Just When You Think the F-Series Can’t ‘Go Further’
When exploring Ford Trucks for sale, the simplicity of choice speaks volumes. Ford’s F-Series sits among the most consistent performing vehicles in the stable of any manufacturer. Celebrating its 80th anniversary next year, the line certainly has longevity on its side to inflate the statistics in its favor, but there are countless reasons to support its long life.
Now, don’t mistake the longevity of the F-Series for “sitting idle.” Perpetually evolving (and now in its 13th generation) the F-Series shows no signs of slowing down. With 2018 promising improved mileage for base models (with the 3.3-liter V6) and the introduction of the 3.0-liter V6 ‘Power Stroke’ Diesel, Ford clearly has its eye on the future.
Worthy of Recognition
In fact, the most recent model year had garnered Ford an array of accolades worthy of its legacy:
- F-150 – Pickup Truck Best Buy (Kelley Blue Book)
- F-150 – Best Full-Size Pickup (Car and Driver)
- F-150 – Best Full-Size Truck (U.S. News)
- F-150 – Best Truck Brand (U.S. News)
- F-150 – Best Truck of the Year (Autobytel)
- F-150 – Most Wanted Large Truck (Edmunds)
- SuperDuty – Truck of the Year (MotorTrend)
- SuperDuty – Best Overall Truck Brand (Kelley Blue Book)
- SuperDuty – Best 3/4 Ton Work Truck (PickupTrucks.com)
There really is no surprise considering the trademark blend of performance and styling. While you may (rightfully) expect the highest tow and payload ratings, these beasts are not part of your grandfather’s F-Series. Infused within the durable construction and on-brand body design are all the modern amenities expected by today’s drivers. Conveying Ford’s forward-thinking approach, today’s F-Series is a testament to evolution…both of truck and driver.
From the base model XL to the Limited trim level, the F-150 line covers all the bases. And with an average fuel-economy of 23 mpg (highway, 17 city) each truck within the line remains accessible to those with a penchant for sustainability.
Priced to start at $27,110, the XL is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 delivering 282 horsepower and 253 lbs-ft of torque. The option of 2.7 -or- 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost, or a 5.0-liter V8 can deliver as much as 385 horsepower and 387 lbs-ft of torque, covering the full gamut of expectations. Stepping up to the XLT trim ($32,480 MSRP) helps to accommodate passenger loads, with further enhanced amenities available in the Lariat ($40,865), Platinum ($53,635), and Limited ($60,200) trims.
The stand-outs among the F-150 line?
Well, it’s hard not to get pumped-up by every inch of the off-road performance Raptor. From the bold confidence of the blaring Ford emblem that adorns the grille, the Raptor immediately stands apart as the black sheep of the family. It’s the truck designed by someone who has no desire to color inside of the lines, and it’s a testament to Ford’s ingenuity that it’s theirs. At $50,560 MSRP to start, it’s a sweet piece of well-performing eye candy, deserving of both the price tag and the bragging rights.
The King Ranch may not have the same aesthetic swagger as the Raptor, but the standard 5.0-liter V8 provides a whole heap of consolation. Priced comparably ($51,080 to start), the King Ranch is the true sweet-spot within the F-150 line.
Where to start? For the benefit of laymen, the aptly-named Super Duty line is the consolidation of heavier-duty F-Series trucks (F-250, F-350, and F-450). Within their own marketing for the Super Duty line, Ford states, “We warn you. It’s going to be a tough choice,” and they aren’t lying. Priced from $32,535 – $77,325, there is no shortage of performance-driven options, tailored to whatever jobs you may need to get done.
The line represents a ground-up overhaul, featuring high-strength steel reinforcement to manage heavier payloads, offset by new dent-resistant paneling, which (amazingly) helps to reduce the overall weight. All F-250 and F-350 trims are powered by a 6.2L V8 engine, which delivers 385 horsepower and 430 lbs-ft of torque. With the option of the 6.7L PowerStroke V8 Diesel (standard in all F-450 models), you can expect a staggering 440 horsepower and 925 lbs-ft of torque. Paired with six-speed automatic transmissions, regardless of engine choice, these rear-wheel beasts can all be upgraded to 4WD, as needed.
The overhaul also resulted in a more open cabin design, creating a roomier and more comfortable ride. Throw in the host of available technology, and every Ford Super Duty has the possibility of doubling as a surprisingly luxurious ride. Available within various trim levels, the features include (with the Lariat trim) a Sony 10-speaker system with USB ports, 8-inch touchscreen, and two (110-volt) household power outlets. The Ranch and Platinum trims include additional amenities, such as leather upholstery, stylized alloy wheels, LED lighting, and remote tailgate release. That said, Ford offers a number of packages and options for a la carte customization that include some of these features.
Additional options for customization are tailored to support towing. Adaptive brake support, hitch packages, and 7-Camera Trailer Monitoring are among those available on any Super Duty truck. Heavy-duty Trailer Tow Packages are also available for any Super Duty Diesel.
Stand-outs? Take your pick.
Find Ford Trucks For Sale Here at DePaula Ford
We have hundreds of F-Series trucks in inventory. Whether you’re looking to buy this most recent model year brand new, or are interested in a Pre-Owned (or Certified Pre-Owned) truck we can help you.
Take some time to explore our inventory at depaulaford.com, and find extensive profiles prepared for every vehicle on our lot. From photo galleries to a breakdown of manufacturer specs, vehicle features to CarFax history reports, you have everything you need to find the perfect F-Series truck to help you ‘Go Further.’