Most die-hard truck guys aren't big on gussied-up rigs, but I lost count of how many thumbs-up I received on my way back into town. Think what you will of Harley's marketing department for endlessly lending its name to a string of pickups (and a semi-truck), but this latest H-D F-150 is rather sharp-both inside and out. I'm not the biggest Harley guy myself, but I do like some of the design tweaks, including the grille insert patterned off the cooling fins on a V-twin engine. The glossy plastic on the steering wheel, however, I could do without-it's too eager to display fingerprints. Yes, Ford did leave the 5.4-liter V-8 untouched, but that's just fine. Unlike earlier Harley F-150s, this isn't advertised as being a four-door Lightning, and the 5.4-liter's 320 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque are more than sufficient to move this beast around town. Unfortunately, I'm not blown away by this six-speed automatic transmission. Upshifts take forever, along with a considerable amount of coaxing the throttle pedal.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer