May 22, 2013
2013 Ford F-150. Click image to enlarge
Review and photos by James Bergeron
Drumheller, AB – I’m not sure a better place could be chosen to test the 2013 Ford F-150. Drumheller is set in the badlands of Alberta, about an hour and a half northeast of Calgary. Drumheller is an old coal-mining town and home to the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in Canada at the Royal Tyrell Museum.
This is truck country without a shadow of a doubt, where truck owners use their vehicles to do real work. But in Drumheller it isn’t all about hard work, with plenty of opportunity for off-road adventure there is some hard play as well.
The F-Series has been the bestselling truck in Canada now for 47 consecutive years. Although not much has changed for the 2013 model year for the F-150, Ford would like to remind us that they offer some great packages, including towing capacity of up to 5,125 kg (11,300 lb), payload up to 1,415 kg (3,120 lb) and fuel economy as good as 8.9 L/100 km with various F-150 configurations as well as some new luxury amenities.
What’s New for 2013
Ford is continuously improving the F-150 and 2013 is no exception. Although Ford has revealed a concept for their next iteration of the F-150 they must keep up with an ever-demanding consumer and fierce competition from their rivals.
For 2013 available HID lighting has been added with a new headlight design. Passed down from the Super Duty is a new grille design that offers the iconic Super Duty C-clamp styling that is more aggressive and distinctive. Availability of new power-extendable tow-mirrors offers consumers better visibility when towing large RVs or wide enclosed trailers.
On XLT and FX models, Sync is now standard, while Lariat models and above offer Sync with MyFord Touch including fully redundant HVAC and radio controls that can be used with work gloves.
FX4 and off-road packages now offer hill descent control to aid in off-road maneuvering. The 3.7LV6 engine towing capacity has increased to 3,039 kg from 2,767 kg (6,700 lb up from 6,100 lb) although this seems arbitrary to me with no SAE standards attached.
Super Duty models offer larger brakes for better stopping ability and a new Platinum model is available. Also added to Super Duty is Sync with MyFord Touch.
For 2013 the Raptor has also been updated with a new colour called “Terrain” which is similar to a camouflage type colour. Also added to the Raptor are HID headlamps, Sync and an industry-first bead-lock-capable wheel for true off-roading performance. The 2014 Raptor will be offered in a special-edition Ruby Red exterior with red leather seating.