Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2008 Ford F-150 OVERVIEW
The F-150 trims consist of the rugged and reliable XL, the sporty STX, the versatile and well equipped XLT, the durable FX4 and the luxurious Lariat. Each trim boasts its own unique styling, appearance and capabilities. Three engine choices include a 4.2-liter V6, a 4.6-liter V8 and a 5.4-liter V8 which has an available flexible fuel variant able to operate on ethanol (E85). The 4.2-liter V6 can be mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. Both V8's are paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The F-150's versatility offers 4x2 or 4x4 drive systems, three cab styles, various pickup box designs and a host of option groups and available features. When properly equipped, the F-150 can accommodate up to 6 passengers, or can tow an impressive 11,000 pounds or have a payload of 3050 pounds. For 2008, the Ford F-150 gets a SuperCrew XL trim, an available pickup box cargo management system and an optional reverse backup camera.
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