Used Ford F-150
A used Ford F-150 from the 12th generation is one of the best used models you can buy, whether it’s from 2009, 2014, or any of the years in between. This generation is often associated with evolutionary styling upgrades, a killer lineup of engine choices, larger interior space, improved safety, towing, capability, and fuel economy. In other words, the 12th generation of the F-150 represented another leap ahead of the competition in the full-size truck market. These are all qualities the F-150 is still known for today in 2017, so this generation of the F-150 obviously got something right.
Of course, Ford’s always done something right with its F-150, regardless of generation. It’s consistently outsold the competition, and been in the number one spot year-after-year in truck sales for a long, long time.
The first F-Series truck came out in 1948, and was labeled the F-1 (half ton), F-2 (three-quarter ton), and F-3 (Heavy Duty). While the labeling has changed slightly, the F-150s of today all remain relatively similar in terms of capability and size. At the time, only two engine options were available: a 226-cubic-inch inline six rated at 95 horsepower, and a 239-c.i. V8 engine that produced 100 horsepower. In 1951, a new base edge was introduced, which was a 215-c.i. inline six that made 101 horsepower.
From the birth of the F-Series trucks, many cosmetic, performance, safety, and engineering changes were made. By the time 1987 rolled around, it had been the best selling vehicle (not just truck) for nine years straight.
In 1997, that annual number jumped to 13. This was when Ford took a big risk in redesigning its vehicle, and made it smoother and more rounded, as opposed to the chiseled box look that had been around since 1948. This is also when new badging and names were thrown on the models (F-150, F-250, F-350, etc.), and when you start seeing more familiar engines, such as a 4.6-liter V8, or a 4.2-liter V6.
Which leads us here, to the 12th generation of the Ford F-150, spanning from 2009 to 2014. In this generation, you’ll find modern looks, modern engines, all currently available for a more affordable, used price.
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2009 Ford F-150
For 2009, the F-150’s redesign is quite obvious. It took styling cues inspired by the Super Duty Series trucks. Details like a taller hood line and beefier grilles could now be found; whereas, on the mechanical side of things, inspiration came from the competition, characterized by higher-output engines and a new six-speed automatic transmission. In other words, this ended up being one of the years Ford really decided to compete in the segment. The result proved the F-150 as the best selling vehicle (not just truck) for 30 years, so Ford needed to figure out new and exciting ways to keep its superstar in the spotlight.
In 2009, there are 3 main engine choices for the F-150 lineup. Interestingly enough, all of them are V8 engines. The first one is a 4.6-liter that produces 248 horsepower and 293 lb.-ft. of torque. The second is a higher-output version of the 4.6-liter, which produces 292 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque. Finally, a 5.4-liter V8 engine is available, and produces 320 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. The base 4.6-liter is paired to a four-speed automatic transmission, whereas the more powerful 4.6 and 5.4 are paired to a six-speed transmission.
With the stiff frame and double-wishbone suspension tacked onto the front, it’s able to deliver plenty of towing capacity and exceptional ride quality. Dynamic handling makes it feel like you’re driving something smaller than a full-size truck and , when properly equipped, a 2009 F-150 can tow up to 11,300 pounds. Payload comes in at 3,030 pounds.
What it lacks for in direct power output compared to the competition, it makes up for in all other areas of performance. In other words, this was a strong start to the 12th generation.
2010 Ford F-150
In 2010, the F-150 ended up having 9 trim levels: base XL, STX, XLT, FX4, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum. The returning trim level is the special edition F-150 Harley-Davidson trim — which has special Harley-Davidson badging.
The ninth trim was new for this year – the F-150 SVT Raptor, the now famous high-performance truck that everyone seems to crave. The Raptor featured an optional 6.2-liter V8 engine, off-road tires, revised suspension with wider front and rear tracks, specialized shock absorbers, an electronically locking rear differential, sport seats, exclusive exterior/interior styling and enhanced wheel travel.
Of course, the mainstream trims continue to offer plenty for the consumer who is just looking for a good used truck.
2011 Ford F-150
In 2011, an all-new engine lineup was introduced, taking care of the one weak spot the F-150 historically struggled with against its competition: engine power.
Now that the base engine is a 3.7-liter V6, fuel-efficiency is also on the mend, returning 23 mpg highway, while still putting out 302 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. After that, a 5.0-liter V8 that puts out 360 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque is available, with the 6.2-liter V8 making 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque. A 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 was also introduced later this year, which delivers 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. So if you are looking for a more affordable used F-150 from 2011, grab one that was produced later on in this year.
2012 Ford F-150
Three body-styles are available for the 2012 F-150: regular cab, extended cab (SuperCab), and crew cab (SuperCrew).
The same 10 trim levels remain, and most of the high-end features can be chosen as an option on lower trims, including Ford’s Work Solutions options, providing an in-dash computer with internet access, a Midbox storage system and Tool Link (a system that keeps tabs on tools stored in the truck via frequency tracking). All three features meant to make your life easier on the road if your vehicle, especially if your F-150 was used for work. Miscellaneous features might include a sunroof, rearview camera, rearview parking sensors, cargo management system, storable bed extender, trailer brake controller, premium Sony sound system, and even a rear entertainment system.
Clearly, the F-150 has something for everyone.
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2013 Ford F-150
If technology and features are what you care about most, then a 2013 F-150 is good to consider. It’s still going to be relatively cheap, at least when compared to more recent model years. For this year, xenon headlights, hill-descent control, and MyFord Touch infotainment interface debut. Sync voice-activation controls are also made larger, and extend across a wider range of trim levels.
This year also marked the removal of the Harley-Davidson trim. Which means if you want one of those trucks, you’ll have to target your used truck search between the 2010 and 2013 model years.
Engines all remain the same in 2013, and the F-150 gets only a very minor styling update.
2014 Ford F-150
Come 2014, the F-150 is starting to show its age, entering the year with no worthwhile changes. But, it still has that same great lineup of engines that keep up with the competition. Since it’s the newest model in this generation, this is the closest thing you’ll get to the new F-150, but for a used price.