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2019 Ford F-150 OVERVIEW
Fresh off last year's makeover, the 2019 Ford F-150 bounces back with something to offer everyone in the market for a full-size pickup. Dressed up or down, the F-150 comes off as a supremely capable rig that's thoroughly in tune with the times.
What's New for 2019
The line-topping Limited receives Ford's high-output 3.5-liter charged V6 engine, previously reserved for the Raptor. The Limited also gains a high-flow dual exhaust system and a restyled interior. The SYNC Connect suite of integrated smartphone apps is now standard on the mid-level XLT. Side step bars have been added to the XLT's Sport Appearance Package.
Choosing Your Ford F-150
Like most large pickups, the 2019 F-150 comes in three body styles: the three-person Regular Cab, the SuperCab with a backseat and rear-hinged back doors, and the SuperCrew, featuring full-size rear doors and additional rear leg room. The Regular Cab comes standard with a 6.5-foot bed, and an eight-footer is available for $300. The SuperCab and SuperCrew get a 6.5-foot bed. A 5.5-foot bed is available on the SuperCrew at a credit of $1,305.
Engine choices start with a 3.3-liter V6, good for 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. The V6 delivers an EPA-estimated 19 miles per gallon city, 25 mpg highway, and 22 combined. With four-wheel drive, estimates ease to 18/23/20 mpg (city/highway/combined).
The available 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 produces 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. EPA ratings for the 2.7-liter are 20/26/22 mpg with rear-wheel drive, or 19/24/21 mpg with four-wheel drive. The optional 5.0-liter V8 also develops 400 lb-ft of torque, but hp increases to 395. With the V8 and rear-wheel drive, the F-150 is EPA-rated at 17/23/19 mpg. Adding four-wheel shaves one mpg off each category.
The top choice on most trims is a 3.5-liter turbo V6 with 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. So equipped, the F-150 can tow up to 13,200 pounds, and earns EPA ratings of 18/25/21 mpg with rear-wheel drive, or 17/23/19 mpg with four-wheel drive. A high-output version of the 3.5-liter (used on Raptor and Limited only) makes 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque.
For a balance of efficiency and power, Ford offers a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel on some trims. The engine lays down 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque, enabling the F-150 to tow up to 11,400 pounds (just 200 shy of the V8). The turbodiesel delivers an EPA-estimated 22/30/25 mpg with rear-wheel drive, or 20/25/22 mpg with four-wheel drive.
All F-150 engines feature auto stop-start technology for enhanced efficiency. The base V6 is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and the optional engines come with a 10-speed automatic.
Cab and engine availability varies by trim level:
The Lariat is our favorite of the 2019 Ford F-150 lineup. It offers buyers a ton of standard equipment for the price and gives them access to every important option.
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