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F-150 Claims Motor Trend's Coveted Truck Of The Year

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On: Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 1:14PM | By: Chris Salamone


F-150 Claims Motor Trend's Coveted Truck Of The Year

Many awards are handed out in the automotive industry. But in the United States none is more desired, more lusted for, than Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year. This is because trucks represent an enormous revenue stream in the American car manufacturing biz – and a veritable ‘thumbs up’ from Motor Trend creates something like divine support in revving up sales volume.

But, make no mistake. The 2012 Ford F-150 is one serious contender, a truck capable of handling enormous challenges time and time again.

For 2012, truck buyers can expect a few new F-150 features. A 36-gallon fuel tank has been added to the 4x4 F-150 EcoBoost, which allows up to 756 miles of driving range and extremely wallet-unfriendly stops at the pump. The Lariat, King Ranch, Harley-Davison, and Platinum models receive a two-speed 4x4 system designed to improve all-weather traction. Hill Start Assist, meant to prevent rolling stops, make San Francisco a less horrifying road trip prospect. And, of course, Ford is happy to point out that the 2012 F-150 once again carries a best-in-class payload capacity of 3,120 lbs.

In their test, Motor Trend editors lauded the F-150 over and above other brands. “F-150s are built to work and felt better the more they were challenged. Ford offers an enormous variety of configurations and designs, making the truck tailorable to just about any need. It’s the combination of advancement in design, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value, and performance of intended function that has earned the Ford F-150 the title of Motor Trend’s 2012 Truck of the Year.”

Interestingly, one of the strongest aspects of the 2012 model comes from a decision made in 2011 to overhaul the F-150’s powertrain mix. The 2011 powertrain changes created a series of trucks with best-in-class fuel economy, horsepower, and torque – a fact which Ford highlights in the company’s press release:

“3.7-liter four-valve Ti-VCT V6:

  • Best-in-class 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm vs. V6 competitors
  • Unsurpassed 278 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm vs. V6 competitors
  • Best-in-class 17 mpg city and best-in-class 23 mpg highway (4x2)
  • Best-in-class 6,100 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. V6 competitors

5.0-liter four-valve DOHC Ti-VCT V8:

  • Best-in-class 360 horsepower at 5,500 rpm vs. standard V8 competitors
  • Best-in-class 380 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,250 rpm vs. standard V8 competitors
  • 21 mpg highway, unsurpassed 15 mpg city (4x2)
  • Best-in-class 10,000 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. standard V8 competitors

6.2-liter two-valve SOHC V8:

  • Best-in-class 411 horsepower at 5,500 rpm vs. all competitors
  • Best-in-class 434 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm vs. all competitors
  • 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway (4x2)
  • Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors

3.5-liter Ti-VCT EcoBoost:

  • 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular fuel
  • Best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm vs. premium V8 competitors
  • Up to 90 percent peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm
  • 22 mpg highway, 16 mpg city (4x2)
  • Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors
  • Best-in-class 3,120 pounds payload vs. all competitors”

After 1997, 2004, and 2009, 2012 marks the fourth year Ford’s F-150 has been landed on top Motor Trend’s prestigious Truck of the Year test.


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dwalter | 2:10PM (Tue, Dec 13, 2011)

I didn't realize Ford offered a direct injection twin-turbo V6. Impressive.


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Stephy21 | 10:26AM (Wed, Dec 14, 2011)

Wow I am shocked that ford won. But it must mean they have a great F-150.



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