2008 Ford F-150

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Ford F‑150. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2008 Ford F-150

  • Lariat Limited package
  • V-6 or V-8 power
  • Manual or automatic
  • Three cab configurations
  • Available flex-fuel V-8
  • Available navigation system

2008 Ford F-150 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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. For 2008, little has changed beyond the addition of options and packages. The full-size F-150 truck competes with the Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Ram and Toyota Tundra pickups.

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. A new Lariat package, Lariat Limited, adds 22-inch wheels, a billet-style grille, stainless steel running boards and unique interior upholstery patterns.

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.

A cargo management system is available on 2008 F-150s with the 6.5-foot Styleside bed. The cargo management system is dealer-installed and includes lockable storage bins that can hold 60 pounds.

F-150 grilles are trapezoidal. A chrome surround and honeycomb insert go on the Lariat trim level. Regular F-150s have 6.5- and 8-foot beds, while the SuperCab (extended cab) can have a 5.5-, 6.5- or 8-foot cargo bed. The SuperCrew is only available with a 5.5-foot bed. Short beds are available with ...
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. For 2008, little has changed beyond the addition of options and packages. The full-size F-150 truck competes with the Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Ram and Toyota Tundra pickups.

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. A new Lariat package, Lariat Limited, adds 22-inch wheels, a billet-style grille, stainless steel running boards and unique interior upholstery patterns.

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.

A cargo management system is available on 2008 F-150s with the 6.5-foot Styleside bed. The cargo management system is dealer-installed and includes lockable storage bins that can hold 60 pounds.

F-150 grilles are trapezoidal. A chrome surround and honeycomb insert go on the Lariat trim level. Regular F-150s have 6.5- and 8-foot beds, while the SuperCab (extended cab) can have a 5.5-, 6.5- or 8-foot cargo bed. The SuperCrew is only available with a 5.5-foot 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
A new optional rearview camera mounts in the tailgate handle and displays a video image in the truck's rearview mirror. Ford says the system helps with hooking up a trailer. The system automatically activates when the vehicle is put into Reverse. A DVD-based navigation system is available.

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. Lariat Limited models include two-tone leather seats and leather-trimmed interior pieces.


Under the Hood
A flexible-fuel version of the 5.4-liter V-8 engine that can run on E85 is optional. The base F-150 engine is a 202-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-6. Two V-8s are available: a 248-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 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 heavy, 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
A new workhorse XL SuperCrew package combines a crew cab with the basic XL trim and includes power side mirrors, an overhead console and a 40/20/40-split front seat. SuperCab and SuperCrew models with the Styleside box can be equipped with an FX2 Sport package that offers a body-colored grille surround, 18-inch wheels (with 20-inchers optional), fog lamps and unique captain's chairs with a center console and floor-mounted shifter, among other appearance touches.

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 is only offered with a 5.5-foot cargo bed.

The SuperCrew can be equipped with either a 248-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 Castano leather upholstery and special badging, is available for the Lariat SuperCrew model. Back to top



Latest 2008 F-150 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great vehicle

by Happy camper on August 9, 2018

Never was a big Ford fan until I started test driving and doing reviews on trucks and ended up going that route and very pleased! Read full review

(5.0)

Great vehicle

by Selina from Wichita on July 24, 2018

I love this truck! Meets all my wants & needs. I would recommend a KingRanch to anyone. Travel in style with a reliable, tough vehicle. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Ford F-150 currently has 1 recall

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2008 Ford F-150 XL

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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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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