Saturday, July 14, 2012

2000-2009 Ford Trucks

As the 2000's began to unfold, Ford demonstrated a focus on improving the models already on their roster, as well as adding more options to their lineup -- especially in the area of ever-larger trucks and SUV's.

Ford began the 21st century by releasing a new super-sized sport-utility vehicle bigger than anything else on the market -- or that had ever been on the market. Called the Excursion, it rode the Super Duty truck chassis that also hosted Ford's F-250 HD pickups. This maximum-duty behemoth dwarfed its closest rival, the Chevrolet Suburban, by being longer, wider, taller, and nearly a ton heavier.

Over the years the Excursion took some gaff for its poor fuel economy, but with gas prices relatively low at its introduction, buyers were attracted to its cavernous interior and high towing limits.

Ford also joined forces with Harley-Davidson as the new century began.

2000 Ford Trucks

In addition to the extra-large Ford Excursion for 2000, Ford joined forces with Harley-Davidson to produce a special-edition F-150 pickup truck called -- appropriately -- the Harley-Davidson F-150.

This marriage of two icons was a marketer's dream come true, as it had crossover appeal to both pickup truck and motorcycle enthusiasts. The Harley-Davidson F-150 came only as a SuperCab with Flareside bed, and it featured distinct interior trim, special wheels and grille, and unique Harley-Davidson badging. It was offered in any color the customer wanted -- as long as the customer wanted black.

An agreement with Harley-Davidson Motor Company produced the new-for-2000 F-150 Harley-Davidson pickup truck. Available only in SuperCab form -- and only in black -- it was powered by a 260-hp 5.4-liter V-8.

2000 Ford Excursion

The big news -- literally -- in Ford-trucks for 2000 was the new full-size-plus Excursion. Based on the Ford F-250 HD Super Duty pickup truck platform, it was advertised as the world's biggest, heaviest sport-utility vehicle. Indeed, its 227-inch length stretched out 22 inches further than an Expedition's (no small fry itself), and at 7087 lbs., was nearly a ton heavier. Engine choices included a 5.4-liter V-8, 6.8-liter V-10, and a 7.3-liter turbo diesel V-8.

2000 SVT Lightning

The hot SVT Lightning with its 360-horsepower supercharged V-8 could run the 0-60-mph dash in under six seconds.

2000 Ford Explorer

Explorer was little changed for 2000, continuing to be offered in four-door form (shown) and as the two-door Explorer Sport.

2000 Ford Expedition

As a consolation for no longer being Ford's biggest SUV, the Expedition got optional front side airbags and rear obstacle detection for 2000.

With the exception of one compact SUV, Ford's offerings for 2001 were super sized.

2001 Ford Trucks

2001 Ford Escape

The 2001 model year was another big one for Ford truck enthusiasts. Balancing the huge Excursion SUV introduced for 2000 was the compact Escape, which came with either an economical four-cylinder engine or powerful V-6. Also arriving for 2001 was a version of the Ford Explorer SUV with a short, open bed in back rather than an enclosed cargo area. Called the Sport Trac, it was essentially a crew-cab pickup, but offered better interior accommodations than most compact rivals.

Speaking of crew cabs, the Ford F-150 also gained a version for 2001. Called the SuperCrew, it marked the first time a full-size 1/2-ton pickup was available with four full-size doors. Previously, crew cabs were only available on 3/4-ton-and-up trucks. So popular was this body style that the Harley-Davidson F-150 pickup truck became a SuperCrew for 2001.

Also for 2001, a more powerful engine was offered on the Explorer SUV and Ranger truck, and the Ranger gained a sporty version called the Edge. Buyers wanting to tow large fifth-wheel trailers in style were offered a decked-out four-door Ford F-650 truck model called the Super CrewZer.

Ford's biggest truck news for 2001 was the Escape compact SUV. The design was a joint effort with Mazda, Ford's Japanese affiliate, which offered its own version as the Tribute. Escape quickly rose to the top of its class in sales thanks to a winning combination of car-like driving traits, user-friendly utility, and attractively low prices.

A lone four-door wagon body style was offered with a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 power, front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive, and initially, XLS and uplevel XLT trim. Anti-lock brakes and front side airbags were among the options.

2001 Ford Explorers

Explorer made few changes for an abbreviated 2001 model year.

