October 03, 2020 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2020 Ford F-150 Lariat Sport 4×2 SuperCrew

The Return of the Big Kahuna

The big Kahuna is back in the Philippines after leaving our market on its 10th-generation! With about 72-years under its belt, the Ford F-series has to be one of the most successful models in the entire automotive history. In fact, it has been said that for the past 33 years the F-150 has been one of the best-selling vehicles in America and as a truck, the best in class for a mind-blowing 43 years! Please search through the C! website to read our reviews of every Ford F-150 model leading to this.

Now at the end of its incredible 13th generation production run, the multi-award-winning F-150 is at its biggest yet most efficient and most luxurious. The new 14th generation 2021 model, which is supposedly 90% all-new (carrying over only its cab and pickup box structure as well as basic engines that will be retuned further) and will have hybrid models, has already begun selling in its primary market, North America, which has shocked a few people into asking why Ford Philippines would still apply the strategy to release the F-150 at the end of its current evolution. The easiest answer to that, from an experienced consumer’s point of view, is precisely the optimal packaging solution. We are getting the very finest, most sorted, and most balanced of the breed at the very best imported pricing possible. These are genuinely dependable heavy-duty lifetime service workhorses so even if we are getting the last units, you couldn’t have imported either variant on your own at its local selling price and still get the full factory support.

Our test unit here is a red Lariat Sport SuperCrew 4×2 model that sells for P300,000.00 less than the Platinum 4×4 model. It sits .9-inches lower at 8.5-inches of ground clearance, is 261-pounds lighter, has the same engine and transmission, the same 98-liter (26-gallon) fuel tank, the same dimensions, has the same fantastic 10-speaker 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen audio, the same 1,495-liter 5.5-ft. Styleside cargo bed, quad-beam LED headlights, LED foglamps, mirrors with LED spotlights, ambient interior lighting, 8-inch productivity screen in between the analog instrument gauge, 8-inch infotainment screen with SYNC3 and more! As always, the big truck is a special challenge to park in the city, but it is considerably easier now thanks to the brighter and more accurate split-view 360-degree cameras.

The F-150 SuperCrew model provides 40.8 inches of headroom and 43.9 inches of legroom in the front row. The second row of seating offers 40.4 inches of headroom and 43.6 inches of legroom. The angle of approach is 24.1 degrees, angle of departure is 23.8 degrees, and ramp breakover angle is 18.3 degrees. The maximum towing weight is 10,600 pounds while the maximum payload weight is 2,040 pounds. It has a wading depth of 800 mm.  The front brakes are appropriately potent with 13.8-inch vented discs up front and 13.2-inch vented discs at the rear.

With so much power at your control, the Ford F-150 can easily light up the rear tires when unburdened with cargo. The wheels are fairly good looking contrasting 6-spoke dark-alloy 20-inchers wrapped with 275/55R20 113H Michelin LTX M/S 2 all-terrain tires that were quieter than expected and performed generally well even on aggressive corners.

The interior is so spacious and comfortable. And despite its size, it is very easy to get used to and drive. Honestly, the Ford F-150 is the king because it is the most full-featured full-size pick-up truck in the market with exemplary build quality and performance that is both utilitarian and a joy to drive.

Specifications

Engine

Engine V6
Displacement 3497 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 24V
Fuel Injector Direct Injection Intercooled Twin-Turbo, Atkinson-cycle, Ti-VCT
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 375 bhp @ 5000 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 470 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
Transmission 10-speed AT

Performance

Top Speed 172 km/h (107 mph) Governed
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 5.6 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 18 mpg City / 25 mpg Highway

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 2,698,000.00
What's Great Handsome, has everything you need in a modern truck and more, the standard-bearer in its class.
What's Not So The final models from their outstanding generation. Still a lot of money.
C! Editors Rating 9.5/10
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