Vital Stats

Engine:
Twin-Turbo 3.5L V6
Power:
365 HP / 420 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Auto
Drivetrain:
Four-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
5,687 LBS
Seating:
2+3
Cargo:
5.5-FT bed
MPG:
17 City / 21 HWY
The Ford F-150 received yet another new model for the 2013 model year, the Limited trim, bringing the ways you can order this country's most popular vehicle to a grand total of 10. There really is an F-150 to suit any need now, and the Limited variant slots in at the very top of the range, above the already pampering Platinum model.

While normally I would admit that I'm the least-appropriate person to test a pickup, the fact that this particular trim places a much higher premium on luxury than anything with a bed and Blue Oval badge before it means that I don't need the workman chops of a skilled tradesman to judge how well this truck meets its true aim.

Driving Notes
  • With a base price of $52,895, the F-150 Limited is the most expensive half-ton Ford truck you can buy. Our tester came with the few options that don't come standard, including White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat paint ($495), a pickup bed extender ($250), tailgate step ($375) and spray-in bed liner ($475), bringing the final tally with a $995 delivery charge to $55,045.
  • The polished aluminum wheels on the Limited model are 22 inches in diameter, a full two inches larger than what's fitted to the Platinum model. They sure are pretty, though appear appropriate for on-road use only, lest you want to scratch and nick their polished finish. Other filigree on the truck includes the single-tip chrome exhaust, 'LIMITED' lettering along the box sides, the bold three-bar grille and body-colored everything.
  • Curiously, while you can have the less expensive Platinum model with your choice of three engines and two bed lengths, the Limited is only available with the twin-turbocharged EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 engine and 5.5-foot box. Both trims, however, are limited to the four-door SuperCrew cab style only. It's not clear why Ford went with the EcoBoost engine only in the Limited, but with 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, the engine is up to the task and relatively efficient.
  • Speaking of which, remember a few years ago when the F-150 required a special SFE model to reach 21 miles per gallon on the highway? The F-150 Limited can technically achieve the same feat, despite all of its luxury trappings and lack of aero aids. The EPA estimates 17 mpg city and 21 mpg highway, and I managed to reach and sustain that number, though not on the highway. It was on a long stretch of 35-mph road with few lights and stop signs. On the highway traveling between 60-70 mph, the F-150 and its EcoBoost V6 still returned a respectable 16-17 mpg.
  • The headlights on the Limited model are segment-first HID lamps. They are incredibly powerful and cut a very wide swatch with sharply delineated edges. From the driver's seat, it's as if the truck has two poles sticking out either side of the front end with a bunch of lights hanging from them pointing forward. That said, the F-150 Limited rides high and I know those powerful low beams were at times bouncing off the rear and sideview mirrors of the cars I was following.
  • This truck is surprisingly easy to drive. Even though I feel it would be silly for someone like me, who only has the occasional need for a truck, to buy and use an F-150 Limited as a daily driver, I easily could. It's like a truck, a minivan and a luxury sedan rolled into one – eminently capable, comfortable and cool.
  • Its ride is composed and relatively smooth, though can be skittish over rough pavement. That said, this truck emits nary a squeak, noise or rattle no matter how hard the suspension and frame are being hit.
  • The level of luxury here is very high, with running boards that automatically deploy when the doors open, a red and black leather interior that both looks and feels rich, aluminum trim, ambient lighting and the very full suite of Ford infotainment electronics that includes Sync, MyFord Touch, an eight-inch main screen and 4.2-inch info screen between the gauges.
  • At the end of my week with the pickup, I came around to the conclusion that buying an F-150 Limited makes as much sense as luxury car or sports car. All three appeal to what one wants more than what one needs. Do I need a $55k luxury pickup? No. But now I want one.


