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2014 F-150 Tremor: Get one before they are gone

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2014 Ford F-150 Tremor 4x4

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The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor model may be the best street performance sport truck Ford has ever built and it will have the shortest life – more on that later.

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Introduced in late 2013, the Ford F-150 Tremor became the eleventh model of, what is arguably, the most complete line of full-size pickup trucks that address just about every conceivable need or want of a pickup truck buyer in North America.

The Tremor was designed essentially as a bit less expensive, seriously good looking and high performing street version of the very successful Ford F-150 Raptor which is the only regular production full off-road pickup truck in the market today.

Tremor is based on the F-150 FX2 (4x2) or F-150 FX4 (4x4) pickup in a short wheel-base standard cab only and powered by the powerful 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic electronic transmission with tow/haul mode.

This powertrain delivers 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque through a standard 4.10 electronic locking rear end – quickly putting all that power on the road through its distinctive styled 20-inch black wheels clad with Pirelli Scorpion STR P275/55R20 tires.

Our recent week long road test of a 2014 F-150 Tremor 4x4 in Race Red with Black Leather seating trimmed in red stitching was – putting it simply – one heck of a lot of fun to drive while being seen and noticed everywhere we went.

The Tremor takes the mid-range model FX series level truck with a regular cab as a base, powers it with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine and then adds distinctive Tremor trims and accessories that make it stand out among the pickup crowd on the street – or off the road.

Finished, the Ford F-150 Tremor offers one terrifically packaged truck that appeals to a wide range of buyers including young professionals, trades persons, street enthusiasts who are occasional off-roaders and more than a few over-the-hill types like this writer who really appreciate its well-engineered truck performance and styling.

The base MSRP for the F-150 Tremor as a Standard Cab 4x4 is $38,385 – not including delivery.

Standard equipment includes a 6.5-foot box on a 126-inch wheelbase, 26-gallon fuel tank, fog lamps, locking removable tailgate, running boards, tow hooks and wheel lip moldings. On the inside are a 4.2-inch LCD cluster screen, single zone air-conditioning, black carpets, and bucket seats with 6-way power on the driver side, cruise control, leather-wrapped tilt /telescopic steering wheel, SYNC with MyFord and SiriusXM Satellite radio.

Functionally, the base truck includes 4-wheel disc brakes, 12V auxiliary power outlet, 110V outlet, electronic locking rear end, and electronic 4x4 shift-on-the-fly, SelectShift Automatic Transmission, Hill Descent Control/Off F Road Mode, Hill Start Assist, Skid Plates, Trailer Sway Control and Trailer Tow Package.

Before dressing it up with the Tremor Packages, this truck has a tow capacity of 7,700 pounds – well enough for some serious recreational vehicle hauling.

The FX Appearance Package ($2,480) trims up the Tremor with Black Tubular Running Boards and the distinctive Black Painted 20-inch Aluminum Wheels.

A Black Spray-in Bedliner ($475) adds a distinctive touch to the Tremor look while protecting the bed and making it easier to clean.

A Tremor Package ($1,795) adds the 20-inch OWL All-season Tires, Power Adjustable Pedals, Single CD, HID headlamps and the Tremor Body Decals

The Tremor is completed with the Tremor Plus Package ($1,995) adding Navigation, Remote Start, Pickup Bed Extender, Tailgate Step, Integrated Trailer Brake Control, Rear View Camera and a Reverse Sensing System.

Our test 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor 4x4 had a delivered price of $46,325.

We think Ford really had this one right and were surprised at the announcement in January that the Tremor would not be continued into the 2015 model year. It has been also rumored that its full off-road sibling, the Raptor, may not continue in 2015 either.

All of this is due, we are sure, to Ford putting a lot of effort and focus into the ground breaking new all-aluminum 2015 F-150 that is due out at the end of this year. We believe that once the new F-150 is successfully launched, we will certainly see the Raptor again in 2016 in an even more aggressive form.

Ford would be well served to also give us a Tremor again in 2016.

In the meantime, if you want to get a really exciting (quick, nimble, good looking and capable) regular cab Ford pickup truck ride in your garage, go look at a 2014 Tremor – before they are gone.

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