2012 Ford F-150 Trims

FX2

Though designed to be a bit sportier than its siblings, the 2012 Ford F-150 FX2, curiously enough, comes only in rear-wheel-drive (RWD) configurations. This 6-passenger SuperCab or SuperCrew pickup is, however, one heavy-duty trailer puller when equipped, as it is, with a standard 5.0-liter Flex Fuel (FFV) V8 engine and its accompanying 6-speed transmission, not to mention the standard Class IV towing package. The 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque pounding out of this hefty V8 allows it to haul up to 10,000 pounds of trailer when properly equipped, while variable valve timing (VVT) allows 15 mpg city/21 highway.

For even more towing capability, however, beef up your FX2 with the available 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged V6. Again managed by the 6-speed automatic, this potent six-banger heaves out 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, which is good for towing up to 11,300 pounds with the available Max Towing Package tacked on. Mileage, meanwhile, is a decent 16/22.

Cargo-bed-wise, the 2012 FX2 can be purchased with the standard 6.5-foot bed in SuperCab or SuperCrew configuration, or the 5.6-foot bed in a SuperCrew edition only. Standard appearance features include step running boards, power-adjustable mirrors and 18-inch aluminum wheels, while some prettifying cabin bling includes premium cloth upholstery, front bucket seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and front and rear floor mats.

A power-adjustable driver’s seat and power accessories also come standard with this hefty beast, as do such niceties as cruise control, telescoping tilt-wheel steering and air conditioning. Standard entertainment is a single-CD player with 4 speakers, satellite radio and a USB connection. Finally, Bluetooth/SYNC AppLink Smartphone integration, hands-free audio selection and communications helps occupants keep in tune and in contact with lesser (or at least less high-riding) mortals. Options, meantime, include dual-zone climate control, navigation, a power moonroof, rear-view camera, a universal remote garage door opener, power sliding rear window, tubular running boards, heated front seats and rear parking sensors. Noteworthy packages include the classy Luxury Package with leather upholstery, heated front seats and driver memory features, as well as the Appearance Package, with 6-spoke black painted aluminum wheels, body-color grille and black tubular running boards.

Standard safety equipment aboard the 2012 F-150 FX2 includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags and front side-mounted airbags. A post-collision safety system and remote antitheft alarm are also delivered with this mid-level trim, as are front fog/driving lights and dusk-sensing headlights. A trailer brake controller and turn-signal-integrated mirror, meanwhile, are among the optional safety features.

Trims available:
SuperCab 6.5ft Bed
Avg. Price: $25,961
SuperCrew 5.5ft Bed
Avg. Price: $28,367
SuperCrew 6.5ft Bed
Avg. Price: $30,298
FX4

Take your average 2012 Ford F-150, beef up the suspension a bit for off-road travel, add standard on-demand 4-wheel drive (4WD), toss in a few extra appearance and cabin goodies, and behold the FX4. This 6-passenger beauty comes in either SuperCab or SuperCrew configuration and with either a 6.6-foot or 5.6-foot bed. Standard appearance features and cabin goodies include 18-inch aluminum wheels, side steps, a Class IV trailer hitch and wiring, premium cloth upholstery, front bucket seats, power-adjustable driver’s seat, keypad entry and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Air conditioning is, of course, standard, as are such amenities as SYNC Applink/Bluetooth hands-free audio selection, Smartphone interface and communications technology, as well as cruise control, side steps, telescoping tilt-wheel steering and power windows, door locks and mirrors. Entertainment, meantime, consists of a single-CD player, satellite radio and a USB connection.

Available to the mid-level FX4 are such toys as dual-zone climate control, navigation, a rear-view camera, a remote garage door opener, a power moonroof and upgraded audio components, as well as upgraded trailer-towing equipment, including beefier rear axle ratios and a trailer brake controller. The available Luxury Package includes heated front seats, driver memory features and leather upholstery, while the spiffy Appearance Package offers, among other things, 20-inch 6-spoke aluminum wheels, black tubular running boards and body-color moldings and grille.

