2009 Ford F-150

Jean Jennings is right - the interior of the Ford F-150 Lariat does look the part of a luxury liner - but it sure doesn't feel like one.

See those leathery textures that cover the new dash pad and the instrument binnacle? They may look soft (a deception that is enhanced by faux stitching), but they're actually quite hard. The same goes for most other dashboard plastics, as well as the upper door panel - a spot where you're likely to rest your arm while trucking down the highway. Perhaps most disconcerting are the headrests, which feel like cinderblocks wrapped in leather trim. They're not what I'd call comfortable, unless you happen to be wearing a hard hat.

Although I like the looks of this new F-150 and some of the features it offers (the tailgate step is a novelty, albeit a useful one), I'm still inclined to choose the new Dodge Ram on its interior and ride refinement alone. So what if it tows "only" 9100 pounds - how often do you pull more than 4000 or 5000 pounds?

Evan McCausland, Web Producer

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