By James Bergeron

Photo Gallery:
2009 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Lariat

Day 1:

2009 Ford F-150 Lariat
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I am sure you have heard the expression, “It’s all about the numbers.” I may have even used that expression in one of my reviews; it’s a great way to give out non-subjective information. Well, the 2009 F-150 is all about the numbers, but not just any “numbers.” It’s all about BIG numbers, and the more you investigate the new F-150 the bigger the numbers seem to get.

The first big number is that of consecutive years in which the F-Series was the number one selling light truck in Canada, and that number is 43… that’s longer than I’ve been around. Like every other generation of F-150, the new 2009 is available in a multitude of combination and permutations — 35 to be exact — and coincidentally a number still larger than my years on this planet.

2009 Ford F-150 Lariat
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But the numbers only get bigger from there. Like the towing capacity (5,126Kg (11,300 pounds)) and a payload large enough to haul a compact car (1374 Kg (3,030 pounds)). Or how about the cargo capacity behind the front seats (1631 litres (57.6 cu. ft)) — you have to see it to believe it!

Those are some of the important numbers to “truck guys;” another couple of important numbers are the number of cylinders. In my tester, it is eight, using Ford’s 5.4-litre engine, producing 320 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, along with a 12 per cent improvement in fuel economy when compared to the previous model. On that note, there is the other large number which has me a little bit scared: my tester comes equipped with the 135-litre fuel tank. That has me a little scared about when it comes time to fill ‘er up!

I could have used the F-150 last week for some towing — unfortunately I won’t be getting a chance to do so this week that I foresee — but I do have some perspective now that I own a truck myself and I will be giving the new F-150 a solid once over in terms of practicality and, of course, driving satisfaction.

2009 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Lariat
MSRP as tested (including destination): $55,099

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