Differentiating the 2012 FX4 from its less off-road-capable FX2 sibling are skid plates and a standard limited-slip rear differential. The standard part-time 4WD, as is traditional, boasts auto-locking hubs and electronic hi-lo gear selection. The heart and soul of this hefty hauler, however, is its choice of two potent powerplants. Standard is a 360-hp, E85-capable (FFV) 5.0-liter V8 engine that combines with the standard six-speed shiftable automatic transmission to pound down 380 lb-ft of torque. This big V8 will easily tow nearly 10,000 pounds of trailer, when properly equipped, but despite variable valve timing (VVT), gas mileage is estimated at only 14 mpg city/19 highway.

Should a bit more oomph and economy be in order, the FX4 can be delivered with the highly touted 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine, again with the 6-speed shiftable automatic. This pairing nets 365 hp and a whopping 420 lb-ft of torque and, with the proper equipment, will allow this potent pickup to tow 11,100 pounds of trailer. Mileage in this blown six is estimated at 16/22, significantly better than the V8's.

Though relying heavily on its hefty road presence, the 2012 FX4 nonetheless boasts 4-wheel antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags and front side-mounted airbags. Secondary safety equipment includes the standard post-collision safety system, remote antitheft alarm, front fog/driving lights and dusk-sensing headlights. Turn-signal-integrated mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming, meantime, are optional with the FX Plus Package.

Trims available:
SuperCab 6.5ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $32,453
SuperCrew 5.5ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $33,405
SuperCrew 6.5ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $36,579
Harley-Davidson

For the true tricked-out-truck aficionado, Ford offers its 2012 F-150 Harley-Davidson trim level. Available only in the 5-passenger, 4-door SuperCrew configuration with the shorter 5.6-foot bed, this flagship full-size pickup can be delivered with either standard rear-wheel drive (RWD) or with the available part-time four-wheel-drive (4WD) system with auto-locking hubs and electronic hi-lo gear selection. Look for plenty of standard exterior features, like 22-inch polished alloy wheels, a power sunroof, heated power-adjustable mirrors, a power-sliding rear window, power-folding side steps and a trailer hitch and wiring. Inside, this roomy high-end truck boasts unique leather upholstery, heated power-adjustable front bucket seats, power windows and door locks, dual-zone climate control, leather and simulated alloy accents and memory for driver's settings, just for starters. Then there’s cruise control, a universal remote garage door opener, power-adjustable pedals, rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera and telescoping tilt-wheel steering, not to mention plenty of Harley Davidson emblems both inside and out. Navigation is standard aboard this well-endowed pickup, as are the 700-watt Sony premium audio system with a single-CD player, satellite radio and a USB port. Finally, SYNC AppLink partners with Bluetooth technology for Smartphone applications, audio control and hands-free communications.

Who’d have thought that there’d be optional equipment for this princely pickup, but there is. Things like a tailgate step and fold-in bed extender are available to this well-endowed beast, as are a spray-in bedliner, full-coverage floor mats and Ford’s Work Solutions/Masterlock tool security system.

The sole motivating factor in the 2012 F-150 Harley-Davidson is a 6.2-liter V8 that packs a one-two punch of 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque under the management of the standard 6-speed automatic transmission. Expect up to 11,300 pounds of towing from this top-shelf mule (RWD version, with proper equipment), but alas, estimated mileage is 13 mpg city/18 highway in RWD trims and 12/16 with 4WD variations.

Standard safety features aboard the 2012 F-150 Harley-Davidson include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and front and rear head airbags. A dash-mounted trailer brake controller is standard, as are turn-signal-integrated mirrors, front fog/driving lights, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm.

