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Year-end review of the 2013 Ford F-150 pickup

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2013 Ford F-150 Pickup

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Profiling in a vehicle that gets heads turning is always big fun but when you're in a 2013 Ford F-150 pickup you can easily morph into a Mack Daddy even if you're a girl.

Riding in a pickup that has not been bumped from its number one spot for eons gives you lots of street cred. The ride is the crème de la crème of pickups, a guaranteed head-turner offering tons of configurations that is sure to satisfy a range of needs from the worker who sweats, grunts and strains for a living, to the more prissy set of those, who prefer to use the vehicle for leisurely drives, or to run errands. No one can argue that the F-150 is indeed a one-size-fits-all people hauler.

The F-150 offers plenty of selections that will satisfy a range of finicky folks and just like Burger King, you can truly have it your way. The full-size pickup truck comes in three cab styles and three bed lengths. It is also powered by four engine choices ranging from a 302 horsepower, 3.7-liter V6 engine generating 278 lb-ft of torque; to a 411 horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 with 434 lb-ft of torque. All are paired up with a 6-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive. There are ten different trims that run the gamut from the plain Joe base XL, to decadence on four wheels--the Ford F-150 Limited.

The F-150's can be equipped to perform a variety of work and recreation-related jobs, and features like the tailgate step, trailer sway control, box side steps and the Work Solutions options make a laborer's daily grind so much easier.

But wait, pickups nowadays aren't only for the calloused-hands set!

The luxe Ford F-150 Limited trim level which debuted this year is certainly a four-wheeled pickup to be reckoned with indeed. It is based on the Platinum trim and sports a sumptuous interior that is loaded to the max with bells and whistles--extremely supportive and impeccably crafted power adjusted and heated/cooled leather seating for up to five (based upon the cab style you select), aluminum trim touches, dual zone climate control, a power sunroof, a fully featured navigation system, a top notch Sony stereo system, cruise control, totally electronic four wheel drive at the twist of a dial, a functional driver information dash display, remote start and HID headlamps. It also boasts a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 under its hood, that kicks out 365 ponies and up to 22 mpg on the highway which ain't half bad for a pickup!

The review truck was the Ford F-150 SuperCrew 4WD and despite its overalls, lug sole boots and pencil behind-the-ear workman rep, the truck felt refined enough to put a smile on any woman's face. The pickup's interior fit and finish was more than impressive. Ample and comfortable seating all around (seats recline in the rear), pain-free armrests, power actuated running boards that meet your feet when you get in or out, spaciousness front and back for legs and heads, great outward visibility and storage more than a-plenty for packrats with a massive center console. The MyFord Touch offers great functionality and did not require a visit to the glove compartment to pull out an instruction manual. Special kudos to Ford for their breezy Bluetooth connectivity which can be a real challenge to use in far too many vehicles.

The F-150 SuperCrew's cabin was also so very quiet on the roads, so much so, you forget you're actually in a pickup truck. No rough and tumble rides in the F-150 SuperCrew. The ride/suspension is remarkably impressive, truly sans the typical trucky jolts. The handling of the F-150 is very refined, smooth, effortless. The steering is precise, the brakes inspire confidence, the overall ride quality of the F-150 SuperCrew is composed and will surprise you hands-down. Despite its heft, passing power is also more than adequate made possible by the F-150's SuperCrew's 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost by Ford that delivers 365 hp at 5,000 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque. The 6-speed automatic transmission worked admirably, upshifting rapidly to conserve fuel under normal driving conditions.

Let's not overlook the towing capabilities of the F-150 which depending on the truck’s configuration, it can tow up to 11,300 pounds of trailer, and haul as much as 3,120 pounds of payload. Maximum payload capacity for the EcoBoost V6 is 3,100 pounds.

Safety concerns? Fuggedaboutit! Standard safety features for all 2013 Ford F-150s include four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control, roll stability, trailer sway control, and six airbags all around. All trims except the base model come equipped with MyKey technology, which allows you to program seatbelt usage warning alerts, vehicle speed alerts and limits, stereo volume limits and a host of other safety plusses.

The F-150 SuperCrew did not fare so well at the pumps however and is thirsty but a few of its competitors are even more parched. The truck’s EPA ratings were 15 mpg city/21 highway, the test vehicle averaged about 16.5 combined.

The Ford F-150's have a fiercely loyal following and it is easy to see why. You can put the truck to work or use it to chillax as you go about your daily life. In other words, these pickups are not only work horses but with all of the wonderful features they offer, the F-150's are now civilized enough to serve as great family-friendly modes of transportation.

Check out how these F-150's are built Ford tough by checking out the video.

Prices start at $24,445. Need more info? www.Ford.com.

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