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2019 Ford F-150 Review

The 2019 Ford F-150 finishes near the top of our full-size pickup truck rankings. It's arguably the most capable truck in the class, and it features a spacious, comfortable interior.

Pros & Cons

  • Class-leading towing and hauling capacities
  • Powerful engines
  • Spacious, comfortable seats
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Not as upscale inside as some competitors

New for 2019

  • Limited trim gains high-output EcoBoost V6 engine
  • Raptor gets new shocks and new Trail Control system

Is the Ford F-150 a Good Truck?

Yes, the Ford F-150 is a great truck. It gets plenty of power from all six of its available engines, with the turbocharged engines turning it into a monster that can tow and haul more than any other truck in the class. The F-150 rides smoothly and offers several helpful bed features as well. The roomy interior is comfortable and offers lots of user-friendly technology. Like all trucks, the F-150’s size means it won’t be fit in to everyone’s life, but if you have the space and need for the F-150, it’s a great buy.

2019 Ford F-150 Dimensions

  • Length: 17 feet, 5.3 inches to 20 feet, 10.5 inches
  • Height: 6 feet, 3.09 inches to 6 feet, 6.5 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,069 to 5,697 pounds

Should I Buy the Ford F-150?

It's tough to make a case for why you shouldn't buy the F-150. In addition to the plaudits listed above, this truck carries a below-average starting price, making it a solid value. Still, we know that truck buyers can be particular, so you may want to see how rivals like the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 stack up against the F-150. For example, both have better predicted reliability ratings.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Ford F-150?

The 2019 F-150 belongs to a generation that began with the 2015 model year. There was a refresh for 2018, and the 2019 model sees a few additional changes. The Limited trim has a new engine, the Raptor gets new shocks, and there are some new standard driver assistance features like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection.

For 2018, the F-150 got improved towing and hauling capacities, wider availability of the 10-speed automatic transmission, and a little extra power for select engines.

You can potentially save thousands of dollars by buying a used F-150, though you'll miss out on the more recent updates. To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Ford F-150. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current F-150 generation, which runs from 2015 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Ford F-150 Cost?

The F-150 sports a base price of about $28,000, which is slightly below average for a full-size truck. There are several higher trims, and some cost considerably more. The well-rounded Lariat starts at nearly $42,000. The high-performance Raptor starts at around $53,000, and the range-topping Limited starts at just over $67,000.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Ford dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Ford deals page.

Ford F-150 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Ford F-150 or Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

The Chevy Silverado 1500 is a classic rival of the F-150, and with good reason. Both are great trucks that feature several powerful engine options and plenty of capability, though the F-150 can tow a bit more. Both trucks feature a dynamic off-road-oriented trim – the Ford F-150 Raptor and the Chevy Silverado Trail Boss. Inside, these trucks are well-built and spacious, and both can be loaded with features. The Chevy has a slightly better predicted reliability rating, but you can't go wrong with either truck. The better choice comes down to which you like most.

Which Is Better: Ford F-150 or Ram 1500?

The Ram 1500 can't tow or haul as much as the F-150, but it's within spitting distance of its Ford rival, and both trucks offer some powerful engine options. The Ram delivers one of the smoothest rides in the class and has a slightly better predicted reliability rating. However, the Ram's Rebel off-road trim doesn't hold a candle to the F-150 Raptor in terms of off-road capability. Inside, the F-150 gets the silver medal for cabin quality – the Ram has arguably the nicest cabin in the class – but both trucks provide lots of passenger space and easy-to-use features. These are both good trucks, and the right choice comes down to personal preference.

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F-150 Performance

F-150 Engine: Plenty to Choose From

The F-150 offers a half-dozen engine choices, and they're all solid options. The base V6 makes a great choice for day-to-day driving. You also have a V8, a turbodiesel, and three turbocharged V6 options. All are more capable for towing and hauling, and the turbocharged engines also make the F-150 feel noticeably quicker.

F-150 Gas Mileage: Not Overly Thirsty

By full-size truck standards, the F-150 gets pretty good fuel economy, earning 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with its base V6 engine. Those numbers challenge the Ram 1500 (20/25 mpg) for the best nondiesel ratings in the class.

F-150 Ride and Handling: More Than Holds Its Own

This Ford is easy to drive and handles with poise around town and on winding roads. It also rides smoothly, even over rough roads or while carrying a heavy payload. All F-150s offer decent performance away from the pavement, but the Raptor trim is an off-road master.

F-150 Towing Capacity

This Ford pickup features some strong engines, and they deliver enough power for the F-150 to pull heavy trailers or haul a full bed of cargo without feeling strained. When it comes to maximum capacities, this Ford tops the class. It can haul nearly 3,300 pounds, and it can tow a staggering 13,200 pounds when properly equipped.

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F-150 Interior

How Many People Does the F-150 Seat?

