As America’s best-selling pickup, the 2019 Ford F-150 earns its street cred with class-exclusive features like an aluminum body, best-in-class towing, horsepower and hauling, as well as advanced electronics to aid in everything from parking to towing. A wide range of models runs the gamut from basic to beautiful and, in the case of the off-road-ready Raptor, brawny.
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The 2019 F-150 delivers best-in-class towing (13,200 pounds), horsepower (450) and payload (3,300 pounds). A variety of bed lengths, cab sizes, engines and options provides nearly limitless customization, or you can just pick up a fully loaded Limited or off-road-ready Raptor and call it a day.
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Ford’s F-150 is a big truck with a big price tag. If you just need to pull a boat or modest payload, a midsize pickup like the Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado or the new Ford Ranger makes a wiser choice.
For 2019, the F-150 Limited gets the Raptor’s tire-scorching 450-horsepower twin-turbo High-Output EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 (that’s a mouthful). The F-150 Raptor receives Fox Internal Bypass off-road shocks, Recaro seats and a new Trail Control System that acts like cruise control for low-speed off-road adventures.
The 2019 F-150's interior is rugged and attractive, but above all, it's easy to use. There are numerous interior colors for 2019, and plenty of available cool features like 3-prong power outlets, adaptive cruise control that can bring the truck to a full stop, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, active park assist, and the ability to have the Sync 3 infotainment system read text messages to you while you drive. The SuperCrew (crew cab) is extremely roomy, with rear-seat legroom that bests some full-size sedans. Because the F-150's floor is flat, even the dreaded middle rear seat is comfortable.
Ford's full-size pickup continues to use a military-grade aluminum body, but that body was recently restyled to emulate the looks of the big-brother Super Duty lineup. Bold grilles, headlights and wheel designs help differentiate the different trim levels. Aside from the truck's new look, much about the design was born from necessity. The tailgate is available with a pull-out step that makes it much easier to get into the bed to manage payload. There are also pop-out steps on the sides that help with the same purpose.
Opt for the base 3.3-liter V6 and you’ll end up with decent power for hauling and light towing coupled with good fuel economy. What you won’t get is an engine with the power to quickly pass, merge and blast off from a dead stop. The 5.0-liter V8 offers good power, but poor fuel economy. If you want the right engine for such a big truck, you’re going to want to go with either the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 or the 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 turbodiesel. These three engines offer superior abilities when it comes to towing, hauling, fuel economy and acceleration, and they really don’t push the F-150’s price all that much higher. As for ride and handling, you may be surprised such big trucks can be so responsive. The ride is smooth and stable, even with a loaded bed, and the F-150’s interior can be anything from comfortable cruiser to luxurious land yacht. Numerous electronic aids further assist with towing, braking and trailer control.
For 2019, the Ford F-150 Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price starts at just under $30,000 for a regular cab XL (all prices include $1,495 destination). XLT pricing begins at $35,655. The Lariat starts at nearly $44,000, which sounds like a bigger price jump than it actually is, because every model above the XLT comes as a SuperCab (extended cab) or larger, while the XL and XLT prices are for regular cabs. The Raptor begins at $54,380, the King Ranch at nearly $54,000 and the Platinum close to $56,500. Pricing is comparable to trucks like the Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado, but as is the case with many full-size trucks, F-150s can get pricey. The top-line Limited starts around $68,500 and with every option it can approach $75,000. To see what people in your area are paying for their new trucks, check out the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price. As far as resale value goes, the 2019 Ford F-150 holds its own among its competitors, with the Toyota Tundra being the standard-bearer of the bunch.
The base-model F-150 is a regular-cab, 2-wheel-drive (2WD) XL, which comes with enough standard equipment that makes it possible to buy a decent truck to get work done at a reasonable price. Even trucks equipped with the 3.3-liter base engine and 6-speed automatic transmission come standard with auto start/stop, and all F-150s get the same ultra-strong hydroformed, fully boxed frame. Hill-start assist and Trailer Sway Control are standard, as are Curve Control, 17-inch wheels and air conditioning.
There are plenty of appealing upscale trim levels, including the King Ranch, Platinum and Limited. Available options make the interior luxury plush, such as heated leather front and rear seats (10-way-power, cooled and massaging front seats), Sync 3 and Bang & Olufsen Play or Sony audio systems. A variety of towing assist and safety systems is offered, as are adaptive cruise control and side steps that deploy when a door is opened and retract when the door closes. On the safety front, the 2019 Ford F-150 is offered with inflatable rear seatbelts and a blind-spot information system. Four-wheel drive (4WD) is available.
2.7-LITER ECOBOOST ENGINE
Don’t let the small displacement fool you; the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 offers up as much torque as the F-150’s 5.0-liter V8 engine, can tow up to 8,500 pounds and returns the best fuel economy of the gasoline engines.
Have problems parking with a trailer attached? Pro Trailer Backup Assist can handle the job. Using a view screen and control knob, the driver can input left or right commands while the F-150 handles the steering and brakes. A 360-degree camera can help when hitching a trailer to the ball, while a blind-spot monitor puts eyes where they are most needed.
Under the Hood
The 2019 Ford F-150 offers a choice of six engines, one of which is a new high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. The base engine is a 290-horsepower, 3.3-liter V6 -- more powerful and more efficient than previous Ford V6s -- and the only one in the line with a 6-speed automatic. The rest use a 10-speed automatic, including the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, with 400 lb-ft of torque and the best fuel economy of all the gas engines. The 5.0-liter V8 remains the same this year, as does the standard 3.5-liter EcoBoost. The 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel offers 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque, more than any other diesel in this segment. The Limited and Raptor come with the aforementioned 450-horsepower High Output 3.5-liter EcoBoost, both models capable of towing up to 13,200 pounds with the optional tow package.
290 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
265 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/25 mpg (2WD), 14/19 mpg (E85, 2WD), 18/23 mpg (4WD), 13/17 mpg (E85, 4WD)
2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6
325 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
400 lb-ft of torque @ 2,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26 mpg (2WD), 19/24 mpg (4WD)
3.0-liter turbodiesel V6
250 horsepower @ 3,250 rpm
440 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 mpg (2WD), 20/25 mpg (4WD)
3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6
375 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
470 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (2WD), 17/23 mpg (4WD)
395 horsepower @ 5,750 rpm
400 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/high fuel economy: 17/23 mpg (2WD), 12/17 mpg (E85, 2WD), 16/22 mpg (4WD), 12/15 mpg (E85, 4WD)
3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (Raptor, Limited)
450 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
510 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/18 mpg (Raptor), 17/21 (Limited)
The 2019 Ford F-150 remains the best-selling full-size pickup in America, and it doesn’t look like that’s set to change anytime soon. With longtime rivals Chevy, Ram and Toyota all vying for Ford’s loyal customer base, the F-150 manages to stay one step ahead by constantly innovating, expanding and improving. With its aluminum body, 10-speed automatic transmission and multiple high-tech driver assists, the F-150 continues to redefine what a pickup truck can be, offering models ranging from basic work truck to luxurious horse hauler. Ford offers a number of engine options, too, including a V6, V8, three EcoBoost turbocharged engines and even a turbodiesel. Ford’s 2019 F-150 also boasts the most horsepower in a half-ton pickup, along with best-in-class towing and hauling numbers.