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2009 Ford F-150 Review

This review was written when the 2009 Ford F-150 was new.

The redesigned Ford F-150 was voted the 2009 North American Truck of the Year and Motor Trend's 2009 Truck of the Year, making it a standout in a very competitive class.

The Ford F-150 is a perennial best-seller for Ford, and most reviewers say the 2009 edition should continue the trend.  Early reviews indicate that the 2009 F-150 shouldn't have trouble competing with the Chevrolet Silverado or the newly redesigned Dodge Ram--which with F-150 beat out for the coveted title of 2009 North American Truck of the Year, as well as Motor Trend's 2009 Truck of the Year.

But, with auto sales slumping, many reviewers question how Ford can keep the F-150 on the top of the truck market. The answer is in the useful features Ford packed into the F-150.  Under the truck's skin, a powerful engine, stronger frame and smarter transmission help the F-150 out tow the competition.  On the outside of the F-150, reviewers were impressed with clever storage systems as well as side and tailgate steps that make accessing the cab easier.  Inside the F-150, reviewers say that Ford took pains to hang on to buyers that use their trucks for work.  The interior offers hanging file storage, and available systems for running a business right out of the truck, including Wi-Fi, an automated tool inventory system, and the ability to create and print invoices.  If the truck market has shrunk to buyers who truly need a truck's capabilities, many reviewers say the F-150 has the market covered.

Like most trucks, the 2009 Ford F-150 highly customizable. It's available with regular, extended and crew cab configurations, long, regular and short beds, and two- or four-wheel drive.  The F-150 has seven trims, including the base XL, off-road oriented Raptor trim, and top-of-the-line Platinum trim.

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  • "Yes, Dearborn has its troubles but this is the best pickup truck on God's little acre. Yes, the Japanese have beaten up on the domestics, but Toyota and Nissan only wish they knew how to build a full-sizer as tight, as tough, as well-sorted, as keen and mean as the thing behind the Blue Oval. I mean, people, it isn't even close. My Car of the Year is a truck."  -- Los Angeles Times
  • " It's not easy to design a pickup truck that can do heavy work and still maintain the smooth ride, lack of noise and upscale interior that many non-work owners demand. Ford has succeeded in both areas." -- Kansas City Star
  • "Full-size-pickup buyers are among the most conservative consumer groups in the auto biz. Which is why the 2009 F-150 is a carefully considered study in evolution, not revolution." -- Motor Trend
  • "The redesigned F-150 is improved in almost every way. Ford paid particular attention to the needs of SuperCrew buyers and commercial users--which together make up the vast majority of sales--and it shows." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Having effectively addressed the F-150's few shortcomings for 2009, Ford should have little problem holding onto its top-seller tradition." -- Edmunds
  • "The new F-150 leads the pack in functionality. It's not just the F-150 capabilities, but how nonchalantly the F-150 performs them. In this, the new F-150's leagues ahead of the Dodge Ram, Chevy Silverado, and Toyota Tundra." -- The Truth About Cars
Review Last Updated: 7/16/09

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