In Regular Cab models, the F-150 seats up to three people. In SuperCab and SuperCrew models, it seats up to six. The front seats are superb: They're roomy and comfortable, and they remain supportive on long drives. The rear seats are great too – especially in SuperCrew models – providing enough space for three adults to ride without sitting on top of each other.

F-150 and Car Seats

Models with a rear seat feature two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The F-150's LATCH system earns a Marginal rating (the second-lowest rating) for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

F-150 Interior Quality

Though it doesn't match the upscale feel of some rivals, this Ford's interior leaves little to complain about. It looks good, it's highly functional, and it mostly uses quality materials.

F-150 Cargo Space

You can equip the F-150's bed (which comes in 5.5-, 6.5-, and 8-foot lengths) with useful features like stowable loading ramps and moveable tie-downs to make it easier to load and secure cargo. SuperCab and SuperCrew models also have plenty of cabin storage space thanks to their flip-up rear seats, and a flat load floor in back.

F-150 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Beyond a radio and manual climate control, the F-150 doesn't have many features included in its base trim. However, it offers plenty as options, including a twin-panel moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, the SYNC 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

The user-friendly SYNC 3 system has an intuitive interface and a responsive touch screen. There are physical controls for some features as well. Connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make it easy to connect a smartphone, and the F-150 is available with a Wi-Fi hot spot that lets you connect up to 10 devices.

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F-150 Reliability

Is the Ford F-150 Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 F-150 a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average for the industry.

Ford F-150 Warranty

Ford covers the F-150 with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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F-150 Safety

F-150 Crash Test Results

The 2019 F-150 SuperCrew model earned a five-out-of-five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest rating of Good in five crash tests and the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention technology but the lowest rating of Poor for how well the headlights illuminate the road.

F-150 Safety Features

The F-150 comes with automatic high beams, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and a rearview camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist. Available active safety features include a 360-degree camera system, rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and active park assist.

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Which Ford F-150 Model Is Right for Me?

The first step to picking out your truck is deciding which cab and box style you want. There are seven trims, six engines, three cab styles, three bed lengths, and a variety of appearance packages. Bed length availability depends on the cab style you choose.

For many, the Lariat is an excellent, well-rounded choice. It’s available with two cab choices, all three bed lengths (depending on cab configuration), and four engine options. It also comes with a respectable assortment of features.

Ford F-150 Powertrain Options:

  • Base engine: 3.3-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque; starts at $28,155 (available in XL, XLT)
  • Available engines:
    • 2.7-liter V6 with 325 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque; starts at $30,145 (available in XL, XLT, Lariat)
    • 5.0-liter V8 with 395 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque; starts at $29,150 (available in XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum)
    • turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque; starts at $31,050 (available in XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum)
    • high-output turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque; starts at $52,855 (available in Limited, Raptor)
    • turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 diesel with 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque; starts at $45,700 (available in XL fleet, XLT fleet, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum)
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available four-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard six-speed automatic (base engine only); available 10-speed automatic

Ford F-150 Appearance Packages:

  • XL and XLT STX package (prices start at $1,995): body-colored bumpers, front fascia, and grill; 20-inch aluminum wheels; halogen fog lamps; and privacy glass (SuperCab and SuperCrew only)
  • XL Chrome package (prices start at $775): 17-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels and trim-exclusive body accents
  • XL and XLT Sport package (prices start at $775): same as Chrome package but with body-colored bumpers
  • XLT and Lariat Chrome package (prices start at $1,695): 18-inch PVD aluminum wheels and trim-exclusive body accents (SuperCab and SuperCrew only)
  • XLT and Lariat Sport package (prices start at $1,995): 18-inch six-spoke aluminum wheels, accent-colored angular step bars, body-colored front-fascia and wheel-lip moldings, body-colored bumpers, exhaust tip, and Magnetic-painted 2-bar grille (SuperCab and SuperCrew only)
  • XLT and Lariat Special Edition package (prices start at $1,995): 20-inch premium aluminum wheels, accent-colored angular step bars, body-colored grille, F-150 fender and tailgate badging, halogen headlamps with dark housing, and single-tip exhaust (XLT SuperCab and SuperCrew only; Lariat SuperCrew only)
  • King Ranch Chrome package (prices start at $1,995): 20-inch PVD aluminum wheels and trim-exclusive body accents
  • King Ranch Monochromatic Paint package (prices start at $4,470, including other required packages): same as King Ranch Chrome package but with monochromatic paint

Ford F-150 Work Packages/Options:

