Highlighting the changes to the F-Series for 2007 is the introduction of two new models-the F-150 FX2 Sport and the Harley-Davidson SuperCrew. A host of other subtle improvements include boosting the maximum tow rating to 11,000 pounds, adding a new DVD navigation system and Sirius satellite radio to the options list, increasing the power for the 4.6-liter V-8, and the addition of a 5.4-liter E85 flexible fuel engine to the lineup.
The Ford F-150 pickup truck has been the most popular vehicle sold in America for 29 straight years and running. Ford redesigned the best-seller for 2004 with a new look, rack-and-pinion steering, and a wider track. Another redesign is expected in 2008. The 2007 half-ton F-150 comes in a dizzying variety of configurations that includes three cab styles-Regular, SuperCab, and SuperCrew-with a choice of three box lengths, two box styles, and either two- or four-wheel drive. Eight F-150 model lines are offered for 2007, including the newly added FX2 Sport and the Harley-Davidson SuperCrew. The new FX2 is a two-wheel-drive model that comes in SuperCab or SuperCrew versions with a Styleside box. The new Harley-Davidson SuperCrew is a limited-production model that features a specially-tuned suspension and unique colors and trim. Additional 2007 upgrades include making the tire-pressure-monitoring system standard across the board, seat comfort enhancements, the addition of a new auxiliary audio input jack (standard on most models), and power folding mirrors on FX4 and Lariat models.
Ford offers a choice of three engines for the F-150-one V-6 and two V-8s. The base 4.2-liter V-6 delivers 202 hp and is available with either a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission. The two Triton V-8s are a 248-hp (up from 231 hp last year) 4.6-liter and the top-of-the-line, 300-hp 5.4-liter, both of which come standard with 4-speed automatics. New for 2007 is an optional flexible fuel version of the 5.4-liter V-8 that can run on E85 ethanol fuel. Ford has also increased its powertrain limited warranty and complimentary roadside assistance package on all its vehicles for 2007, to 5 years or 60,000 miles.
The Ford F-Series competes in the Large Pickup segment, which consists of seven models. Buyers in this segment look for performance, comfort, and reliability, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Ford F-Series (764,198 units sold, including Super Duty models), Chevrolet Silverado (636,069, including Heavy Duty models), and Dodge Ram Pickup (364,177, including Heavy Duty models). The Ford F-Series' 764,198 sales in 2006 represent a decrease of 11.7 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Large Pickup segment include the GMC Sierra (light- and heavy-duty models), Toyota Tundra, Nissan Titan, and Chevrolet Avalanche.
|XLT||4 speed automatic||$29,625||248-hp / 4.6L 8-cyl||15/20|
|Lariat||4 speed automatic||$32,225||300-hp / 5.4L 8-cyl||15/19|
|FX4||4 speed automatic||$34,325||300-hp / 5.4L 8-cyl||14/18|