Trims available:
SuperCrew 5.5ft Bed
Avg. Price: $39,339
SuperCrew 5.5ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $41,426
King Ranch

Designed with the luxury-oriented cowboy in mind, the 2012 Ford F-150 King Ranch offers more than just a hint of posh while retaining its workhorse heritage. Available only in the 4-door SuperCrew version, this full-size pickup can nevertheless be delivered with either the 6.6-foot or 5.6-foot bed, and with either standard rear-wheel drive (RWD) or available 4-wheel drive (4WD) that features auto-locking hubs and electronic hi-lo gear selection. Of course, this well-wrought heavy hauler sports all the comforts the well-heeled bronco-busting hombre might want. Outside, a trailer hitch and wiring, 18-inch painted alloy wheels, a power-sliding rear window, step running boards and heated power-adjustable outside mirrors all come standard, while on the inside, owners can expect leather upholstery, front bucket seats and driver memory settings, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather and simulated wood cabin accents. Dual climate control is standard, too, as are power accessories, heated power-adjustable front seats, cruise control, a rear obstacle detection system, power-adjustable telescoping tilt-wheel steering, universal remote garage door opener, a rear-view camera and trailer brake controller. Entertainment is provided by a Sony premium 700-watt audio system with 6-CD changer, subwoofer, satellite radio and a USB port. Finally, standard SYNC AppLink Smartphone interface is bolstered by Bluetooth hands-free technology.

The already plush King Ranch can be further equipped with such available exterior bling as a power moonroof, 20-inch aluminum wheels, tailgate step, upgraded tubular running boards a heavy-duty towing package, skid plates (4WD only) and a spray-in bedliner, while inside, this princely pickup can be equipped with an available hard-drive-based navigation system and full-coverage floor mats.

Standard power, meanwhile, is delivered via a 5.0-liter ethanol-capable Flex Fuel V8 engine mated with the ubiquitous 6-speed automatic transmission. This combo loads up the 2012 King Ranch with 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, allowing up to 10,000 pounds of towing (RWD versions with proper equipment). Alas, despite variable valve timing (VVT) mileage is estimated at only 15 mpg city/21 highway for RWD trims and 14/19 in 4WD editions. On the other hand, for improved power and efficiency, the 2012 King Ranch can be equipped with the much-ballyhooed 365-hp 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6. Again under the management of the 6-speed automatic, this over-achiever puts out 420 lb-ft of torque, can pull up to 11,300 pounds of trailer in properly equipped RWD trims (11,100 pounds in 4WD versions), and mileage improves to 16/22 in RWD editions, 15/21 in 4WD variants.

Safety-wise, the 2012 King Ranch boasts 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side mounted airbags and front and rear head airbags to supplement its hefty highway presence. Additionally, this full-size pickup sports standard front fog/driving lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm. Finally, Ford’s My Key programmable speed and audio limiting system also comes standard.

Trims available:
SuperCrew 5.5ft Bed
SuperCrew 5.5ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $37,667
SuperCrew 6.5ft Bed
Avg. Price: $34,280
SuperCrew 6.5ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $37,680
Lariat

Edging into the world of work-truck chic is the 2012 Ford F-150 Lariat full-size pickup. This mid-level trim comes in either the 5-passenger SuperCab (rear-opening back doors) or SuperCrew (4 independently opening doors) versions. Astern of the SuperCab Lariat is the standard 6.6-foot bed, while SuperCrew editions can be configured to carry either the standard-length bed or for a more compact rig, the 5.6-foot bed. Standard rear-wheel drive (RWD) can be deleted in favor of available on-demand 4-wheel drive (4WD), with the latter boasting manual hi-lo gear selection and auto-locking hubs. Standard appearance features for this handsome truck include a power sliding rear window, trailer hitch and wiring, 18-inch alloy wheels mounting all-terrain tires (4WD trims) and heated power-adjustable outside mirrors, while the cabin sports leather upholstery, front bucket seats, heated power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and floor mats in front and rear. Further standard amenities include cruise control, dual-zone climate control, driver memory settings, a single-CD player, remote power door locks, power windows, satellite radio and a USB connection. Finally, the upgraded SYNC Applink system, with Smartphone interface, audio control and Bluetooth hands-free communications technology, also comes standard with this hefty hauler.

