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Click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Ford F-150

Ford has managed to snag an important early victory over the equally-new Dodge Ram by being crowned the 2009 Truck of Texas over the weekend. Both the Dodge Ram and Ford F-150 are nearly all new for '09 and are competing against stiff competition from the relatively new Chevy Silverado and Toyota Tundra for a parking spot in Texan garages. Some 15% of full-size trucks sold in the United States end up in Texas and the sales crown usually goes to the Truck of Texas award winner. The Blue Oval also managed to snag the best truck-line award, the best SUV of Texas and the best CUV of Texas with its Expedition King Ranch and new Flex, respectively. Mopar fans will be happy to know that Dodge didn't leave the Lone Star state empty handed. We're not sure how given that the F-150 is also a full-size truck and took the top trophy overal, but the new '09 Ram managed to win the full-sized Truck of Texas award and its optional RamBox was named Outstanding Truck Feature.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      The Dodge Ram truly is "all-new". The F-150 is a mid-cycle refresh. Sure, there were some enhancements made to the engines and the frame. But put last year's front end on it and it would look exactly the same.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wow, you sound like a press release. You actually just proved my point. Changing the sheetmetal does not make for an all-new vehicle. If that were the case, then the Ford Focus was "all new" last year when they did their mid-cycle refresh. Although Ford certainly spun it as such. Or they will label the Mustang as "all new" next year when everyone know's it's not. Even the doors are the same on the "all-new" vs previous F150.

        Changing the materials that the cab and the frame are made of also do not constitute all-new. That would be like saying the Corvette Z06 was "all-new" compared to basic Corvette coupe because the Z06 has an aluminum chassis and the Coupe has a steel one.

        "All new" means a redesign from the ground-up that brings innovations. The Ram certainly has plenty of those whereas most of the features you gave can be found on other trucks. Chevy has a "3 V8 lineup" plus a V6. Hell, is having a "3 V8 lineup" even a bragging point in this era of fueleconomy? Dodge and Nissan have cargo boxes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "The F-150 is a mid-cycle refresh."

        Wrong. 95% of the truck is new. The outside sheetmetal between the A pillar and back of the cab is the only thing that didn't change.

        NEW:
        New sheetmetal from front bumper to A-pillar and back-of-cab to rear bumper, plus larger cargo boxes

        Unsurpassed 21 mpg hwy with SFE Package

        Three V8 engine lineup

        4.6L 3-valve V8

        6-speed automatic transmission w/Tow-Haul Mode

        Strongest-in-class frames (Not just revisions - all-new parts)

        Towing capacity increased to 11,300 lbs. and available with every cab style

        Standard AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control

        Standard Trailer Sway Control

        Class-exclusive box-side steps

        Class-exclusive tailgate step

        New safety cage with hydroformed ultra-high-strength steel: 75% stronger than '08

        Standard 6-airbags including front seat-side airbags and Safety Canopy System with roll-fold side-curtain airbags and rollover protection

        All-new interior including new seat designs, new instrument panel and flat rear loadfloor in SuperCab and SuperCrew.

        One-touch folding rear seat in SuperCrew

        Ford Sync Communications and Entertainment System

        Ford Work Solutions full-function in-dash computer, with available tool tracking, fleet tracking and tool anti-theft systems

        Advanced Navigation Radio with available SIRIUS Travel Link
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would choose the FORD from any of the big 2.25. A capable truck is not based on how fast the motor is. An overall truck is built solid. My 2000 V10 Ford Super Duty does not have 500 hp, but it does feel solid with the 300 hp it does have, i have no need for more, i don't use it as a dragster, it's used to haul motorcylces and for off-roading. No need for a new truck, motor is built solid as well as the overall truck. People who work with trucks can not go wrong with a FORD. Ford's are better built in my opinion. I wouldn't buy from any other mfg whatsoever. My $0.02
      • 6 Years Ago
      "We're not sure how given that the F-150 is also a full-size truck and took the top trophy overal, but the new '09 Ram managed to win the full-sized Truck of Texas award"

      Ya, that sounds pretty retarded. But that could just be how they do things in Texas... ass backwards.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yet another award from some outfit I've never heard of.

      I'm a fan of Ford, but I don't give a lot of credit to meaningless awards.
      • 6 Years Ago
      First of all, the Ranger is the only compact truck left on the market. The Tacoma has been a mid-size for several years now.

      Second, the Ranger is miles ahead of the Tacoma. It's a much more solid and reliable truck, plus, you can't go wrong with 22 mpg with a 4.0L V6.

      Lastly .. I'm also confused as to how the F150 doesn't fall into the 'Full-size" segment. It is longer than any other truck, taller, and has more interior space overall. It's a bigger truck.. it's always been a full-size truck, so what's the deal? There has to be some confusion somewhere between Texas and Autoblog.

