2012 Ford F-150 Review
For 2012, the Ford F-150 continues to be supremely capable and a comfortable full-size pickup truck that can be configured to fit almost any budget or use.
Test drivers note that one of the 2012 Ford F-150’s greatest attributes is how much it can be customized. Among its 10 trim levels, four powertrains, three cab styles and three bed lengths, you can configure an F-150 for hardcore work, luxurious commuting, off-road adventuring and nearly anything in between. Test drivers say that even the most basic trim is easy to use and well laid-out, and that both V6 engines are economical yet decently capable.
However, the areas where the F-150 falls short are when it’s compared with its competitors. Test drivers say that competitors like the Ram 1500 have a smoother ride and an even more decadent top-of-the-line trim. The Chevrolet Avalanche has more car-like handling than the F-150 while retaining some truck-like capabilities, and the GMC Sierra 1500 costs less.
Overall, this means that full-size pickup shoppers have a wealth of choices to consider. Still, test drivers say that the Ford F-150 is worth a look to anyone shopping for a pickup. It’s one of the most fuel-efficient trucks on the market, and has a brawny towing capacity that can handle most light-duty tasks. "All said, though, the F-150 is still one of the most appealing trucks on the market thanks to its user-friendly features and pleasant driving dynamics,” says Edmunds.
Other Trucks to Consider
Test drivers say that the Ram 1500 has a smoother ride than the Ford F-150, thanks to its more-advanced suspension. Though that somewhat decreases its towing capacity compared with the Ford, it also comes with more luxurious interior trim options. Together, that means the Ram is a better choice if you plan on using your truck more for commuting than towing.
If you’re looking for a no-frills, capable work truck and you can sacrifice a bit of interior luxury, consider the GMC Sierra 1500. It offers a host of engines, cab configurations and bed options, as well as a hybrid model. Plus, its price is competitive with the F-150’s as well.
In the pickup truck world, buyers tend to have brand loyalties that run deep. But reviewers say that for the most part, the full-size trucks on the market are all pretty good vehicles, so it’s hard to make a bad choice no matter which truck you buy.
Details: Ford F-150
The 2012 Ford F-150 is available in 10 different trims, ranging from a bare-bones base model to the luxurious King Ranch. Depending on the trim, you can outfit your F-150 with a regular, extended or crew cab, one of four engines and a short, standard or long bed.
For this model year, the F-150 adds hill start assist, greater availability of electronic locking rear axles, an FX appearance package and an upgraded four-wheel drive system.
See the full list of 2012 Ford F-150 specifications.
- "Last year's wholesale engine updates made the perennially popular F-150-more folks buy one than any other vehicle annually-even better. The interiors are nice, the chassis is rugged, and enthusiasts can dig the Raptor, which rockets across desert landscapes like a dealer-ready trophy truck.” -- Car and Driver
- "Ford's F-150 remains a Best Buy in this class for its depth and breadth of powertrains, body styles, bed lengths, features, and overall capability. … The F-150 shines and remains a must-see for those shopping full-size pickups.”-- Consumer Guide
- "If you want a truck with serious towing and payload capabilities, yet as quiet and comfortable as many luxury sedans, then the F-150 should surely be on your shopping list.” -- Kelley Blue Book