The 2020 Ford F-150, America's favorite pickup truck, only sees the smallest of changes for the new model year. The biggest news is that Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite of active safety features has been made standard across more trims. Additionally, XLT buyers can now order the 3.0-liter V6 diesel.
Choosing Your Ford F-150
The Ford F-150 is offered in seven trim levels: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Raptor, Platinum, and Limited. Pricing starts at $30,090 including destination for the base XL and goes all the way up to $69,725 for the Limited.
Most of these trims are available in a combination of bed lengths and cab sizes. Only the XL and XLT can be had in the two-door, three-seater Regular Cab. The SuperCab is an extended-style design with smaller rear-hinged doors and what's essentially an emergency back seat. The XL, XLT, Lariat, and Raptor are available with the SuperCab. Finally, the King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited are exclusively offered with the four-door SuperCrew, but the XL, XLT, Lariat, and Raptor can also be had with it.
The Regular Cab uses an 8-foot bed or a 6-foot-5-inch bed, the SuperCrew is available with the 6-foot-5-inch bed or a 5-foot-5-inch bed, and the SuperCab is available with any of the three.
There's no dearth of powertrain options with the F-150. A base 3.3-liter V6 is standard on the XL and XLT. Twin-turbocharged V6 engines are available in either 2.7-liter or 3.5-liter displacement; the latter offered in standard or high-output variants. A 5.0-liter V8 remains an option for traditionalists, and a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 can also be ordered on certain trims.
|Engine Type||Trim Level||Horsepower||Torque||Towing Capacity||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|3.3L V6||Standard: XL, XLT |
|290 hp||265 lb-ft||7,700 pounds||22 mpg|
|2.7L Twin-Turbo V6||Standard: Lariat |
Available: XL, XLT
|325 hp||400 lb-ft||8,500 pounds||22 mpg|
|3.5L Twin-Turbo V6||Standard: N/A |
Available: Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum
|375 hp||470 lb-ft||13,200 pounds||19 mpg|
|3.5L Twin-Turbo V6 (high output)||Standard: Raptor, Limited |
|450 hp||510 lb-ft||8,000 pounds||16 mpg|
|5.0L V8||Standard: King Ranch, Platinum |
Available: XL, XLT, Lariat
|395 hp||400 lb-ft||11,600 pounds||19 mpg|
|3.0L Turbodiesel V6||Standard: N/A |
Available: Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum
|250 hp||440 lb-ft||11,400 pounds||Not Yet Rated|
All engines but the 3.3-liter pair with a ten-speed automatic transmission. The base engine gets a six-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard on every trim except the Raptor, but four-wheel drive is optional across the lineup.
With plenty of power, the best towing capability, and decent gas mileage, the 3.5-liter V6 is the jack-of-all-trades powerplant within this diverse engine roster.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Depending on the cab, the Ford F-150 can seat anywhere from three to six people. The SuperCrew's ability to seat six in total comfort has become the choice of most buyers, but the SuperCab does a decent job of hauling five folks around in a jiff. Rear passengers will enjoy limousine comfort in the SuperCrew, but only marginal room to stretch in the SuperCab.
The 5-foot-5-inch bed holds 53 cubic feet of anything you can toss into it. The 6-foot-5-inch bed boasts 63 cubic feet of cargo space, and the 8-footer holds 77 cubic feet.
In terms of payload capacity, the maximum payload for the 8-foot bed is 3,270 pounds, which is the highest payload rating across the F-150 lineup. The 6-foot-5-inch beds can tote up to 2,980 pounds when properly equipped, and the 5-foot-5-inch beds can handle 2,890 pounds. Replicating these numbers requires sticking with RWD and opting for the V8.
Trucks have generally been behind the eight ball when it comes to implementing the latest safety gear, but the F-150 boasts plenty of driver-assist safety technologies. Bundled under the Ford Co-Pilot360 moniker, all models receive automatic emergency braking and automatic high-beams; all but the XL and Raptor also get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Extra-cost safety aids include adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, lane keeping assist, and hill descent control. The Limited is the only trim where these features are included as standard equipment.
The F-150 has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.
While the base model has a 4.2-inch display, most Ford F-150 models boast an 8-inch touchscreen running Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system. Highlights of this software include voice recognition and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Navigation with pinch-to-zoom convenience is optional.
A 4.2-inch driver information screen is standard on the Raptor and XLT, but all other models – save the XL and its 2.3-inch screen – use an 8-inch display that offers driver customization, multiple menus and readouts, and other useful information.
Ease of ownership is also enhanced with FordPass, which is a smartphone app that lets users receive important alerts and messages regarding servicing, compare fuel prices along their route, and find parking before arriving to their destination. The app also offers the ability to speak directly with Ford customer service representatives and pay for dealer servicing.
