Ford F-150 Review
The 2014 Ford F-150 ranks 4 out of 6 Full Size Pickup Trucks. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Ford F-150, as well as reliability and safety data.
Although its key rivals have been redesigned more recently, test drivers say that powerful engines and many trim level choices make the 2014 Ford F-150 a compelling full-size truck.
The F-150 comes standard with a V6 engine that auto critics say makes adequate power. For anyone planning on doing substantial towing or hauling, most reviewers recommend stepping up to one of the two optional V8s or the optional turbocharged EcoBoost V6. An automatic transmission is standard, and test drivers say that it shifts smoothly. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 17/23 mpg city/highway with two-wheel drive and the base V6, 16/22 mpg with the EcoBoost V6 and 13/18 mpg with the largest V8. Some reviewers say the F-150 rides and handles fairly well for the class, though others write that it doesn't ride quite as comfortably as the Ram 1500. The F-150's steering is praised for offering good feedback to the driver, and reviewers note that the brakes have plenty of stopping power. Ford offers an off-road-oriented variant called the SVT Raptor, and test drivers report that this truck has tremendous off-road capability.
Reviewers say the 2014 Ford F-150's cabin has a somewhat industrial look, and note that it isn't as opulent as more recently redesigned rivals’ interiors. Some don't mind, but others complain about cheap materials, especially in upper trims with more substantial price tags. The F-150 seats up to six, and reviewers say the front seats are comfortable and supportive. They report that the back seats of SuperCab models offer decent legroom for short trips, but prefer the ample leg- and knee space found in the SuperCrew model. Some reviewers say that F-150's optional MyFord Touch system is easier to use than it is in other Ford vehicles because it features more real buttons and knobs. However, others still find the system confusing. The base trim comes with a stereo and air conditioning and few other notable standard features, which is normal for the class. Features available on upper trims or as options besides MyFord Touch include dual-zone automatic climate control, a backup camera, a 10-speaker Sony stereo system, satellite radio, rear parking sensors and Ford's voice-activated SYNC system.
- "While the choices in full-size half-ton pickups aren't nearly as varied as with family sedans or SUVs, there's still a pretty good selection from which to choose. Nonetheless, the 2014 Ford F-150 continues to be the best-selling truck of them all, year after year. That's not because its rivals are weak; rather, it's because Ford continues to offer customers so many of the features important to them, in a package that's handsome, rugged and reliable." -- AutoTrader
- "The 2014 Ford F-150 is a versatile full-size pickup that can be configured in a number of ways. With models ranging from the workaday XL to the luxurious Limited trim to the off-road special SVT Raptor, the F-150 lineup has a little something for everybody." -- Motor Trend
- "Whether it's an inexpensive basic work truck that can take a beating and still hold its value or a plush, horse trailer-hauling family vehicle you can be proud to take to any country club, Ford builds an F-150 for all occasions and occupations." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Ford F-150 continues to excel for its depth and breadth of engines, features, and capability." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "The 2013 Ford F-150 remains a must-see when shopping for a full-size pickup, though it is starting to feel its age. The newer 2013 Ram 1500, in particular, is a more refined and comfortable truck without giving up any capability. At the same time, the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado and 2013 Toyota Tundra compare more favorably with similar capabilities and pricing. Brand loyalty also figures heavily, but whatever your taste in variety or spice, there's really no way to lose among these choices." -- Edmunds (2013)
Other Trucks to Consider
Reviewers say the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has powerful, yet fuel-efficient, engine choices and a modern, functional interior with an intuitive infotainment system. Additionally, the Silverado has been fully redesigned for 2014, and it can tow a bit more than the F-150.
Test drivers say the Ram 1500 has the most comfortable ride among full-size pickups. Reviewers also like its refined eight-speed transmission and the Ram 1500 offers the only diesel engine option in the class.
Details: 2014 Ford F-150
The 2014 Ford F-150 Regular cab seats three, while SuperCab and SuperCrew models seat up to six. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is optional. Engines choices range from a base 3.7-liter V6 to a 6.2-liter V8. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. There are 11 trims in total, ranging from the base XL to the top Limited, as well as the off-road-oriented SVT Raptor and new-for-2014, performance-oriented Tremor. The F-150 received new engines for the 2011 model year, but was last fully redesigned for 2009. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 to 2014 model years.