First Drive: 2013 Ford F-150

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2013 Ford F-150 front view

2013 Ford F-150 display.

2013 Ford F-150 rear step.

2013 Ford F-150 wheels.

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  • Von

    But it’s still a Ford. All their vehicles are rated below average by Consumer Reports in reliability, except for the F-150 which is just average. Reliability is horrible in Ford in general. They took 5 of the 10 spots of most unreliable new car models, not one Toyota, Subaru or Honda made the list. I have a 2013 Focus and it’s been in the shop four times in the four months I’ve owned it. It still has issues. Broken sun visor, noisy door seals, rattling doors, clunky suspension, water inside headlight after rain, poor bottom end performance unless Premium and K&N air filter are run, etc. Focus is 90% worse than average in reliability according to CR and the F150 is not recommended by CR because of declining reliability in the 3.5L. I think a lot of us leave reliability out of the equation when buying a car, I did. Now I’m stuck wanting to sell a four month old brand new car! Ugh. I’ve always owned Subaru, Nissan, Toyota and not an issue. My 2003 Corolla has 208,000 miles and still runs like a champ getting 35mpg! I’ll never buy American again. Just sayin’…

    • Richard Gozinya

      Wow, there’s people who actually still trust Consumer Reports?

  • Isambard

    Kinda surprised that the towing capacity of the base V6 is less than my 08 Ranger, which is essentially a 30-year-old design with a newer though hardly brawny SOHC motor.

  • Ayabe

    “Three engines are available for Silverado:”


    As nice as these are, I just can’t fathom dropping 50K on a pickup.

  • Tiberiuswise

    “• 8.0′ box only available with Regular Cab”

    False. You can get the Supercab with the 8 foot box.

    • Jason Fogelson

      I stand corrected. The 8.0′ box can be ordered up with SuperCab, but only on XL and XLT models. In my defense, the matrix of models and options for F-150 is extremely complex. Bummed that I missed that.

  • Guest

    Nevermind, I thought you were speaking generally not in terms of towing capacity, my bad

  • Dan Sciannameo

    I am finishing my first year with a F-150 Limited. I previously had 4 Range Rovers. Yes, the RRs were more sophisticated and the F-150 rides like what it is, a truck. But I am very happy thus far with it.

  • n00b

    I am currently driving my 6th F150 since my first in 1988. Teh 2013 is amazing. I didn’t want the Ecoboost at first but the dealership made me a great deal so I took it. I couldn’t be happier.

  • ticticticboom

    Reliability was certainly not an issue for me. I drove an 05 Supercrew Lariat w a 5.0 V8 for 7 years and 120,000 miles with nothing but tires, oil, filters and one set of new spark plugs. I never even had the scheduled maintenance done.