Why The Ford F-Series Is America’s Most Popular Truck

The Ford F-150 was introduced in 1948 and claims the title of the most popular motor vehicle of all time. As if being the best selling vehicle (not truck - vehicle) in the United States for the past thirty years isn't enough, the Ford F-150 has been the best selling pickup for more than forty. 

The current thirteenth generation pickup touts a heavy reliance on aluminum construction, reducing its curb weight by seven hundred pounds. Through high performance, off-road, and luxury variants, the F-150, and the F Series as a whole remains one of the best pickups available today. 


Ford F Series pickups were designed to last. As a matter of fact, there are more F Series pickups with 250,000 miles than any other manufacturer. Modern F-150s are put through rigorous testing, including more than ten million miles of drive time, before they ever hit the lot. 

These trucks cross the country, hauling trailers in all weather and all terrain, and you can still feel comfortable buying them used because they're built to withstand the most strenuous activities. A stock F-150 can do some miraculous things with only the required maintenance and supreme reliability. 

Fuel Efficiency 

You can't beat the remarkable fuel efficiency of the Ford F-150. Engineering teams at Ford have paid close attention to the fuel efficiency of this pickup. Military-grade aluminum alloys and many other measures have decreased the curb weight enough to bring fuel efficiency to 19 city and 26 highway. That's unheard of in a truck. 

Some F-150s have Ford's 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine, which preserves power and strength while maintaining performance. You get V8 power and V6 fuel consumption for a driving experience beyond compare. 

Towing Capacity 

Despite the new and improved weight class, the latest Ford F-150s are some of the most capable trucks on the road. At a max tow rating of 7,600 pounds or a 1,910-pound payload in the base model 3.5-liter V6 and a towing maximum of 8,500 pounds or a payload of 2,250 in the 2.7-liter turbocharged V6, you can't ask for much else. 

But it gets better. The 5.0-liter V8 is capable of a 11,100-pound towing capacity, and a 3,300-pound payload and the 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 gives you 12,200 pounds of towing capacity and 3,270 pounds of payload. That's remarkable, to say the least. 


You have six trim level choices ranging from bare bones vinyl flooring, cloth seats, and no fancy features to the Limited trim that feels like you're driving a luxury vehicle. Ford's wide variety of options in the F-150 lets you meet your specific needs and tailor the F-150 to you. Meaning that even if you're buying used, there are a plethora of options. 

Off-road packages allow you to hit the trail and city-bound folk can enjoy features like retractable running boards and automated parking. Ford's three cab styles include regular, extended, and crew, so you can fit your whole crew. Three bed lengths let you choose how much you haul. 

Limitless stand-alone features including spray-in bed liners, tailgate and side steps, skid plates, integrated trailer brake controller, and rear proximity sensor array mean you can load it up or trim it down to your liking. Being able to combine all of these features into an endless assortment of trucks means your truck is exactly what you need, and nothing that you don't. 


Ford spent a lot of time studying how people used their trucks, and then made it better. Features like sculpted door handles make it easier to open and close the doors while wearing gloves, because, not surprisingly, people who drive F-150s wear gloves to work, a lot. 

The box steps accommodate large working boots, and they stow away when they're not needed. The steering wheel has finger holds to improve grip, and a four-spoke grip means it's comfortable, no matter where you hold it. Countless other little things mean the Ford F-150 is genuinely the best. 

Comfort and Convenience 

With luxury car-like features like an eight-inch touchscreen audio system, heated seats, leather, cruise control, and push-button start, you won't feel like you're driving a work truck. It makes driving the F-150 and all F Series pickups fun and comfortable. 


Work trucks drive notoriously rough on the road, even when they're not pulling anything, but not the F-150. Whether you're approaching max payload or driving totally empty, the experience is the same. The reduction in curb weight makes it more agile and smooth. The steering is responsive and, wait for it: it parks itself. 

With all of this, plus endless safety options like stability control, ABS, trailer sway control, and a 360-degree camera system, you'll never want to drive anything else. The Ford F Series is comfortable, capable, reliable, and durable. 

Check out Southwest Motors array of used SUVs and trucks and find out why the Ford F-150 has been the best selling truck in America for over thirty years. The F-150 will remain in the top spot because Ford knows what people want, and Ford delivers.


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