Ford F-150: Which Should You Buy, 2019 or 2020?

2020 Ford F-150 Lariat, XLT

Most significant changes: Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trim levels now come standard with blind spot warning system, lane-keeping system and automatic high beams

Price changes: Lariat sees the highest price bump of $800; remaining trims are between $340-$350 more than 2019

On sale: Now

Which should you buy, 2019 or 2020? If you value lane-keeping or blind spot monitoring systems, the 2020 makes those easier to find because they’re standard equipment on more trim levels and more affordable than before (at retail pricing).

The 2020 Ford F-150 now includes standard driver assist safety features on more trim levels. Otherwise, the 2020 F-150 has no mechanical or capability changes to distinguish it from the 2019. It remains available with six different engines, a 13,200-pound maximum towing capacity and a maximum 3,270-pound payload capacity — each maximum capacity requiring a specific engine/cab/package configuration, of course.

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The 2020 F-150 Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trims now include blind spot warning, a lane-keeping system and automatic high beams standard as part of a Ford Co-Pilot360 drive assist technology group. Previously, these were tied to a technology package, feature grouping package (502A, for example) or sometimes both.

Ford’s lane-keeping system uses a forward-facing camera to monitor lane markings, and will alert or provide steering assistance above 40 mph to guide the truck back to lane center when the system senses the pickup drifting from its lane. The blind spot warning system detects objects in the truck’s blind spots, alerting through an indicator in the side mirror or alert, and also includes a trailer function where you can enter specifics about your trailer size and if it’s compatible (conventional bumper-pull in a specific size), the blind spot monitoring system extends its reach to account for the trailer.

On the outgoing 2019 Lariat, Ford’s lane-keeping system was part of the Technology Package ($1,195) that first required the feature-rich 502A Equipment Group ($7,050), though an equipment grouping discount made it only a $6,745 upgrade, also coming with leather, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a chrome package and more.

The 2020 F-150 Raptor gets a slight equipment change too: The former Raptor Technology Package is discontinued. Previously, this package included adaptive cruise control, a lane-keeping system and rain-sensing wipers, but those are now lumped into the Mid (801A) or Luxury (802A) packages.

For shoppers, perhaps it will be the confidence in knowing that a lane-keeping system and blind spot monitoring are standard on Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trims that make the 2020 an easier pick, because the price difference between the model years could be negligible depending on discounts and incentives we’ve seen available on the outgoing 2019.

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