The Legacy of the Ford F-150

June 23rd, 2021 by

A red 2021 Ford F-150 is shown from the front driving down the highway after leaving a used Ford truck dealership.

The Ford F-150 isn’t just your ordinary truck; it’s the reason why trucks started out selling cars in America. Sure, the F-150 accounts for a good size chunk of Ford sales and profits, but it is essential for a number of reasons. The F-150 can be found on farms, and it is a popular choice with contractors and other workers, but in recent years, the F-150 has filled the garages of everyday drivers. Today, the F-150 is much more than just a truck; it is a way of life. Modern F-150s are comfortable, offer a second row of seats, and enjoy all of the safety and convenience features of the finest sedans. They are used to head the grocery store and take the kids to soccer practice. But what is it about the F-150 that drivers find so appealing? Town and Country Ford, your used Ford truck dealership, presents the legacy of the F-150.

A Little Background

Ford launched the F-Series truck at the end of World War II, and it featured eight models with V6 and V8 engine choices. The truck was built and used for practical purposes. Basically, you drove a truck only if you had a need for a truck. Unrefined and functional, the F-Series was bare bones and offered few of the luxury or convenience features found in sedans of the same era.

The second-generation F-Series trucks were introduced in 1953 with an improved engine, and automatic transmission, and hood ornaments, which just might mark the first instance of a feature that offers aesthetics over utility. Third-generation F-Series trucks doubled the number of headlights, added a square grille, and made four-wheel drive an option for the first time.

It wasn’t until the late 1960s and early 1970s when the F-Series offered more style as well as functionality. The sixth-generation F-Series marked the arrival of the SuperCab, which meant you could now use your truck to haul the family around town. This marks an era in which the F-Series started to become more functional as an everyday vehicle.

Before the F-150 was born, the two most popular F-Series trucks were the F-100 and the F-250. The F-100 was a good choice but couldn’t offer what the big and bold F-250 could in terms of capability. So in 1975, Ford introduced the F-150 to bridge the gap between the F-100 and the F-250. And thus, a legacy was born.

A pale blue 1953 Ford F-100 C460 is shown parked on a dirt path.

There is a Perfect Fit

The Ford F-150 is a full-size truck that offers the performance you need and the capability you desire; it also offers several trim levels and plenty of options to ensure a good fit for your needs. The trim levels for the F-150 range from basic to luxurious, and everything else in between. There are also several engine choices depending on the trim level.

The base trim is the XL, but even this trim now comes with plenty of modern features. For example, with the XL, you will enjoy safety technology such as automatic high beam headlights and a backup camera. The Lariat trim is an excellent middle-ground option as it does a good job balancing between performance and luxury. This is a popular choice as you can still enjoy the work functions of a truck and savor the better things in life like leather seats and a premium sound system.

For those who want more convenience and luxury without paying for the top trim levels, the King Ranch is right up your alley. In addition to the interior goodies you get with the King Ranch, you enjoy a very stylish truck that you will be proud to drive. In fact, we aren’t exaggerating when we say that the King Ranch is the perfect balance between comfort and style. Finally, you can go all out with the Limited trim and enjoy top-tier luxury and power. Sure, you get 22-inch polished aluminum wheels, a dual-panel sunroof, and adaptive cruise control, but you also enjoy up to 450 horsepower under the hood.

The Raptor is truly a unique version of the F-150 that focuses on performance to the extent that it is more of a variant than a trim. On top of coil spring suspension, 37-inch all-terrain tires, and a special High Output twin-turbo engine, the Raptor also includes many of the same luxury and convenience features of the upper trim levels.

Rugged, Capable, and Fuel Efficient

Ford claims that more F-150 series trucks are on the road with over 250,000 miles on the clock than any other brand. This might be because Ford puts the F-150 through more than 10 million miles of testing before it is offered for sale to the public. And you can bet that these F-150s they tested were sent through mountain passes and deserts while towing and hauling heavy loads.

Ford has spent the last several years finding ways to increase fuel efficiency. Through a combination of using lightweight military-grade aluminum and efficient turbocharged EcoBoost engines, Ford has managed to improve gas mileage while still increasing power and performance. After all, nobody wants to compromise strength for fuel-efficiency.

Let’s shoot for the trifecta. Not only is the F-150 reliable and fuel-efficient, but it also boasts best-in-class towing and hauling capability. You can do the research and discover the capabilities of each engine choice, but the bottom line is that whatever job needs to be done, the F-150 can do it.

A black 1993 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning is shown from the front parked on pavement.

It Keeps Evolving

In no way is the Ford F-150 you see on the streets today the same as the models of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and so on. Every generation of the F-150 gets better. Ford could have settled many years ago and kept putting out versions of the same truck with a few updates here and there, but they didn’t. The well-loved truck continues to be a fan favorite and in-demand because every year, the truck gets more modern, more powerful, and more user-friendly.

A truck is a truck, but the F-150 is a work of art; it is an impressive track with high-tech features that keep it ahead of the game. Everybody gets excited when the new models hit the showroom floor, and people spend their evenings searching for articles that explain the new features. From the infotainment system that updates over the air to the hands-free driving system, there are countless reasons why people get so excited about the F-150.

Ford has indeed built a legacy with the F-150. What started out as a simple work truck that met the needs of workers all over the country has evolved into an iconic truck that fits all of the needs of a modern driver. And just when you think that there is nothing more that can make the F-150 better, Ford finds a way to make you shake your head in disbelief.

What does the future hold for the F-150? Well, we don’t know for sure, but the sky’s the limit. We are betting that at this very moment, the masterminds behind the F-150 are busy figuring out ways to make it better. What we do know is that the F-150 of the future will be the most intelligent, most powerful, and most innovative truck in its class. The auto industry and Ford fans nationwide are anxiously awaiting the F-150 Lighting, which will undoubtedly drive even more consumers to the Ford brand. We read some of the specs and capabilities of the Lighting, and all we can say is wow.