2009 Ford F-150

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$21,565

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2009 Ford F-150

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Backup camera option
  • Interior quality
  • 1 mpg mileage improvement
  • Cargo box step options
  • Cargo box accessories
  • Roomy SuperCrew backseat

The bad:

  • Base engine uses four-speed automatic
  • Higher hood may diminish forward view

27 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Notable features

  • Redesigned for 2009
  • Stretched crew cab
  • New top trim level: Platinum
  • Three V-8 engines
  • Standard stability system
  • Standard curtain airbags

2009 Ford F-150 review: Our expert's take

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Here at MotherProof.com, we try to dispel gender-specific stereotypes and identify the best vehicle for every kind of mom and her lifestyle. As I slid behind the wheel of the 2009 Ford F-150 4×4 King Ranch Lariat SuperCrew, I knew there was plenty to make nearly any mom happy.

The F-150 King Ranch Lariat impressed me with its unexpected agility and phenomenal turning radius. It drove like a dream and was easier to maneuver than I ever would have expected. This F-150 is the top of the line and has oodles of upgrades.

One of my only beefs with the King Ranch Lariat is I spent a lot of time looking at it from the gas station. The 36-gallon tank paired with a powerful 5.4-liter V-8 engine means it sucked down the gas. This truck gets an EPA-estimated 14/18 mpg city/highway, and I swear you could hear the gallons flowing to the engine. Ford will add a V-6 EcoBoost engine, which they say will improve fuel economy, to its F-150 lineup in late 2010. However, I certainly wouldn’t recommend this V-8-equipped truck as a commuter vehicle unless you have a small fortune just for buying gas.

Being somewhat vertically challenged, I appreciated the F-150’s height and felt secure with the visibility it offered. I’m pretty sure I saw the gentle curve of the Earth from high atop my driver’s perch, but that might be a slight exaggeration.

Exterior

On looks alone, the F-150 is a shining star. The massive chrome grille boasts both horizontal and vertical lines and fanciful fog lights are snug within a massive front bumper.

The F-150 was a magic show for my kids. With fun features like the tailgate step with handrail and the pop-out box side steps just behind the cabin that help give a boost for easier access to the cargo box, my boys called it a real-life Transformer.

I liked the huge side mirrors and extra-large automatic headlights, which gave me a clear view of my surroundings. The optional running boards were anything but for me and my kids – without them I have no idea how we’d have gotten into the cabin.

With the running boards, my kids were able to get into the F-150 on their own after I opened the heavy door for them. One of my pet peeves with the truck is the heft of its doors. It took a lot of muscle to open and close them, and I got a few bruises that week from not getting out of the door’s way fast enough. I had to ask my husband to help me open and close the tailgate, which is really heavy because of the built-in step; I probably could have done it myself if I was either really mad or trying to prove a point. It gave me a new respect for all the gals I know who own trucks. Atta girl!

One thing about trucks that’s always boggled my mind is where to put the groceries if it’s raining or snowing. The simple solution is to get a hard cap for the bed or a soft retractable tonneau cover. My test truck, which had a 5.5-foot bed, didn’t have either; fortunately, we had good weather during the test drive. The truck comes with a bed extender, which has folding plastic arms to enclose the extended truck bed when toting lengthy items. However, I found a more practical use for them. I wrapped them around my groceries to keep the bags from slipping about the bed. It worked like a charm. How’s that for some maternal ingenuity?

SENSE AND STYLE

Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Excellent

Fun-Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove-On): Groove-On

Interior

When I opened the F-150’s driver-side door, it was like opening the best present ever. I never expected to find such a luxurious interior in a truck. The F-150 King Ranch Lariat is upholstered with gorgeous, thick leather and had the added touch of a King Ranch logo branded, not embroidered, into each seat. The interior is outfitted with a lot of wood accents, too. I’d consider keeping wood polish in this truck if I owned it.

