2009 Ford F-150

XL Styleside RWD 2-Dr Reg Cab V8 auto trans

XL Styleside RWD 2-Dr Reg Cab V8 auto trans

2009 ford f-150 Reviews and News

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Romeo, Michigan
The Ford F-series is one of the most important nameplates in the automotive universe, and we all know why: for most of the past three decades, the F-series has been in the number-one spot on the U.S. sales charts. If you thought that Ford would veer from its proven formula for the 2009 F-150, think again. After all, it was designed and engineered long before last summer's gas-price-induced market meltdown.
Yet Ford is doing its best to position the F-150 for the new reality. Just before the 2009 model's launch, the company cobbled together the new, more fuel-efficient SFE model, which is rated at 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. And rather than apologizing for the F-150's size (and trust us, it's big, and it's an inch taller than before), engineers highlight the truck's increased capabilities by implying that it would make a good replacement for an aging heavy-duty pickup. Well, OK. The flip side of that message, though, is that if you aren't looking to tow a trailer or haul heavy loads on a regular basis, the new F-150 might be too much truck for you. The coil-sprung 2009 Dodge Ram is much more comfortable for daily driving and offers all the capability that most people will ever need in a half-ton truck.
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Still, bragging rights are bragging rights, and the Ram can't hold a candle to the F-150's 11,300-pound maximum towing capacity, which is achievable when you pony up for the 5.4-liter V-8 and its six-speed automatic transmission. The upside of that powertrain is 310 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. The downside is an EPA rating of 14/18 mpg in four-wheel-drive guise.
Another bragging point is the pickup's well-turned-out cabin, which is almost as quiet as a luxury car's due to extra sound insulation. The King Ranch model returns for 2009, but its place at the top of the F-150 pecking order has been taken by the sumptuous new Platinum model. With the most luxurious truck interior on the market, featuring brushed-aluminum accents and wood trim, the Platinum ought to placate buyers who mourn the demise of the Lincoln Mark LT, if such people exist.
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Ford's Sync system, a new option on the F-150, now includes the ability to dial 911 in the event of an accident and offers a vehicle maintenance report in addition to the usual Bluetooth and iPod connectivity. The navigation system can join forces with Sirius Travel Link to locate the cheapest fuel, give real-time traffic information, and provide weather reports. Like the systems in the new Ford Flex and the Lincoln MKS, this setup looks and works about ten times better than Ford's previous sat-nav efforts.
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On paper, then, everything looks pretty rosy for Ford's star seller. You're looking at class-leading fuel economy and capability, along with almost limitless configurations of cab size, bed length, and interior trim. But then you get behind the wheel, and the new F-150 doesn't feel significantly different from the 2008 model. Engineers boast about weight reduction (up to 100 pounds less than the previous truck, depending on configuration), but dropping 100 pounds from a 5000-plus-pound behemoth doesn't exactly lend it razor-sharp reflexes.
If you're a die-hard fan of Ford pickups, the 2009 F-150 is everything you'd expect, but the bottom line is that it isn't that much different from the '08 model. Everything from the design to the powertrain has evolved slightly, but there aren't any brilliant advances beneath the sheetmetal. Whether that's enough to keep the F-150 in the running for the sales crown remains to be seen.
The Specs
On sale: Now
price: $21,320
Engines: 4.6L V-8, 248/292 hp, 294/320 lb-ft; 5.4L V-8, 310 hp, 365 lb-ft
Drive: Rear- or 4-wheel
Every Mile Per Gallon Matters
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Automakers are scrambling to deliver better fuel economy across the board, even in pickup trucks. According to Ford, fuel economy moved from tenth place to third in a list of buyer considerations when purchasing a new truck.
Last summer, General Motors introduced the 2009 Xtra Fuel Economy GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado, which use a combination of cylinder deactivation, taller final-drive gearing, slight aerodynamic enhancements, low-rolling-resistance tires, and reduced mass to squeeze EPA ratings of 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway from a 5.3-liter V-8 with a six-speed automatic.
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A month later, Ford conveniently released information on the Superior Fuel Economy F-150, which is equipped with a 4.6-liter 24-valve V-8, a six-speed automatic transmission, and taller gearing. Its EPA fuel economy ratings match those of the extrafrugal GM trucks.
Both the XFE and SFE trucks are available only as rear-wheel-drive crew cabs and feature prominent badges to identify them as new models, which qualifies them for a standalone EPA rating (since there are similar models with the same drivetrain and worse fuel economy ratings).

