior Colors

The 2019 Ford F-150 is available in 14 different colors, of which certain hues are trim specific. The XLT Sport will get three new color options for 2019 as part of the Appearance Package; Agate Black, Abyss Gray, and Silver Spruce, while colors available across the range include Oxford White, Ingot Silver, Velocity Blue, MagmaRed, and Blue Jeans. Stone Gray requires the chrome package on the King Ranch, while Race Red requires the chrome package on the Lariat and Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat will cost you extra.

  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat
  • Oxford White
  • Agate Black Metallic
  • Magma Red Metallic
  • Stone Gray Metallic
  • Blue Jeans Metallic
  • Silver Spruce Metallic
  • Ingot Silver Metallic
  • Magnetic Metallic
  • Race Red
  • Abyss Gray Metallic
  • Velocity Blue Metallic
  • Royal Blue

F-150 Performance

Performance from the F150 will vary greatly thanks to a range of six engines, now including a new turbo diesel unit on certain trims. All powertrain options will run through Ford's ten-speed auto, except for the XL base model that is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 running through a six-speed auto. The top performer for the 2019 lineup is without a doubt the 450hp, 510 lb-ft 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 which now comes as standard on the F-150 Limited, and is an engine option on the entire F-150 range. That same engine makes the Supercab 4x2 capable of towing 13,200 lbs, while it's also able to get the F-150 up to speed quickly, as it's the same engine as found in the Baja-blasting F-150 Raptor, reviewed separately. The F-150 performs well with any engine choice, depending on the task at hand.

2019 Ford F-150 Engine
2019 Ford F-150 Gauge Cluster
2019 Ford F-150 Exhaust

Engine and Transmission

Ford's range of engines starts off with the XL's 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 that produces 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic gearbox, but the electronic ten-speed transmission with Tow/Haul, Snow/Wet, EcoSelect, and Sport Modes is available as an optional extra. Also available is the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 (325 hp, 400 lb-ft), the 3.5L V6 EcoBoost - in either 375 hp, 470 lb-ft or 450 hp, 510 lb-ft states of tune, and the 5.0L V8 Engine outputting 395 hp and 400 lb-ft. For 2019 Ford has introduced its first Powerstroke turbo diesel V6 for the F-150 range. The diesel produces 250 hp and 440 lb-ft. All models come with optional 4x4, as well as an axle upgrade and Electronic-Locking Rear Differential. Hill Descent Control and a Trailer Brake Controller are optional on certain models.

One thing Ford has taken notice of recently is that consumers are willing to shell out more money for more luxurious trucks. It's why the 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 packing 450 hp, 510 lb-ft, a tune that was previously only available on the Baja-racing F-150 Raptor, made it to our F-150 Limited-trimmed test truck. It's here that Ford's powertrain mastery becomes apparent. That's because, despite its two turbochargers, the engine pulls off the magic trick of having zero lag. A quick-acting 10-speed automatic and those glorious horsepower and torque figures meant that our F-150 Limited got off the line and hit 60 mph from a standstill in an astonishing 5.1 seconds. And the power is only part of the appeal. The rest of the package is filled out by Ford's fantastical powertrain tuning that makes it easy to milk passing power and towing performance or comfort out of the drivetrain with ease.

  • Engines
    2.7-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas, 3.3-liter V6 Gas, 3.5-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas, 5.0-liter V8 Gas
  • Transmissions
    10-Speed Automatic, 6-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

And because Ford offers the F-150 in such a large variety of configurations, the aluminum-bodied truck handles differently depending on how it's optioned. The 3.0-liter Duramax Diesel, for example, exhibits exemplary truck handling behavior, remaining as stable as a body-on-frame vehicle should and being highly controllable, ensuring that confidence on the freeways is high. The F-150 Limited, on the other hand, feels like a long-wheelbase sedan on the road rather than a truck. With large wheels and a suspension system that's both comfortable yet not so pliable that it encourages vast amounts of body roll, the drive is more dynamic and connected in the corners. The Limited's center of gravity feels lower, too, but the aforementioned wheels and the buttoned-down suspension also transmit more bumps and road imperfections into the cabin. The steering also feels lighter, helping the Limited better make its way around parking lots and tighter city roads, but not being too loose as to make keeping the rig steady on the freeway a chore.

The F-150 Limited, essentially, comes off as a pickup that's geared towards luxury buyers who want a capable truck but will spend most if not all of their time on surface streets. But being an F-150, capability can be added one way or another.

