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2019 Ford F-150: What You Need to Know

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The 2019 Ford F-150 finishes near the top of our full-size pickup truck rankings. It's arguably the most capable truck in the class, and it features a spacious, comfortable interior.

The 2019 Ford F-150 is ranked:

Is the Ford F-150 a Good Truck?

Yes, the Ford F-150 is a great truck. It gets plenty of power from all six of its available engines, with the turbocharged engines turning it into a monster that can tow and haul more than any other truck in the class. The F-150 rides smoothly and offers several helpful bed features as well. The interior is roomy and comfortable and offers lots of user-friendly technology.

Should I Buy the Ford F-150?

It's tough to make a case for why you shouldn't buy the F-150. In addition to the plaudits listed above, this truck carries a below-average starting price, making it a solid value. Still, we know that truck buyers can be particular, so you may want to see how rivals like the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 stack up against the F-150.

Should I Buy a New or Used Ford F-150?

The 2019 F-150 belongs to a generation that began with the 2015 model year. There was a refresh for 2018, and the 2019 model sees a few additional changes. The Limited trim has a new engine, the Raptor gets new shocks, and there are some new standard driver assistance features like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection.

For 2018, the F-150 got improved towing and hauling capacities, wider availability of the 10-speed automatic transmission, and a little extra power for select engines.

You can potentially save thousands of dollars by buying a used F-150, though you'll miss out on the more recent updates. To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Ford F-150. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current F-150 generation, which runs from 2015 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Ford F-150 Cost?

The F-150 sports a base price of about $28,000, which is slightly below average for a full-size truck. There are several higher trims, and some cost considerably more. The well-rounded Lariat starts at nearly $42,000. The high-performance Raptor starts at around $53,000, and the range-topping Limited starts at just over $67,000.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Ford dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Ford deals page.

Ford F-150 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Ford F-150 or Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

The Chevy Silverado 1500 is a classic rival of the F-150, and with good reason. Both are great trucks that feature several powerful engine options and plenty of capability, though the F-150 can tow a bit more. Both trucks feature a dynamic off-road-oriented trim – the Ford F-150 Raptor and the Chevy Silverado Trail Boss. Inside, these trucks are well-built and spacious, and both can be loaded with features. You can't go wrong here; the better choice comes down to which you like most.

Which Is Better: Ford F-150 or Ram 1500?

The Ram 1500 can't tow or haul as much as the F-150, but it's within spitting distance of its Ford rival, and both trucks offer several powerful engine options. The Ram delivers one of the smoothest rides in the class, but there's nothing in the lineup to compete with the F-150 Raptor. Inside, the F-150 gets the silver medal for cabin qualitythe Ram has arguably the nicest cabin in the classbut both trucks provide lots of passenger space and easy-to-use features. You can't go wrong with either of these trucks, and the right choice comes down to personal preference.

F-150 Performance

F-150 Engine: Plenty to Choose From

The F-150 offers a half-dozen engine choices, and they're all solid options. The base V6 makes a great choice for day-to-day driving. You also have a V8, a turbodiesel, and three turbocharged V6 options. All are more capable for towing and hauling, and the turbocharged engines also make the F-150 feel noticeably quicker.

F-150 Gas Mileage: Not Overly Thirsty

By full-size truck standards, the F-150 gets pretty good fuel economy, earning 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with its base V6 engine. Those numbers challenge the Ram 1500 (20/25 mpg) for the best nondiesel ratings in the class.

F-150 Ride and Handling: More Than Holds Its Own

This Ford is easy to drive and handles with poise around town and on winding roads. It also rides smoothly, even over rough roads or while carrying a heavy payload. All F-150's offers decent performance away from the pavement, but the Raptor trim is an off-road master.

F-150 Towing Capacity

This Ford pickup features some strong engines, and they deliver enough power for the F-150 to pull heavy trailers or haul a full bed of cargo without feeling strained. When it comes to maximum capacities, this Ford tops the class. It can haul nearly 3,300 pounds, and it can tow a staggering 13,200 pounds when properly equipped.

F-150 Interior

How Many People Does the F-150 Seat?

In Regular Cab models, the F-150 seats up to three people. In SuperCab and SuperCrew models, it seats up to six. The front seats are superb: They're roomy and comfortable, and they remain supportive on long drives. The rear seats are great tooespecially in SuperCrew modelsproviding enough space for three adults to ride without sitting on top of each other.

F-150 and Car Seats

Models with a rear seat feature two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The F-150's LATCH system earns a Marginal rating (the second-lowest rating) for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

F-150 Interior Quality

Though it doesn't match the upscale feel of some rivals, this Ford's interior leaves little to complain about. It looks good, it's highly functional, and it mostly uses quality materials.

