Test Drive – 2010 Ford F-150 4×4 XLT SuperCrew

Base Price: $36,560

Price As Tested: $39,245

This week, we’re driving Ford’s 2010 F-150 XLT 4×4 SuperCrew, completely redesigned in 2009 and truly one of the “Ford Tough” truck members. As noted when we drove a 2009 model, Ford has been able to deliver more room and more horsepower while increasing fuel efficiency and horsepower at the same time.

Outwardly, the 2010 model features an impressive side air inlet three bar grille, arched hood and an overall blueprint that yells work and play. The advantage of the SuperCrew is its four doors and full second row of seating, which allows transporting family or workers depending on what’s on the calendar.

Under the hood sits an optional ($795) three valve per cylinder Flex Fuel 5.4-liter V8 that produces 310 horsepower and 365 lb. ft. of torque. The engine mates to a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and allows the big SuperCrew to achieve 18 mpg highway mileage numbers. Remember, this truck weighs near 5,700 pounds, so anything close to 20 mpg highway is outstanding. The standard engine is a 4.6 liter three valve V8 that puts out 292 horses, so drive both and make your decision based on hauling cargo and towing needs.

The interior offers room for five or six full size adults, and rear seat legroom is very good. A Sirius satellite and Sony sound system help engulf the cabin with great tunes, thanks to 700 watts and 5.1 surround sound working in tandem. Overall, the interior receives an “A” for design, security and efficiency.

Built on a 145 inch wheelbase chassis with a 5.5 ft. bed, Ford SuperCrew is a big vehicle. However, there’s a bigger 157 inch wheelbase SuperCrew if you need a larger 6.5 ft. box. Because of SuperCrew’s size, driver awareness of surroundings, which is always important, is even more important when driving in close quarters. However, the enjoyment of SuperCrew’s core lies in its ability to deliver a superb ride on any roadway more so than maneuvering in crowded inner cities.

Our tester came with several options, including the XLT “Sync & Tow” package, which is included in the base price and currently offers a $500 dealer discount to buyers. (It’s usually $1,500 if you don’t order an XLT). Other options added up to $1,710, and include a convenience group, Sirius Satellite, chrome step bars, SYNC Communications and entertainment, driver’s group, bed mat, and side box steps. With $795 for destination, the final tally came in at $39,245. (Remember, substantial dealer incentives and/or discounts are currently in effect).

The 4×4 unit is part time shift on the fly system which we like best as the driver has full control. The two speed transfer case offers both high and low ranges, the latter for tougher work, bad weather or off road adventures. Safety and security include huge 4-wheel disc brakes, advanced roll stability, front, side and canopy airbags and the knowledge that you are riding in a truck that weighs three tons with occupants.

Important numbers include 14 city and 18 highway EPA fuel mileage, 36 gallon fuel tank, 7,700 lb. payload and an 11,200 tow capacity thanks to the tow package. Pricing for a base two door F-150 XL starts at just $21,820, so you’ve got lots of choices to make when you visit your Ford dealer.

There’s a reason the Ford F-150 is America’s best selling pickup truck, and the 2010 version is yet another fine example of Ford ingenuity. Additionally, Ford receives an extra “Test Drive” back pat for surviving the “auto depression of 2008 and 2009” and surfacing not only profitable, but without any government bailout intervention.

Well done, Ford.

Likes: Power, fuel mileage, room, reputation, resale value.

Dislikes: Some options a bit pricey.

(Greg Zyla is a syndicated automotive columnist).

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