Within the compendium of Ford pickup trucks is the F-Series of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty utility vehicles, as well as the new, more passenger-centric midsize Ranger. The Ford F-Series has topped the sales charts in the USA since 1977 and has maintained itself as the highest-selling automobile overall since 1981. With the seemingly unrelenting popularity of trucks in the USA, new, old, and even classic, the Blue Oval has succeeded in delivering a long list of venerable models for every buyer.
Ford Pickup Truck Models
Here is the latest arrangement of new Ford trucks:
- F-150 - Possibly the most versatile vehicle from the Blue Oval brand, the F-150 receives a selection of six different engines and trims. Options span from a 3.3-liter to a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6, with the biggest motor being a 5.0-liter V8. Two standard V6s are offered - gasoline and diesel - along with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo, which is the most powerful unit. In its most capable form, the entry-level pickup can lug up to 13,200 pounds, although it is on the small side next to its siblings.
- F-150 Raptor - With a burly 3.5L twin-turbo V6 under the hood and a permanent 4x4 drivetrain, it sports Fox Shocks, and long-travel suspension, it’s clear that the Raptor was designed for some rough-housing. The V6 is the same engine you will find under the hood of the brand’s Mustang Shelby GT500, further reinforcing the notion that this a truck meant to be enjoyed. It’s still more than capable of doing some hard work, though, with a max tow capacity of 8,000 lbs, a total payload of 1,200 lbs, and a cargo area of 52.8 cu ft.
- F-250 Super Duty - The first of the official heavy-duty haulers can be fitted with three robust V8’s - a naturally-aspirated gas-fed 6.2- or 7.3-liter, and a turbo-diesel 6.7-liter. With the most powerful setup, this workhorse could lug a total of 15,000 lbs conventionally and up to 22,800 lbs with a gooseneck fitted. The Tremor variant of the F-250 is favored for its aggressive aesthetic, rugged mechanics, and lifted ride height, which gives it excellent off-road performance.
- F-350 Super Duty - With a 1.5-inch larger rear block, tighter suspension springs, and a reinforced midsection, the F-350 is the more hardy ute. Despite having the same powertrain and body configurations as the F-250, it’s the first of the series available with dual back wheels. Here, conventional pulling is capped at 32,000 pounds and the payload limit is set at 7,850 lbs.
- F-450 Super Duty - At the top of the automaker’s heavy-duty lineup is the F-450. It rode into 2020 with a re-tuned turbodiesel V8 mill producing 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque, forwarded to either the rear wheels or all four. It arrives factory-built with a gooseneck hitch in place for a class-leading 37,000-pound pulling potential.
- Ranger - While this 2.3-liter turbo-four powered midsize pickup was only introduced to the USA in 2019, the rest of the world has been enjoying it for almost a decade already. It comes in either a Crew Cab or SuperCab configuration, proving its penchant more towards daily driveability and family comfort. Even leatherette seat covers are acquirable for higher-tier trims. Use varies, too; it should heave up to 7,500 lbs, carry between 1,560 to 2,080 lbs, and cargo space is set at either 43.3 or 52.8 cu ft.
Pricing of Ford Pickup Trucks
||2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
|Ford Explorer Sport Trac
||4.0L V6 Gas
||3.3L V6 Flex-fuel (FFV)
|Ford F-250 Super Duty
||6.2L V8 Flex-fuel (FFV)
|Ford F-350 Super Duty
||6.2L V8 Flex-fuel (FFV)
|Ford F-450 Super Duty
||6.7L Turbo V8 Diesel
||2.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
|Ford F-150 Lightning
|Ford F-150 Raptor
||3.5L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
|Ford Ranger Raptor
||3.0L Twin-Turbo V6
What to Consider Before Buying
Within the realm of pickup trucks, there’s a prominent focus on capability, versatility, and utility. With this purposeful ethos are obvious benefits for buyers of all types. However, with the focus on superior workhorse traits and the variety of choices, some compromises need to be made. Here are some notes on Ford’s truck models:
- Highly versatile powertrain options and cab layouts
- Superior max towing and payload figures
- Impressive on-road ride quality and off-roadability
- Comfortable, spacious cabins
- Jam-packed with feature specifications
- Rugged construction gives them high levels of reliability
- Good resale for used derivatives
- Terrible gas mileage is typical for the class
- Dated technologies and interior looks
- Top-tier variants can cost a fortune
- Their large dimensions make them difficult to maneuver
What are the key competitors to Ford’s utility trucks?
Core segment rivalry is from Chevrolet, Ram, and GMC with the Chevy Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD, Ram 2500 and 3500, and GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD being the main contenders that score highly in our ratings.
What should I know before buying a Ford pickup?
Before making a purchase decision, you should know your requirements, including carrying and cargo-hauling potential. Our written and video reviews go more in-depth on the engines and layouts available to each, going as far back as Ford trucks from 2018.
What exterior colors can I choose from?
While a somewhat varied exterior paint color palette is offered with every model, some of the commonly shared hues include Agate Black, Race Red, and Blue Jeans Metallic.