F-150 Gas Mileage

The big choice of combinations will affect gas mileage estimates and depends on engine, drivetrain, body style and trim specification. The 3.0L Power Stroke V6 is the most fuel-efficient engine in the range, and depending on the trim level, will deliver city/highway/combined estimates of 20/25/22 mpg for the 4x4 and 22/30/25 mpg for the more efficient 4x2 drivetrain. The High Output 3.5L EcoBoost V6 in 4x4 guise is the thirstiest and returns 15/18/16 mpg. Regular Cab and SuperCab models have a 23-gallon gas tank as standard, and the Supercrew comes with a 26-gallon tank. An optional long-range tank increases capacity to 36-gallons across the range.

Thanks to how much fun the F-150 Limited's power is, its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 only managed a 15.3 mpg average after 155 miles of driving, falling short of its EPA ratings. To its credit, the stop-start system worked wonderfully.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    23.0 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 20/25 mpg
* 2019 Ford F-150 XL 2WD Regular Cab 6.5' Box

F-150 Interior

The interior of the 2019 Ford F-150 imitates its exterior; square lines and a sense of simplicity greet the eye, and the F-150 doesn't try to hide the fact that it's still a truck that is built to work. The layout of the interior feels chunky and functional, from the humble XL base model right through to the Platinum and Limited models. The way Ford has managed to keep the interior looking so similar across the range, yet improve upon it with each higher trim level is impressive. The F-150, however, fails to top the class in terms of outright interior quality and luxury. From the XL's black vinyl floor covering to the Limited's Bucket Seats with Unique Multi-Contour Leather, the F-150 manages to strike a good balance between outright utility and premium luxury.

2019 Ford F-150 Steering Wheel
2019 Ford F-150 Sunroof
2019 Ford F-150 Rear Passenger Seats
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Seating and Interior Space

Ford continues to impress with the F-150's roomy interior, which comes only second to the new Silverado's while ranking ahead of the Ram's. Lots of natural light thanks to large windows and an overhead panoramic sunroof helps make the Limited's interior feel large, and the adjustable motorized pedals and tilting/telescoping steering wheel make finding a sweet spot easy, but comfort is furthered along by 43.9 inches of legroom up front and 43.6 inches of rear-seat legroom. Headroom is also vast, with 40.8 inches up front and 40.4 inches at the rear ensuring that even when all five seats are filled, the F-150 is still a truck you want to be inside.

  • Seating capacity
    3-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

The one disappointing area of the F-150 Limited, however, is the fit, finish, and quality of its interior materials, which is not good considering that the Limited is the truck that's supposed to reign supreme in this area. While the leather surfaces, real wood and metal accents, and stitching all make the F-150 Limited look upscale, sitting inside the cabin will reveal that the feel is a little short of the look thanks to how some of the trim pieces feel brittle and tacky rather than premium. It's apparent that these pieces were added after the truck was designed in order to keep the F-150 competitive rather than planned for, so it ends up feeling like a rebadging job that's not quite worth the money Ford charges for it. And the squeaking plastic center console, of course, didn't help the truck's case.

F-150 Trunk and Cargo Space

Three load bed lengths are available for the F-150, the shortest length being 5.5-ft. The load bed then grows to either 6.5 or eight feet, depending on body style. The inside length (at floor level) measures at 67.1-inches for the 5.5-foot bed, 78.9 for the 6.5 and 97.6-inches for the eight-footer. The width between the wheel wells is a standard 50.6-inches across the range, as is the inside height, which is 21.4. The all-important cargo box volumes are ; 52.8/ 62.3/ 77.4 cubic feet for the 5.5ft, 6.5ft, and 8ft respectively.

Maximum payload is rated at 3,270 lbs in the 4x2 5.0L Ti-VCT V8, and the 4x4 equipped 2.7L EcoBoost V6 will carry the least (1,520 lbs). Maximum towing capacity is 13,200 lbs. That number is achieved by the 2x4 Supercab mated to a High Output 3.5L EcoBoost V6. The lowest rated payload is 5,000 lbs when paired with the 4x4 3.3L Ti-VCT V6.

The F-150 further improves on its cargo utility by adding features such as storable loading ramps and moveable tie-downs, while inside, under-seat storage and a range of in-cabin storage options add versatility.

2019 Ford F-150 Trunk Space
2019 Ford F-150 Trunk Space
2019 Ford F-150 Rear Passenger Seats

F-150 Infotainment and Features

Features

The 2019 Ford F-150 gets a truckload of features depending on the trim level. Features such as Daytime Running Lamps and air conditioning come as standard across the range, Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control coming as standard on the Lariat and higher models. Similarly, Automatic High Beams and cruise control become standard fare in the Lariat and up. The top of the range Limited gets Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start and the highest spec infotainment system, as well as a Tire Pressure Monitoring System and a Rear View Camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist. The F-150 features some impressive drive assistance features, including adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistant, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and trailer sway control among others.

