Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about your 2009 Ford F-150?
This is s very solid truck. It must be the fully boxed frame and through-welds. It feels heavy, but a good heavy, like it's a force of nature, that can't be broken. Beautiful interior on my King Ranch. Ventilated and true a/c seats! Synch system is incredible. I can use my voice to control most of the cabin systems including the heat-a/c (even the exact temperature!), navigation (all aspects), jukebox music (40GB worth), Phone, and much more. With the Sirius radio linked to my nav screen, I can find all the gas stations nearby and the price they are charging! I can get actual real-time weather radar maps across the entire country, then zoom on them regionally or locally, so that if a bad storm is somewhere ahead and I want to drive around it, I can. Synch is a full-bodied system that really need volumes to properly explain all that it can do and how easy it is. The King Ranch saddle leather is the real deal. The Pirelli Scorpian tires are about the best you can imagine for a high-end truck like this. The suspension is luxurious, yet firm enough to keep the vehicle sure-footed. Steering feels solid and weighted. Huge amount of space. I am 195 pounds and 6'-2" and I feel like I would easily still fit if I was packing another 100 pounds and was 4 inches taller. This is a big boy's toy (that's a compliment).
Cons: How would you improve your 2009 Ford F-150?
The headrests were evidently canted forward aggressively to meet some aspect of the 5 star crash test. I think Ford should allow the customer to adjust this so that it could be leaned back somewhat. One of the reasons I got the rear DVD headrest option is because they are a bit less aggressively tilted. The steering wheel should telescope in and out. Even though I have long arms, my knees have to be nearly touching the dash for my hands to comfortably grab the steering wheel. The driver's side armrest is 1/3 of an inch lower than the center console. While this doesn't sound like much, it is noticeable. They should be the same exact height. Also, the door armrest should be a little closer to the driver. There is actually too much room! My left elbow has a hard time reaching the door armrest and still allow my fingers to touch the steering wheel.
2009 Ford F-150 Review:
Ford's 2009 F150 is a winner. This is the 3rd F150 my family has owned over the years and while we have enjoyed them all, this is by far the best. I also have owed 2008 Chevy Avalanche LTZ (it was very nice) and I have owned Toyotas, Chryslers, and this 2009 F150 is probably the best of them all. There are some subtle tweaks Ford's ergonomic guys could learn from my body size (tall, medium build) to improve it for me, but there are other aspects of the new f150 that make it the best there is. This has got to be the most solid pickup truck on the market right now. It also can tow more than any of the others. The Ford also looks great. It's a man's man's truck, but is very cushy. The saddle leather is both macho and indulgent. This truck is big and drives big. Not something for in-city parking, but for the mountains and the ranch. However, there is an F150 for everyone, which is why, for about the last 30 years, it is the best-selling Vehicle (cars + trucks combined) in the USA. You can get a minimal front seat utilitarian truck with a short bed, medium bed or long bed. You can get a minimal back seat cab if you want; or you can get my choice: the SuperCrew cab with the World's largest back seat leg room so my client's have all the space they could want. I could have had a long bed or 6-1/2' bed, but I got the 5-1/2' short bed with the collapsible cargo extender (which is a miracle of industrial design engineering): it splits in the middle and folds up against the walls of the truck so it does not get in the way of the plywood or drywall you need to haul like other companies' bed extenders. The Ford dealers also go out of their way to help you further customize your accessories. They got me roof racks and a retractable rear bed cover (every pickup should have one). I got the Sony premium sound system and it has a subwoofer as well, that will blister the hairs off the back of your head if you are so inclined. The Synch jukebox will digitally record each of your cds and rerecord them onto its 40GB hard drive, so you will never have to fumble around changing cds again. Oh, you can select your music using your voice to command the Synch. Way cool! And safer. A 5-star crash tested truck that is tops in the salom over all the competition. So far, better mileage than my Chevy, by a mile or two a gallon. Farther between required maintenance than the competition. The warranty should be longer, given the quality of this vehicle, but I usually opt for the extended warranty anyway; it pays when you get such a complex truck. Personally, I think this truck probably has enough power to do what you want it to do. The Dodge and the Toyota have more power (and I am sure less mileage), but do you really need to drag race your pickup truck? I don't think so. I want solid dependability/reliability and I think I've got it, in a beautifully engineered package with the new 2009 F150 King Ranch.
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