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By Harold Osmer

I like Ford trucks. And Ford insists on producing trucks that make it impossible
to change my point of view.

Our test 2009 F-150 came in a basic black clearcoat with black leather captain's
chairs, black leather wrapped steering wheel, and chrome step bar. The
well-equipped standard vehicle price of $34,845 was boosted by a smattering of
options to $38,960.

F-150s are available in six different trim levels built on two platforms of
either 145 inch wheelbase or the longer 157-inch version. Ours was of the
145-inch variety, roughly 30 inches longer than a typical sedan. There is no
confusing this vehicle with a sedan.

A commanding view of the road comes at the price of having to climb into and
down from the cab. Inside, the truck at once welcomes you. Front captain's
chairs adjust 10 ways and are electronically controlled for both driver and
passenger, with a memory function for the driver. Rear seating is more than
adequate for three adults. The folding rear seats split 60/40 and fold up with a
simple motion to provide inside cargo room.

Controls, gauges, and switches are logically located and within easy reach. Dual
range climate control, Sirius-equipped stereo radio, and other onboard
electronic systems were straightforward and simple to operate. One cannot
overemphasize the importance of this.

Ford's 5.4L V8 produces 310 horsepower at 5000RPM and 365 lb-ft of torque at
3500RPM. Coupled to a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission,
power comes on smooth and predictable. Roll the throttle on and feel the torque.
If you stand on the gas, be sure to be pointed where you want to go, this thing
will get up in a hurry.

Towing capacity is rated at 7100 pounds via a Class IV hitch. The standard
Towing Prep Package includes wiring provisions, upgraded radiator, auxiliary
transmission oil cooler, and trailer sway control system.

We drove our test vehicle sans trailer and found the ride better than expected.
Handling is precise, controls worked as advertised, and after adjusting our
approach to the F-150's sheer size, road manners were excellent. A slight
bounciness (to be expected) revealed itself when traveling empty down the

A curb weight of 5314 pounds should yield poor fuel economy numbers. Our truck's
onboard system at week's end read an overall average 17.1 MPG. There are many
modern sedans on the road today that can only dream of such numbers while
lacking the comfort, size, and versatility of an F-150 Supercrew.

Two additional notes before moving on: First, we found an electronic door lock
option in the control menu. This enables a driver to have doors automatically
lock when driving or remain unlocked. Such a simple, welcomed feature! Second,
Ford is now offering their Tailgate Step on the F-150 line as a $350 option.
This allows an owner to extend a step from the tailgate to assist when getting
into and out of the bed. Wonderful feature.

Comfort, size, stability, versatility, MPG(!), and a commanding view of the road
make the 2009 F-150 Supercrew a winner. This is one test vehicle I would have
liked to keep.


Detroit really knows how to make a good pickup truck, and there's plenty of good
reasons why the F-150 is at the top of the food chain.

For more information about Ford products, go to


Name of vehicle:
2009 SD F-150 4×2 Supercrew
145-in. WB Lariat Styleside

Base $34,845, as tested $38,960
options include:
3.55 Limited slip axle 7100#GVWR Package ($435), Chrome Step Bar ($495), Lariat
Plus Package ($795), Leather Trimmed Seats ($895)

Engine type:

310@5000 rpm

365 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm

EPA mileage estimates City/ Highway:

Drive configuration:
Front engine / two wheel drive

Transmission type:
6-speed Automatic Overdrive, Electronically controlled
3.55:1 limited slip axle
Console mounted shifter with Tow/Haul Mode

Front: Independent Double Wishbone with Coil Springs and Gas Charged Shock
Rear: Live Hotchkiss-Type with Leaf Springs and Gas Charged Shock Absorbers

Wheels and tires:
LT275/55R20 All-season

4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
Front Power 330-mm Vented Disc
Rear Power 348-mm Vented Disc Brakes

Overall length/wheelbase:
231.7 inches/144.4 inches

Overall width:
78.9 inches

Overall height:
74.3 inches

3 Year/36,000 mile Bumper to Bumper
5 Year/60,000 Powertrain
5 Year/60,000 Roadside Assist

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One Response to “FORD KEEPS ON TRUCKIN'”

  1. luke Says:


    good info….

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