By Brenton Nallie
Most luxurious of all F-150 pickup trucks is introduced.
Introduced in 1948, the Ford F-Series is the best-selling pickup truck in the world. The reasons for this are many including its rock solid quality, capable utility and a choice of four gasoline and one diesel engines. The Ford F-150, its standard line of trucks, also brings in high-end luxury, something that is most evident in its top-of-the-line Limited edition, a model that successfully combines Lincoln luxury with Ford utility. New for 2013, the F-150 looks just as great when cruising along Rodeo Drive as it does sitting in your driveway.
Why the Lincoln comparison for the Ford F-150 Limited? That’s easy: the Limited as well as the next most luxurious F-Series truck, the Platinum, offer luxury on par with the Lincoln Mark LT, a model sold from 2006 to 2008. That truck was an F-150 underneath the Lincoln badging, a crew cab model known for its leather seating, wood trim, heated front seats and keyless entry.
The F-150 Limited, however, tops the Lincoln with Ford Group Vice President for Product Development, Raj Nair, noting: “The F-150 Limited signifies the highest levels of design refinement, luxury and technology that we’ve ever offered in a Built Ford Tough pickup truck.” Available in 4×2 and 4×4 configurations, this model starts around $50,000 and will hit Ford showrooms this fall.
Exterior and Interior
Luxury is clearly evident and includes a refined exterior design featuring 22-inch polished aluminum wheels; special paint schemes including monochromatic colors and body-colored side mirrors, and bejeweled-looking grille accents. You’ll also find HID-headlamps, the first time these lights have been used in a large pickup truck, offering improved visibility for nighttime driving.
Inside, this model rips a page from the Lincoln playbook, offering ambient lighting that can be changed to one of five accent colors. Red and black full-grain leather-trimmed seats, aluminum trim on the center panel and console, and striking piano black accents set the mood for its luxurious interior. Access to the back row is easy too as this truck is based on Ford’s four-door SuperCrew cabin configuration.
The seats offer heating and cooling options along with memory functionality for the driver. Head restraints are four-way adjustable, enabling the driver to find just the right seating position for those long cross-country trips.
Natural lighting is enhanced with the Limited’s standard moonroof, an attractive addition that provides an expansive view of sky while limiting direct sun exposure. With just one touch you can slide open the roof, taking in fresh evening air or morning sunshine.
Technology is at the heart of today’s Ford products and the Limited makes excellent use of the brand’s top offerings.
A 4.2-inch cluster gauge is driver programmable, enabling you to customize various vehicle systems. You’ll also find a media center with input jacks, an SD-card reader and USB ports. Your Limited is your office on wheels; a Sony audio system provides the music. Staying connected is further enhanced with MyFord Touch connectivity, powered by proprietary SYNC technology. This infotainment system gives you multiple viewing options, GPS navigation and a variety of music options. Use the touch screen or voice command to connect.
Engine and Transmission
Ford offers just one engine with the Limited, a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that combines turbocharging with direct fuel injection to deliver optimum performance and good fuel economy. This engine delivers 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 420 foot-pounds of torque at 2,500 rpm, beating out many V-8 engines. Moreover, this model takes regular grade gasoline and achieves a class-leading 22 mpg highway. You have the option to choose more expensive and higher grade premium gasoline, but unlike what is required of some competing trucks, this grade is optional, not required. Ford pairs this engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission that features a tow/haul mode. Towing limits have not been announced, however similar models can pull at least 8,000 pounds.
Your safety is important to Ford and the F-150 Limited delivers. Dual stage front airbags are standard as are side curtain canopy airbags, offering protection to outboard sitting passengers. This truck features roll stability control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes and a post-crash alert system that automatically sends for help.
With so many trucks to choose from, Ford has an F-150 to suit most any budget or taste. The 2013 Ford F-150 Limited edition is proof that you can have it both ways, delivering incomparable luxury within a tested pickup truck setting.
Brenton Nallie hails from San Antonio, Texas where he is an expert on Bull Ring truck accessories. His specialty is retractable tie downs.
Photo courtesy of the Ford Motor Company.