Wi-fi hot spot capability is standard on all but the XL. It allows up to 10 devices to connect to the internet.
The base F-150 XL wears black trim and rides on 17-inch steel wheels. Standard features are few; there's a three-person vinyl bench seat, rubber floors, manual locks and windows, single-zone air conditioning, and four-speaker audio.
More convenience features are available courtesy of the $2,280 101A Mid equipment group. This bundle includes power windows and locks, power-adjustable mirrors, cruise control, keyless entry, and Sync infotainment with voice control and smartphone integration.
Far less austere than the XL is the one-rung-up XLT. Among its features are wi-fi capability, alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, interior carpeting, driver and passenger vanity mirrors, chrome bumpers and grille, and the 4.2-inch driver information display. The contents of the XL's 101A Mid equipment group are standard here as well.
For $2,100, the 301A Mid equipment group includes an eight-way power driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a defrost-equipped rear window, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, SiriusXM radio, and five or seven speaker audio, depending on cab design.
Ford's FX4 Off-Road Package is also on the options sheet. Besides the fender decals, it also brings with it skid plates, hill descent control, and unique front shocks. Getting the FX4 requires stepping up to the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 and getting the 301A Package. The total cost of all this comes out to $6,425.
This is where you start getting into the meat of the F-150 lineup. The standard engine is now the 2.7-liter V6, and the Regular Cab is no longer an option. Other standard features include leather upholstery, ambient lighting, push button start, heated and ventilated front seats, and dual-zone climate control. The goodies included in the XLT's 301A Package are also standard.
The two primary packages here are the 501A Mid and 502A Luxury. The former costs $1,300 includes a remote tailgate release, audible rear parking sensors, and a more advanced blind-spot monitoring system that can include a trailer in its field of vision.
The latter is $6,765 and includes all 501A equipment as well as 10-way power front seats with lumbar support and driver memory functionality, power-folding mirrors, a Bang and Olufsen audio system, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats (on SuperCrew only), LED lights, and rain-sensing wipers.
Trucks equipped with the 3.5-liter V6 can also be had with the Max Trailer Tow Package. It's $1,295 and includes a hitch and wiring harness, 36-gallon fuel tank, 3.55 rear axle, trailer backup assist, oil cooler, and an integrated trailer brake controller.
The V8-powered King Ranch boasts many of the Lariat's 502A features as standard, all wrapped up in a southwestern motif. Unique wheels, trim, and two-tone paint visibly differentiate the King Ranch from its brethren.
The 601A Luxury equipment group is priced at $3,725 and includes a tailgate step and lift assist, power-deployable running boards, multi-contour seats, 20-inch wheels, and inflatable rear seat belts.
Available on King Ranch as well as the Lariat is a $1,195 Technology Package that includes a surround-view camera, dynamic hitch assist, and active park assist.
The most unique offering in the lineup is the Raptor. This truck is expressly built for off-road shenanigans, its appearance suggesting as much with bulging fender flares and an aggressive front end design.
The Raptor comes standard with a fully locking rear differential, off-road Fox racing shocks, a unique long-travel suspension, and all-terrain tires. There's also technology like a six-mode trail management system and Ford's Trail Control. The latter feature acts as a cruise control for low-speed off-road situations.
In terms of conveniences and amenities, the Raptor is similarly equipped as the XLT. Differences include unique cloth upholstery, eight-way power front bucket seats, a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, and an overhead console with six auxiliary upfitter switches.
801A Mid and 802A Luxury are the two available option packages. 801A Mid brings leather upholstery, 10-way power heated seats, power-adjustable pedals, and a power-sliding rear window for $3,785. 802A Luxury includes all that as well as everything found on the Lariat's 502A upgrade package. The price for all this? $10,920.
The Platinum is about as well equipped as the King Ranch. Upgrades over that model include power running boards, multi-contour bucket seats, and rain-sensing wipers. Other differences come down to trim and grille design. Overall, the Platinum has an urban flair, as opposed to the Texas vibes given off by the King Ranch.
Those wanting more can get the $2,340 701A Luxury equipment group. It includes the contents of the Technology Package as well as adaptive cruise control and a tailgate step with tailgate lift assist.
The top-dog F-150 Limited comes standard with nearly every nifty feature Ford has to offer. All the contents of the Platinum's 701A Luxury equipment are included, as is a twin-panel moonroof, the high-output 3.5-liter V6, and 22-inch wheels.
The best all-around choice in the 2020 Ford F-150 lineup is a Lariat model running the 3.5-liter engine. This combo would be fast, capable, and well equipped, while still being relatively affordable. Just choose your cab and bed length and try to forget about that Raptor you were eyeing on the other side of the showroom.