Innovative list of standard and optional high-tech features
Less comfortable ride than Dodge Ram
More expensive than comparable trucks
Ruling: The new lineup of powertrains for the 2011 Ford F-150 further extend the capabilities of America's number 1 selling truck.
The 2011 Ford F-150 is available in 11 different trims, not including the different cab configurations (regular, extended or crew), bed lengths (5.5 feet, 6.5 feet, or 8 feet), or engine choices (two V6’s and two V8’s).
For 2011 the F-150 gains an edge over the competition with powerful new engines that are also fuel efficient. A base 3.7-liter V6 produces 302-horsepower and a 5.0-liter V8 with 360-horsepower are the two bottom rung engines. Surprisingly positioned above the 5.0-liter V8, Ford is introducing a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with 365 horsepower. F-150s equipped with the twin-turbo mill are capable of towing 11,300 pounds, just as much as the top line 411-horsepower 6.2-liter V8. Off-road oriented SVT Raptor, luxurious Lariat Limited and special Harley-Davidson edition F-150s come standard with the 6.2-liter V8. All models receive a six-speed automatic transmission
Decent fuel efficiency, especially for such a large truck
Ride gets choppy over rough pavement
Shorter bed length limits cargo capacity
The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in America for years. The new engine lineup addresses one of the few weaknesses of the outgoing model, which means this success is more than likely to continue.
Although spending close to $50k on a pickup might seem silly to some, you actually get quite a lot for your money with the F-150 Platinum. From the high output engine to the decked out interior, this is more a high-performance luxury vehicle than a simple large work truck.