For the past 37 years, the Ford F-Series has outsold every vehicle in the United States. A bulk of those sales the popular half-ton pickup, the F-150. They are seen everywhere - at work, by the river, picking up items for the summer home project, or at the best restaurants in Knoxville.
People who buy an F-150 are loyal. A huge majority of F-150 owners will trade their old model for a new one. Some customers own multiple F-150s. Businesses that own fleets of F-150s usually replace the entire fleet with all new ones at once, turning over the older fleet.
Why is the F-150 so popular? What makes them the most popular vehicle in this country?
It starts with a frame that is strong and long-lasting. Ford designed their frames for longevity, which makes them popular when new. Body components – the cab and box – are bolted in a way to increase rigidity
Cab interiors are designed for work use. The instrument panel is straightforward with the essential gauges to keep tabs on what's going on with the truck. There is a lot of hard plastics on the interiors, but they are durable enough to withstand the change in climate in East Tennessee.
Later models offer touch screens, SYNC and MyFord Touch as part of the package. Older models offer solid audio systems to entertain everyone. SiriusXM satellite radio was offered on models from 2004.
Seats are normally big on comfort with enough space in the SuperCrew models for up to six people. SuperCab models were very popular and are easily found. Rear seat room is better suited for children, however. The XLT trim was a very popular choice for the F-150, equipped with almost the same level of features than more expensive models – the Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trims. Sportier trims were available – the FX4 and FX2, along with a limited edition Harley Davidson version.
Most F-150s come with a V8 engine. The 4.6-liter and 5.4-liter Triton V8s were ordered for towing and payload with true torque available. Customers have complained about the reliability of the 5.4-liter Triton, although many of them are still on the road. Though relatively new, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with twin turbochargers have become the most popular choice of F-150 owners. This engine has been available only for the last couple of years. Older models came equipped with a V6 and a manual transmission. These models are quite rare. Ford makes a solid automatic transmission – a four-speed on older models, six speeds for more recent versions. Four-wheel drive is very common in East Tennessee, and they are a great system with a two-speed transfer box that is electronically control by a switch in the cab. Hubs are automatically locked.
F-150s from 2004 to 2008 earned a Five-Star frontal crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), so they have a reputation for being a safe pickup truck. Airbags are available, along with anti-lock brakes.
Due to its popularity, the F-150 retains a high value out on the market. For a good eight-year-old F-150, prices fall between $14,000-20,000, depending on trim and equipment. Younger models could be priced from $25,000 and up.
At Knoxville Auto Brokers, there is a good selection of trucks available to check out. If the Ford F-150
is the choice, there will be one at the right direct, hassle free price.