Test Drive: 2012 Ford F 150 FX4 EcoBoost trucks car test drives reviews ford
2012 Ford F-150 FX4 EcoBoost. Click image to enlarge

The interior is a quality effort featuring tight tolerances, good materials and many soft touch surfaces. The dashtop is hard to the touch but has the look of squishy plastic. The optional Sony audio sounded great and the $500 backup camera was a velcome addition. Shedding light on the whole proceedings was a $1,300 power moonroof.

Back seat room is cavernous, and the chair cushions easily flip against the back rests, opening up a big cargo area, which we put to good use.

The F-150’s steering has a nice linear heft. With all 420 lb-ft reporting for duty at only 2,500 rpm, the truck is never caught flat-footed. The only thing lacking is the charactistic V8 rumble — this EcoBoost sounds disappointingly nondescript.

Test Drive: 2012 Ford F 150 FX4 EcoBoost trucks car test drives reviews ford
2012 Ford F-150 FX4 EcoBoost. Click image to enlarge

A G-note buys the Max Trailer Tow package, which includes a 7-pin wiring harness, bigger radiator, Class IV trailer hitch, additional transmission cooling, and trailer brake controller. The latter uses braking input, vehicle speed, and info from the anti-lock brakes to balance the performance of the pickup’s brakes and the electric trailer brakes. A rotary knob on the dash selects two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive in either high or low range, or tow mode.

This “Blue Flame Metallic” tester rode on optional ($420) 275/65R18 Owl all-terrain tires.

With eight trim levels, three cab sizes, three box lengths, four engines and countless available options, the possible permutations of Ford’s iconic workhorse are seemingly infinite. This specimen was without a doubt a luxurious ride, but it was also specced for hard work, be it towing, hauling stuff in the bed, or off-roading.

Competition is brutal out there in pickup-land, but the Ford F-150 has maintained its dominance for decades, being Canada’s top selling vehicle (cars included, folks) for the past 46 years.

They’ve obviously got it figured out. My only suggestion for Ford regarding this EcoBoost thing would be to pipe the sound of a ballsy V8 through the audio system. Barring that, just buy the Soundracer V8, a gizmo that does the same for about 40 bucks and plugs into a 12-volt socket.

Pricing: 2012 Ford F-150 FX4 SuperCrew
  • Base price: $46,299
  • Options: $11,670 (3.5L EcoBoost $1,250; Owl all-terrain tires $420; moonroof $1,300; Max Trailer Tow $1,000, FX Luxury Package $2,900; Sony navigation/radio $3,000; remote start $350; bed extender $350; side access steps $300, tailgate step $300; rear view camera $500)
  • A/C tax: $100
  • Freight: $1,500
  • Price as tested: $59,599

    Specifications
  • Buyer’s Guide: 2012 Ford F-150

    Competitors
  • Buyer’s Guide: 2012 Nissan Titan
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  • Buyer’s Guide: 2012 Toyota Tundra

    Crash test results
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)



  • About Peter

    Peter Bleakney is a Toronto-based automotive journalist. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).