Changes for the 2013 Ford F-150:
Ford makes numerous updates to its 2013 F-150 pickup truck, freshening the front styling, redesigning selected wheel choices, and offering new paint colors. A luxury-oriented Limited model joins the lineup, and the F-150 is now offered with MyFord Touch infotainment technology and high-intensity discharge headlights.
The 2013 Ford F-150 is sold in regular, extended, and crew cab body styles with a choice between three cargo bed lengths and 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive. The XL model is the base truck, while the new-for-2013 Limited is the top-of-the-line model. In between these two variants, Ford offers the F-150 in STX, XLT, FX2, FX4, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trim levels. A factory-built, Baja-style off-road performance model called the SVT Raptor is also available.
Engines and Transmissions:
Ford offers a choice between four different engines for the 2013 F-150. A 3.7-liter V-6 generates 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 278 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. This engine can tow up to 6,100 lbs.
A turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 is also available, dubbed “EcoBoost” and producing 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,400 rpm. According to Ford, the EcoBoost V-6 delivers 90 percent of its peak torque between 1,700 rpm and 5,000 rpm, and can tow up to 11,300 lbs.
Two V-8 engines are also offered for the 2013 F-150. The 5.0-liter V-8 makes 360 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 380 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,250 rpm, and is rated to tow up to 10,000 lbs. A 6.2-liter V-8 cranks out 411 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 434 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm, and provides a towing capacity of 11,300 lbs.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
According to the EPA, the 2013 Ford F-150 is expected to return between 11 mpg in the city for the SVT Raptor and 22 mpg on the highway with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine and 2WD. In combined driving, the F-150 is rated to get between 13 mpg and 18 mpg, depending on model and powertrain.
In crash tests conducted by the NHTSA, all three F-150 body styles are rated to get a 4-star overall rating, with 2WD models receiving a 4-star rollover resistance rating and 4WD variants given a 3-star rollover resistance rating. In crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2013 F-150 is named a “Top Safety Pick.”
For 2013, the F-150 is offered with MyFord Touch, a touchscreen infotainment and navigation system. This version of MyFord Touch includes hard keys for audio and climate controls, making it easier to use for truck owners who wear gloves.
Additionally, all models except the base XL model are equipped with MyKey programmable safety features, and the 2013 F-150 is available with Sync AppLink voice-controlled mobile application technology. A Ford Work Solutions system is also optional, an in-dash computer with Tool Link tool tracking and inventory functions, and Crew Chief telematics and diagnostics technology.