      Either way, I didn't think Ford could out-due themselves two generations in a row, but apparently they have. I am astonished. Ford did it again, to say the least.

      I have to say though, the Ram is certainly the best looking truck. When I think of a truck, I think of the Ram. It looks amazing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Again Jimbo, 95% of the truck is new. How do I know? I wrote the 2009 showroom brochure. I have worked on the project since 2006, saw the truck at the Ford Product Development Center (PDC) at its first introduction to Ford marketing groups, spent 3 days at PDC getting a front-to-back review of all the new vehicle systems. The frames were completely reconfigured to provide the flat loadfloor in SuperCab and SuperCrew (innovation), they are stronger yet lighter than before (for increased towing capacity and fuel savings), and as far as the guys who designed them are concerned, they are new. How do I know? I asked them. The safety cage and front structure we redesigned from the ground up and use new materials, per my interviews with the guys who designed them. Ditto the interior. The SFE version gets 21 mpg hwy; a mileage barrier that only Ford and Chevy have managed to break in a full-size pickup. That's new. Ford is the only company to offer a full-function (internet access, word-processing, spreadsheets) in-dash computer with wireless keyboard, available wireless printer and Bluetooth phone connectivity. That's innovative. Apparently u missed the word LARGER to describe the word cargo boxes. That means they were redesigned. About the only systems that didn't get a complete makeover were brakes and suspension. Yet even these were significantly upgraded to improve ride and handling, as well as support the increased towing capacity. And this is why Ford's legal department put the kibosh on calling the truck all-new.

        Now, pls provide your credentials and sources to support your argument that the 2009 F-150 is not new.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My dad's company has a 2006 Ranger .. 100K miles, no repairs. It's a solid truck .. Oh, and did I mention he puts 2000 pounds in the bed 2 to 3 times a week, and hauls it anywhere from 30 - 100 miles? And ya .. it gets 22 mpg on the highway slick. My high school soccer coach had an '05 Tacoma, and the best mpg's he ever got was 19.5 .. and the manny 5-speed in the Ranger isn't a bad transmission.

        I've had experience with both trucks. Anybody who has a Ranger and take scare of it swears by it because Ford has perfected it over the years.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ranger is not miles ahead of a Tacoma. Its has essentially the same frame it was introduced with in 1983. Bad ride and handling, interior is fairly small and cramped (even the old "compact" tacomas still feel roomier then a ranger). Reliable is also funny as well, you got the 4.0 SOHC with a whopping 210 HP that loves to blow cam chains, and fords horrific 5R55E transmission. I think you should also take a look around the Ford forums, there is no one getting 22MPG with a 4.0 Ranger. The average is about 18, with a low of 16 and highest around 20. I mean, the maximum payload and towing has remained the EXACT same since 1983. This is part of the problem why American auto manufactureres are now in trouble, they keep trying to recycle the same vehicle platforms as long as they can without any modifications. Then the manufactueres wonder why the sales of these vehicles are dropping. I'm in no way a Ford or American car hater, I actually own an 87 Ranger myself. My dad has owned American cars all his life as well.

        As to the original topic, I am a bit confused on the whole Ford/Dodge thing. I do think that they are both great trucks, with the dodge slightly ahread imo in breaking the standard in truck suspension with coil springs and a 4 link. Although Ford getting the top place in all 3 things does sound a little fishy to me
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is the trophy engraved with "yeeeehaww!"?
      • 6 Years Ago
      "F-150 payload limit is 1170 lbs. LESS than Dodge 1500 and towing is 2200 lbs. LOWER, due primarily to Dodge choosing the "innovative" coil-spring rear suspension."

      My bad. Meant to say:
      F-150 payload limit is 1170 lbs. MORE than Dodge 1500 and towing is 2200 lbs. GREATER, due primarily to Dodge choosing the "innovative" coil-spring rear suspension.
      • 6 Years Ago
      what's with the subtitles..???
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. So, lemme get this straight:

      F-150 gets "Truck of Texas" award, overall.

      Dodge Ram gets "Full Size Truck of Texas" award.

      So where's the "Compact Truck of Texas" award? If there's an overall award and a full size award, there should be a midsize Truck of Texas award and a compact Truck of Texas award.

      I nominate the Ranger the Compact Truck of Texas, and the Nissan Frontier the Midsize Truck of Texas.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Ranger is really the only true "compact" pickup left. All the other "compact" trucks have graduated in size to the "mid-size" class with the Dodge Dakota.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd still take the '20 year old' platform Ranger over any other of those choices any day.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Its Texas, they don't recognize anything "compact" or "midsize" as actually existing. Well everywhere outside of Austin.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Ranger? The one based on a 20 year platform? If anything, the Tacoma wins the Compact truck award.
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