2013 Ford F-150 Unveiled: Few Styling Tweaks Outside, MyFord Touch Inside

Full-size pickups aren't typically considered an avant-garde vehicle class, but the 2013 Ford F-150 lineup with two stages of available tech and the addition of MyFord Touch to its best-selling model. In addition to the new cabin tech, there are subtle enhancements inside and out, including new color options, an entirely new trim level, and new interior trim and color options.

Most within the 2013 F-150 lineup will benefit from the upgraded tech, with XLT trims and up getting 911 Assist and Vehicle Health Report functions. Models not equipped with the available MyFord Touch system gain a 4.2-inch LCD center stack display integrating audio and climate control displays. The revised center stack display is in addition to the 4.2-inch LCD display in the gauge cluster, which provides access to information such as fuel economy, tow settings, trip computer, and gauge setup.

Higher-trim models, such as the Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and newly introduced Limited mode, receive an 8-inch LCD touchscreen display that adds voice control functions, as well as a media hub with two USB inputs, an SD card reader, and audio/video output jacks. The interface was specifically designed to work with work gloves -- much like the one implemented on the revised 2013 F-Series Super Duty range. The 8-inch touchscreen system offers an optional voice-activated navigation system, an SD map-card reader, point of interest storage, and SiriusXM Travel Link.

Unless you jump inside the cabin, the easiest way to spot a 2013 model is by its revised grille. XLT models get a new "bracket" grille resembling that on the Super Duty model, and Lariat and other higher-trim models getting a new three-bar mesh design. The new FX Appearance Package, offered on the FX2 two-wheel drive and FX4 four-wheel drive models, adds Alcantara seat inserts for added sporty interior style. Other interior trim and color changes include the addition of the Steel Gray interior on Lariat models and a new black interior for the King Ranch model. The Platinum trim adds Black or Pecan leather color options. The 2013 F-150 also adds three new color options: Blue Jeans Metallic, Kodiak Brown Metallic, and Ruby Red Clearcoat Metallic.

The easiest way to spot a 2013 model is by its grille. XLT models get a new "bracket" grille resembling that on the Super Duty model, and Lariat and other higher-trim models getting a new three-bar mesh design. The new FX Appearance Package, offered on the FX2 two-wheel drive and FX4 four-wheel drive models, adds Alcantara seat inserts for added sporty interior style. Other interior trim and color changes include the addition of the Steel Gray interior on Lariat models and a new black interior for the King Ranch model. The Platinum trim adds Black or Pecan leather color options. The 2013 F-150 also adds three new color options: Blue Jeans Metallic, Kodiak Brown Metallic, and Ruby Red Clearcoat Metallic.

The easiest way to spot a 2013 model is by its grille. XLT models get a new "bracket" grille resembling that on the Super Duty model, and Lariat and other higher-trim models getting a new three-bar mesh design. The new FX Appearance Package, offered on the FX2 two-wheel drive and FX4 four-wheel drive models, adds Alcantara seat inserts for added sporty interior style. Other interior trim and color changes include the addition of the Steel Gray interior on Lariat models and a new black interior for the F-150 King Ranch model. The Platinum trim adds Black or Pecan leather color options. The 2013 F-150 also adds three new color options: Blue Jeans Metallic, Kodiak Brown Metallic, and Ruby Red Clearcoat Metallic.

Selected 2013 F-150 models offer HID headlights as a new option, and taking a page from the brawiner Super Duty models, the 2013 F-150 now offers optional power telescoping and folding outside rearview mirrors for added visibility and convenience when towing.

Powertrains are carryover for 2013, meaning buyers can purchase a 2013 F-150 with a 3.7-liter V-6, a 5.0-liter V-8, a 6.2-liter V-8, and the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Although we dreamed of an EcoBoost option for the F-150 SVT Raptor, but the 6.2-liter 411-hp V-8 remains the only choice on the desert-tackling model.

Source: Ford

Doug
I am a Ford guy all the way, but I guess I'll have to wait at least one more year for the return of the stick shift and the disappearance of the girly tailgate... Dang.
Lee
One thing you can count on, they're always more expensive than Ram or Silverado.

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