One drawback are the box's tall sides that make reaching into the center of the bed a difficult chore for all but the tallest among us; an available extendable side step somewhat alleviates this problem and is an option worth considering. My test F150 was not equipped with the integrated trailer brake so even though the horse trailer has brakes; we were stopping strictly on the brakes of the truck and at no point did that prove to be a problem. Tailgate Step Designed to deal with the awkward and potentially dangerous chore of getting into the pickup truck's bed, the integrated tailgate step scored big. It is just one of more than 30 storage areas built into the interior for things like cell phones and music players. In the two generations since, Ford has made the F-150 much huskier, with an imposing front end, strong shoulders and a deep, deep pickup box.
To test the towing capacity of my EcoBoost powered 2011 Ford F150, I hooked it up to a two-horse trailer that has a loaded weight around 5,000lbs. Ford also paid special attention to the seats, which are some of the most comfortable in our experience. The EcoBoost very easily pulled the 5,000lb trailer from 30mph up to 65mph with no hesitation, allowing me to settle safely into traffic. Entering the highway into thick traffic, I was forced to merge into the 65mph traffic after entering on a tight cloverleaf on-ramp so I had to approach the highway around 30mph before climbing up to highway speeds. But Ford has not forgot the core purpose of its fabled truck, and knows that the bulk of its sales will come from buyers who genuinely need the unique aspects full-size pickups offer — big payload and towing capacities among them — instead of those who simply want to be seen in a pickup.
That the F-150 is the best selling truck in America for 33-years running tells you Ford must be doing something right when it comes to their full-size pickup line. In fact, the rear-seat legroom is absolutely limousine-like, and the mechanically articulated second-row seat flips up and out of the way, delivering an ample 57. . Somewhere in between those two extremes is where most buyers will find themselves. But don't think they skimped on creature comforts, as the 2011 Ford F-150 offers increasing levels of luxury from among its 35 variants. Our two favorites are the integral tailgate step that makes clambering into the box easy and the spring-out box side steps that make reaching into the vehicle's deep cargo box much more convenient.
Ever increasing competition, however, has forced Ford to step up its game, especially in the one area the F-150 has shown vulnerability in the past: Power. Perhaps the only shortfall with the 2011 F-150 is the lack of a diesel option, but the four new gasoline engines available — two V6s and two V8s — offer reasonable fuel economy, aided significantly by the addition of a six-speed automatic transmission. The primary concern around the EcoBoost by long time truck drivers who pull a trailer is that the turbochargers will take time to spool up, delaying the power needed to pull the trailer efficiently. Knowing men's hands would most often be using the controls, Ford designers made the knobs, buttons and switches brawny and put them within easy reach of the driver. At the end of my time with the EcoBoost powered F150 it left me with no questions as to why this engine has become the dominant force in the F150 lineup with over 40% of the trucks sold last month coming with this great new engine. It does offer all of the power that a truck owner needs and that power is applied in a way that makes the truck fun to drive, while also making short work of towing and hauling. Other Ford News: Looking for information on the weight capacity of the tailgate on my 2011 F150 I need to load a Golf cart on my 6.
The center console is both long and wide enough so it can easily accommodate two or more laptops, and it even has ridges so it can accept file folders. It deploys easily and even offers a safety hand-hold. With this in mind, Ford engineers have built in class-leading capabilities in both these areas while, at the same time, boosting fuel economy across the board. When hooking up the 2011 F150 to the trailer, the rear view camera that is mounted in the tailgate broadcasting into the left side of the rear view mirror makes it incredible easy to hook up to the trailer. For the first time, a six-speed automatic is standard on all F-150 models.
For those who really use their pickup trucks as trucks, the F-150 offers some exclusive options that are right on the money. My only complaint during hooking up to the trailer was the location of the safety chain hooks, as with an odd angle relative to the ground they were a little harder to access than a typical flat hook. Do you want a gasoline engine or a gasoline engine? The 2011 Ford F-150 comes in flavors ranging from plain vanilla all the way to banana split with whipped cream, nuts and sprinkles, but one thing all levels share is a robust, hydro-formed, boxed-section chassis that offers superior torsional rigidity while actually being lighter than the old-fashioned ladder frames of the past. Also earning high marks are the stowable bed extender and beefy cargo management system. Two generations ago Ford designers penned a swoopy, almost Ferrari-like F-150 that bowled over critics but didn't play as well with truck buyers. The fact that I was pulling live animals combined with good sense prevented me from traveling above the posted speed limits but in a few occasions where I had to step out of my traffic lane and speed up to pass slower traffic, the EcoBoost once again performed brilliantly — dare I say — just like a V8. Vehicle Details The 2011 Ford F-150's interior is both attractive and functional.
Other new features include the use of electric power-assisted steering, an available 4. My test Ford truck was equipped with the trailer tow package which adds a 4 and 7 pin trailer connection under the rear bumper, next to the hitch receiver. I pulled this trailer around the area for about an hour on a 95 degree day, including both highway and city driving on paved and unpaved roads. The F-150 is expected to retain a better-than-average residual value, with the SuperCrew models at the top of the chart, followed by the Regular Cab and then the Super Cab. At speeds of 35mph, it took no real effort from the EcoBoost V6 to pull the horse trailer — both pulling out from a stop and when accelerating while cruising.
Instead, each and every version of the F-150 we've driven offered exceptional ride quality — no shudders, hops or hiccups — and a level of quiet that was startling. The three-bar grille is the most important element of the design and if you're paying attention you can tell an F-150 trim level simply by the grille treatment — ranging from simple in the more work-oriented versions to more luxury-car-like looks for the up-level Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum versions. Perhaps most impressive was the towing demonstration in which we hauled 20-foot trailers with absolutely zero drama, thanks in large part to the pickup's trailer sway control, rearview camera and integrated trailer brake controller. Our off-road excursions in the well-equipped four-by-four versions of the truck demonstrated it has the goods to get it done in muck and mire as well. In what Ford bills as the most extensive powertrain overhaul in the 62-year history of the F-Series pickup, a total of four all-new engines and a new six-speed automatic transmission move the F-150 to the top of the horsepower and fuel economy charts. Roomy SuperCrew Cab The cab in the 2011 SuperCrew is so roomy it out-measures some full-size sedans. I give Ford two thumbs up for doing what no company has been able to do before — offering a V6 engine albeit twin turbo that really can do all of the things that a basic V8 can do while also getting better fuel economy.
A look at the Fair Purchase Price on kbb. Next, I headed out onto the highway to see how the 2011 Ford F150 EcoBoost pulled at higher speeds. Four new engines mark the big changes for the 2011 Ford F-150: a 3. A twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 is offered, a first for this segment and an engine that promises both strong performance and good fuel economy. . . .