2001 Explorer Sport Trac

Pickup or SUV? The Explorer Sport Trac was both. Released in early calendar 2000 as a 2001 model, it combined the Explorer's front end and cabin with a four-foot-long cargo bed.

2001 F-150 Super Crews

With the addition of a new SuperCrew crew-cab body style for 2001, the F-150 became the first 1/2-ton pickup to offer four conventional side doors. Previously, crew cabs were offered only in 3/4-ton-and-up pickups.

2001 F-650 Super CrewZer

New to the Super Duty line for 2001 was the huge F-650 Super CrewZer, which featured a 300-hp turbo-diesel V-8 and luxury interior.

The Ford Explorer SUV received a redesign after 11 years on the market in 2002.

2002 Ford Trucks

2002 Ford Explorer

For 2002, the Ford Explorer SUV received a complete redesign, the first since its introduction 11 years earlier. New were a third-row seating option and standard independent rear suspension. Also that year, the popular Harley-Davidson F-150 pickup truck got a horsepower boost courtesy of a supercharger for its 5.4-liter V-8, and for the first time was available in grey as well as black.

A redesigned Explorer was introduced as an early 2002 model.

2002 Ford Explorer in action

The 2002 Ford Explorer featured a roomier interior, available third-row seating, and class-exclusive independent rear suspension.

2002 Ford Ranger FX4

Ford Ranger added an off-road-ready FX4 four-wheel-drive version for 2002 with heavy-duty springs, 31-inch tires, and heftier skid plates.

An even hotter F-150 Harley-Davidson SuperCrew arrived for 2002 and came in the traditional Harley black, but also in a new Dark Shadow Grey, pictured here. Other features included a bright "billet" grille, unique 20-inch chrome wheels, low-riding suspension, and a posh cab with leather upholstery and brushed-metal accents.

Supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 Ford engine

This third limited-edition Harley-Davidson Ford F-150 pickup truck also offered a potent supercharged version of Ford's 5.4-liter V-8 making a stout 340 horsepower.

Ford celebrated its centennial in 2003.

2003 Ford Trucks

Old meets new in a centennial press photo

The biggest news for 2003 was not a product, but rather a celebration -- that of Ford's 100th anniversary. An event held in the company's hometown of Dearborn, Michigan, attracted thousands of Ford fans eager to join in the festivities. To commemorate the anniversary, Ford introduced special Heritage Edition F-150s with two-tone paint and interior treatment, along with "1903-2003" Heritage Edition badges.

Other specially trimmed pickups offered that year were the Harley-Davidson F-150 with "100th Anniversary Edition" badges and available black-over-silver paint, and the King Ranch F-150 with rich leather upholstery and other unique features. Also for 2003, Expedition earned a redesign, gaining independent rear suspension and the industry's first power-folding third-row seat.

Ford's PR department worked overtime on historically themed press photos to trumpet the company's 2003 centennial. Among them was this pairing of an early Model T touring car with a Super Duty F-250 crew cab pickup truck, one of the most popular models in Ford's "big rig" line.

2003 Ford Expedition

Expedition was redesigned for 2003, gaining independent rear suspension and availability of the industry's first power-folding third-row seat. Options included anti-skid control and curtain side airbags.

Top-line King Ranch trim, introduced with the F-150 SuperCrew (shown above), was made available for Flareside SuperCab models for 2003.

A closer look at Ford's luxurious King Ranch trim.

2003 Ford Lightning

The Lightning's supercharged 5.4 V-8 gained 20 hp for a total of 380.

Two new types of F-150 trucks and an abundance of design options highlight Ford's 2004 truck offerings.

2004 Ford Trucks

2004 Ford Expedition

Two different styles of Ford F-150 pickup trucks were offered by Ford for the 2004 model year. The first was a selection of carry-over 2003 models in regular-cab and SuperCab form called F-150 Heritage. The other was a completely redesigned truck with new styling inside and out, as well as a new chassis.

Regular-cab versions of these Ford F-150 trucks gained narrow, rear-hinged "quarter doors" in back that were similar to the SuperCab's "half doors" and allowed easy access to the cargo area behind the front seats. Only the new version offered a SuperCrew body with four conventional doors. The Heritage disappeared after 2004, presumably kept in the lineup only until production could be ramped up on the new F-150 version.