  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost Payload package (prices start at $750; available in XL, XLT): adds 3.73 electronic-locking rear axle (SuperCab and SuperCrew only)
  • CNG/Propane Engine Prep package (prices start at $315; available in certain XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch cab styles with 5.0-liter V8): bi-fuel system that allows truck to run on compressed natural gas and propane autogas
  • Heavy-Duty Payload package (prices start at $1,695; available in XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum models with 3.3-liter, 5.0-liter, or 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines): adds 3.73 electronic-locking rear axle, 36-gallon fuel tank, upgraded springs, and 18-inch silver heavy-duty aluminum wheels
  • Maximum Trailer Tow package (prices start at $895; available in XL models with 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine): adds 3.55 electronic-locking rear axle, 36-gallon fuel tank, Class IV trailer hitch receiver, Smart Trailer tow connector, trailer brake controller, upgraded front stabilizer bar, upgraded rear bumper, and trailer hookup lamp
  • Snow Plow Prep package (prices start at $50; available in XL, XLT, Lariat with 4WD and 5.0-liter V8): adds preselected springs and snow plow mode with dash-mounted button on all models, electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case on Lariat models
  • Trailer Tow package (prices start at $595; available in XL and Raptor): adds Class IV trailer hitch receiver, SmartTrailer tow connector, upgraded front stabilizer bar, and trailer hookup lamp
Ford F-150 XL and Ford F-150 XLT

The XL and XLT are the two lowest trims, and they’re the only trims available with all three cabs and all three bed lengths. The XL carries a base price of $28,155, and the XLT starts at $34,160. Both models feature the base V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.

The XL doesn't have much in the way of standard comfort and convenience features, but it does come standard with automatic high beams, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and a rearview camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist. It's meant to be a work truck, which is why there are so few amenities. Notable options in the XL include power windows and locks, MyKey, the voice-activated SYNC infotainment system, a USB port, a tailgate step, and trailer brake assist.

The XLT comes with power windows and locks, MyKey, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with a Wi-Fi hot spot, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. If you're buying an F-150 for personal use, the XLT is the lowest trim you should consider. Notable options include a power-adjustable driver's seat, satellite radio, Pro Trailer Backup Assist, navigation, and integrated loading ramps.

In addition to the base V6, both trims are available with a V8 engine or the 325-horsepower EcoBoost V6.

Ford F-150 Lariat

The F-150 Lariat has a starting price of $41,700. This trim has the smaller, 325-horsepower EcoBoost engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. In addition to the lower trims' features, the Lariat comes with BoxLink, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, and satellite radio.

Notable options include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system. Available engines include the V8, the turbodiesel, and the 375-horsepower EcoBoost V6.

Ford F-150 King Ranch

The King Ranch trim sports a starting price of $52,390. This is the trim where the F-150 starts to feel almost like a luxury vehicle. It comes with a 395-horsepower V8 engine, and standard features include a Bang & Olufsen audio system, a voice-activated touch-screen navigation system, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Notable options include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a 360-degree camera, active park assist, power-deploying running boards, a moonroof, and massaging front seats. You can also upgrade to the turbodiesel engine or the 375-horsepower EcoBoost V6.

Ford F-150 Platinum

The Platinum trim starts at $54,920 and features the same powertrain as the King Ranch, though the Platinum adds wood trim accents, power-deployable running boards, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Notable options include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, a 360-degree camera, active park assist, and a moonroof. Engine-wise, you can upgrade to the turbodiesel engine or the 375-horsepower EcoBoost V6.

Ford F-150 Limited

The top-of-the-line Limited is the most upscale trim, and it carries a starting price of $67,135. This trim features a 450-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine and comes standard with a twin-panel moonroof, a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and just about every other feature you can get in an F-150. There are no other engine options with this trim.

Ford F-150 Raptor

The Raptor starts at $52,855 and features the same engine as the Limited trim. It also comes with several performance- and off-road-related features, including four-wheel drive, an off-road racing suspension, skid plates, and a locking rear differential. This is easily the best choice in the lineup for off-roading and spirited driving. There are no other engine options with this trim.

Notable options include power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a 360-degree camera, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Which F-150 Cab Style Is Right for Me?

The 2019 F-150 is available in three cab styles: regular, SuperCab (extended cab with a small back seat), and SuperCrew (crew cab with a full-size back seat). Picking between these styles comes down to one question: How many people will you be traveling with?

If you're typically driving alone or with one passenger, then the Regular Cab may suit you. The Regular Cab can seat up to three, but space in the middle seat is very tight. You can also opt for seating for two in this configuration by adding a center console, which removes the 40/20/40 split-folding front seat.

The SuperCab is a good option for those who only occasionally need room for extra passengers. You can seat a total of six in the SuperCab, but rear-seat space is pretty tight with about 3 feet of legroom. This is about 5 inches less than in the back of the 2019 Ford Fusion. The SuperCab rear doors open in the opposite direction of the front doors and fold nearly flat against the side of the truck. With wide door openings and rear seats that fold up, there’s a good amount of usable cargo room inside the cabin. Making it more useful is the flat floor, which provides maximum storage capacity.

