The Ford F-150 is one of the best-selling cars of all time. They sell approximately 6,500 cars in the US alone per day. Despite Ford’s ability to sell so many cars at such a fast-paced rate, does the F-150 work well as a family car? Could it be the best ultimate family car?
The base model F-150 is the XL model which has a starting price of $34,265 (£26,656). This is the same price as a brand new 2018 Hyundai Sante Fe in the UK, and I know which one I would rather have. The range of F-150’s goes all the way from the XL model up to the Raptor, which overrules all pickup trucks. I don’t care what you say, the Raptor is by far the best pickup truck there is. The raptor has a starting price of $49,785 (£38,732) which may sound like a lot but in the grand scheme of things, you get a shed-load of car.
You get a lot of space in an F-150, in fact never mind about fitting the kids in the back, there is enough space for a sand pit, and that’s just in the rear seats! The vast quantity of space in the whole cab is phenomenal. I have spent a bit of time in an FX4 and was very pleasantly surprised with the amount of space available. I am over 6 foot and find it no issue at all to fit in the rear seats and the fact that they fold upwards to make space for your manly BBQ or hunting tools (or whatever American families do) is an added bonus.
But with upsides always come downsides. Fuel is a big one, maybe not as much now with the introduction of Ford’s 2.7L Eco-boost engines but the cost of fuel is astronomical. Ford’s Eco-boost engine boasts 325 bhp and a surprising 400 lb-ft of torque, this is 25 lb-ft up from the last one. You should get around 20 mpg in the standard 2.7L and 3.5L engines which isn’t all that bad but the whole point of getting a truck is to have a growling V8 right?
Once you commit to buying a pickup truck, I’m going to assume you know that you will have to take a loan out for the fuel. As well as the fuel being an issue, you have to remember the size of these things. They are a pickup truck after all, meant to carry heavy loads and go off-road. The largest comes in at over 20 feet long, that’s just mad, I think it’s safe to say you would be stupid to own one of these in the UK. With its size comes added practicality, you would easily be able to fit 5 people very comfortably in the car as well as much luggage as you want in the bed behind your head. If you have a large family, this is surely the way to go.
If you haven’t watched Doug Demuro’s recent video on the Raptor, then you should as he explains why it is such a good investment at the moment. The 2013 Raptor is only going up in value by the looks of things, this means that it is a steady investment to get yourself into, if you’re in the market for the best pickup truck in the game, this Raptor has Ford’s 6.2L V8 which produces the best exhaust note for a pickup and looks very mean.
To conclude, it really does make perfect sense to get yourself in the pot and become an owner of an F-150, even if it isn’t anything fancy like the raptor, you can still say that you own a pick up and I’m sure you’ll get the respected credit for it. In terms of it being a fantastic family car, it’s a no brainer if you have a family of 4, live in a place with big roads (i.e. just America), can afford the fuel and want to stand out and above everything else on the road… Unless you encounter a 6x6 'Hennessey Velociraptor', in which case, good luck.
Would you consider an F-150 as a family car?