There's no doubt about it, the SuperCab F-150 XLT is about the most stylish truck that Ford's ever unleashed! Let's first take a quick look at some of the innovative features Ford Motor Company has unveiled with this year's F-150 SuperCab XLT:
Engines1) Standard 3.7L twin-turbo V6, 302 hp/278 lb-ft torque; TI-VCT; E85 Flex-Fuel capable; 23 mpg on highway. 2) Optional (but highly suggested) 5.0L V8, 360 hp/380 lb-ft torque; highest towing payload in class; TI-VCT; 10.5:1 compression ratio; 21 mpg on the highway.
Transmissions1) Standard 6-speed electronic auto with to w/ haul mode. 2) Optional sporty 6-speed select shift auto.
Safety Canopy System side-curtain airbagsEnvision the entire cabin being enveloped in a cloud of airbags, triggered by rollover and roll-fold sensing technology.
PATS (Passive Anti Theft System)Ensures the doors won't open and the engine won't start unless one its matching SecuriLock keys are used.
Advance Trac RSCThe new Roll Stability Control system does all the work for you in a pinch, including braking and engine control to keep the SuperCab's tires on the pavement.
Seating6-passenger seating, with a cupholder/storage/armrest located in the front center all seats come with integrated shoulder belts (the interior is marvelous!)
All the features shown above are just the beginning of the long list of awesome trim features on the SuperCab XLT: power everything (driver's seat, windows, pedals), trailer brake controller, reverse-sensing system, backup camera, and optional off-road package.
Two things I'd like to note about the powertrain options:
The negligible 2 mpg (highway) you'll save in fuel by buying the much-less-mighty, twin-turbo V6 isn't much of a reason to trim nearly 58 hp and 102 lb-ft of torque! It should be apparent that there's no good reason not to go with Ford's impressive 5.0L next-gen Triton TI-VCT V8. Don't you agree? I can't imagine what sort of fun one could have with the select shift trans, which allows you the option to select/shift your own gears. Remember, this is in fact a truck. Save your money and stick with the standard 6-speed auto with to w/ haul mode feature.
Slight but acceptable disappointment when comparing the 2014 SuperCab F-150 to Chevy's Silverado 1500 There's one major gripe to be made when comparing these two is the chassis' rigidity. I, and many other truck enthusiasts would have expected Ford to rise to the occasion when Chevy unveiled the Silverado 1500 with its 2/3 high strength steel chassis which's a real pleasure to drive on rough terrain, including bumpy city streets. This F-150 is probably better than every other 2014 half ton on the road, except for the Silverado 1500, which also happens to have the Best in Class Fuel Economy 5.3L Ecotec3 V8 under the hood which nets the same 23 mpg (highway) that the F-150's standard engine, the twin-turbo V6 offers. I'd still take the F-150's 360 hp, 380 lb-ft of torque over the 1500's power profile and +2 mpg any day though. I just can't place why they wouldn't have matched Chevy's chassis more closely.
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