It’s one of the best selling vehicles in the world – one of the best selling vehicles of all time – and it’s a truck. You might think Ford would just be willing to sit on its laurels but in the last three years they’ve worked hard to continue to improve the F150. For that and other reasons, I decided to add a 2012 Ford F-150 FX4 to my stable.
Since I am a photographer, I often find myself in need of a vehicle that will actually go off-road. The FX4 F-150 fills that bill but also adds tons of other benefits including good looks, good gas mileage, technology and lots of interior room.
The exterior on this particular model is minus the chrome you find on luxo-trucks – which is fine with me since I want to go off road. In fact, I’m coating the hood, bed, and rocker panels with Line-X to make the flat matte look even more visible. I want tough in trucks – not pretty. For pretty I have two lovely Jaguars. (I will have post-customization photos to add here in a few weeks.)
The FX4 interior is finished with a high-tech look that offers a nice compromise between the super crazy luxury of wood trim and leather you find in the highest-end trucks, and the cheap cloth seats in a work truck. There are six air bags and given the high stance, heavy build and solid frame I feel pretty safe inside.
While I would have been fine with the new turbocharges V6, I couldn’t find one of the trucks in stock that offered that engine so I bought the standard 5.0 liter V8 – which is now the largest engine available in the F150 unless you buy a Raptor. The 5.0 V8 is the same engine Ford uses in the Mustang and has plenty of power. My first 1000 miles in the truck offered better than 17.5 MPG.
I got the Super Crew Cab which offers enough room for four very large people or tons of gear. It’s ROOMY and I mean ROOMY. It’s got more rear-seat room than a big four-door sedan. Three people could sit comfortably in the back seat and there are few cars on the road where that would be true.
I wanted the top-line radio, but again couldn’t find it but my truck did come with the SYNC system which works pretty well. I’ll add a bass sub-woofer to make the radio sound better.
The truck is quiet and comfortable and handles well both on and off road. I’ll be adding several upgrades in addition to the Line-X including high-intake airflow, super chip, front lift kit, new wheels and tires, etc.
I’ll post proper photos once the truck has been pimped out.
Overall, it’s an amazing vehicle for the money. I paid about $38k after rebates and discounts which makes this the least expensive vehicle I own, but one of the most versatile.