2013 Ford F-150 Review
With a vast range of body styles, engines and equipment levels, test drivers say the 2013 Ford F-150 is a top choice for anyone looking for a full-size pickup.
The F-150 has one of the most diverse engine lineups among full-size pickups. It has four available engines, ranging from a base V6 to a turbocharged V6 and two V8s. All engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and either two- or four-wheel drive. Reviewers like the diversity of the drivetrain options, saying that the base engine provides more than adequate power for light work, while the V8s and EcoBoost V6 have muscle for serious hauling and towing. They also like the standard six-speed automatic transmission, saying it shifts smoothly and helps the Ford F-150 return respectable fuel economy numbers. The optional 5.0-liter V8 averages an EPA-estimated 15/21 mpg city/highway, which is decent for the class. The F-150 can tow up to 11,300 pounds, which is among the highest of full-size pickup trucks. The F-150 also receives an above-average safety score for the class.
Test drivers say the 2013 Ford F-150’s interior is well-built and generally handsome, with good material quality. Reviewers say the front seats are some of the most comfortable found in a full-size pickup, and that crew cab models have an abundance of rear legroom. A new Limited trim brings the luxury quotient even higher, with nearly every imaginable available feature standard. Base models are very basic, with manual windows and mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control and an AM/FM radio. Ford has optimized its MyFord Touch infotainment and voice controls in the F-150 to be easier to operate with work gloves on. Reviewers like innovative business-oriented features that allow for storing hanging files, printing things like invoices and making the truck a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.
- "If you like variety and choice, the 2013 Ford F-150 offers the most comprehensive lineup in the industry. High-end interiors and cutting-edge infotainment and audio options further distance the F-150 from other trucks." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "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. In particular, the turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is an intriguing engine choice that's unavailable on any competitor.” -- Consumer Guide (2012)
- "Whether you're looking for a basic work truck, a plush family hauler, a rig you could run the Baja 1000 with or something with four wheels that proudly announces your allegiance to Harley-Davidson, there's bound to be a … Ford F-150 with your name on it." -- Edmunds (2012)
Other Trucks to Consider
The Ram 1500 is a top pick by critics for its uncharacteristically smooth ride for a truck, thanks to a unique rear suspension setup. Yet, the Ram 1500 remains competitive with other full-size pickups in terms of sheer towing and hauling capacity. The Ram 1500 is also praised for its high-quality, eye-catching interior.
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is not as modern-looking inside as the F-150, but critics say it still excels at performing its duty as a truck. It also has diverse drivetrain and body style configurations, and delivers good fuel economy for the class with its optional 5.3-liter V8. Reviewers say the interior is drab and low-quality compared with more recently-remodeled rivals.
Details: 2013 Ford F-150
The 2013 Ford F-150 is available in 10 different trims, ranging from the XL base model to the new top Limited trim. A dedicated off-road model, called the SVT Raptor, is also available. The XL comes standard with manual windows and mirrors and vinyl seats. Upper trims get power windows and mirrors, cloth or leather seats, Ford’s SYNC and MyFord Touch systems, navigation and a power sunroof. The F-150 regular cab variants seat three, while SuperCab and SuperCrew cabs seat up to six. There are three available bed lengths, four engine choices and either two- or four-wheel drive. The F-150 was last redesigned in 2009. Since it hasn’t changed much since then, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, as well as 2013.