F-150 Cargo Space

You can equip the F-150's bed (which comes in 5.5-, 6.5-, and 8-foot lengths) with useful features like stowable loading ramps and moveable tie-downs to make it easier to load and secure cargo. SuperCab and SuperCrew models also have plenty of cabin storage space thanks to their flip-up rear seats, and a flat load floor in back.

F-150 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Beyond a radio and manual climate control, the F-150 doesn't have many features included in its base trim. However, it offers plenty as options, including a twin-panel moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, the SYNC 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

The user-friendly SYNC 3 system has an intuitive interface and a responsive touch screen. There are physical controls for some features as well. Connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make it easy to connect a smartphone, and the F-150 is available with a Wi-Fi hot spot that lets you connect up to 10 devices.

F-150 Reliability

Is the Ford F-150 Reliable?

The 2019 F-150 does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Ford F-150 Warranty

Ford covers the F-150 with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

F-150 Safety

F-150 Crash Test Results

The 2019 F-150 earned a five-out-of-five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

F-150 Safety Features

The F-150 comes with automatic high beams, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and a rearview camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist. Available active safety features include a 360-degree camera system, rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and active park assist.

Which Ford F-150 Model Is Right for Me?

Though it comes in seven trims, picking the right F-150 isn't as daunting as it seems. The first step to picking out your truck is deciding which cab style and bed length you want. Since not every trim is available with every cab/bed combination, your choice of trims is whittled down, making life a little easier for you as a buyer.

If you’re buying a work truck and don’t want to spend too much, stick with the XL and XLT trims. If you want a luxurious but capable ride, the King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trims are good choices. If you want an off-road beast, the Raptor is the clear choice. For many, the Lariat is an excellent, well-rounded choice. It’s available with two cab choices, all three bed lengths (depending on cab configuration), and four engine options. It also comes with a respectable assortment of features.

Ford F-150 XL and Ford F-150 XLT

The XL and XLT are the two lowest trims, and they’re the only trims available with all three cabs and all three bed lengths. The XL carries a base price of $28,155, and the XLT starts at $34,160. Both models feature the base V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.

The XL doesn't have much in the way of standard comfort and convenience features, but it does come standard with automatic high beams, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and a rearview camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist. It's meant to be a work truck, which is why there are so few amenities. Notable options in the XL include power windows and locks, MyKey, the voice-activated SYNC infotainment system, a USB port, a tailgate step, and trailer brake assist.

The XLT comes with power windows and locks, MyKey, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with a Wi-Fi hot spot, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. If you're buying an F-150 for personal use, the XLT is the lowest trim you should consider. Notable options include a power-adjustable driver's seat, satellite radio, Pro Trailer Backup Assist, navigation, and integrated loading ramps.

In addition to the base V6, both trims are available with a V8 engine or the 325-horsepower EcoBoost V6.

Ford F-150 Lariat

The F-150 Lariat has a starting price of $41,700. This trim has the smaller, 325-horsepower EcoBoost engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. In addition to the lower trims' features, the Lariat comes with BoxLink, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, and satellite radio.

Notable options include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system. Available engines include the V8, the turbodiesel, and the 375-horsepower EcoBoost V6.

Ford F-150 King Ranch

The King Ranch trim sports a starting price of $52,390. This is the trim where the F-150 starts to feel almost like a luxury vehicle. It comes with a 395-horsepower V8 engine, and standard features include a Bang & Olufsen audio system, a voice-activated touch-screen navigation system, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Notable options include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a 360-degree camera, active park assist, power-deploying running boards, a moonroof, and massaging front seats. You can also upgrade to the turbodiesel engine or the 375-horsepower EcoBoost V6.

Ford F-150 Platinum

The Platinum trim starts at $54,920 and features the same powertrain as the King Ranch, though the Platinum adds wood trim accents, power-deployable running boards, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Notable options include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, a 360-degree camera, active park assist, and a moonroof. Engine-wise, you can upgrade to the turbodiesel engine or the 375-horsepower EcoBoost V6.

Ford F-150 Limited

The top-of-the-line Limited is the most upscale trim, and it carries a starting price of $67,135. This trim features a 450-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine and comes standard with a twin-panel moonroof, a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and just about every other feature you can get in an F-150. There are no other engine options with this trim.

Ford F-150 Raptor

The Raptor starts at $52,855 and features the same engine as the Limited trim. It also comes with several performance- and off-road-related features, including four-wheel drive, an off-road racing suspension, skid plates, and a locking rear differential. This is easily the best choice in the lineup for off-roading and spirited driving. There are no other engine options with this trim.

Notable options include power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a 360-degree camera, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Ford dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Ford deals page.

The Final Call

The 2019 Ford F-150 is a terrific all-around truck. Whether you're looking for a work truck, a heavy-duty hauler, or a daily driver that can also handle weekend trips to Home Depot, this Ford delivers the goods. That's why it's one of our highest-rated trucks and why it deserves a look from any full-size-truck shopper.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

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