The F-150 is roomy and comfortable with tons of headroom and legroom in both rows. I bet the designers took into account the height of the cowboy hat when they designed the F-150. My family could’ve busted out with “Y.M.C.A.” and had plenty of room to make the “Y.”

The second row reminded me of a large auburn-colored leather sofa with plenty of room for a middle passenger. The kids had enough legroom to host their own rodeo in the second row – at least that’s what it sounded like they were doing back there. Another complaint is the second-row cupholders are at the rear of the center console and inside the rear door bins, both positions are difficult to reach for kids who are strapped into child-safety seats.

Just in case your clan does get a little too rowdy and makes a mess, the F-150 had removable and washable rubber liners inside the cubbies and cupholders. Does it get any better than this?

Other frills in the F-150 include heated and cooled seats; a backup camera; and an audio system with a six-CD changer, MP3 player capability and Sirius Satellite Radio. Perhaps a pickup truck isn’t just for hauling heavy loads anymore.

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT

Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Ample

Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Galore

Safety

The F-150 has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. To earn this award, vehicles must receive a top score – Good – in front, side-impact and rear crash tests. It also must have standard electronic stability control.

The F-150 also comes with antilock brakes, traction control and Roll Stability Control, which uses a sensor to detect the start of a rollover and attempts to stop it. It also has side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags for both rows.

The visibility in the truck is great, and the backup camera helped me feel safer about backing up in such a sizable vehicle.

In the second row, the Latch connectors are easy to spot; they stick slightly out from the seat, which means no digging for them. The backseat is bolster-free, which made for an easy fit, and there’s plenty of room for rear-facing infant-safety seats. I’d happily carry my kiddie-cargo in this F-150, but I’d be even happier if Ford could improve its fuel economy.

FAMILY LIFESTAGE

In Diapers: There’s room in the back for bulky child-safety seats and tons of storage in the bed.

In School: Young kids might have trouble opening and closing the doors, but they’ll love all the cool things this truck can do.

Teens: The safety features on this truck will help keep inexperienced drivers safe.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

Original Owner After Almost 12 Years

I’m updating my ‘Original Owner After 10 Years’ review below. Almost two more years on the ‘09 F150 5.4 FX4 s/crew and it’s still going basically trouble free. I just put its second set of new brake pads / rotors on along with new calipers as well, I also installed a new Cat back exhaust on it however the old exhaust was still basically fine. In the fall of ‘19 for some reason the hood heat/ noise insulator pad started deteriorating so I replaced that. I also have new Motorcraft coil packs and fuel injectors just because I think they’ll perk the 5.4 up a bit but haven’t installed them yet. I figure if I put $1000 of extra maintenance in wear parts a year into it that’s a bargain compared to a monthly new truck payment so that’s my plan with a truck in excellent condition of this age. Overall for a truck going on 12 years old that’s been paid off since 2014 I’m way ahead of the game with this F150 FX4, nice 09-14 styles are starting to thin out now now so this one draws as much or more attention as when it was new. It’s still my daily driver and looks basically like when it came off the dealers lot so I’m going to try and get another 10 years out of it just because I’m sure I probably can. I’d be pretty careful if I was buying one used now however as they’re not all in the condition that mine is. I will say that since 2009 this truck has never let me down and has never broke down once although I credit that to proper maintenance and fixing little issues before they become big problems.

5.0

Quentin

This is a great truck even though I don't drive it much, but I know it will always start and run great. A great vehicle so far.

5.0

Most dependable truck I have owned.

Sporty but practical daily driver. Great mileage if driven sensibly. Easy to find customized parts. Lot of room for passengers and cargo. Drives firm but smooth for a truck.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Gold
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Gold Certified: Ford models up to 6 years old with less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12-Month/12,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Blue Certified: 90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Powertrain
7-Year/100,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Powertrain Limited Warranty Blue Certified: Available Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Dealer certification required
Certified 172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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