Options, meantime, include a power moonroof, hard-drive-based navigation, 20-inch aluminum or chrome-clad wheels, tubular running boards, upgraded audio components that include a 6-CD changer, rear-view camera and a hard-drive-based navigation system. Look for a universal remote garage door opener and rear-view camera, among other things in the Lariat Plus Package, while the Off-Road Package (4WD trims only) boasts skid plates and a heftier suspension for some heady all-terrain action.

Standard power for the 2012 Lariat comes from the well-wrought 5.0-liter E85-capable Flex Fuel (FFV) V8 mated with the ubiquitous 6-speed automatic transmission. This matchup throws down 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, good enough to tow 10,000 pounds of trailer when properly equipped. EPA-estimated gas mileage for RWD versions is 15 mpg city/21 highway and for 4WD trims, 14/19. Then there’s the available turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and 6-speed automatic combo, putting out 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque and able to tow up to 11,300 pounds (RWD) with the proper equipment. Mileage with this potent turbo V6 is estimated at 16/22 with RWD and 15/21 with 4WD.

Primary standard safety features for the new F-150 Lariat include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags and front side-mounted airbags. Further safety equipment includes Ford’s My Key programmable speed and volume governors, a post-collision safety system, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a trailer brake controller, front fog/driving lights, dusk-sensing headlights and a remote antitheft alarm.

Trims available:
SuperCab 6.5ft Bed
Avg. Price: $35,248
SuperCab 6.5ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $33,126
SuperCrew 5.5ft Bed
2 national listings
Avg. Price: $32,434
SuperCrew 5.5ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $34,524
SuperCrew 6.5ft Bed
Avg. Price: $33,729
SuperCrew 6.5ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $36,021
Platinum

As the penultimate trim level in the 2012 Ford F-150 lineup, the Platinum approaches the status of true decadence. Available in only the SuperCrew configuration, this 5-passenger full-size pickup can tote either the standard 6.6-foot bed or the more garage-friendly 5.6-foot bed, and comes in either the standard rear-wheel drive (RWD) or available 4-wheel drive (4WD) configuration. Standard appearance features include 20-inch polished alloy wheels, a power-sliding rear window, power-folding side steps, trailer hitch and wiring, and heated power-adjustable outside mirrors. Inside, look for standard leather upholstery, front bucket seats, heated power-adjustable front seats, memory for driver's settings, aluminum, simulated wood and leather trim accents and power-adjustable pedals. Further cabin bling includes dual-zone climate control, power accessories, a universal remote garage door opener, rear-view camera, rear parking sensors and telescoping tilt-wheel steering. Count on Sony’s 700-watt premium stereo with a 6-CD changer, satellite radio and a USB connection for tunes, while Ford’s touted SYNC AppLink system intefaces with Smartphone and Bluetooth technology for hands-free communications, Pandora radio access and audio control.

Believe it or not, this plush pickup is eligible for a number of options including navigation and full-coverage front and rear floor mats. Exterior options include a power moonroof and the Max Trailer Tow Package.

Standard power in the 2012 F-150 Platinum is a variable-valve-timed (VVT) 5.0-liter Flex Fuel V8 engine. Mated with the standard 6-speed automatic transmission, this hefty V8 throws down 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, tows up to 10,000 pounds in RWD configuration when properly equipped, but gets only an estimated 15 mpg city/21 highway. With 4WD, mileage drops even further to 14/19. But there’s always the available 365-hp, 420-lb-ft/torque 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged V6 powerplant for more power with better fuel economy. Towing maxes out at 11,300 pounds with the blown six-banger in (RWD trims), and mileage improves to 16/22 in RWD and 16/21 in 4WD versions.