The Harley-Davidson edition Ford truck returned for 2004, but instead of being based on the F-150, it appeared in the F-250 Super Duty line. It was offered in SuperCab or SuperCrew form, with four-wheel drive, a choice of 6.8-liter V-10 or 6.0-liter V-8 turbo diesel power, and a black-and-orange (Harley-Davidson's official colors) paint scheme. Also for 2004, the Windstar minivan was updated and renamed Freestar.

The Ford Expedition returned from its 2003 makeover with few changes.

Ford's 2004 F-150 pickup trucks were offered in five trim levels, each with specific styling details. Shown (from left) are the XLT, STX, Lariat, and FX4.

The new Ford F-150 truck interiors were redesigned with a modern, hi-tech look.

2004 Harley-Davidson Edition F-250

This year's Harley-Davidson edition Ford truck was a 4WD Super Duty F-250 crew cab with standard two-tone paint.

A selection from Ford's 2004 heavyweight offerings

Ford's heavyweight F-650 and F-750 series trucks offered an expanded 2004 lineup with a bewildering array of choices. There were now no fewer than eight basic models spanning three cab styles, 38 wheelbase/cab combinations, three engines, 14 power ratings, 19 transmissions, and eight seating packages. Up level models, like the one shown above, wore a chrome version of the imposing "nostril" grille that made the big-rig Fords hard to miss.

Ford goes green and crosses over in 2005.

2005 Ford Trucks

2005 Escape Hybrid

Ford trucks began going green for the first time on a large-scale basis (never mind a few previous prototypes) in 2005. New this year was a gas/electric hybrid version of the Ford Escape compact SUV. Its drivetrain coupled a four-cylinder engine with an electric motor, and the vehicle would run on a combination of the two or on either source alone depending on conditions. Fuel economy was impressive, with EPA ratings (33 city/29 highway) that bested the regular four-cylinder model by a substantial margin.

Also new this year was a car/SUV "crossover" called the Ford Freestyle. Larger than the Escape, less truck like than the Explorer, it could seat up to seven and featured Ford's first Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

Dropped at the end of the 2005 model year was the big Excursion sport-utility vehicle. Its demise coincided with soaring gas prices but wasn't decided by them; Ford's determination to drop it had been made long before, as sales had been sagging for some years.

Although delayed by some two years, the 2005 Escape Hybrid was still in time to give Ford the first hybrid SUV. A special 2.3-liter gasoline four-cylinder engine and a battery-powered electric motor were combined with a continuously variable automatic transmission.

The vehicle could run on either or both power sources, depending on driving needs. The CVT helped optimize the maximum 155 horsepower for performance roughly between that of the regular four-cylinder and V-6 Escapes. Sales were strong from day one.

2005 Ford Freestyle

Freestyle was Ford's new 2005 entry in the fast-growing market for car-based "crossover" SUV's. Offered with front- or all-wheel drive, the Freestyles came with a 3.0-liter V-6 and new continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Three rows of seats could accommodate up to seven passengers. Front side airbags and curtain side airbags were optional, as were power adjustable pedals, rear-seat DVD entertainment, and rear obstacle detection.

2004 Ford Excursion

The Ford Excursion also got a fresh face for what would turn out to be its swan-song year. Sales of the gargantuan SUV had been sliding in the face of higher gas prices.

The luxury King Ranch edition returned to Ford's F-150 truck line for 2005 after a one-year hiatus.

2005 Ford middleweight truck

Middleweight Ford F-450 and F-550 Super Duty's were restyled for 2005 with Ford's signature "nostril" truck grille.

The Ford Ranger truck and Explorer SUV get updated looks in 2006, but another SUV says goodbye.

2006 Ford Trucks

2006 Ford Ranger

Since its introduction for 1991, Ford's Explorer had always been the number-one-selling SUV in the United States. To keep it on top, a revised version was introduced for 2006 featuring bolder styling, a redesigned interior, and an updated chassis. A more powerful V-8 was offered, too, mated to a new six-speed automatic transmission.

The Harley-Davidson edition Ford pickup truck returned to the F-150 line for 2006, taking the form of a SuperCab with two- or four-wheel drive and a 5.4-liter 300-horsepower V-8. Aside from that, other trucks received only minor changes that year, as Ford was concentrating its efforts on cars.

The Ford Ranger pickup truck was restyled for 2006 to align it with the corporate "Ford Truck look."

2006 Ford Ranger's modernized dashboard

Ranger's 2006 updates included a more modern dashboard.

