How to Determine Which Ford Pickup Is Perfect for You

It's hard to rein in your excitement when looking for a pickup. Ford produces some of the longest lasting, best trucks on the road. However, many people end up buying too much truck for their needs. Because they're bold, it's hard not to go big or go home. 

It all depends on what you plan to tow, what weather you fight, and what other secondary purposes you need to fulfill. A truck can do it all, but you don't need to pay for a truck that can do more than you need. Let's take a realistic look at the features and capacity to help you determine which might be the best fit.

Sizes

Ford trucks come in too many varieties to count. Cab sizes, bed sizes, engine and transmission sizes, and towing capacity are just some of the things you will have to think about.

Cab sizes include:

      Standard cab with just one row of seats

      Extended cab with two rows of seats, often with smaller, secondary doors

      Crew cab with four full-size doors

Bed sizes include:

      Short bed

      Long bed

      Narrow bed

Engines include:

      Gas

      Diesel

      Eco-boost

      4 Cylinder

      V6

      V8

Not only do you have all of these options to choose from, but you can also combine these to create exactly what you need. Talk about overwhelming! Add in special features and options, and you have quite the decision on your hands.

It's best first to determine what you will be using it for. If you need a truck that can work, but also have a family, you should consider a Ford extended cab or crew cab. If you know you will encounter snow and other bad weather, you need four-wheel drive.

Things to Consider

Trucks also vary in cost from $20,000 to $60,000 or more. Don't buy more truck than you need, or it could get expensive fast! Even the very basic models differ in things like fuel economy, performance, safety, and comfort.

You get better fuel economy from a lighter weight model, but you lose out on things like four-wheel drive and towing capacity. However, you gain a lot of comfort when you're not pulling a heavy trailer or driving a bigger machine.

Alternatively, pickup trucks are perfect for pulling things like boats, trailers, and campers. Their beds can also haul cargo like furniture, bulky equipment, appliances, or mulch. The bigger the truck, the more towing capacity.

If you do work that warrants these capabilities, you'll also spend extra money installing a hitch or towing package, a brake controller, extra wiring for trailer lights, and a heavy-duty alternator. Remember, these are all things that also compromise your fuel economy.

Engines

Ford offers a variety of engine sizes. A V6 provides a good balance between performance, power, and fuel economy. The Ford EcoBoost is a powerful turbocharged, direct injection engine giving you the power you need while deactivating cylinders at highway speeds to improve gas mileage. 

The diesel is available in Ford Super Duty models F-250 or bigger. These provide more power and towing capacity, but they're louder and don't ride as smoothly. These models also significantly add to your cost.

Drivetrain

Ford trucks are based on rear wheel drive platforms. It's what makes them ideal machines for towing. However, four-wheel drive is the best option for winter weather, off-roading, or other slippery conditions.

Buying a vehicle with four-wheel drive means you lose some fuel economy when you engage the part-time system. However, you can't beat the traction you get in severe road conditions. Low range settings are also available on four-wheel drive models for other circumstances such as towing a heavy load up a steep incline.

Towing 

Probably the most critical item on the list is determining towing capacity. If you need towing capacity, don't assume that just because a truck looks big, it can tow a lot. Towing capacity can change drastically, even within the same model, based on engine, drivetrain, frame length, bed style, and much more.

Do your research, because Ford trucks have towing capacities ranging from 3000 to 30,000 pounds.

Features 

It used to be that trucks were designed for working and nothing else. Today, you can buy a pickup truck for secondary purposes like family transportation or vacation. Ford trucks come with extras like sunroofs, navigation, entertainment, and more. 

Ford pickup trucks are safe, versatile, powerful, and fun. Take all of these things into consideration when shopping for your next Ford pickup. You have a lot of options, and cost and features vary widely. The key thing to remember is that it's important not to get caught up in a "the bigger, the better" mentality. Those features add up fast, and if you don't need them, you'll be just as happy, or happier, in something more basic.


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