Standard safety equipment in this posh pickup includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags and front side-mounted airbags. All this is supplemented by turn-signal-integrated mirrors, front fog/driving lights, Ford’s My Key programmable speed and audio governing system, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm.

Trims available:
SuperCrew 5.5ft Bed
Avg. Price: $37,030
SuperCrew 5.5ft. Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $39,212
SuperCrew 6.5ft Bed
Avg. Price: $36,991
SuperCrew 6.5ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $39,242
STX

Representing the next step up from the base trim level in the popular 2012 Ford F-150 lineup is the value-laden STX. This full-size pickup comes in either the 3-passenger Regular cab version or the 6-passenger SuperCab variation with its distinctive rear-opening back doors. The standard bed length, meantime, is 6.6 feet in both cab configurations, while each is also available with the 8.1-foot bed. All STX versions come with standard rear-wheel drive (RWD), though all can be equipped with available part-time four-wheel drive (4WD) as well. In SuperCab trims, look for split-folding rear seatbacks, while further standard creature comforts in both cab configurations include cloth upholstery, remote power door locks, power windows and outside mirrors, cruise control, air conditioning and a single-CD player. Ford’s popular SYNC Applink Smartphone-capable system, with Bluetooth hands-free communications and voice-activated audio control, as well as its user-friendly Work Solutions Package with in-dash computer and tool-management features, are two of the more popular options for which the STX is eligible. Further options include various trailer-towing and décor packages, navigation, satellite radio, tubular running boards, tailgate step, floor mats and a spray-in bedliner.

As with its XL sibling, the STX sports a 302-hp, 278-lb-ft/torque 3.7-liter V6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission with brake hill holder as its standard powertrain. Look for 6,100 pounds of trailer towing capability with the proper equipment, while fuel efficiency is some 17 mpg city/23 highway in RWD editions and 16/21 in 4WD versions.

The impressive 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine is available to the STX trim, as is the more traditional 5.0-liter V8 powerplant. Both engines mate, once again, with the 6-speed automatic and can be expected to put out 365 hp/420 lb-ft of torque and 360 hp/380 lb-ft, respectively. The EcoBoost V6 can tow up to 11,300 pounds of trailer with proper equipment, while the V8 is limited to 10,000 pounds. Finally, the available part-time 4WD system features electronic hi-lo gear selection and auto-locking hubs in all configurations.

Standard safety equipment in the 2012 STX lineup includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and front, and in SuperCab versions, rear head airbags. A post-collision safety system, Ford’s My Key programmable speed and audio limiting system and a remote antitheft alarm also come standard, with turn-signal-integrated mirrors and a trailer brake controller available as options.

Trims available:
6.5ft Bed
Avg. Price: $21,006
6.5ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $24,244
SuperCab 6.5ft Bed
Avg. Price: $23,470
SuperCab 6.5ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $26,701
SVT Raptor

For some good old-fashioned rock-climbing, few full-size pickups beat Ford’s awesome 2012 F-150 SVT Raptor. This 5-passenger mountain goat comes in either SuperCab or SuperCrew configurations, only with on-demand 4-wheel drive (4WD) and only with the potent 6.2-liter V8 engine. Designed for serious off-road adventures, this beast also sports descent control, skid plates, an electronic locking rear differential, electronic hi-lo gear selection, auto-locking hubs, a front limited-slip differential, all-terrain tires mounted on 17-inch painted alloy wheels and an off-road-tuned suspension. Mated with a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, its big V8 pounds out 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque, good enough to tow up to 11,100 pounds of trailer, though mileage is a rather dismal 11 mpg city/16 highway. A good number of reviews claim that, in spite of its terrain-busting nature, the Raptor is surprisingly well-behaved (if a bit raucous) on civilized roads, not to mention carrying a comfortable load of appearance features and creature comforts.

