The Ford F-150’s Versatility is Unmatched
Few brands are more beloved in the United States than Ford, and Ford is known for its trucks. It’s so famous for its trucks, in fact, that Ford made the announcement early in 2018 that it would be focusing on truck production from here on out and essentially stopping output of most of its passenger cars. Since the Model-T, Ford has captured the hearts of car enthusiasts worldwide. It’s no wonder that in 1948 when it released its first truck, it became a hallmark of their production. The F-series trucks are beloved by even those who aren’t die-hard Ford fans, and there’s a reason for that. They are well-made, easy to maintain cars with usability.
The Ford F-150 is so popular that it has remained the United States’ most popular truck since the late seventies. But what, exactly, makes the Ford F-150 so beloved by so many? The answer lies in the truck’s versatility. With many different uses, from work to recreational, the Ford F-150 is a common household name because it can be. And with a penchant for sticking to what works, Ford is unlikely to lose the monopoly on best-selling truck any time soon.
Why Is The Ford F-150 So Versatile and So Beloved?
Ford has always championed practicality above all else in their cars. The F-series truck was first released after World War II, after a lengthy ban on the production of new vehicles during the war. World War II also created new mechanics and production positions, whose knowledge directly influenced the design of the truck. As well as making the F-Series truck more durable and reliable, based on wartime vehicle production knowledge, they also made it more comfortable. So, as well as catering to its usual crowd (farmers, construction workers, and manual laborers), the F-series truck provided to a group of people itching to break free of their homes and go comfortably on adventures after the war.
The F-150 did not steer clear of those post-war values, and instead, added to them. Therefore, the Ford F-150 not only paved a place in the eternal spirit of the “True American Experience” from the start, but it has consistently worked to adapt to changes in customer needs. For thousands less than its competitors, the F-150 provides everything truck enthusiasts look for.
For work, there’s no more magnificent truck than the Ford F-150. With a 3.3 liter Ti-VCT engine, the truck itself delivers 290 horsepower and 265 lb/ft torque. This makes pulling large loads, like trailers full of stock or yard rubble, a cinch. While many other truck engines become stressed after taking up a hard load, the F-150 still works and handles beautifully during and after hauling. It also can take on trailers up to 6,000 pounds — a must in any labor-intensive work scenario.
The Ford F-150 has many trim options and versions, and one of those versions is the Ford Raptor. The Raptor is championed by off-roaders as one of the most versatile offroading vehicles, and was described by one professional off-roader as “doing all the work for you.” Its ten-speed automatic transmission means that its engine is programmed to go into lower gears depending on the terrain. This engine feature eases the stress on the engine as well as providing better handling. It has different modes, such as Baja mode — which keeps the engine in four-wheel drive but allows for looser traction control for safe manual handling — and rock crawl mode — which enables the truck to scale steep terrain with little traction safely.
The Raptor is one of the more expensive in the line of F-150s, so ownership is not always a reality for all truck owners. However, the regular F-150 still provides much of the clearance and handling needed to make it a great off-roader. Additionally, it is easily modified, which means that you can add on the tires and lift that you need to do less conventional offroading.
Are you looking for a safe pickup? The Ford F-150 has you covered. The F-150 has done consistently well on its NHTSA crash test ratings. The 2019 Ford F-150 ranks at a five out of five-star rating for safety. For the front and side crash test ratings. On the rollover rating, it ranked four out of five stars, which is still pretty good. The safety aspect alone makes it a great truck to haul kids and loved ones around in. Combine that with the comfort and leg-room, and you’ve got one versatile family, work, and adventure truck.
The Ford F-150 might look cool and function well, but another reason why truck owners seek it out is its reliability. While all cars run into problems throughout their lifetime, some of these problems are not known about until they are excessive. Because the Ford F-150 has not changed too much over time, all of the known issues have either been worked out by Ford or are natural wear and tear problems that happen at a predictable time in the truck’s life. What’s better about the Ford F-150 is that it is a “fleet truck” — meaning that it is built predictably and in mass to keep up with the high demand for the truck. For truck owners, this means that problems are either easily fixed by a mechanic or doable by DIY-ers. Regular maintenance of the truck also plays into its reliability. If you work on manual-recommended schedules, your chances of significant problems are slim to none.
So, on top of the cool gadgets, the adventurous spirit, and the high workload capacity, the F-150 is unlike any other truck on the market. It’s great for anyone who gets it, regardless of their occupation or interests.
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