2006 Ford Explorer

Explorer fended off new competition with a comprehensive 2006 makeover. Among the many changes were a re-engineered structure, revised suspension, reworked interior, bold front-end styling, and an available 292-horsepower V-8.

2006 Ford Super Duty Lariat

Super Duty pickups with top-line Lariat trim added several formerly optional features. A new Amarillo package dressed the Lariat Crew Cab with Blazing Yellow paint and 18-inch forged-aluminum wheels.

Several of Ford's 2006 Class 6 and 7 offerings

The brawny Ford F-650/F-750 cab/chassis was a solid foundation for all sorts of applications. The choice of regular cab, extended SuperCab, and four-door crew cab was a big plus in the commercial Class 6 and Class 7 truck markets.

Ford's F-150 remained a top seller in 2007, and a new Harley-Davidson edition kept the F-250 at the top of its game.

2007 Ford Trucks

2007 F-150 FX2 Sport

As Ford moved into the 2007 model year, its F-150 continued as one of America’s best-selling vehicles. For the first time this year, it was available with a navigation system. Base prices for the F-150 ranged from $18,275 for the two-wheel drive V6 regular cab to $39,355 for the four-wheel drive Harley-Davidson SuperCrew crew cab.

This two-wheel drive XLT model Ford F-150 is equipped with the FX2 Sport package, which included such features as special interior and exterior trim, color-keyed bumpers, and a chrome exhaust tip.

2007 Ford F-250 Harley Davidson

The 2007 Harley-Davidson package added $5,450 to the base price of an F-250 pickup truck, and it included special badging, wheel lip moldings, chrome step bars, rubber bed mat, and polished 20-inch alloy wheels. The package required the 6.0-liter turbo diesel V8 engine, automatic transmission, and electronic transfer case.

2007 Ford F-250 Harley Davidson interior

The Ford F-250 Harley Davidson package spiffed up the interior with special leather upholstery, quad bucket seats, leather armrests, and unique adjustable pedals. It also included heated trailer-tow mirrors with integrated turn signals, and a power-sliding rear window.

2007 Ford F-250 Super Duty Outlaw

Available on Ford F-250 Super Duty four-wheel drive Lariat crew cabs was the $1,580 Outlaw package. It included front captain chairs, center console, steering wheel climate controls, color-keyed bumpers and grille, chrome tubular side steps, rubber floor mats, unique interior and exterior trim, and chrome exhaust tips. The Outlaw package required heated power telescoping trailer tow mirrors.

Although the Ford Motor Company is currently suffering some financial woes, it has faced adversity before and come out stronger than ever. And if the company's activities in the early part of the 21st century are any indication, there's a lot to look forward to in the coming years.

2008 Ford Trucks

Ford full-size F-150 and compact Ranger pickup trucks are both available in a wide range of models, from bare bones to loaded. You won't have as many choices with Explorer Sport Trac, but it's a niche truck -- similar in utility to an SUV, but with a truck bed. If you're a Ford truck fan, you should be able to find something you like.

2008 Ford F-250 Pickup Truck

Ford trucks are all-time favorites, from the full-size F-150 to the even beefier Super Duty. Devise just about any truck configuration you can think of -- there's probably an F-Series truck to match it. You can order a fairly basic F-Series truck, or go with a more luxurious version, like the King Ranch. Harley-Davidson fans can celebrate Ford and Harley's 105th anniversaries with a brand new supercharged Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 truck.

2008 Ford Ranger Pickup Truck

The smaller Ford Ranger truck is ranked best in its class when it comes to fuel economy ratings. Like its larger F-150 brother, it comes in loads of configurations, including a very basic truck without many creature comforts if that's what you need. If you want something sportier, with plenty of features, take at look at the FX4 Rangers.

2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

Think of the Explorer Sport Trac as a cross between an F-150 truck and an Explorer SUV. You'll find several new features on the 2008 model, including Ford's Sync hands-free communications and entertainment system, and new safety features and options.

2008 Special Edition Trucks Mark the 60th Anniversary of Ford's F-Series.

Ford's limited edition 2008 Anniversary F-150 and Super Duty pickup trucks commemorate the 60th anniversary of the automaker's popular F-Series. The anniversary package will be available on XLT SuperCab and SuperCrew models sometime during the winter of 2007.

What You'll Get on the Truck

A two-tone color scheme, either dark gray over ebony or the reverse, ebony over dark gray.