Step running boards are standard, as are a power sliding rear window, trailer hitch and wiring, a unique Raptor grille, roof lights and power-adjustable outside mirrors. Look for leather and cloth upholstery, front bucket seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, power windows and keypad-entry power door locks inside, as well as cruise control, tilt-wheel steering and air conditioning. Entertainment, meantime, consists of a single-CD player, 4 speakers, satellite radio and a USB connection, while AppLink Smartphone integration, audio manipulation and Bluetooth hands-free communications technology round out the standard cabin techno-wizardry.

Worthy options include navigation and a power moonroof, as well as such packaged equipment as heated and cooled power-adjustable front seats, upgraded audio components, dual-zone climate control, remote start, a universal remote garage door opener, unique graphics, front-view and/or rear-view camera, tailgate steps and a trailer brake controller.

In addition to its sheer bulk, the 2012 F-150 SVT Raptor sports such standard safety equipment as 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags and front side-mounted airbags. Front fog/driving lights also come standard with this off-road-capable pickup, as do a post-collision safety system, a remote antitheft alarm and Ford’s programmable My Key speed and audio governance system. Turn-signal-integrated mirrors, meantime, are optional.

Trims available:
SuperCab 5.5ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $45,754
SuperCrew 5.5ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $49,162
XL

The base full-size Ford work truck is its F-150 XL. For 2012, this stripped-down pickup offers little in the way of standard amenities, but comes heavy on value. Look for this entry-level trim to come in Regular cab, SuperCab and Super Crew variations, with Regular and SuperCab editions available with the 8.1-foot or 6.6-foot bed, and the 5.6- or 6.6-foot bed offered in SuperCrew versions. Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is standard for this entry-level trim, with part-time 4-wheel drive (4WD) available in all cab configurations. Vinyl bench seats are standard throughout the cab lineup, as are 17-inch steel wheels, air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo. Meantime, split-folding rear seatbacks additionally come standard in SuperCab and SuperCrew trims. Options, meantime, include a pair of trailer towing packages, cruise control, a single-CD changer, power accessories, a trailer brake controller and Ford’s popular Work Solutions Package with its integrated computer along with various cargo and tool-management solutions. Finally, a tailgate step and side steps are also optional for this base pickup, as are tubular running boards, front fog/driving lights, front (and rear) floor mats, numerous exterior and interior trim upgrades and a spray-in bedliner.

Standard power in the 2012 F-150 XL is a 3.7-liter ethanol-compatible (Flex Fuel) V6 with variable valve timing (VVT) that mates with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission with brake hill holder. Look for 302 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque from this competent drivetrain, while trailer towing is maxed out at 6,100 pounds. Fuel efficiency numbers, meanwhile, are 17 mpg city/23 highway in RWD and 16/21 in 4WD versions.

Both the 365-hp turbocharged EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 and the 360-hp 5.0-liter V8 engine choices are available to the XL level, with each again mated to the ubiquitous 6-speed automatic for 420 lb-ft and 380 lb-ft of torque, respectively. The EcoBoost powerplant will allow up to 11,300 pounds of towing capacity with the proper equipment, while the V8 can tow up to 10,000 pounds when properly equipped. Of course, a number of rear axle ratios are available for added towing capacity up to the above-mentioned maximum limits. Finally, this base trim level in part-time 4WD configuration sports electronic hi-lo gear selection and auto-locking hubs.

Safety-wise, the 2012 XL lineup comes with standard 4-wheel antilock braking (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and front (and, in extended cab variations, rear) head airbags. A post-collision safety system wraps up the notable standard safety equipment aboard, with turn-signal-integrated mirrors available in the Max Trailer Towing Package, along with Ford's available My Key programmable speed and audio-volume governing system.

