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2013 Ford F-150 Review

If you’re looking for a used pickup with good safety scores, potent engine choices, and expansive passenger space, consider a used 2013 Ford F-150. It ranks near the top of its class and has above-average reliability. Still, some rivals score better in that regard, which elevates them to a higher ranking. 

Pros & Cons

  • High safety scores for class
  • Potent lineup of engines
  • Excellent passenger space
  • Rivals are more reliable

New for 2013

  • New Limited trim
  • Xenon headlights, hill-descent control, and MyFord Touch infotainment system became available




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.3
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2013 Ford F-150 Overview

Is the 2013 Ford F-150 a Good Used Truck?

Whether you need a basic work truck or a roomy, luxurious daily companion, a used 2013 Ford F-150 is a great option. It has authoritative yet refined performance and the highest towing capacity in the class (when properly equipped). SuperCrew models are extremely roomy, though some dashboard controls aren't that ergonomic.

Used 2013 Ford F-150 Performance and Interior

The Ford F-150 boasts several available V6 and V8 engines, ranging from 302 to 411 horsepower. All come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The base V6 engine has adequate power for daily driving, but if you often carry a full load of people or cargo, you'll want to find a more powerful engine. The twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine delivers best-in-class towing at up to 11,300 pounds, a figure matched by the 6.2-liter V8. Both of those powertrains, along with the other V8, have brute acceleration and admirable transmission performance.

According to the EPA, you can expect anywhere from 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway down to around 12/16 mpg city/highway. The F-150's base fuel economy is better than that of most other trucks.

The F-150 has standard rear-wheel drive and available four-wheel drive. Its responsive steering and relatively good maneuverability make it one of the better-handling trucks, despite some body lean when cornering. Ride quality is good over most surfaces, though you can still feel some harsh bumps in the road.

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In addition to the standard Regular Cab, the F-150 comes in extended SuperCab and full-size SuperCrew configurations. Regular Cabs seat three, while SuperCab and SuperCrew models seat five or six, depending on whether there’s a front bench seat or separate bucket seats. The SuperCrew offers cavernous space for even taller passengers, while rear-seat room is a little tighter in a SuperCab. All models offer supportive and comfortable front seats, and it is easy to find a suitable driving position. Available seating features include cloth, vinyl, or leather upholstery, manual or power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, heated rear seats, and cooled front seats.

An F-150 with a rear row has two complete sets of second-row LATCH child-seat connections, plus a tether anchor for the middle seat.

The most basic Ford F-150 is short on standard features, with just an AM/FM stereo and climate controls. Available features include power windows and door locks, an auxiliary input, cruise control, the voice-activated SYNC system, satellite radio, a 110-volt power outlet, a 4.2-inch MyFord audio display, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, two USB ports, dual-zone automatic climate control, a Sony premium stereo, HD Radio, navigation, and a moonroof. Some physical buttons on the dashboard are small or hard to reach, but the MyFord Touch system operates smoothly and is easy to use.

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Used 2013 Ford F-150 Prices

Average prices for a used 2013 F-150 range from around $15,500 for a Regular Cab short-bed base model up to about $34,500 for a four-wheel-drive SuperCrew Limited model. Actual listings can vary with the truck's powertrain, cab and bed configurations, mileage, condition, and features.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Ford F-150?

The 2013 Ford F-150 has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. While that's above the industry-wide average score of three, most trucks earn better scores.

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How Safe Is the F-150?

The 2013 F-150 has class-leading safety scores. It was named a 2013 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS gave the F-150 a score of Good, the highest offered, in four crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the F-150 four out of five stars in overall safety. That's based on its four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test.

A rearview camera and rear parking sensors are the only driver assistance features available in the F-150.

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Is the 2013 F-150 the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Ford F-150 is part of a generation that spans the 2009 through 2014 model years. Though you can likely save money with an older F-Series, sticking with the 2013 model is a smarter bet because it saw the introduction of the available MyFord Touch infotainment system, along with other new features and the Limited trim.  

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Which Used Ford F-150 Is Right for Me?

The 2013 F-150 has three cab configurations, three bed sizes, multiple engine choices, and nine trims. Of those, look for a Lariat model. It has standard comfort and convenience features like leather seats, heated front seats, a touch-screen infotainment system, satellite radio, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Higher trims add more extravagant styling or amenities, like navigation and a Sony stereo. Performance enthusiasts will want to consider the SVT Raptor for its monstrous engine and formidable off-road capability. 

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned F-150. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. Each CPO Ford vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Ford F-150 and Other Trucks to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Ford F-150 or 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a slightly higher reliability score than the F-150, but it gets much lower safety scores. Both trucks have a handful of engine options, but the F-150 boasts more horsepower across the lineup. The Silverado's interior quality is a little lackluster, and though the Chevy has sufficient rear-seat space, the F-150 is roomier. These trucks are both admirable choices, but the Ford is a little better overall.   

Which Is Better: 2013 Ford F-150 or 2013 Toyota Tundra?

The 2013 Toyota Tundra has top-notch reliability, which is its only advantage over the F-150 in our rankings. The Tundra has plenty of hard plastic interior surfaces, and its ride quality is on the stiff side. Steering feels slow and disconnected. Average prices for a Tundra are higher than for many rivals. When it was new, we named the Tundra our 2013 Best Full Size Truck for the Money. Unless you're really sold on the Tundra's great reliability, though, the F-150 will likely be a better bet. 

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