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2006 Ford F-150

2006 Ford F-150

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$2,776 — $13,508 USED
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5-6 Seats
16-17 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Rugged construction
  • Performance with 5.4-liter V-8
  • Ride comfort on highway
  • Quietness
  • Interior space and comfort

The Bad

  • Ride comfort in city
  • Low-speed acceleration
  • Fuel economy
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Wet-weather traction with 2WD

What to Know

about the 2006 Ford F-150
  • V-6 or V-8 power
  • Manual or automatic
  • Three cab configurations
  • Variety of models and options
  • Available DVD player
  • New Harley-Davidson Package

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2006 Ford F-150 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Ford redesigned its F-150 pickup truck for 2004 by giving it a new look, a wider track and new rack-and-pinion steering. Torsional stiffness was claimed to be nine times better than that of the previous model.

A limited-edition Harley-Davidson Package for 2006 includes a menacing monotone black exterior, 22-inch polished-forged-aluminum wheels, Piano Black interior detailing and black aniline leather seating surfaces. The package is available for 4×2 and all-wheel-drive models.

Regular-cab, SuperCab and SuperCrew body styles are offered. Five trim levels are available: workhorse XL, youth-oriented STX, mainstream XLT, offroad FX4 and luxurious Lariat.

New 20-inch wheels are offered for 2006 FX4 and Lariat trucks. Sirius Satellite Radio and 5-inch tubular chrome running boards are available.

Ford’s F-150 trucks have a half-ton rating. Heavier-duty F-250 and F-350 pickups are listed separately in the cars.com Research section.
(Skip to details on the: F-150 SuperCrew)

Exterior
Some F-150 styling touches were borrowed from the Mighty F-350 Tonka concept truck. Stepped-design side windows improve mirror visibility and enhance the tough-truck look.

F-150 grilles are trapezoidal. A chrome surround and honeycomb insert go on the Lariat trim level. Both regular and SuperCab (extended-cab) pickups can have a 6.5- or 8-foot cargo bed. Short beds are available with flared fenders, called Flareside; otherwise, the bed is a slab-sided (Styleside) design. SuperCa...

Vehicle Overview
Ford redesigned its F-150 pickup truck for 2004 by giving it a new look, a wider track and new rack-and-pinion steering. Torsional stiffness was claimed to be nine times better than that of the previous model.

A limited-edition Harley-Davidson Package for 2006 includes a menacing monotone black exterior, 22-inch polished-forged-aluminum wheels, Piano Black interior detailing and black aniline leather seating surfaces. The package is available for 4×2 and all-wheel-drive models.

Regular-cab, SuperCab and SuperCrew body styles are offered. Five trim levels are available: workhorse XL, youth-oriented STX, mainstream XLT, offroad FX4 and luxurious Lariat.

New 20-inch wheels are offered for 2006 FX4 and Lariat trucks. Sirius Satellite Radio and 5-inch tubular chrome running boards are available.

Ford’s F-150 trucks have a half-ton rating. Heavier-duty F-250 and F-350 pickups are listed separately in the cars.com Research section.
(Skip to details on the: F-150 SuperCrew)

Exterior
Some F-150 styling touches were borrowed from the Mighty F-350 Tonka concept truck. Stepped-design side windows improve mirror visibility and enhance the tough-truck look.

F-150 grilles are trapezoidal. A chrome surround and honeycomb insert go on the Lariat trim level. Both regular and SuperCab (extended-cab) pickups can have a 6.5- or 8-foot cargo bed. Short beds are available with flared fenders, called Flareside; otherwise, the bed is a slab-sided (Styleside) design. SuperCab models can have a shorter, 5.5-foot cargo bed.

Regular cabs and SuperCabs have narrow rear-hinged back doors — called access panels — on both sides. They can’t be opened unless the front doors are open. A power sliding rear window is offered. Either 17- or 18-inch wheels are installed.

Interior
Either a 40/20/40-split three-place bench seat or optional dual captain’s chairs can be installed in front. The SuperCab adds a three-place rear seat.

Interior layouts vary according to the series. A full-length floor-mounted console with a shift lever is available. At the lower end of the price scale, the XL has hose-out rubber floormats in a plainer interior with a column-mounted gearshift. On SuperCab and SuperCrew versions, a modular overhead rail system can hold a DVD player and other components.

Under the Hood
The base F-150 engine is a 202-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-6. Two V-8s are available: a 231-hp 4.6-liter and a 300-hp 5.4-liter. A four-speed-automatic transmission is standard with V-8 power, but V-6 models can team with a four-speed-automatic transmission or a five-speed manual. Four-wheel-drive models have a floor-mounted transfer-case lever that permits shifting in and out of 4WD High on the move. A dashboard switch activates an optional, electrically engaged transfer case.

Safety
Four-wheel antilock brakes and front seat belt pretensioners are standard. Dual-stage front airbags work with an occupant classification system sensor.

Driving Impressions
Significantly more substantial than its pre-2004 predecessor, the F-150 has a heavier, more solid feel. The suspensions react more positively to pavement flaws by rebounding rapidly and only as far as necessary. They recover quickly from bumps. Imperfect surfaces can produce quite a bit of body motion, though it’s not bad for a truck.

The 5.4-liter V-8 produces quicker acceleration than the 4.6-liter, though neither engine is phenomenal. Even with the larger engine, the F-150 takes a while to really get rolling — but when it does, it feels pretty powerful. Interiors are roomy, but the A-pillar grab handles aren’t helpful to every rider.

F-150 SuperCrew
SuperCrew versions of the F-150 full-size pickup have four, conventional, front-hinged doors like those on passenger cars. Rear occupants sit on a three-place bench seat. The F-150 SuperCrew has only been offered with a 5.5-foot cargo bed, but a 6.5-foot bed will be available later in the 2006 model year.

The SuperCrew can be equipped with either a 231-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 or a 300-hp, 5.4-liter V-8. A four-speed-automatic transmission is standard. A DVD player is optional. A King Ranch version, which includes Casta�o leather upholstery and special badging, is available for the Lariat SuperCrew model. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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120 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(4.0)

reliable

by Apalmer from Dunnellon, FL on January 23, 2020

good looking, drives nicely, reliable, plenty of towing capability, no major issues. I enjoy driving this truck, it has plenty of pickup. No complaints other than the fuel gauge stopped working, but ... Read full review

(5.0)

Nice truck for the money

by LJ needs ciffee from Denver, Co on December 26, 2019

We got this truck mainly to have a truck. Easy to handle, powerful driving to elevation, roomy and quiet. Great leg room front and back seats. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Ford F-150 currently has 14 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2006 Ford F-150 has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The F-150 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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