This is the King
For 2004, Ford revamped the F-150 from head to toe. This 11th generation of Ford's full size pickup is surely the best built and designed. The Kansas City assembly plant and the FoMoCo are wise to ensure the utmost quality and craftsmanship goes into each F-150 built. This truck, along with the Explorer, has kept Ford at the forefront of the truck business thus keeping the money flowing during Ford's tougher times over the past few decades.
A base King Ranch retails for $50,185. Our optioned out model weighed in at $54,470 with options like a rear DVD player and a rear parking sonar. The F-150 itself ranges from $24,930 up to over $50,000 with options.
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The front seats are very large and although they look like they offer lateral support, the side bolsters barely touch the sides of most normal sized people. The cushion and seat back are very firm and nearly uncomfortable. An at-ease driving position is difficult to find due to the limited power adjustments: the base cushion is power adjustable and the seatback is manually variable (at this price it should be at least 10-way power
The dash is comprised of a mixture of cheap and good looking plastics and colour-coded inserts. Some of the pieces are very hard and even feel thin. The faux-wood appliqués are in good taste. I like the combination of the brown, aluminium and orange-like colours throughout the interior of the truck. The steering wheel, pulled out of a Lincoln truck, is in itself an attractive piece although the controls mounted on it are not easy to make out: They all look the same and are stacked one on top of the other. The gauges are very nice (finally for a Ford product) and simple to consult. The cream tinted faces of the instruments match nicely with the rest of the cabin. Ford has a habit of using a single steering-column mounted arm for wipers and turn-signals. On a few instances with the wipers on during the test drive, I would accidentally change the position (speed) of the wipers while activating the turn signal. This is an aggravating little detail.
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