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2009 Ford F-150 Road Test Review

Test Drive: 2009 Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCrew

Work It, Baby!

Vehicle Tested: 2009 Ford F-150 Lariat 4dr SuperCrew 4WD Styleside 5.5 ft. SB (5.4L 8cyl 6A)

Pros: Smooth and quiet ride, responsive handling, attractive and functional cabin, wide variety of configurations, class-leading work capacities.
Cons: Acceleration still not equal to its most potent rivals, tall tailgate and bed sides make parking tricky (unless equipped with back-up camera).

As ubiquitous as McDonald's, the Ford F- Series has served as the vehicular Happy Meal for millions of full-size pickup consumers won over by its versatility, easy-handling nature and comfortable ride. And having been America's best-selling vehicle for most of the last 30 years, the F-Series has also served as Ford's chief cash cow.

But these days, steep gas prices have caused many people to reassess their needs. New pickup purchases are more likely to be from those who actually tow or haul things on a semi-regular basis. As a result, at the 2009 Ford F-150 press event that we attended, the Blue Oval boys boasted about the revamped truck's strong work capacity, improved fuel economy and better overall performance. In addition to the normal, scenic on-road drive loop, the event included a friendly competition pitting the F-150 against its peers, consisting of towing and hauling exercises. Any guesses on which truck prevailed?