Trims available:
6.5ft Bed
Avg. Price: $17,615
6.5ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $21,747
8ft Bed
Avg. Price: $17,268
8ft. Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $20,456
SuperCab 6.5ft Bed
Avg. Price: $24,996
SuperCab 6.5ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $28,500
SuperCab 8ft Bed
Avg. Price: $22,869
SuperCab 8ft Bed 4WD
3 national listings
Avg. Price: $23,668
SuperCrew 5.5ft Bed
Avg. Price: $25,006
SuperCrew 5.5ft Bed 4WD
2 national listings
Avg. Price: $27,914
SuperCrew 6.5ft 4WD
Avg. Price: $35,263
SuperCrew 6.5ft Bed
Avg. Price: $29,803
XLT

Touted as the best-selling trim level in an already popular lineup, the 2012 Ford F-150 XLT is loaded with just enough power, comfort, bling and utility to make it one of the country’s most value-heavy full-size pickup trucks. This 3- or 6-passenger heavy hauler can be had in Regular cab, rear-opening-back-door SuperCab or four-door SuperCrew versions, and with either the standard 6.6-foot bed in all cab configurations, the outsize 8.1-foot bed in Regular or SuperCab guise or, with the SuperCrew version, the 5.6-foot bed. All variations, meantime, boast standard rear-wheel drive (RWD), but all are available with part-time 4WD that stars electronic hi-lo gear selection and auto-locking hubs. Standard appearance features include 17-inch painted alloy wheels, chrome bumpers and power outside mirrors, while cabin goodies include cloth upholstery, remote power door locks, power windows, carpeted floors, floor mats, air conditioning and rear privacy glass. A single-CD player graces this well-endowed truck with 2 speakers in Regular cab trims, and 4 speakers tooting through SuperCab and SuperCrew trims.

Notable options for this hefty truck are the Ford Work Solutions Package, with on-board computer, tool-management and tool-tracking devices, as well as Bluetooth-integrated SYNC Applink hands-free audio and communications management and Smartphone integration. Then there are the available power-sliding rear window, tubular running boards, navigation system and satellite radio, as well as various trailer towing and décor packages, along with a selection of rear axle ratios.

Standard power for the 2012 F-150 XLT is a 3.7-liter Flex Fuel (FFV) V6 engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. This combo puts out 302 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque, can tow up to 6,100 pounds of trailer when properly equipped, and gets an estimated 17 mpg city/23 highway in RWD garb, 16/21 in 4WD configuration.

But if that’s not enough oomph, the XLT is eligible for the well-wrought 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged V6 with its 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, or the 5.0-liter FFV V8 that throws out 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. Both engines also mate with the 6-speed automatic and can tow up to 11,300 pounds and 10,000 pounds, respectively, with proper equipment. Yep, the blown V6 out-tows the V8—go figure! Mileage, meantime, is 16/22 for the turbo V6 with RWD and 15/21 in 4WD trims. The V8 drops mileage to 15/21 for RWD editions and 14/19 with 4WD.

Finally, standard safety equipment backing up the 2012 F-150 XLT’s bulk includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, and front side-mounted airbags. Additionally, front head airbags are standard in Regular cabs, with front and rear head airbags coming standard in SuperCab and SuperCrew trims. Topping off this list of noteworthy standard safety features are automatic headlights, a post-collision safety system, a remote antitheft alarm and front fog/driving lights. An available rear-view camera, as well as a trailer brake controller and turn-signal-integrated mirrors can also be built into this handsome pickup.

Trims available:
6.5ft Bed
Avg. Price: $20,265
6.5ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $24,161
8ft Bed
Avg. Price: $20,103
8ft Bed 4WD
6 national listings
Avg. Price: $23,492
SuperCab 6.5ft Bed
Avg. Price: $24,480
SuperCab 6.5ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $28,752
SuperCab 8ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $26,689
SuperCab 8ft. Bed
Avg. Price: $23,668
SuperCrew 5.5ft Bed
Avg. Price: $25,114
SuperCrew 5.5ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $29,100
SuperCrew 6.5ft Bed
Avg. Price: $26,868
SuperCrew 6.5ft Bed 4WD
Avg. Price: $30,996