Anniversary badging inside and out, including anniversary badging and serial plate on the center console.

XLT chrome package: chrome grille, running bars and exhaust tips. Add chrome wheels to that for the Super Duty version of the anniversary truck.

The anniversary truck has cloth seats, dark and medium Flint on the F-150 and Charcoal and Stone on the Super Duty. Ford says the cluster has an anniversary badging graphic on it -- I don't see it in the photo, but the cluster does look different than clusters on other F-Series trucks.

The 60th Anniversary F-150 comes in either a 4x4 or 4x2 configuration on SuperCab and SuperCrew models, with your choice of a short or long bed. Configure the truck with a 5.4-liter or 4.6-liter V-8 engine, plus an automatic transmission.

You have a few more choices on Anniversary Super Duty trucks, including an optional off-road package, two V-8 engines, the Triton V-10 or the 6.4-liter PowerStroke Turbo Diesel.

2009 Ford Trucks

2009 F-150 Truck

Twelfth Generation Ford F-150 Pickup Trucks

Ford revealed the next generation 2009 F-150 design at the North American International Auto Show in January, 2008. Production of the series began in October 2008 at Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant. The truck features a larger and more flexible interior, an updated three-bar grille, and additional choices of cab styles and trim levels. The chassis includes a lighter-weight, high strength steel for better fuel economy and safety and improved payload and towing capacity. Three engines are initially offered with the 2009 redesign: a revised 5.4 L 3-valve Triton V8 that is E85 capable with a new output rating of 320 hp (240 kW) and 395 lb·ft (536 N·m) of torque, a 292 hp (218 kW) 4.6 L 3-valve V8, and a 248 hp (185 kW) 4.6 L 2-valve V8. The 3-valve 5.4 and 4.6 liter V8s are mated to Ford's new 6R80E 6-speed automatic transmission while the 4R75E 4-speed automatic transmission used previously is carried over for the 2-valve 4.6 L V8. The 4.2 L OHV V6 engine, which was previously available, has been dropped due to the closure of the Essex engine plant where it was produced. Additional engine offerings under development include a new 4.4 L diesel V8 with a projected 330 hp (250 kW) and 400 lb·ft (540 N·m) of torque and an Ecoboost gas turbocharged direct injection 3.5 L DOHC V6. The 4.4L diesel has been put on hold.

A top-of-the-line Platinum edition F-150 replaced the Lincoln Mark LT truck. However, this trim line is still sold as the Lincoln Mark LT in Mexico. 2009 Ford F-150 XLT extended cab

The 2009 Ford F150 features front-seat side impact airbags and Ford's Safety Canopy System for the first and second rows as Head protection in the event of a side impact. It will also feature Ford's exclusive ADVANCETRAC RSC (Roll Stability Control)--an Electronic Stability control and anti-rollover safety feature also available in other Ford vehicles, from the Fusion to the Expedition.

Worsening economic situation in US and the declining sales of F-150s prompted Ford to delay the introduction of the new F-150 by two months.

Beginning in 2009, manual transmissions will no longer be available in the F-150 and will only be equipped with automatics. Manual transmissions will continue to be available in the F-250/F-350 Super duty pickups.

Ford F-Series pickups didn't become America's favorite truck by accident. Durability and affordability have been key ingredients since Day 1, and Ford was always careful to use marketing language that let us know it. In 1948 Ford trucks were Built Stronger to Last Longer, and in 1957 the tagline was simply Ford Trucks Cost Less.

The F-Series changed dramatically during its first 60 years, but one element has remained constant -- Ford's focus on building an increasingly better truck. Each new generation has been more advanced, more capable, and of better quality than the generation it followed. Improvement to quality is what Ford truck enthusiasts expect, and the eleventh generation delivers both.

2009 Ford F-150

Go drive a 2008 F150 and then hop into a 2009 model. You'll find that it’s easy to see and feel the differences. Some of the improvements come in the form of reduced noise, a smoother ride and elimination of steering wheel vibration at idle -- all things you might take for granted if you haven't driven an older model truck (of any brand).

Other 2009 advancements include the addition of a six-speed transmission, front side-impact and side curtain airbags, roll stability control with trailer sensing and a larger Crew Cab with a flat rear floor.

