The Ford F-150 is full-size pickup truck known for strength, durability, power, and dependability. The F-Series is famous for being the best-selling vehicle line in the United States for 17 years and was the best-selling Pickup for 37 years.
2015 - 2016
8th Gen F-150
A new redesign has been announced for the 2015 model year including twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), seating for six, a 360° camera system for safety while backing up and attaching loads. This promises to deliver more towing and hauling capability than ever before by cutting nearly 60 pounds from the F-150's chassis with a switch to aluminum in the body.
2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014
7th Gen F-150
The seventh generation has a marked masculine style and updated interiors with new features such as the Sync voice-command system, a navigation system, and a full complement of airbags which come standard. This has increased safety for both driver and passengers and improved the technological value of the vehicle as a whole, making it generally more user-friendly.
The latest editions are all six-speed automatic transmission and come in several different power levels. The 3.7-liter V6 with 302 horsepower is the base engine, a 5.0-liter V8 with 360-hp, a twin-turbo ("Eco-boost") V6 with 365-hp, and a 6.2-liter V8 with 411-hp are the other options depending on trim level. This means that whatever you plan on using the F-150 for, there is an engine with the power necessary to achieve your goals.
Concerning safety, the current generation consistently receives 4 out of 5 stars on Government crash tests, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IHSS) has repeatedly awarded the top rating of "Good" in its frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength tests.
2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008
6th Gen F-150
Multiple trim levels and body styles were available beginning in the 2004 model year. The XL version is the basic truck, while the STX offers several additional features, and the XLT provides the best value for the buyer's dollar. Additional trim levels include the off-road-oriented FX4, the sporty FX2 (introduced in 2007), the luxurious Lariat, the even plusher Lariat Limited (for 2008) and the King Ranch and Harley-Davidson special editions.
Almost all variants have a four-speed automatic transmission from 2004-'08, however, the V6 comes with a five-speed manual standard. All F-150 trim levels and body styles can be configured as either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, however, the FX4 comes with four-wheel drive standard.
With this generation the F-150 was considered bigger, more powerful and it offered a greater variety of features and body styles.
1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003
5th Gen F-150
Ford decided to go with a very different look in 1997 the F-150 now featured a smoother exterior styling with a "jellybean-like" shape in sharp contrast to the previous angular chiseled box shape of previous editions. Concerning the interior, this generation is widely considered the Best-in-class for interior styling.
The new engines for 2002 are a 4.2-liter V6 with 202 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque, a 4.6-liter V8 with 231 HP and 293 lb-ft, and a 5.4-liter V8 with 260 HP and a stout 350 lb-ft.
Ford's attention to the needs of various customer ensures that there are three cab options; Regular cab, SuperCab (extended cab with 4-doors and a comfort-enhancing flip-up 40/60 rear seat) and SuperCrew (a crew cab introduced for 2001 with full-size doors and a larger rear-passenger compartment) body styles. In regular and SuperCab standard or Flareside is available, SuperCrew is standard bed only. However, whichever cab is chosen the F-150 boasts a max trailer weight of 8,800lbs. Drivers with passengers on a job, and drivers who use their work vehicle as their primary vehicle will probably wish to invest in the SuperCab or SuperCrew option as it affords more internal space which means more comfort.
A detail collectors will wish to note is that the F-Series 50th anniversary was celebrated in 1998 and trucks from this year should hopefully still have a decal advertising that fact affixed to the lower left corner of the windshield advertising this fact.
1992 - 1993 - 1994 - 1995 - 1996
4th Gen F-150
In 1992 the F-Series was brought stylistically in line with the Ranger and Explorer models further increasing the aerodynamics of the body. Additionally, the twin side-windows for the rear seat were replaced by a single window. Also, the FlareSide bed returned after a four year hiatus which began in 1987, this bed option remained popular through the 1996 model year. This generation was closer to the rear bodywork style of the dual rear-wheel F-350 and featured a revised tailgate.
In 1993 the XL trim became the new base model. And in 1994 Safety upgrades were the focus with a driver's side airbag, side door beams and a high, center-mounted third brake light for increased visibility especially at night. This year implemented a CFC-Free air conditioning system in response to increased environmental concerns about the ozone.
1987 - 1988 - 1989 - 1990 - 1991
3rd Gen F-150
By 1987 the F-Series had been the best selling Vehicle in America for 9 years. This year featured a redesign with many improvements to ease maintenance including a new front end flush headlights, which required only the bulb, not the whole headlight to be replaced, and an easy-access fuse box and simplified belt replacement for the alternator, power steering pump and A/C compressor. Also, a revised instrument panel with more legible gauges and a bigger glove box for increased storage and driver satisfaction.
The 4.9-liter inline six engine was upgraded with fuel injection resulting in a 20% increase in output for 150 horsepower. The 7.5 liter V8 also benefited from fuel injection upgrades which replaced carbureted engines.
As of 1988 horsepower for the various engines was 4.9-liter inline six with 150, the 5.0-liter V8 with 185, the 5.8-liter V8 with 210, the 7.5-liter V8 with 230 and the new 7.3-liter (up from 6.9 liters) diesel V8 with 180. Finally, four-speed manual gearboxes were replaced with five-speed units, so across the board the F-150 was a more powerful, reliable vehicle.
1980 - 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986
2nd Gen F-150
The F-100 line was discontinued in 1983 as the F-150 had proven so popular it superseded the market demand for the older model and became the new base truck starting in the 1984 model year.
The 1980 redesign took a step towards increased aerodynamic features. To this end the hood face slanted rearward, a cleaner looking grille was introduced, and the body sides were chiseled down into a flatter accent groove. The SuperCab's quarter windows were split into a twin window effect. As a bonus of this revamped interior there was 10% increased legroom. The 1982 model is notable for having the "FORD" letters on the hood replaced by the blue oval Ford symbol in the grille center.
The 1986 F-150 was the last model to include a 3-speed manual gearbox with a steering column lever (3-on-the-tree); making it the final vehicle in the US which offered that option.
1975 - 1976 - 1977 - 1978 - 1979
1st Gen F-150
Although Ford's F-Series of trucks has a history that stretches all the way back to 1948, the first truck to bear the F-150 name was first released in 1975.
A half-ton pick-up, the Ford F-150 was introduced to bridge the gap fittingly between the F-100 and F-250 models. The original offering combined the best qualities of both models and also was better for the environment due to better emission controls. In the debut year fully 1/3rd of the F-Series sales were due to the new F-150.