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The truck; the tale; the tradition: the Ford F-150 is better than ever for 2019

The iconic Ford F-150 shook things up enough in 2018 to seem like a full redesign--but all of that was just a mid-cycle refresh. As the fifth model-year in the thirteen-generation F-150 product cycle, it makes sense that the 2019 model wouldn't want to work too hard or put too much R & D into updates, when a new generation is potentially on the horizon.

Trucks don't always follow the same general five-year cycle as other body styles. The F-150 has gone five, six, even seven years between generational updates, so the brand does choose to be pretty flexible in its timing of new truck releases. That being said, it's looking like the 2020 F-150 is going to bring some pretty incredible.

After the major mid-cycle design update (and I mean major) for 2018, there weren't many changes needed for the new 2019 Ford F-150--but there were still some fun new things to add, including a higher-power V6 gas engine, new standard forward-collision warning with emergency braking, a new larger gas tank on select trims, and a new 3.0L diesel engine option.

The 13th generation of F-Series light-duty trucks

The 2019 F-150 is possibly the last model-year in the thirteen generation of this legendary nameplate--a generation that debuted for the 2015 MY and was one of the first trucks to use an aluminum alloy in body panels in such a significant amount. Ford got a lot of flak for that from other truck manufacturers who did, and still do, swear by heavy and hefty steel. But, seeing as the F-150 is still flying off of dealer lots four years later, the aluminum must be doing something right.

For 2019, there's still the typical run of Ford trim levels: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited, and the psycho Ford F-150 Raptor.  Exterior configurations still include a Regular Cab, a Super (extended) Cab, and a SuperCrew Cab, with three bed lengths (5'6"; 6'6"; 8'0") available with select cabs. Contact your local dealer or check Ford's website for available combinations.

Three new colors added for the new year include Agate Black, Abyss Gray, and Silver Spruce--other, more familiar, colors include Velocity Blue, Oxford White, Ingot Silver, Race Red, Magnetic, Blue Jeans, Ruby Red, White Platinum, Magma Red, and Stone Grey.

2019 F-150 Powertrain options

While Ram technically gets to claim the "first light-duty diesel" brag, the EcoDiesel engine was hard to come across even when it was actually available--and there haven't been diesel Ram 1500s on dealer lots for some time. Even the new 2019 1500 model is making diesel fans wait, and there's no clear idea of when it'll be available again.

That's why Ford's new Power Stroke V-6 Turbo Diesel is such a big deal. It brings everything you want in a diesel down into the light-duty department, combining the power and prowess of the truck market's most lusted-after engine with the efficiency, convenience, and versatility of an F-150. You don't need to opt for a Super Duty anymore.

There are now six total engine options available in the 2019 Ford F-150--yes, that's almost as many engines as there are trim levels. You can opt for:

  • 3.3-liter Ti-VCT V6; 290 hp and 265 lb.-ft.
  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6; 325 hp, 400 lb.-ft.
  • 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6; 375 hp and 470 lb.-ft.
  • Specialty high-output (HO) EcoBoost; 450 hp and 510 lb.-ft.
  • 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine; 395 hp, 400 lb.-ft.
  • All-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke Turbo Diesel V6; 250 hp, 440 lb-ft

The base engine alone pairs to a six-speed automatic transmission; the rest of the engine lineup upgrades to a ten-speed automatic. No manual is available on the 2019 Ford F-150 line.

2019 F-150 Towing and Payload Specs

Towing: besides the open-sky, stuff-able bed in the back, this is the reason drivers are willing to drop $40,000 or more on something that used to be only for farmers. With standard features like trailer sway control and pre-wired trailer connections--and plenty of optional add-on towing features and package options--the Ford F-150 is one of the most capable workers right out of the box. And, with a max tow rating of 13,200 pounds, the 2019 F-150 currently holds the bragging rights for "best-in-class gas towing". We'll see what Chevy pulls out for next year, though.

Depending on configuration, max tow ratings can vary widely--for instance, select configurations of the Ford F-150 are really only meant to tow about 5000 - 7000 pounds, so make sure to do a bit of research before you settle on a trim/cab/bed/engine combo, and be realistic with the gear, trailers, or equipment that you'll be towing. If you aren't towing much, but you'll be hauling in the bed, properly equipped Ford F-150 models offer between 1,300 - 2,300 pounds of payload capacity. Contact your dealer or check out Ford's site for specific payload capacities.

The good stuff

On the very basest of base XL models, there aren't a lot of interior options--but that makes sense for a truck that's really meant to live on a farm, a work site, or be perpetually filled with dust, dirt, and mud. If you want more than "work tough" comforts, I'd recommend opting for an XL with the 101A package: you get cruise control, power locks, power mirrors, a bigger screen, SYNC controls, Bluetooth, a USB port--you know, the usual options on any vehicle other than a work truck.

What I really recommend if you're looking for a daily driver that's not going to live in a constant state of "tough mudder" is to go for a nicer trim level. Even the XLT gives you everything in the above-mentioned package, plus foglights, privacy glass in the rear, carpets (yes, the XL does not have carpets), an 8.0-inch touchscreen, more storage nooks in the cabin, available Wi-Fi, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Worth the upgrade for a simple $6,000 more?


If you want to go big, models like the Lariat, Platinum, and Limited deliver really nice interior comfort a truck, giving you the option to feel like you're cruising around in a luxury SUV even if you have a bed full of manure dragging behind you. And isn't that what we're all looking for in a vehicle at the end of the day?

2019 F-150 Technology, SYNC, and safety features

Some color out there is the new black--and pickup trucks are the new luxury cars. You can deck out a truck today that easily matches or surpasses the price of a Mercedes-Benz. For instance, if you opt for the Platinum or Limited truck, you can expect to see things like Wi-Fi connection for a handful of devices, Ford's innovative and user-friendly SYNC 3 system, with basic media streaming and advanced smartphone connectivity and integration through Apple CarPlay (compatible with most iPhones) and Android Auto (compatible with most Android OS and Google phones).

Other tech and safety features include goodies like a remote tailgate release, rear parking sensors, standard rearview camera, standard forward collision warning with automatic braking, surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, power-deployable running boards, and ambient lighting.

Can you start to see why a fully loaded luxury Ford could run you more than $70,000? That price tag isn't for the faint of heart--but, neither is the truck.

F-150: there's a reason it's sticking around

There's a reason the F-150 has been Ford's best-selling model for decades--and one of the best-selling vehicles in America for decades. Actually, there are probably a few dozen reasons. The big ones are these: it's loaded; it lasts; it brings more options than just about anything else; and it's really built to work, even at the upper fancy levels.

Changes for 2019 have made it even more competitive. There's no reason not to consider an F-150 if you're shopping light-duty trucks.

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