Editor’s Note: This is the first in series of articles explaining the ins and outs of the Ford F-150. Today, we explain trim levels.
Did you know there are ten different models of the Ford F-150? With that many choices, where do you start when picking out you truck. Today we’ll break down the difference in trims and models. Luckily, with so many different models, you can basically pick your price and your features. Let’s start by watching George Waikem Ford salesman Jae Harig discuss the trims in our exclusive YouTube video:
Just like Jae, we”ll start with the Ford F-150 XL:
The XL is a great work truck, and even though it’s the first trim, you can get a ton of features. You can get available cruise control, power locks and windows, Ford SYNC and even space for your iPod. An F-150 XL comes in either two or four wheel drive.
Just a step up from the XL is the STX. The difference between these two trims is the STX comes with 17 or 18 inch alloy wheels, the Ford MyKey system and optional carpeted floors.
Next you’ll take a big step up to the 2013 Ford F-150 XLT. What you separates the XL from the XLT is the truck apps on the odometer. There’s a number of systems and data in place on the Ford XLT that make the truck even safer. Some the features include towing specific screens that make it easier than ever to connect your trailer to your truck bed. The Truck App also caters to the off-road enthusiast with unique information screens such as pitch-and-roll, which shows the angle of surface incline, the degree of tilt and steering angle.
Other Truck apps include fuel economy, information and warnings and vehicle diagnostics.
The XLT is also a stylish model, with chrome over sized front bumper, front wheel drive or four wheel drive available. Jump up to the FX2 or FX4 and add available heated mirrors and seats, auto dimming rearview mirror, HID head lamps, and a standard trailer tow package that is optional on the XLT.
The top F-150 is the Platinum edition. This truck has it all. It comes with everything on the other models, and adds a backup camera, navigation, leather steering wheel, and even electronic side steps. When you open the door, you feel like royalty because these side steps magically appear for you to easily climb in and out of the F-150 Platinum edition. You’ll also get heated leather seats, and seat memory.
Two limited edition F-150 models are the SVT Raptor and King Ranch. The Raptor combines the power of a truck with the performance of a Sports Car. The Raptor comes with standard all terrain tires on 17-inch alloy wheels. It’s powered by a 6.2 liter V8 engine, and the look of the Raptor is unlike any truck on the road.
The King Ranch F-150 is for the Farmer who has it all. You get two rows of heated leather seats, standard four wheel drive and a 5.0 liter V8 engine. Pres. George W. Bush actually owned a King Ranch F-150.
Stay tuned next time when we explain the engine options of the Ford F-150.