2008 Ford F-150 Review
The F-150 delivers smooth handling and a comfortable, accommodating cab, but some reviewers say it is underpowered and has uninspired exterior styling.
Once the best selling vehicle in America, the 2008 Ford F-150 is a solid, capable pickup truck that offers a nice ride and a comfortable interior; high gas prices, however, have caused truck buyers to desert the F-150 for smaller, more economical rides. Still for those that need a truck, reviewers say the F-150 is a well-rounded. Automotive.com says it "delivers a strong combination of style, interior comfort, performance, ride and handling."
However, the F-150 is part of a highly competitive class where its staid exterior and weak power make it less appealing. In a five-way comparison, Car and Driver places the F-150 fifth, behind the Dodge Ram, Toyota Tundra, Nissan Titan and Chevrolet Silverado, explaining, "This truck feels heavy" and calling it "hindmost in acceleration." A 2009 redesign was highly anticipated and sought to adress these shortcomings until slow truck sales and a stagnant economy caused Ford to delay the redesigned truck's introduction. Now, buyers who don't mind the 2008 F-150 will find themselves in an excellent negotiating position, provided they don't mind spending what they saved at the dealership to fill the F-150's fuel tank.
The F-150 is available with three different engines -- a 4.2-liter V6, a 4.6-liter V8 or a 5.4-liter V8; three different bed lengths -- 5.5, 6.5 or eight feet, and six different trim levels -- XL, STX, XLT, FX2/FX4, Lariat and King Ranch. A special edition Harley Davidson model is also available. Since the F-150 was significantly redesigned just last year, changes for 2008 are minimal.
- "Slightly upstaged by newcomers, the F-150 is still a favorite, with 30 years of full-size pickup sales leadership. Quiet, smooth, and comfortable, it offers a broad range of engines…and impressive payload and towing capabilities." -- Car and Driver
- "The Ford F-150 comes in a broad range of models, yet they all seem to have nicely balanced suspensions that make them enjoyable to drive and well-designed, comfortable cabs." -- Automotive.com
- "A utilitarian truck that can go to the construction site, haul plenty of lumber for weekend projects, beat its way through bad weather and rough terrain, but also provide a family of six with all the comforts of a luxury SUV." -- Boston Globe