2009 Ford F-150
2009 Ford F-150
2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
2009 Ford F-150, 2010 SVT Raptor. Click image to enlarge

Review by Justin Pritchard

Vehicle Type: Pickup truck

History/Description:  Generations of Ford F-Series truck expertise culminated in the latest generation of the popular pickup when it went on sale for model year 2009. A new for 2015 F-150 will be hitting dealer lots soon enough, meaning the current generation model has just about transitioned fully into used truck territory.

Shoppers will find plenty of selection thanks to a model range that included numerous body styles, engines, drivelines, trim grades, options packages and special edition models. Look for six or eight cylinder power, two or four wheel drive, and units equipped from work-truck grade to luxury towing rig and anything in between.

Look for feature content including navigation, heated and chilled seats, a sunroof, power-retractable side steps, a tailgate with fold-out assist step, Bluetooth, automatic climate control, wood trim, premium audio systems, power memory seats and more.

Engines / Trim: Engine options at launch included Ford’s 5.4L V8 with 320 hp, and a 4.6L V8 with 248 or 292 hp. From 2011 and on, all models other than the special Raptor got a powertrain overhaul with a focus on fuel economy. From that point on, look for a 3.7L V6 with 302 hp, a 5.0L V8 with 360, and a 6.2L V8 with 411. The Ecoboost engine also launched here as a 3.5L V6 with twin turbo good for 365 horsepower and nearly as much torque as the 6.2L V8. Lariat, King Range, Platinum and Limited grade models are top-line units, if that tickles your fancy. If you’re after something simpler, look for an XLT or FX4.

What Owners Like: F-150 owners tend to report positively on highway ride quality, cabin flexibility, all-terrain traction, advanced feature content (if equipped) generous at-hand storage, and plenty of performance from the larger engines. Many owners say the 5.0L V8 hits the mark for power and efficiency very well.

What Owners Dislike: Common complaints include ride quality that deteriorates over rougher surfaces, heavy fuel consumption in units with the older engines (pre-2011) and sometimes harsh gear shifting characteristics.

Here’s what some owners are saying on autoTRADER.ca.

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2009 Ford F-150, 2010 SVT Raptor. Click image to enlarge

The Test Drive: Visit your used F-150 candidate planning to start with standard truck checks. Check tires and brakes, visually, for signs of excessive wear. Note that models with up-sized or upgraded wheels and tires will turn in higher replacement costs when the time comes. Larger wheels often come at the expense of ride quality and off-road ruggedness, too. Does that truck you’re considering have an aggressive set of mud-tires installed? You’ll pay for the extra traction when it comes time to fill the fuel tank.

Check the interior for signs of excessive wear to the seats and carpets, have a look behind the door rubbers to see if there’s any evidence of silt or mud, possibly from a previous deep-water crossing, and check the condition and level of all fluids you can access under the hood. On board, be sure to confirm that the electronic 4×4 system, if equipped, shifts into and out of each mode several times with no issue, warning lights or undue waiting. If you note any issue, further investigation is needed.

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, 2009 Lariat SuperCrew 4X4. Click image to enlarge

Many older used models will need some degree of attention to their suspension system and a mechanic can quickly ascertain its needs with the vehicle on their hoist. While test-driving, listen for unwelcome popping, clunking or clicking sounds beneath the F-150, which could indicate worn-out suspension parts.

Other checks should include confirming that the SYNC System is working properly, as some owners have reported sporadic issues with the system stalling, lagging, crashing or just plain failing to boot up altogether. Here’s a guide from Ford on how to help your SYNC system to work properly. Check the power windows for proper operation, too.

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