We are committed to the highest ethics, providing diverse voices, to accuracy, making corrections, and the best standards of automotive journalism. Holding the title of America's best-selling pickup truck for 34 years running is no small feat, which is why the 2012 Ford F-150 pickup deserves every accolade it receives. The 2012 Ford F-150 continues the tradition but adds a healthy dose of oversized ornamentation think grille, bumpers and mirrors usually covered in chrome on upper trims. When we took the car for a ride the dashboard lit up like a Christmas tree. With the exception of one generation late in the 1990s, the F-150 has always had an easily-identifiable boxy shape. A thoughtful center console design can swallow two or more laptops or tablets; there are even slotted ridges along the sides for holding hanging files in place.
When I was taken to the right vehicle, it has multiple issues that were not at all even mentioned in the description. All kinds of woarning lites. Ford was concerned early on that the skeptics would outweight those buyers who were interested in a twin turbo V6 pickup truck but the real world results with the EcoBoost F150 lead me to believe that this engine will be around for a very long time. While cruising on the highway, the EcoBoost V6 has absolutely no audible drone in the cabin and even when you thrust the EcoBoost into passing gear, the truck is still surprisingly quiet. The Final Word After my second time in a 2012 Ford F150 powered by the EcoBoost V6, I have found that not only can the twin turbocharged V6 do anything that a V8 can but it can also reach incredible fuel economy figures when it is not under heavy load. Tailgate Step Designed to deal with the awkward and potentially dangerous chore of getting into the pickup truck's bed, the integrated tailgate step on the 2012 Ford F-150 scores big.
Somewhere in between those two extremes is where most buyers will find themselves. Quick to respond to my many inquiries. Do you want a gasoline engine or a gasoline engine? During the early stages of my trip, the 2012 Ford F150 4x4 with the EcoBoost V6 was averaging less than 14 miles per gallon when dealing with the frustrating stop and go traffic on I94 and I75 around the Detroit area. Once I got onto the I280, heading towards the Ohio Turnpike, the fuel economy figures on the on board vehicle computer improved considerably and by the time I had spent an hour cruising along the wide open vastness of the northern Ohio plains, the fuel economy of the 2012 Ford F150 EcoBoost had climbed up into the expected combined fuel economy range of 18 miles per gallon. With class-leading capabilities, impressive fuel economy and the only turbocharged 6-cylinder engine in the segment, the more than 30 different version of America's favorite pickup truck should continue to set sales records and send the competition scrambling to keep up.
Each version also provided ample power, with the least-liked engine being the base V6, and the most appreciated being the new twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6. The interior and exterior both look super, very clean and roomy. Do you think with this now it would be safer to venture out without worrying about the gas and hills. While my test truck was fitted with the base model sound system, it still sounded great on my long drive and the steering wheel mounted controls for the radio and the cruise controls system allowed me to make changes on the fly without taking my hands off of the wheel. Last year, Ford gave the F-150 all-new engines and transmissions, and this year there's expanded use of an electronic locking rear axle replacing the old limited-slip unit. The ability to perform these truck tasks by this relatively small twin turbocharged engine has been questioned by numerous skeptics but in the long run, the EcoBoost proved that it can do anything that the V8 options in any modern half-ton pickup can do.
During this long run across northern Ohio, I also made a stop to check the actual fuel economy figures and the on-board computer was very accurate — with my test truck getting 21 miles per gallon. A look at the Fair Purchase Price on kbb. That is because of the hills and gas here in sw Michigan. Torque News provides a fresh perspective not found on other auto websites with unique pieces on design, international events, product news and industry trends. While it has a ride that you would expect from a half ton pickup capable of towing over 11,000 pounds, the 2012 F150 was surprisingly smooth and very comfortable on the highway. . Some old school truck buyer might question the ability of the EcoBoost V6 to conduct itself like an American V8 but with fuel economy figures topping the 20mpg range on the highway in real world testing, the Ford F150 EcoBoost 4x4 makes good on all of the promises made by Ford Motor Company.
