The used Ford F-150 puts a budget-friendly spin on America’s best-loved light-duty pickup truck. But before you start shopping used inventory, there are a few things you need to know about these used trucks and how they’ve changed over the years. Our comparison guide has the details.
Fourteenth Generation: 2021-Current Model Year
The latest generation of used Ford F-150 trucks is the best yet. Compared to previous models, this F-150 offers a hybrid powertrain. The hybrid PowerBoost powertrain takes the F-150’s most powerful engine, the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, and supplements it with a battery-powered motor to create a total of 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque.
This redesigned F-150 also introduces a work-friendly onboard generator. You can use it to charge power tools and other battery-powered gear, whether you’re stationary or driving to the work site. It works with any engine option, but, with the hybrid powertrain behind it, the generator can crank out 7,200 watts.
These trucks also introduce a number of new tech features. The new Sync 4 infotainment system includes a bigger, 12-inch touch screen and wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features. The brand new Active Drive Assist offers hands-free driving capabilities on thousands of miles of pre-mapped highways.
Much of these used trucks’ appeal carries over from the previous generation. Used F-150 shoppers will find three body styles (regular, extended, and crew) and three bed sizes available. The six trim levels — XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited — will also look familiar.
Thirteenth Generation 2015-2020
When this generation of Ford F-150s first hit the streets, they were the first full-size, light-duty trucks to feature aluminum body panels. This new design led to a lighter truck, ultimately improving maneuverability, fuel economy, and towing and hauling capabilities.
This generation also rolled out a new Trailer Backup Assist system, which includes a dash control that helps you steer a trailer in the desired direction.
Here’s a quick look at this generation’s major updates:
- 2020: The 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot becomes standard on all models (data subscription required). Advanced driving aids are now grouped into packages, with some standard for the Lariat and up and some reserved for the top-trim Limited.
- 2019: The F-150’s first diesel engine debuts, a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (250 hp, 440 lb-ft). All but the base 3.3-liter V6 engine now come standard with the10-speed automatic transmission.
- 2017: A new 10-speed automatic transmission becomes optional. The off-road-ready Raptor rejoins the F-150 trim lineup with a high-powered version of the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 (450 hp, 510 lb-ft).
- 2016: Sync 3 infotainment system and Pro Trailer Backup Assist system become optional. The top-tier Limited trim model rejoins the lineup.
Twelfth Generation: 2009-2014
The twelfth-generation used Ford F-150 is also popular for its many body style configurations and trim models. The nine trim models are the base XL, sporty STX, mid-range XLT, off-road-ready FX2 and FX4 models, upscale Lariat, Western-themed King Ranch, posh Platinum, and top-tier Limited.
At the outset of this generation, the F-150 offered three V8 engine options. The base 4.6-liter V8 makes 248 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque. A higher-output version of this engine is also available, boosting performance with 292 horses and 320 pound-feet of torque. A bigger 5.4-liter V8 increases capabilities with 320 horses and 390 pound-feet of torque.
If you’re shopping this generation, make sure you take note of these model year updates:
- 2013: The top-tier Limited trim debuts, replacing the outgoing Harley-Davidson trim model. The MyFord Touch infotainment system becomes optional, along with hill-decent control and xenon headlights.
- 2012: Upper trim levels are now available with a two-speed automatic transfer case. A new electronic locking rear axle replaces the optional limited-slip version. Four-wheel-drive models now include neutral tow capabilities, so drivers can flat-tow these trucks behind a motorhome. The Sync voice control system gains AppLink smartphone integration.
- 2011: The F-150 introduces an all-new engine lineup: the base 3.7L V6 (302 hp, 278 lb-ft), optional 5.0L V8 (360 hp, 380 lb-ft), and optional 6.2L V8 (411 hp, 434 lb-ft). Late in the model year, the twin-turbo 3.5L V6 (365 hp, 420 lb-ft) debuted.
- 2010: The off-road-ready SVT Raptor joins the lineup.