Those who travel long distances with passengers will want to focus on SuperCrew models, which have tons of passenger space and seating for up to six. There is more than 3.5 feet of rear-seat legroom in SuperCrew models. This is more rear legroom than in the 2019 Ford Edge. SuperCrew models also offer a great deal of interior storage space when you fold the rear seat bottoms up. Like the SuperCab, the floor of the SuperCrew is flat.

Which F-150 Bed Length Is Right for Me?

Choosing the bed length for your F-150 will depend on which cab style you prefer. The F-150 has three bed lengths available, but not every box size is available with every cab configuration. The shortest bed is 5 feet, 6 inches, and it is available with SuperCrew and Raptor SuperCab models only. The 6-foot-6-inch bed is available with all models. The longest bed is 8 feet long and available with Regular and SuperCab models.

The best combination of cargo volume and passenger space is the SuperCrew with the 6-foot-6-inch bed. However, this configuration is more than 20 feet long and may be a chore to maneuver in tight spots. If you don't need the maximum cargo space, opting for the shorter 5-foot-6-inch box is a better choice. The 8-foot bed lengthens the F-150 Regular Cab to almost 19 feet and has the least amount of interior cargo space. If you're buying a work truck, this bed is the best choice, but most shoppers will prefer one of the two shorter beds.

Which F-150 Model Is Best for Towing and Hauling?

If you’re looking for the best F-150 work truck, go with the XL with the Regular Cab, 8-foot bed, and 3.5-liter V6 engine. This combination will run you about $31,050 with rear-wheel drive or $35,695 for a model with four-wheel drive. When properly configured, this model has a maximum payload of 3,230 pounds and a maximum towing capacity of 13,200 pounds. You’ll also have the maximum bed length to haul large items.

The standard 3.3-liter V6 has a maximum payload capacity of 1,990 pounds, and its maximum towing capacity is 7,700 pounds. This engine is fine for pulling travel trailers and most boats. If you need to pull more weight around, you’ll want to look at models with the turbocharged 2.7-liter V6. This engine has a maximum payload capacity of 2,470 pounds and a maximum towing capacity of 9,000 pounds when the Heavy-Duty Payload package is added.

The V8 delivers the best combination of power and capability of any engine in the lineup. It has a maximum payload capacity of 3,270 pounds and a towing limit of 11,600 pounds. If you want great gas mileage from a workhorse that can tow a bunch, take a look at the F-150's turbodiesel engine. It has a maximum payload capacity of 1,940 pounds and a maximum towing capacity of 11,400 pounds.

Which F-150 Model Is Best for Off-Roading?

The F-150 Raptor (MSRP: $52,855) is hands down the best off-roading vehicle Ford makes. The standard setup has more than enough to take you off the beaten path. It comes with the high-output version of the 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It also comes with a torque-on-demand transfer case, electronic-locking rear differential, and Fox Live Valve monotube shocks. The standard four-wheel-drive system features crawl control and seven driver-selectable modes for various terrains, including normal, sport, slippery, tow/haul, deep snow/sand, Baja, and rock crawl. This off-road beast also comes standard with 17-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. One notable aspect of the Raptor is that it’s about a half foot wider and 3 inches taller than a standard F-150.

If you’re worried about this extra size, you may want to consider an F-150 with the FX4 Off-Road package ($905). It adds an electronic-locking rear-axle, hill-descent control, off-road tuned front shock absorbers, and skid plates. We also recommend the V8 engine in this setup because of its combination of strong horsepower and high torque.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Ford F-150 is a terrific all-around truck. Whether you're looking for a work truck, a heavy-duty hauler, or a daily driver that can also handle weekend trips to Home Depot, this Ford delivers the goods. That's why it's one of our highest-rated trucks and why it deserves a look from any full-size-truck shopper.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "With hundreds of available configurations, you'll have an easy time finding a 2018 Ford F-150 that meets your needs. Overall it's a comprehensive package that makes the F-150 one of our favorite trucks on the road." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "With its class-exclusive aluminum body and turbocharged EcoBoost engines, the F-150 has advanced full-size pickup design well beyond what its competitors are doing." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Considering the F-150 is the crown jewel of the Ford lineup and its most successful product, we doubt they'd launch it without full confidence in its reliability. And as far as the driving experience, prepare to be surprised. All of our expectations were exceeded behind the wheel. There are some real, tangible benefits to the 10-speed in real world use." -- Truck Trend (2017)

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Last Updated: June 13, 2019

Best Selling Vehicle in America: The Ford F-150 not only topped the full-size pickup truck segment in sales in 2018, but the entire F-Series lineup was the best-selling set of vehicles in any class in the United States. In 2019, it’s outselling its nearest competitor, the Ram 1500, by nearly 60%.

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