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      The Other Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just bought an F150 S. Crew (albeit used) and can see why people buy them as near-luxury cars. Even the back seat is towncar-like.
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      King ranch is the best f150 in my opinion. Rich leather, nice colors and well equipped. The limited seems to go beyond of what the King Ranch offers.
      JF
      • 2 Years Ago
      The margin on a 55,000$ F-150 must be insane for Ford!
      Dmitry Sychev
      • 2 Years Ago
      Also, the towing capacity for the Limited is 7,300 lbs, not 11,000lbs like the article states.
        Riley C.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dmitry Sychev
        Probably because of those wheels, they are huge.
        Spartan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dmitry Sychev
        It's the ride height for the Limited that lowers the rating. This is one reason to buy the Platinum instead. You get all the same options minus the "LIMITED" down the side and tricoat paint job, and it's a lot more configurable as well vs the Limited.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Riley C.
      • 2 Years Ago
      So that's where I parked my F-150...
      Houmpheng Phonsavath
      • 2 Years Ago
      55 grand?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Houmpheng Phonsavath
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          • 2 Years Ago
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          m_2012
          • 2 Years Ago
          There are people here that would pay that for a RANGER. Give it back Ford.
      voodoo1voodoo1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I owned a 2012 F-150 Lariat Limited which is what this model is supposed to be taking place of. The 2012 came with a 6.2L V-8 which has more power than the ecoboost it currently has. The current model's wheels are no where near as sharp as the 2012 which were painted to match the platinum tri-coat. The interior looks nearly the same except for a more confusing dash layout and different colored leather. The only improvement I would say Ford has made are the standard HID headlights. All this for a sticker price that's ~$3K higher and I am sure they will sell the hell out of them.
        XT6Wagon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @voodoo1voodoo1
        6.2L is pretty massively silly in the F150. The 3.5L Ecoboost has the same towing, hauling and what? 30% better mpg when you are not using all the HP.
        Spartan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @voodoo1voodoo1
        I looked everywhere for a Lariat Limited and couldn't find one within driving distance, even up to 500 miles away. I don't care for the 6.2L V8 since it's a fuel monster, but I love that platinum tricoat paint.
      seahawk1500
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 2001 Ford F-150 with 275,000 miles. Still looks good and runs good.
      Saddleman Seat Cover
      • 11 Months Ago
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      savvybuyer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yep, I'm not drinking the kool-aid on that V-6. They charge an incredible amount for it and I'd be willing to bet that the V-8 will get better real-world mileage. I know it will when towing. Also, when I recently sat in one of these, the interior quality was atrocious. I could literally slide the dash cover around with my hand. The materials, fit and finish all just screamed "cheap." Ford is over-priced on nearly everything they make, and this is a glaring example of that.
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @savvybuyer
        yup $1000 for the engine above the 5.0....thats an incredible amount......mileage is similar between the two, yet the 3.5 eco can tow up to 11300....the 5.0 cannot, so before That Guy gets on here and makes his copywrited comments, name another engine in anyones lineup that can tow this much while returning similar mileage....and PS, theres also people getting 20mpgs...just like theres those that arent
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
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          savvybuyer
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Because, S., we want to hear from you, too. Even though you obviously have nothing to add. You Ford sheep certainly herd together in your misguided support. Sort of like how the Germans kept telling each other, "well, you know, I think this Hitler guy's got some good ideas." Your penance is that you all have to drive Fords now. Never under-estimate the stupidity of the American consumer.
          That Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          So, it the 5.0 V8 which is far more powerful than the POS 5.4 can't tow as much as the 5.4. And Ford wants smart people to take their pencil-whipped tow ratings seriously? And FORD THEMSELVES do not compare the egoboost V6 to any 6.2. So neither can you.
        That Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @savvybuyer
        Savvy you are 100 percent spot on. The "eco" boost is nothing more than a marketing scam. It's a V6 that drinks fuel like a V8...while being more expensive to buy, maintain, and repair. A car magazine did a test between identical F-150s, one with the thirsty egoboost,And one with the proper 5.0 V8, and not surprising, the V8 got better mileage. And having sat in many new F-150s,you are correct in saying the interior is cheap. Hard plastics, shoddy workmanship, etc They are overpriced and under deliver. Typical Ford. That is why they need constant updates.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @That Guy
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          protovici
          • 2 Years Ago
          @That Guy
          Constant updates because the market always has updates. Any average Joe can see that. V6 power curves are alot better then the 5.0. Research and you'll see that is needed for towing. It almost acts like a diesel. Hard to say its all marketing when they sell over 645,000 per year. Did Ford upset you at some point in your life?? Otherwise, RAM and F-150 are top of the class.
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @That Guy
          Matt, the V8 it is MEANT to be comapred with is the 6.2....
          S.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @That Guy
          Oh my goodness. Why aren't IQ tests required before being allowed to post comments?
          Jesse Gurr
          • 2 Years Ago
          @That Guy
          Are you referring to the Motortrend article they did? I remember that test. They took similar trucks, within 50 pounds. Tested them with payload and weighted trailers and got the resultant MPG from their tests. The big difference though is that they loaded the ecoboost with a heavier trailer and payload amount. And it got almost the same exact MPG as the V8. One could stand to reason that if they had used the same weighted trailer and payload, the ecoboost MPG would be better under the same conditions. The devil is always in the details.
        vulnox
        • 2 Years Ago
        @savvybuyer
        The Ecoboost was 750, now it is $1000. Considering it has more power than the 5.0, which is what matters in a truck besides towing capacity, that seems like money well spent if you actually plan to tow. Even if the mileage of the 5.0 and Ecoboost was equal, the point is it still has more power, and at a far lower RPM. You can't really lose, your argument lacks actual facts. What do you mean you could slide the dash cover around with your hand? I have a 2012 F-150, and nothing in the interior that isn't supposed to be moved can be moved. On the top of the dash there is a rubber tray where you can throw a wallet or whatever, and that can be moved because it is a rubber mat that sits in a tray that covers the bolts to get to everything behind the radio. But that doesn't really have anything to do with interior quality, it is just the only thing I can think of that "moves". I have not been in any of the recent Dodge or Chevy trucks, last Dodge I was in was a 2009, so I cannot comment on how it compares to those. But it sounds like you are just making stuff up to knock a truck you don't like. It is fine to not like the truck, but your arguments so far don't have a lot of weight behind them.
          protovici
          • 2 Years Ago
          @vulnox
          Hard to argue fact vs. opinion. Seems savvy picks the opinion part that makes him/her look foolish.
        protovici
        • 2 Years Ago
        @savvybuyer
        It appears you know more about the truck then the engineers that designed. Congrats.
          savvybuyer
          • 2 Years Ago
          @protovici
          Wow! Now I know how to get a huge response on AB. Spread some "troof" about Ford and their crappy, over-priced products. I couldn't care less about GM or Dodge, either. And anyone that thinks that ANY manufacturers higher-line trucks are sanely priced has as many rocks in their head as Hummer or Escalade drivers. Which is to say, a lot. But, hey, you guys keep buyin' 'em, so who can blame Ford or anybody else for putting that kind of margin on them.
        bullitt2605
        • 2 Years Ago
        @savvybuyer
        And they will sell everyone of them.
      • 2 Years Ago
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