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Is Bigger Still Better?
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The half-ton pickup market has been an arms race for the past couple of years. Each new offering seems to grow in size, weight, and capability, and the marketing efforts are just a step above the name calling found in political ads. But somewhere in the middle of this melee gas prices rose to $4.00 per gallon and the nation ended its affair with the pickup truck. Well, for a few months, anyway. Fuel prices are back to reasonable levels, at least for the moment, and Ford is releasing a bigger F-150 for the 2009 model year just as truck sales return to a normal level of the overall U.S. sales mix.
It sounds like a script right out of Hollywood, where the hero appears just in time to save the day. But will the F-150 remain Ford's savior at a time when the automaker needs every penny it can scrounge up, or is the bigger and badder F-150 too much truck for today's market?
The Song Remains the Same
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The 2009 Ford F-150 doesn't bring any wild new hardware to the table. There's no two-mode hybrid like the 2010 Chevrolet Silverado and 2010 Dodge Ram will offer. Leaf springs still connect the rear axle to the frame, unlike the 2009 Dodge Ram which uses coil springs. Ford may introduce a diesel F-150 to compete with the upcoming diesel trucks from Chevrolet and Dodge, but the company seems to favor the impending EcoBoost engine which will combine direct injection and turbocharging to deliver diesel-like performance without the prohibitive cost of a diesel engine or diesel fuel. In true Ford fashion, this engine will not be available at launch.
The only significant changes for the 2009 Ford F-150 are the introduction of six-speed automatic transmissions, a larger crew cab, and a new 4.6-liter three-valve V-8 engine. The rest of the truck is just a freshening of the 2008 F-150, something you realize just as soon as you hit the road.
A Dizzying Array of Choices
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Ford is very proud of the fact that the 2009 F-150 offers more possible configurations than any competitor truck. If you decide to buy an F-150, you'll first need to determine which cab style fits your needs (regular, super, and crew cabs are available), then decide how much bed you require (there are three choices ranging from 5.5 to 8 feet in length), and, finally, determine how luxurious you'd like the truck to be, since there are seven different trim levels. Once you've figured out all of that, you can choose among the three V-8 engines, then decide between rear- and four-wheel-drive. There are 35 different core configurations for the F-150 just taking cab size, bed length, and trim level into account. Fourteen of those possible combinations are available with the SuperCrew cab.
A Bigger Cab
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The SuperCrew cab is the F-150 body style that has changed the most for 2009. Ford lengthened the cab by six inches between the A- and B-pillars and gave the rear a flat load floor. The larger SuperCrew cab means you can put large items, like a 50-inch plasma TV, right in the cab of your F-150. Competitors still force you to place large items in the bed of your truck, which must be horribly inconvenient for those who only make large purchases on rainy days. But that extra length also means the truck won't fit in everyone's garage.
Inside the F-150, things are very quiet. Extra sound insulation materials make the F-150's cabin almost as quiet as a luxury car's. The Platinum trim level, which is new for 2009, is the most luxurious truck interior on the market and features brushed aluminum accents and wood trim.
Tech Toys Galore
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Step inside the F-150 and you'll discover a variety of new technology. Ford's Sync system, a new option on the F-150, includes the ability to dial 911 in the event of an accident and offers a vehicle health report in addition to the usual Bluetooth and iPod connectivity. The F-150's navigation system can join forces with Sirius Travel Link to locate the cheapest fuel, give real-time traffic reports, and provide weather reports for anywhere in the country. This system looks and works much better than the last-generation navigation system.
Ford Work Solutions are designed to improve the capability of the 2009 F-150 as a mobile office for contractors and offer a range of features from internet access to fleet management tools which help managers track maintenance and locate vehicles in the field. Tool Link allows owners to tag tools with RFID chips and ensure all the tools brought to a job are loaded back in the truck before heading home. A cable lock system allows contractors to lock large, expensive tools in the bed.
The Death of the V-6 and Manual Transmission
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The heart of a pickup is the powertrain, but Ford didn't make many changes here. A new 4.6-liter three-valve V-8 is the big news; it slots between the base 4.6-liter two-valve V-8 and the 5.4-liter three-valve V-8. We prefer the 4.6-liter three-valve V-8, because it provides nearly as much power as the previous 5.4-liter (292 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque) and offers slightly better fuel economy than the larger engine. The V-6 engine was dropped from the F-150 line because the two-valve V-8 has the same fuel economy numbers as the old V-6 as well as more power (248 hp and 294 lb-ft of twist). Those looking for maximum towing will require a 5.4-liter V-8 and its full 310 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque.
A smooth six-speed transmission is standard on the three-valve engines, but the two-valve engine makes do with an ancient four-speed automatic. There is no manual transmission for the 2009 model year.
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Fuel economy ranges from 14 mpg city and 18 mpg highway for the 5.4-liter V-8 up to an estimated 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway for the 4.6-liter, three-valve V-8 equipped with the SFE package. SFE is Ford's Superior Fuel Economy package, and it's available on XL and XLT SuperCrew trucks with a 5.5-foot bed and two-wheel drive. The SFE package includes a 3.15 final-drive ratio and 18-inch low rolling resistance tires, but it does not include a tonneau cover or locking rear differential like the Chevrolet Silverado XFE package that returns identical fuel economy numbers.
And Then You Drive it
