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2008 Ford F-150 Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Ford F-150 was new.

The F-150 delivers smooth handling and a comfortable, accommodating cab, but some reviewers say it is underpowered and has uninspired exterior styling.

8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.5
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Smooth, responsive handling
  • Comfortable and customizable interior
  • Confidence-inspiring safety scores
  • Not enough power for its size
  • Outdated four-speed automatic transmission
  • Staid and unexciting exterior

2008 Ford F-150 Overview

Once the best selling vehicle in America, the 2008 Ford F-150 is a solid, capable pickup truck that offers a nice ride and a comfortable interior; high gas prices, however, have caused truck buyers to desert the F-150 for smaller, more economical rides. Still for those that need a truck, reviewers say the   F-150 is a well-rounded. Automotive.com says it "delivers a strong combination of style, interior comfort, performance, ride and handling."

However, the F-150 is part of a highly competitive class where its staid exterior and weak power make it less appealing. In a five-way comparison, Car and Driver places the F-150 fifth, behind the Dodge Ram, Toyota Tundra, Nissan Titan and Chevrolet Silverado, explaining, "This truck feels heavy" and calling it "hindmost in acceleration."  A 2009 redesign was highly anticipated and sought to adress these shortcomings until slow truck sales and a stagnant economy caused Ford to delay the redesigned truck's introduction.  Now, buyers who don't mind the 2008 F-150 will find themselves in an excellent negotiating position, provided they don't mind spending what they saved at the dealership to fill the F-150's fuel tank. 

The F-150 is available with three different engines -- a 4.2-liter V6, a 4.6-liter V8 or a 5.4-liter V8; three different bed lengths -- 5.5, 6.5 or eight feet, and six different trim levels -- XL, STX, XLT, FX2/FX4, Lariat and King Ranch. A special edition Harley Davidson model is also available. Since the F-150 was significantly redesigned just last year, changes for 2008 are minimal.

If you're in the market for a full-size pickup, consider the strong performance of a Chevy Silverado, or the appreciated style of Nissan's Titan.

  • "Slightly upstaged by newcomers, the F-150 is still a favorite, with 30 years of full-size pickup sales leadership. Quiet, smooth, and comfortable, it offers a broad range of engines…and impressive payload and towing capabilities." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Ford F-150 comes in a broad range of models, yet they all seem to have nicely balanced suspensions that make them enjoyable to drive and well-designed, comfortable cabs." -- Automotive.com
  • "A utilitarian truck that can go to the construction site, haul plenty of lumber for weekend projects, beat its way through bad weather and rough terrain, but also provide a family of six with all the comforts of a luxury SUV." -- Boston Globe
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