EDITOR WES RAYNAL: Off the top of my head, and not driving them back-to-back, I'd say this Ford F-150 XLT Supercab is better than the Toyota Tundra, but not as good as the Chevrolet Silverado. Of course, the Silverado is newer, and I'm sure the upcoming F-150 has plans to unseat the Chevy. For now though, I'd take the Chevy.
Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with the Ford. The V8 is torquey and makes cool hot-rod sounds above 3,000 rpm. In fact, the V8 and the smooth six-speed transmission is probably the best part of the truck. Power is effortless and, again, smooth.
The chassis is the letdown, though. It doesn't feel as stiff as the new GM (again, I bet the new Ford will). There's just an extra shudder, an extra shake, over potholes and such. Nothing crazy, but it's noticeable.
The interior could use a material upgrade, but again, this baby is going out of service this year, and I bet the new interior is vastly improved. It'd better be, for now GM's is much better.
Whenever I drive an F series I'm reminded of a couple friends who at about the same time gave up their F-150s and got passenger cars. They both almost instantly regretted it. That's the thing about full-size trucks that I don't think non-truck people always see or get: Once you have one, it's tough to go back to a car.
SENIOR MOTORSPORTS EDITOR MAC MORRISON: The outgoing F-150 definitely shows its age the minute you climb aboard and begin to drive. Despite the presence of $4,000 worth of options -- including power driver's seat, power adjustable pedals, auto transmission, trailer brake controller, satellite radio, reverse sensing system and camera, power sliding rear window, rear defogger -- there's nothing obvious that tells me I'm in anything but a bare bones-equipped Ford F-150. I'd save the $4K and possibly select this truck's sprayed-in bedliner, at $475, as the only one of these options I'd consider seriously. And I might be able to beat that price on my own post-purchase.
The strong V8 and reasonably smooth transmission are about all I thought this pickup had going for it at this point, but that's OK since the all-new F-150 is on its way. Wes mentioned the chassis' lack of stiffness, and I thought the shudders and shakes were more than just a little noticeable. More noticeable is the Pleistocene-era interior comprised of nothing but hard plastic everywhere you look and touch.
Mind you, I'm speaking in relative context to things that don't necessarily occupy a prime position on your average truck buyer's priority list. This old F-150 remains a solid workhorse while being more than comfortable cruising around town or on the highway. If you are need of a strong pickup and don't want to shell out for the all-new F-150 when it lands, a 2014 model your local dealer might discount significantly to get it off the lot could be the pickup truck deal of the year.
EDITORIAL INTERN BRAD WILEY: When thinking about an American truck, Ford, GM and Ram come to mind. Brand loyalty factors so high in truck sales that it is almost a given that those who own Ford trucks will continue to purchase Fords unless, say, a terrible experience warrants a drastic change. For me, a truck is a piece of equipment. Having primarily driven them for work, my opinions are more towards the durability and function than the, “oh, this would make a wonderful daily driver.” However, since I started working at Autoweek, my time in trucks has offered me a glimpse into the scene. Now, aside from the obvious fuel guzzling aspect and the size parameter, driving a truck actually is a lot of fun.
This 2014 F-150 XLT is something to behold. I enjoyed the truck, and I'm sure I will take a lot of flack for saying this, but I actually enjoyed the Silverado more. We named it our Best of the Best/Truck for 2014 and it still sticks out in my mind even after months of not driving it. The F-150 did not track down the road as predictably as the Silverado, nor did it have that highbrow feel. Sure, it was super comfy, and who wouldn't want that to look forward to that after a long day in the office or a hard day working in the mill?
The interior of the F-150 was also a far cry from the Silverado. My first look at the center stack was laughable at best. For a truck with a $40K price tag, it only had a screen roughly the size of a 3-by-5 note card. Come on. That said, functionality was amazing despite my constant urge for a knob to turn or a button to provide haptic feedback.
While I agree with Mac on the aging of one of America's best trucks, I will say that I have high hopes for the 2015 model year.
Under the hood is a thing of beauty. You could always opt for the twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, but my money will stick with the V8. For a half-ton truck, the F-150 gets up and moves, and like Wes notes above, it makes a mean grumble under a little acceleration.
2014 Ford F-150 XLT Supercab
Base Price: $37,055
As-Tested Price: $43,055
Drivetrain: 5.0-liter V8; 4WD, six-speed automatic
Output: 360 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 380 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm
Curb Weight: 5,312 lb
Fuel Economy (EPA City/Highway/Combined): 14/19/16 mpg
AW Observed Fuel Economy: 12.6 mpg
Options: Equipment group 302A including XLT convenience package, power driver seat, power adjustable pedals, select shift transmission, trailer brake controller, satellite radio with six-month service, XLT plus package, reverse sensing system, power sliding rear window, rear defogger, XLT chrome package, rear view camera ($4,080); off-road package including electronic RR axle, skid plates ($770); spray-in-bed liner ($475); tailgate step ($375); cloth bucket seats ($300)
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