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8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2012 Ford F-150 Review

Critics agreed that the 2012 Ford F-150 shines with a powerful EcoBoost V6, comfortable seats and a high towing capacity.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious rear seats in SuperCrew cab models
  • Good fuel economy with base engine
  • Sparsely equipped base model

2012 Ford F-150 Overview

The 2012 F-150 has a standard V6 engine that test drivers reported has sufficient power, though many preferred one of the three available engines that produce more power and torque for heavier towing or hauling. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models. The base V6-powered F-150 gets an EPA-estimated 17/23 mpg city/highway, which is better than what many full-size trucks get. Reviewers agreed that the 2012 F-150 has a composed ride, though a few pointed out that competitors like the Ram 1500 are more comfortable. On the other hand, critics were impressed with the off-road skills of the F-150 SVT Raptor, which features upgrades like a unique suspension, a locking rear differential and all-terrain tires. When properly equipped, the 2012 Ford F-150 can tow up to 11,300 pounds.

While some reviewers said that the base 2012 F-150’s cabin is pretty sparse, they noted that the upper trims have classier-looking cabins. Regular cab models can seat up to three, while SuperCab (extended) and SuperCrew (crew) cabs can seat up to six. Auto journalists commented that the F-150's front seats are incredibly comfortable and that the rear seats in SuperCab models are OK for short trips. Still, most found the rear seats of SuperCrew models more spacious and welcoming. The 2012 F-150 comes standard with an AM/FM stereo and air conditioning. Features available on upper trims include dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, Ford's voice-activated SYNC system, Bluetooth and a USB port.

Other Trucks to Consider

Reviewers agreed that the 2012 Ram 1500 delivers one of the most comfortable, car-like rides in the segment, and they were impressed with its upscale cabin materials. When it was new, we named the Ram 1500 our 2012 Best Full-size Pickup Truck for the Money.

Reviewers wrote that the 2012 Toyota Tundra Double Cab has plenty of rear-seat legroom, which is a rare compliment for an extended cab truck. Test drivers especially liked the Tundra's power and acceleration when equipped with the available 5.7-liter V8 engine.

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