Infotainment

While the 8-inch touchscreen may be small compared to the Ram's 12-inch unit (though equal to the Silverado's), Ford's SYNC3 infotainment system continues to rank among the best. The software is quick to respond to presses and feels intuitive and simple, though some options are buried within menus and take time as well as attention to alter. Its inbuilt navigation system is much easier to use than most, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are present in case drivers want to use their map app of choice. And thanks to our Limited's Bang and Olufsen sound system, music and podcasts came through crisply whether played through CarPlay or Bluetooth audio. The system is seamless enough that our only complaints center around how the Ram's 12-inch unit has set a new benchmark to pass. A larger screen and updated user interface would help Ford do just that.

F-150 Problems and Reliability

Ford has issued one recall for the current F-150, due to a failing block heater connector that may cause a fire - the recall began May 31, 2019. J.D Power has awarded the Ford brand a score of nine out of ten for its 2018 quality index. Ford backs their F-150 pickups with a Bumper to Bumper warranty of three years/ 36,000 miles, and a powertrain warranty of five years or 60,000 miles.

F-150 Safety

The 2019 Ford F-150 performed well in IIHS road safety testing, scoring best available scores of Good in most categories, and even achieving a Superior rating for front crash prevention, but scored poorly for the headlights results. The NHTSA gave the F-150 a safety rating of five stars overall.

Key Safety Features

Just because it's big doesn't mean Ford can skip on important safety features. In fact, they've gone the extra mile to make sure that the 2019 F-150 is the safest range of trucks they've designed. You'll find some clever safety tech in the 2019 F-150...

Ford's blind spot information system helps ease your lane-changes, especially when you're towing something sizeable, while lane-keep assist, reverse park sensors, and trailer back up assist are also all included. A rearview camera is standard on all, but higher trims like the Platinum receive a 360-degree camera, as well as adaptive cruise control and available hill descent control. Pre-collision safety is taken care of via Ford's Co-Pilot360 technology. It scans the road ahead, and when a potential collision is detected, you'll get a visual warning as well as an audible alert. If a collision is imminent, the system will brake for you. Six airbags are standard throughout, including dual front, front side, and side curtain airbags.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Ford F-150 a good truck?

The Ford F-150 is not just a good car (or truck), it's a fantastic one. Though Chevrolet, GMC, and Ram all have newer entrants in the segment, the F-150 remains far ahead of its General Motors counterparts despite the 13th generation's somewhat apparent age. Dynamically and visually, it outperforms the Silverado while also feeling more upscale. The Ram gives the F-150 serious competition, especially in the handling department, and it's more upscale Limited model is the luxury truck to seek out over the Limited F-150. But the F-150 Limited is still the superior luxury truck when compared with the GMC Sierra Denali and the 3.0-liter diesel F-150 we drove is by far one of the most satisfying drives we've had behind the wheel of a rig.

What's the Price of the 2019 Ford F-150?

The 2019 Ford F-150 offers a vehicle at every competitive price point, starting with the base XL which retails for an MSRP of $28,155 in Regular Cab spec. Regular Cab prices are the lowest across the entire range: the XLT starts at $34,160 and climbs to $41,700 for the higher spec Lariat. The King Ranch is the first model to reach the $50k mark and is priced at $52,390. The Platinum is slightly dearer at $54,920 and the range-topping Limited F-150 will cost you $67,135. Expect to pay around $3,000 extra to move the XL and XLT up to a SuperCab, and another $3,000 for SuperCrew status.

2019 Ford F-150 Models

The Ford F-150 range comprises six models with a long list of configurations. The basic models are XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited.

The XL forms the base of the range and can be had in Regular, Super or SuperCrew Cab format, as well as in 2x4 or 4x4 (all models get the choice of 2x4 or 4x4). Key features include an AM/FM radio system, 17-inch wheels, pre-wired trailer connections, air conditioning, and a rearview camera.

The XLT has the same choice of cab style and drivetrain options and comes with the same features as the XL, but adds some key features such as Ford's eight-inch Sync3 touchscreen infotainment system and Ford Pass Connect, as well as Chrome Front and Rear Bumpers.

The mid-range Lariat offers all the features found on the XLT and adds some key features such as SYNC3 + Ford Pass Connect, intelligent access with push-button start, power adjustable pedals, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated, leather-trimmed Seats. The Lariat can only be had in SuperCab and SuperCrew spec.

