Ford pickup trucks have been part of the American landscape for more than 100 years. What began as farm and job site vehicles are now common in driveways and parking lots. Before starting a search for a used truck for sale, it’s good to understand your needs and preferences.
Will this be a daily driver? Does your new pickup need to have heavy-duty hauling and trailering capabilities? The questions are almost limitless. Let’s explore what Ford has to offer as you look for trucks for sale.
Ford’s introduction of the 14th-generation F-150 in 2021 further cemented the truck’s dominance in the pickup marketplace. Innovations like a hybrid power plant balance the need for fuel economy with the realities of owning a pickup. To help you search for the latest used Ford trucks for sale, let’s break down the details of the F-150. Keep in mind that cab styles, engines, equipment, and other features may vary by model year and trim.
While many truck owners use their vehicles for daily driver duties and have a need for two-row transportation, others just require a basic pickup. That’s why Ford still offers the F-150 in a regular cab; it’s got two doors and room for three. The regular cab only comes in the lower trims, but that’s enough for owners who just want the basics.
Ford’s SuperCab first appeared on the 2001 F-150; it’s an extended cab that features two rows of seats, two standard front doors, and two smaller rear access doors. For SUV-like access, the SuperCrew (generically called a crew cab) offers four standard doors and extra rear legroom.
Equally as crucial as cab style to some truck shoppers is cargo bed length. A pickup won’t be much help if it can’t handle goods that are regular cargo. The F-150 comes in three-bed sizes: 5.5 feet, 6.5 feet, or 8 feet. Not every bed length is available with every cab style. For example, the SuperCrew is unavailable for the 8-foot bed, but the 5.5-footbed is only available with the SuperCrew.
A pickup is only as good as its engine; it’s a concept that makes sense as trucks often get used for heavy-duty hauling or extreme trailering. And while the earliest F-150s only had a couple of engine choices, today’s version offers a menu of power plants. Think of it as picking the right tool for the right job. For example, why spend the money on a gutsy V-8 if regular driving doesn’t involve over-the-top loads?
Rear-wheel drive is standard across the lineup, except for the Tremor and Raptor, which get the four-wheel drive (4WD) out the door. 4WD is available on the other trims. A ten-speed automatic is a sole transmission across the lineup.
The base engine for the lower F-150 trims is a straightforward 3.3-liter V-6 engine that makes 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. Moving up in capability is a turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 with 325 horsepower and a hefty 400 lb-ft of torque; it’s standard on the Lariat trim and is optional on lesser versions. Available on most trims (and standard on the Limited and Tremor) is another turbocharged V-6 beauty; this 3.5-liter engine cranks out 400 horsepower and an impressive 500 lb-ft of torque.
For more traditionalists, the legendary Coyote 5.0-liter V-8 continues to serve F-150 owners with 400 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. In contrast, the PowerBoost system brings modern hybrid technology to the engine compartment. The turbo 3.5-liter V-6 and electric motor combination produce 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque—it’s available on all trims but the Tremor and Raptor. And speaking of the Raptor, its exclusive high-output version of the turbo 3.5-liter V-6 serves up 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque.
If your search includes used diesel trucks for sale, you’ll need to look at 2021 Ford trucks or older F-150s, as the company dropped the 3.0-liter Powerstroke turboDiesel starting in 2022.
As befitting an American pickup truck like the F-150, there are numerous trims to choose from. And even if you’re searching for a used truck, knowing about each version can be helpful.
Learn More: The Ultimate Guide to the Ford F-150 Raptor
Ford introduced a game-changing feature when it debuted the latest F-150. Pro Power Onboard is a generator that serves as a giant rolling battery and generator. Available with a 2.0, 2.4, or 7.2 kilowatts (kW) capacity (depending on equipment levels), Pro Power can charge everything from electronic gear to many appliances. In its most powerful form (7.2 kW), Pro Power can handle a 1,800-watt plasma cutter or 12-inch miter saw with ease. Last year’s Texas winter blackouts saw some Pro Power-equipped F-150s serve as backup household power.
Curious about previous F-150 generations? Read: What To Know About Buying A Used Ford F-150 Truck.
While the F-150 gets attention as Ford’s and America’s best-selling vehicle, sometimes it’s just not capable enough to deal with extreme tasks. We’re talking about work that would tax the F-150’s 14,000-pound tow and 3,325-pound cargo limits (some F-150s have lower maximums). The F-250 maxes out at 18,500 pounds for towing and 4,270 pounds for cargo.
But the F-250 does share some similarities with its smaller stablemate. There’s a choice of cab styles (regular, SuperCab, and crew cab) and bed lengths (6.75 feet or 8 feet). Plus, the trucks have the same trims: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited.
Other than size and capability, the other major difference is powertrains. In this area, there are zero similarities between the F-250 and F-150. The standard power for the F-250 is a gas-powered 6.2-liter V-8 making 385 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. Upgrades are a 7.3-liter gas V-8 with 430 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque or a 6.7-liter turbocharged Diesel V-8 cranking out 475 horsepower and a monster 1,050 lb-ft of torque. Keep this last powertrain in mind when checking out used Diesel trucks for sale.
In some cases, the capabilities of the F-250 may not be enough. In these situations, truck shoppers turn to the Ford F-350. A 32,000-pound towing capacity means there are not many towable things that can’t be pulled by a properly equipped F-350. The same goes for cargo, as the F-350 is rated for up to 7,240 pounds, that’s almost double the F-250.
Another significant advantage of the F-350 is the availability of a dual-rear-wheel (or dually) configuration. This setup aids in stability and safety when towing large and unwieldy things like a large camper or horse trailer.
In addition to the Super Duty F-250 and F-350 trucks, Ford offers a range of commercial vehicles that go up to the F-750. These heavy-duty trucks often serve particular tasks, such as housing a cherry-picker lift used by linemen. It’s easy to spot a Ford utility truck by the familiar front end and cab, but there will be some box-like structure in place of the cargo bed.
Outside of Ford F-series trucks, the automaker offers other pickup choices.
The Ranger started out decades ago as a compact pickup, but it’s grown since its 2019 reintroduction. Now a mid-sized offering, the Ranger is ideal for someone who needs truck utility without the bulk of an F-150. And unlike the mind-numbing choices available for the F-150, Ford makes things much simpler with the Ranger.
There’s just one engine, a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine making 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. It’s connected to a ten-speed automatic and standard rear-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive.
Cab and cargo bed choices are easy, too. The SuperCab is available only with a 6-foot bed, while the SuperCrew comes with a 5-foot bed. And there are also only three trims: XL, XLT, and Lariat.
Ford hasn’t made a compact pickup since 2012 (the Ranger), but the all-new Maverick is off to a hot start. In fact, Ford had to shut down new orders until the factory caught up. That said, you won’t see too many Mavericks at Ford dealerships near you or listed under used pickup trucks for sale. We’ll save a Maverick deep dive for another article, but here are the essentials.
The Maverick only comes in a crew cab configuration with a 4.5-foot cargo bed. Standard power comes from a gas-hybrid 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 191 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque. It’s a front-wheel-drive only setup managed by a continuously variable automatic transmission. An optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine provides 250 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic and either front-wheel or rear-wheel drive.
The Maverick takes a page from the Ranger playbook by offering three trims: XL, XLT, and Lariat.
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Posted Friday, March 25, 2022