The F-150 was introduced in 1975 as another model in the Ford’s enormously successful line of full-size pickup trucks and its initial role was to circumvent emission restrictions. The F-150 won numerous Truck of the Year and Best Pickup Truck awards given by Motor trend and Car and Driver magazines, respectively.
It can be purchased in several different cab designs in both 2-door and 4-door configurations.
The eighth generation of Ford F-150 is by far the most popular one, especially the 2006 model year. The engine choices include the entry level 4.0-liter V6, two V8 engines and a flex-fuel version of the larger V8 engine.
Ford F-150 owners praise it for its durability, ruggedness, extraordinary towing capacities, classy interior and an immensely long list of options.
The F-150 comes in numerous trim levels and special editions such as the SVT Lightning which is more of a full-blown muscle car than a pickup truck or the Raptor which handles all off-road adventures like nobody’s business.
The most successful and sought after trim level is the XLT and owners of this highly successful pickup truck usually prefer it in white, black or red. Most pre-owned examples of the F-150 are characterized by the common price range between $2,000 and $13,000 at online auto auction.
Some may point out that it is slightly heavier than its competitors, so it is not actually the best in class in terms of fuel efficiency. The 2006 F-150 has been involved in several minor recalls concerning its lighting and communication systems. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a “good” overall rating for both frontal and side impact crash tests. The F-150 was also given the Top Safety Pick award by the IIHS.