Creature comforts got a boost in 2009 with options like SIRIUS Travel Link, which keeps you aware of what's on the road ahead, Ford's SYNC audio system with voice activated radio and navigation, a reverse sensing system, rear vision camera, heated and cooled seats and more.

Outside, options like a retractable bedside step, tailgate step, cargo management system and retractable running boards make it easier to take advantage of the truck's cargo space.

High gas prices and a slow economy have created difficulties for the automotive industry, but truck sales still account for a big share of the market. It's a good time to buy, so check your dealer for incentives and specials.

More About 2009 Ford F-150 Pickup Trucks.

2009 F-150 Front View

Ford's F-150 truck has been the sales leader in its class for years, but the competition is getting tougher all the time. Every other automaker is after as big a chunk of the market as it can get, along with the coveted title of best selling. Ford is well aware of the competition and has no intention of giving up the title without a fight, and the plans to stay on top include this brand new Ford F-150.

The 2009 F-150 is a total redesign, one that Ford approached at as an opportunity, looking at every area of the truck to see where improvements were needed. Did they succeed? It looks good, but we won't know for sure until buyers start driving trucks off of dealer lots.

2009 F-150 Highlights

The hydroformed high-strength steel frame is lighter but stronger, offering 10-percent more torsional rigidity and higher towing and hauling capacity than previous models.

Standard equipment includes Advance Trac with Roll Stability Control and Trailer Sway Control (both systems help keep the truck under control during quick maneuvers).

The F-150 has an optional rear camera mounted in the tailgate -- perfect for hooking up to a trailer.

You can get an (optional) integrated trailer brake controller that's automatically activated when you hit the brakes, and can also be controlled by a lever on the dash.

Ford redesigned the truck's front and rear suspension for a better ride and improved handling.

The F-150 has a high-strength steel tube structure coming from the base of A-pillar (windshield post), up and along the roof, and coming down the rear of cab to form a rigid structure that enhances strength and safety.

The truck's roof and cab panels are "laser edge welded" to the tube structure using a full length weld instead of spot weld, which improves strength and safety and makes the cab quieter.

You can choose from three V-8 engines: a 4.6L 2-valve, 4.6L 3-valve or a 5.4lL 3-valve.

Look for a 4-speed automatic transmission on 4.6L 2-valve models and a 6-speed automatic on all others.

The 2009 F-150 has a larger interior with 30 storage compartments of various sizes. The longer console has a compartment that can hold 2 laptops.

The F-150 truck is available with Ford Sync, Sirius TraveLink, Voice Activated Navigation and a Sony 700 watt, 10-speaker audio system.

The SuperCrew has fold up rear seat and truly flat rear floor.

The cab is 6-inches longer and the front door post has been moved back for better peripheral vision.

Ford added multiple types of sound-absorbing materials in the dash, firewall and roof.

The 2009 Ford F-150 is still offered in the XL, STX, XLT, FX4, Lariat and King Ranch trim levels, with a new Platinum Edition that's built for luxury. It features 10-way leather captains chairs, a real wood dash and brushed aluminum trim throughout the cabin.

The Ford F-150 Platinum SuperCrew has power retractable running boards; optional on other models.

2009 Ford F-150

The current-generation F-150 was introduced for the 2009 model year as a major update of the Ford full-size truck platform. These trucks are distinguished by their Super Duty-style grilles and headlights; standard cab models again have two doors instead of four. The FlareSide bed was dropped along with the manual transmission; outside of Mexico, the Lincoln Mark LT was replaced by the F-150 Platinum. A new model for 2010 included the SVT Raptor, a dedicated off-road truck.

As part of a major focus on fuel economy, the entire engine lineup for the F-150 (excluding the SVT Raptor) was updated for the 2011 model year. Along with two new V8 engines, the F-150 gained a twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6, dubbed EcoBoost by Ford. Other modifications include the addition of electric-assisted power steering on most models. This EPAS is an advanced system which increases efficiency and driver control; however, these benefits are outweighed by the fact that this system provides a ride that "pops and clunks" over small imperfections on driving surfaces. In some cases, steering has become unresponsive to driver. Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) published by National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

For 2011, the Super Duty trucks received a major redesign; for the first time, the PowerStroke diesel V8 is a Ford-designed engine. This generation is distinguished by a 2-bar grille (instead of the traditional three) and a clamshell hood. As with the F-150, the manual transmission was dropped from the Super Duty; V10 engines are no longer available in pickup-truck models.

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