Every engine comes paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The locking rear diff is very nice when pulling boat out of the water, or driving through mud. Ford also offers a number of unique and useful perks, among these a flat rear floor, a deployable step that eases access to the cargo bed and Ford's Sync multimedia voice command system. The 2012 Ford F-150 continues to offer a wide range of cab and cargo bed combinations in two- and four-wheel drive. The addition of some cleverly retractable steps ahead of the rear wheels aids in accessing the cargo box from the sides to make tying down a load much easier than its competitors. We also got spoiled with cooled front seats, a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, power-adjustable pedals, a power sunroof and a backup camera.
The heavier Raptor with its off-road-oriented tires stopped in a much longer 143 feet. The navigation system includes an 8-inch screen, also with impressive clarity. This happens when something is overtightened when it is built. . I expected the mileage to be close, maybe less, but was pleasantly surprised. The F-150's tow ratings range from 6,100 pounds with the 3.
Bought it because of the great gas millage they advertise for the 3. In government crash tests, the 2012 Ford F-150 SuperCrew received an overall rating of four stars out of a possible five, with three stars for overall frontal impact protection and five stars for overall side-impact protection. It can be equipped to perform a variety of work- and recreation-related chores, and little details like tailgate steps, trailer sway control, box side steps and the Work Solutions options make life easier for its owner. With the use of small turbos, there is no noticeable lag in power because they spool up to speed very easily. Specific passenger pampering depends on the trim level, but the overall comfort level is high, even when the cargo bed is unloaded. The headlights get an interesting shape thanks to the turn indicator lamps being incorporated.
In Edmunds brake testing, regular F-150 models came to a stop from 60 mph in between 125 and 132 feet. Ford has had the best-selling domestic pick-up truck for a very long time, but their engineers have not rested on their backsides, letting the competition gain on their success. Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options The 2012 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck is available in three body styles: regular cab, extended cab SuperCab and crew cab SuperCrew. Too easy, in fact; your family and friends will keep your number on speed dial. The SuperCab is still fairly roomy, but legroom is noticeably less generous. Design: The F-150 follows the pick-up truck design doctrine; boxy front end, big square cab, followed by a rectangular cargo box. An available electronic locking rear axle replaces most of the limited-slip offerings on the 3.
Very smooth at all speeds. The tough truck theme continues on the inside of the F-150 with a no-nonsense look to the dashboard. Most of the functional features found on the upper trim levels can be added to the lower trims as options. Finally, the Sync system gains expanded capabilities AppLink for smartphones. Photo: Sébastien D'Amour You want choice? Prior years had the seat belt attached to the front seat, which at least kept you from having to undo your seat belt. Other drivetrain upgrades include a new two-speed automatic transfer case for upper trim levels and an electronic locking rear axle that replaces the limited-slip option on many models. The old-fashioned V8s are pretty strong, too.
The King Ranch, Platinum, Harley-Davidson and Lariat Limited are all similar to the Lariat but feature wheels, exterior trim, and interior materials and badging that are unique to a particular theme or interest. A rear-drive F-150 with this engine hit 60 in an impressive 6. We purchased brand new and have had it 8 years now, with only 42k. A 36-gallon fuel tank is standard on all four-wheel-drive F-150s with the turbocharged V6 engine. Great utility for any kind of yard work, furniture moving, etc. Performance: Ford offers a variety of engine packages for the F-150, from a 3. Brake pressure is held in the braking system, and the truck remains stationary on the slope for up to two seconds after the driver releases the brake pedal.
The F-150 is well suited to life as a work truck. The addition of neutral tow capability allows owners to flat-tow their F-150, making the truck even more usable. Of special note is the instrument panel on upper trims with easy-to-follow analog gauges and a very informative 4. The F-150 has kept up with the times and like the other trucks in the segment, have added comfort, luxury and up-to-date styling, but where Ford stands out is under the hood. The final engine standard on the Raptor is a 6. Again, Ford comes to the rescue with their trick fold-away bed extender which recesses into the sides of the bed and can be installed in seconds.
With the brake pedal pressed, sensors detect if the vehicle is on a slope and the system is automatically activated. Yet the 2012 Ford F-150 is arguably the best full-size, light-duty pickup out there, albeit by a small margin because we also like the Ram 1500 a lot, too. If you have back seat riders, you have to undo your seat belt and open the front door in order to let them in or out, since the seat belt is attached to the back door. Be ready to hold the door if you don't want to hit the vehicle next to you. Reverse-opening rear doors are standard on SuperCabs for easier cab access, while SuperCrews have four full-size doors. Overall, we like the truck, but don't use it much do to the very, very poor fuel economy. You can save a few thousand dollars by choosing an equivalent Ram 1500 Sport, equipped with a 5.