2001 F-150 New Car Test Drive
The F-150 is available in every imaginable pickup truck configuration. Depending on what you want, it can be short or long, tall or low. It can act like a serious work truck, an off-road toy, or a luxurious everyday vehicle that doubles as a highly capable weekend tool. There's even a hot rod.
It comes in a myriad of bed lengths, two different body styles, and now three distinct cab configurations. This means the overall length and wheelbase can vary tremendously, the latter from 120 inches to 157.4 inches.
The newest variation is the SuperCrew, which features luxurious rear-seat accommodations and four full-size doors. Crew cabs have become the big fad in compact and mid-size trucks the past couple of years, but with the exception of the tried-and-true super-long heavy-duty models, this new full-size Ford crew cab is by far the most comfortable of the new trucks. Overall length is kept short by using an ultra-short bed that measures just 5 1/2 feet; though the bed is a compromise, it relieves the driver of the daily burden of maneuvering a pickup that's as long as an aircraft carrier. The SuperCrew is equipped like a luxury sport-utility, with power-adjustable pedals and optional moonroof, rear-seat entertainment system, and a handsome leather interior.
As for the rest of the 2001 F-150 line, power-adjustable pedals are standard on all Lariat models and optional on XL and XLT trim lines. Antilock brakes (ABS) are standard throughout the F-150 line, and remote keyless entry is now a standard feature on XLT models.
Three engines are available: The standard engine is a 4.2-liter V6 engine that generates 202 horsepower. The optional 4.6-liter V8 produces 220 horsepower. The 5.4-liter V8 produces 260 horsepower. There are 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmissions available.
Body styles include short and long cargo beds; Regular Cabs, SuperCab four-door extended cabs, and SuperCrew four-door crew cabs; flat (Styleside) and fendered (Flareside) bed styles. Two- and four-wheel drive models are available. And there are three trim levels: XL, XLT, and Lariat. With colors and options thrown in, the model matrix is huge.