Moving up to the King Ranch will see the option of a SuperCab dropping from the options list; only the SuperCrew design will be available. This goes for the Platinum and Limited trim as well. The King Ranch retains the Lariat's features and gains some key benefits in the form of a 5.0L V8 with Flex Fuel Capability, Two-Tone Paint with Stone Gray Lower Accent-Color and a Bang & Olufsen Sound System.

The Platinum F-150 features the following key differences from the King Ranch: unique genuine wood interior trim accents, 20-inch wheels, power-deployable running boards, and a voice-activated navigation system.

Top of the range Unlimited models add a high-output 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine, long-range fuel tank, 22-inch wheels, upgraded leather upholstery, unique styling details, and a twin panel sunroof to the features list.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
XL
2.7-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
3.3-liter V6 Gas
5.0-liter V8 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$28,155
XLT
2.7-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
3.3-liter V6 Gas
5.0-liter V8 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$34,160
Lariat
2.7-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
5.0-liter V8 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$42,200
King Ranch
5.0-liter V8 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$52,390
Platinum
5.0-liter V8 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$54,920
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Additional Packages

The Ford F-150 has a truckload of optional packages on offer for each model, adding even further customizability to the range. Some of the highlights for each model:

The base model XL's STX Appearance Package adds some exterior flair for $1,995 or for an extra $905 you can get the FX4 Off-Road package that adds a 4x4 "FX4 Off-Road" body side decal, Hill Descent Control, Off-road tuned front shock absorbers and more.

For a hefty $7,050, the 502A package adds a massive array of exterior and tech features, including a Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert and Trailer Tow Monitoring, remote start with remote tailgate release, reverse park sensors, LED side-mirror spotlights, an auto-dimming driver's side mirror, High-Intensity LED Security Approach Lamps, leather-trimmed bucket seats with heated and ventilated ten-way power driver/passenger seats with power lumbar, memory driver's seat, and a lot more.

The Max Trailer Tow Package is perfect for those who want to haul big loads, and for $1,295, you get a 3.55 Electronic-locking rear-axle, four-pin/seven-pin wiring harness, 36-gallon fuel tank, an auxiliary transmission oil cooler and engine oil cooler, class IV trailer hitch receiver, Pro Trailer Backup Assist, Integrated Trailer Brake Controller an upgraded front stabilizer bar and an upgraded rear bumper. This package requires the 3.5L EcoBoost engine.

What Ford F-150 Model Should I Buy?

Recommending one particular F-150 is not really possible because so much depends on what a user's needs are. However, if looking for an upscale truck with all the latest technology, a luxurious, comfortable, yet capable ride, and a powertrain made of dreams, the 3.0-liter Duramax-equipped F-150 is the place to go. While the F-150 Limited certainly has the exterior looks, toys, and interior materials (though not fit and finish) to play the luxury truck part, it feels out of place, like Clint Eastwood trying to play James Bond. Something about it just feels like it's not quite finished being developed. That will probably change when Ford debuts a newly-refreshed F-150 in 2020 or 2021, but for now, it's best to stick with the F-150 that the Blue Oval knows how to make best.

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2019 Ford F-150 vs Ram 1500

The F-150 and Ram 1500 aren't good selling trucks, they're the best selling trucks, and are actually some of the best selling vehicles in America, period. The hard-fought contest for best pickup has been raging for decades, and for 2019, both Ford and Dodge have delivered the goods. One thing the Dodge offers more of is trim levels. At ten trim models, the Dodge Ram offers almost twice the amount of options as Ford's six, but the F-150 does come with a boatload of optional packages. Top level engines are quite different: The Ford's Ecoboost V6 offers big power, but the Dodge's big diesel brings back better gas mileage. The Ram beats the F-150 in terms of interior tech and features, but both have come a long way in terms of interior quality. Base models start off on a relatively equal footing. For most, the choice will come down to brand loyalty.

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2019 Ford F-150 vs Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Silverado falls short when it comes to engine choices, but that will soon change, as Chevy is planning to bring in a few more power plants, including a turbo diesel. The F-150 can't quite match the Silverado for interior options, the latter of which boasts niche tech such as active noise cancellation and power-adjustable pedals. Both start at an MSRP in the mid 30k range, but the Ford manages to beat the Chevy by a few hundred bucks, and the base model Ford XL beats the Silverado The higher spec F-150's make use of a smooth ten-speed auto, while the Silverado shifts through an eight-speed auto. The Ford tends to be slightly more fuel efficient across the range.

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