Over the years, pickup trucks have evolved into luxury cruise machines that are also able to handle the tough and dirty work. The 2020 Ford F-150 certainly has not fallen behind the curve. While Ford will still give you a work truck with a regular cab and 8-foot bed, the most popular options are family-friendly trucks with more passenger space and shorter beds. For those who wish to mix work and play, there is an extended cab option. With numerous combinations of driveline and engine combinations, there is an F-150 for all budgets. While the competition primarily uses steel in construction, Ford utilizes body panels of aluminum. On the 2020 model, not much has changed except the addition of the Power Stroke turbodiesel V6 engine on the higher-end trims. Still there's a lot for new drivers to love.
The F-150 boasts an amazing selection of urbane engine options including the 3-liter diesel which aligns perfectly with 440 lb.-ft of torque. Most engines pair well with the 10-speed automatic transmission and their strongest engine is not a V8 but a twin-turbo V6 that can tow a whopping (and class-leading) 13,200 pounds. Without the Trailer Tow package, this model can tow 7,000 pounds with the top-tier V6. The King Ranch model boasts a 375-hp V6 which has been noted as best in all categories against the largest V8 engines. The rise is well composed on smoother surfaces but did not fare as well as other trucks over hard bumps with evident jittering in the rear. However, this is minor and should not dissuade from purchase.
Yesterday's luxury vehicle has morphed into today's full-size pickup truck with the F-150 having plenty of equipment, features, and space to support that statement. Boasting options that range from an interior panoramic roof to massaging seats, the F-150 also features an optional touchscreen system with sharp graphics, is easy to learn and use, and is choke full of features. The back seating is roomy, and there are options for heated and cooled front seats. Also, Wi-Fi connectivity is an added option. From a fuel economy perspective, the F-150 has the power of a V8 engine with a V6 engine fuel economy. The 375-hp V6 model has a combined mph of 23 mpg which is standard in the pickup truck world.
Buyers can equip the 2020 Ford F-150 with every safety system imaginable on passenger automobiles plus a unique driver aid that transforms the previously confusing work of backing up a trailer to as simplified as twisting a knob to straighten the activity. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the F-150 with the 2017 Top Safety Pick rating with Ford building on those features for the 2020 model. Essential safety features include automated emergency braking and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control built on stop-and-go technology, and lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist. These safety features are typical for a pickup truck in this class and are supporting the F-150 to be one of the top safety picks among pickup trucks for 2020 and beyond.
While trim details are limited now, there is information about each trim price. The base XL will run around $30,000, XLT costs $36,000, Lariat is priced at $44,000, King Ranch is $54,000, Platinum runs at $56,000, and the highest-level Limited-edition costs $69,000. While the nostalgia of the regular-cab, two-door truck always tugs at consumers, the value and versatility of the Lariat SuperCrew 4x4, featuring a 6.5-foot cargo hold, is appealing. This model costs over $50,000 with the ability to upgrade to and EcoBoost V6 for an extra $600 or the Power Stroke option costing an additional $3,000. However, the standard 5L provides plenty of power and is retrofitted with an 8-inch touchscreen equipped with all the bells and whistles while still comfortably towing any toy.