2002 F-150 New Car Test Drive
From a working tool to a weekend toy, a luxurious family hauler or a hairy hot rod, the F-150 can be almost any truck you can imagine.
Like most full-size pickups, 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.
Three engines are available: The standard engine for the base-level XL is a 4.2-liter V6 that generates 202 horsepower. A 4.6-liter V8 rated at 231 horsepower is optional in XL models and Regular Cab XLT, and standard in all others. A 5.4-liter V8 rated at 260 horsepower is available as an option for most F-150s. Five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions are available.
Body styles include short and long beds; Regular Cabs, SuperCab four-door extended cabs, and SuperCrew four-door crew cabs; plus flat (Styleside) and fendered (Flareside) bed styles. Two- and four-wheel drive models are available. All three cab styles are offered in XL, XLT, and Lariat trim levels; SuperCabs and SuperCrews can be promoted to ultimate King Ranch status, with leather captain's chairs, premium audio, and unique identification.
I love the SuperCrew, which features luxurious rear-seat accommodations that can be converted into covered cargo storage. The full-size SuperCrew far exceeds a compact four-door pickup for space and comfort, but it rides on a light-duty chassis rather than a heavy-duty platform with its excessive weight, rougher ride, and greater fuel consumption. Overall length is kept reasonable by using an ultra-short bed that measures just 5 1/2 feet. The bed is a compromise, but it relieves the driver of the daily burden of maneuvering a pickup that's as long as an aircraft carrier. The top-rung Lariat SuperCrew is equipped like a luxury sport-utility, with handsome leather upholstery, power-adjustable pedals and an optional moonroof and rear-seat entertainment system.
For 2002, even base-level XLs are air conditioned. 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.
With colors and options thrown in, the model matrix is huge. And this matrix includes some specialty models.
New for 2002 is the FX4 off-road package, which includes 17-inch cast aluminum wheels with exposed lug nuts, Rancho-brand shocks, three skid plates, a 3.55 axle and P265/70R17 white-outline tires. FX4 decals and Dark Shadow Gray accents announce your off-road intentions. The FX4 package is available only on 4x4 models, but the package price ranges from $620-$1165 depending on trim level and body style.
The high-performance SVT Lightning, packs a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 rated at 380 horsepower and 450 foot-pounds of torque. Specialized wheels, tires, and suspension are calibrated more for handling than for hauling. This limited production image-generator is available only as a 2WD regular cab on the 120-inch wheelbase.
Also available for 2002 is a new limited-edition Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 SuperCrew. It features a supercharged 5.4-liter Triton V8 engine, unique styling cues and a new color option: Dark Shadow Grey. The 2002 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 SuperCrew is the third truck jointly developed by Ford Motor Company and Harley-Davidson Motor Company. (It joins two other limited-edition models: the 2000 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 Super Cab and the 2001 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 SuperCrew.