Nicely played, Ford. When I was given the opportunity to review Ford vehicles this summer with my family, I figured it would be a great way to check out some new Ford vehicles and learn first-hand what makes this company so successful and favored over the years. What I didn’t anticipate was discovering a love of F-150 trucks that I didn’t know existed – and now – looking at purchasing one for our family.
We had the opportunity to review the 2011 Ford F-150 FX4 in June, and it was the first time I’d actually driven a truck more than the hour or two my dad let me drive his. I learned quickly that it feels pretty awesome to be so big on the road. I kind of like being higher up than the cars beside me looking down on the…
Ok, I like that it makes me feel kind of tough.
Though sad to give up the Ford F-150 FX4, I was eager to check out the EcoBoost engine in the F-150 King Ranch that came next. My first experience with this particular truck was on a rainy highway at night – not the optimum time to drive a new, unfamiliar, vehicle. I was thoroughly impressed by how well the truck handled on the slick road and honestly, how safe I felt inside. Standard AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™) on the F-150 trucks is useful in many driving conditions including snowy or muddy roads as well.
When reviewing the 2011 Ford F-150 FX4 I shared how impressed I was that the truck could easily fit 3 car seats in the back seat, so the following day after I drove the truck home that rainy night we moved all 3 car seats into the F-150 King Ranch. Of course for a household with 3 kids, this is an impressive feature – but for those who would only have adult passengers, the room in the back seat of the F-150’s is really impressive – three adults can easily sit in the back with ample leg room.
Though leather seats look fabulous, they are no fun in the summer months. Unless you get spoiled like we’ve been with the cooled front seats in this model. The sensation is definitley different and takes some getting used to but wow what a difference this feature makes on hot summer days!
The cooled front seats compete with the EcoBoost engine in the 2011 Ford F-150 for my husband’s favorite feature. I learned about the EcoBoost engines in Ford vehicles when I attended the Forward With Ford conference in Michigan last month, so I was eager to try it out and see how it really performed.
Basically, what I learned is that the EcoBoost engine delivers similar power to that of a V-8 engine, but in a smaller 3.5L EcoBoost V-6. Towing capacity isn’t affected, but what is affected is the gas mileage and emissions. The EcoBoost engine uses gasoline turbo-charged direct-injection technology for up to 20% better fuel economy and 15% fewer emissions.
My husband is the one likely to test out an engine’s capacity and just how much torque it has. Me, I’m happy to drive around the city and feel all big and powerful. We took the truck out to the lake for the day, and on the way in I got to experience just how powerful this engine is! I’ve driven V-6 vehicle before but never a V-8. In SK the majority of our roads are single-lane highways so passing vehicles is common, and you have to be so careful about oncoming traffic. Having the EcoBoost engine, with power similar to that of a V-8 was nothing short of amazing when we’d pull out to pass and accelerate on the highway. Wow!
So, it seems as though Ford has won our family over by changing our way of thinking about trucks and the F-150 in particular. My two main issues were that I thought the F-150 trucks were not family friendly and that the gas mileage wouldn’t be good for our budget. Having reviewed two F-150 trucks now I have changed my opinion completely. So much so, that we are now in the market to buy a Ford F-150 truck!
We’ve decided that we want to buy either a camper or boat and we need something to tow it with – so it’s got to be a Ford F-150 after our experience! Who knew at the beginning of the summer that we’d actually be buying a truck! Ford won me over.