DRIVEN: 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor: Around the Block

By - April 22, 2014
2014 Ford F 150 Tremor Front Three Quarters
This is the latest in our new series of short-take reviews on cars and trucks, in which we concentrate on a powertrain or trim level not previously covered. –Ed.
Let’s start off by establishing what the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor is not. It’s not a replacement for the Ford F-150 Lightning performance truck, it’s not the street-oriented version of the insane Ford F-150 SVT Raptor off-roader, and it’s not a creation of Ford’s in-house SVT tuning division. What it is is a regular-cab Ford F-150 with Ford’s EcoBoost V-6 engine, shorter gearing, and a few visual tweaks inside and out. So is this slightly sporty version of America’s favorite pickup truck actually sporty to drive?
2014 Ford F150 Tremor Front Three Quarters
As it turns out, the Tremor’s aggressive-looking exterior graphics may be overselling its dynamic upgrades—or, rather, the lack thereof. Compared with a normal Ford F-150 FX4, the Tremor doesn’t feature any suspension or brake upgrades to accompany its powerful 355-hp, 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine. This becomes apparent the first time you try to put the Tremor through a corner. The truck gets up to speed effortlessly thanks to the torquey EcoBoost engine, but as you approach the turn you suddenly realize you're going way faster than you should in a 5220-lb pickup with a stock F-150 chassis.
Another element missing from the F-150 Tremor is an engine note with a semblance of character. The EcoBoost V-6 may be refined and powerful, but its vacuum-cleaner-like wheezing and whooshing bear no resemblance to the muscular growl that we expect to hear from a legitimate sport truck.
The biggest problem with the Ford F-150 Tremor, though, is its price. For the same $46,325 asking price of our sparsely equipped tester (no heated seats, no automatic climate control), you can get the wild, hugely capable, hard-core Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. The Raptor, which starts at $45,900, may have a different mission than the Tremor, but for a similar cost it offers standard V-8 power, a specially developed off-road suspension, and menacing looks. It’s the only true sport truck in the Ford F-150 lineup.

2014 F-150 Tremor 4x4

Base Price: $39,580
Price As Tested: $46,325
Engine: 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6
Power: 365 hp
Torque: 420 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: 4-wheel
Payload Capacity: 1370 lbs
Towing Capacity: 7700 lbs
Fuel Economy: 15/21 mpg (city/highway)
2014 Ford F 150 Tremor Interior

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