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2013 Ford F-150 Limited

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... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Twin-Turbo 3.5L V6
Power:
365 HP / 420 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Auto
MSRP:
$55,045 (as tested)
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