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So far, everything looks rosy for the 2009 Ford F-150. We're looking at class-leading fuel economy, capability, and almost limitless configurations of cab size, bed length, and interior trim. But when you get behind the wheel, it doesn't feel significantly different from a 2008 F-150. Engineers boast about weight reduction (up to 100 pounds less than the previous truck, depending on configuration), but dropping 100 pounds from a 5000-plus-pound behemoth doesn't exactly give the truck razor-sharp reflexes.
The six-inch-longer leaf springs still allow for axle hop in some situations and do not hold a candle to the coil springs that give the 2009 Dodge Ram such a good ride. Those looking for comfort during daily driving would be much happier in a 2009 Dodge Ram, but drivers looking for more overall capability who don't mind a rougher ride will be happy with the F-150's driving experience. Dodge is expecting those customers to jump up to the three-quarter-ton Ram, while Ford continues to push the limits of half-ton capability.
So, You Want to Tow
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Interestingly enough, the 2009 Ford F-150 will out-tow all the competition even though several key competitors have more horsepower and torque. The 2009 F-150 is able to tow 11,300 lb in any cab configuration when equipped with the 5.4-liter V-8 and 3.73 axle gears. With this much capability, the 2009 Super Duty with a 5.4-liter V-8 is almost a redundant product.
The 2009 Ford F-150 is a much better tow vehicle than the 2008 truck thanks to the six-speed automatic transmission and standard trailer sway control. The six-speed is flawless when it comes to climbing and descending hills. We strongly recommend the optional rear-view camera, integrated trailer brake controller, and available towing mirrors for regular towing duties. Ford's brake controller is flawless and much smoother than the leading aftermarket brake controllers.
In Conclusion
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If you're a fan of Ford pickups, the 2009 F-150 is everything you'd expect, but the bottom line is that the 2009 Ford F-150 isn't that much different from the 2008 truck. Everything from the design to the powertrain has evolved slightly, but there aren't any truly brilliant advances beneath the sheetmetal. Watch the sales figures closely over the next few months to see if customers are looking for the same old solution to the pickup truck or if more innovative approaches like the 2009 Dodge Ram sway buyers in these difficult times.
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It’s hard to find good news in today’s automotive industry, but Ford, a seemingly perennial beacon of hope, announced today that it actually plans on increasing production for the third quarter of 2009 — but not entirely for small cars.
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Nothing makes a short person like me feel more absurd than driving a massive, I'm-compensating-for-my-height pickup truck like this F-150 Lariat extended-cab 4x4. The parking lot attendant, who's seen me pull up to his booth in some pretty ridiculous vehicles, had to stifle a laugh and was compelled to ask, "Are you okay?"
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2009 Ford F-150 Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
4.6L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
14 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
19 MPG
Horsepower:
248 hp @ 4750rpm
Torque:
294 ft lb of torque @ 3750rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows (optional)
  • Power Locks (optional)
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
22,369 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
37,282 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
37,282 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:10
Component
STRUCTURE:BODY:DOOR
Summary
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 AND 2010 F-150 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 18, 2008, THROUGH NOVEMBER 30, 2009. THE INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE HOUSING EMBOSSMENT RETAINING THE INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE SPRING MAY FRACTURE DURING NORMAL USAGE RESULTING IN INSUFFICIENT SPRING FORCE TO RETURN THE HANDLE TO THE FULLY STOWED POSITION.
Consequences
IN THE EVENT OF A SIDE IMPACT CRASH, THE DOOR HANDLE SPRING CAN FAIL CAUSING THE DOOR LATCH TO OPEN.
Remedy
OWNERS WILL BE INITIALLY NOTIFIED AND INSTRUCTED TO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO A FORD OR LINCOLN/MERCURY DEALER IF ANY INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE IS LOOSE OR FAILS TO RETURN TO THE STOWED POSITION AFTER ACTIVATION FOR REPLACEMENT OF THE AFFECT MODULE. ONCE PARTS BECOME AVAILABLE, OWNERS WILL BE RENOTIFIED AND INSTRUCTED TO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO A FORD OR LINCOLN/MERCURY DEALER FOR INSPECTION OF EACH INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE. DEPENDING ON THE RESULTS OF THE INSPECTION, THE DEALER WILL EITHER ADD A SPRING EMBOSSMENT REINFORCEMENT OR REPLACE THE INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 10, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332.
Potential Units Affected
280,946
Notes
FORD MOTOR COMPANY


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:50
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH
Summary
FORD IS RECALLING 8,735 MY 2009 F-150 TRUCKS FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THE BRAKE STOP LAMP SWITCH MAY BE IMPROPERLY ADJUSTED. THIS MAY RESULT IN A DELAY IN BRAKE STOP LAMP ILLUMINATION WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS DEPRESSED. IN SITUATIONS OF VERY MILD BRAKE APPLICATION, THE BRAKE STOP LAMPS MAY NOT ILLUMINATE.
Consequences
DELAY OR LOSS OF BRAKE STOP LAMP FUNCTION MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF AN ACCIDENT.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND HAVE THE BRAKE STOP LAMP SWITCH REMOVED AND REINSTALLED WHICH WILL PROVIDE PROPER ADJUSTMENT. THE REMEDY WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 13, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD MOTOR COMPANY CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP CENTER AT 1-866-436-7332 OR THROUGH THE INTERNET AT WWW.OWNERCONNECTION.COM.
Potential Units Affected
8,735
Notes
FORD MOTOR COMPANY


NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Applicable
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Good

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