As for overall comfort, we think the F-150's contoured front seats are among the most comfortable in the class. Ben assured me that it had. Definitely not a dealership that I would recommend. Then they had to run it up the street to get fuel. In fact, there are clever storage compartments throughout the 2012 F-150's cabin for holding everything from beverages to cell phones. However, the area in which I was visiting had very few causes to stop so there was almost no stop and go driving during my test sessions in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. Our two favorites are the integral tailgate step that makes clambering into the box easy and the spring-out box side steps that make reaching into the vehicle's deep cargo box much more convenient.
There are even two 12-volt outlets, one on the dash and one in the console, for recharging portable electronics, and an available 110-volt outlet. The mission of Torque News is funded by advertising, hosted on the website. Multiple rust spots, broken mirror, broke tail light that is technically illegal to drive with in the state of Ohio, vehicle reeked of marijuana, found maggots in the back seat, back passenger door was filled with water. The 2012 F-150 features a strong front end, powerful shoulders and a tall bed wall creating a nice, deep box. A twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 is offered, a first for this segment and an engine that promises both strong performance and good fuel economy. In and out in 20 minutes as this was a cash deal. Those tall bed walls, however, can be a bit of a hindrance when trying to access a tool box or gear in the bed's center.
The readout for the stereo system appears on a thin screen mounted along the top edge of the center stack and dashboard. For those who really use their pickup trucks as trucks, the 2012 Ford F-150 offers some exclusive options that are right on the money. Vehicle Details The 2012 Ford F-150 has a sophisticated yet practical truck interior. With stiff competition from Ram and Chevy, not to mention Toyota and Nissan's full-size entries, Ford refuses to rest on its laurels, continuing to improve the F-150 full-size pickup with new features and better mechanical components. The 2012 Ford F-150 is expected to retain a better-than-average residual value, with the SuperCrew models at the top of the chart, followed by the Regular Cab and then the SuperCab. Since the battery needed replacing, all the smog info had been cleared from the van's memory, requiring me to drive it ~200 miles before I could even get it tested myself. Yet, despite all its improvements, the 2012 Ford F-150 remains a tough workhorse designed to tackle big payload and towing jobs.
The 2012 F-150 pickup receives a few important new features, beginning with the addition of Hill Start Assist and the inclusion of neutral tow assist on all 4x4 trucks. Knowing that the hands controlling the F-150 will often be clad in some type of glove, be it work or ski, the F-150's design team has created buttons, knobs and switches that are slightly oversized, widely spaced and easy to reach. Perhaps the only shortfall with the 2012 F-150 is the lack of a diesel option, but the four available gasoline engines — two V6s and two V8s — offer reasonable fuel economy, aided significantly by the addition of a 6-speed automatic transmission. And the inverter of the car was in ruff shape. Incredible power and impressive fuel economy for a truck of this size combine to make for one great drivetrain — leaving no question as to why the EcoBoost V6 has quickly become the most popular engine in the F150 family.
This went on until we were well south of Detroit and as we neared the Ohio Turnpike, our fuel economy figures were hovering around a disappointing 16 miles per gallon but I am admit that my frustration with the stupid traffic caused me to drive in a manner that was less than idea for achieving great fuel economy. Our professional team of reporters have many years of experience covering the latest cars, trucks, upcoming new-car launches and car shows. After pointing all of this out without even starting the vehicle he tried to sell me the vehicle for asking price still! It deploys easily and even offers a safety hand-hold. In fact, the rear-seat legroom is absolutely limousine-like, and the mechanically-articulated second-row seat flips up and out of the way, delivering an ample 57. Every version of the F-150 we tested was devoid of a rough ride, with no shudder or hopping over rough or unpaved roads and a level of quiet unheard of no pun intended in a full-size pickup. Roomy SuperCrew Cab The cab in the 2012 F-150 SuperCrew is so roomy it out-measures some full-size sedans. The same goes for the rears seats, at least those on SuperCrew models.