Best Bet
  • (4.5) 124 reviews
  • MSRP: $11,766–$36,206
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 13-20
  • Engine: 360-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 (flexible; E85)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 8,100 lbs.
2012 Ford F-150

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Ford F-150

What We Don't Like

  • Higher hood may diminish forward view

Notable Features

  • New FX Appearance Package with flat-black accents, 20-inch wheels and more
  • Hill start assist and a new automatic 4x4 system on Lariat trims and higher
  • Wider availability of electronic rear locking axles for 3.5- and 5.0-liter engines

2012 Ford F-150 Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Despite the ups and downs in the truck market, the Ford F-150 remains as a top-selling pickup in the U.S. and has garnered various awards. The truck's platform remains the same in 2012, but adds improvements with a new FX Appearance Package and some driveline upgrades including hill start assist. The F-150 seats up to six people in certain configurations, and competitors include the Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra.

With an abundance of trim levels, there's an F-150 that meets just about every segment of truck buyer out there, including those who use a light-duty pickup for work, play and to simply look good driving down the street. For off-road aficionados, there's still the SVT Raptor.

New for 2012
The FX Appearance Package is the biggest news for the F-150 this year. The package includes flat-black 20-inch wheels along with additional exterior trim and interior enhancements that give the truck a street-custom appearance.

Four-wheel-drive models also receive some upgrades, as Ford replaces its electronic shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system with a new two-speed automatic 4x4 system on Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum models. This new system includes a 4x4 auto mode that automatically transfers power to the front wheels when it senses a loss of traction. In addition, all four-wheel-drive F-150s add neutral tow capability, allowing them to be flat-towed when necessary.

SVT Raptor models receive a new Torsen front differential that increases traction at the front of the truck for big obstacles and slippery conditions. Exclusive to 2012 Raptors is a new off-road camera that allows the driver to see obstacles that are directly in front of the vehicle, which are normally blocked by the hood and body. The system uses the large 8-inch navigation screen and is activated via the 4.2-inch display in the instrument cluster for low-speed crawling. The camera is mounted to the grille and has a dedicated washer system to keep it clear of dirt.

The Harley-Davidson Edition receives some extra details for 2012 including restyled 22-inch aluminum wheels and special graphics.

Exterior
Ford's new FX Appearance Package steals the spotlight for 2012 with a flat-black theme that gets its inspiration from custom-truck enthusiasts. Other than the trim level, there's no real change to the 2012 F-150's body.

The SVT Raptor remains unchanged, but new body graphics are included for 2012. Exterior features include:

  • Capless fuel-filler system
  • Available reverse-sensing and backup camera
  • Available running boards or tubular side steps
  • Available telescoping tow mirror
  • Available two-tone paint on some models

Interior
The FX Appearance Package carries over to the 2012 F-150's interior. While the rest of the truck's trim level packages remain the same as last year, FX4 and FX2 trucks with the FX Appearance Package receive black leather seats with red piping. Brushed metal surfaces and black-painted dash accents also add a custom appearance. Interior features include:

  • Snake-skin accents on Harley-Davidson models
  • Optional aluminum accents on SVT Raptor

Under the Hood
The range of engines for the F-150 allows truck shoppers to select the power and fuel-economy levels that best match their needs. In any case, the F-150's six-speed automatic transmission continues to play a key role in its fuel efficiency. Mechanical features include:

  • Base 3.7-liter V-6 delivers 302 horsepower and 278 pounds-feet of torque
  • 5.0-liter V-8 delivers 360 hp and 380 pounds-feet of torque
  • Twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 delivers 365 hp and 420 pounds-feet of torque
  • 6.2-liter V-8 delivers 411 hp and 434 pounds-feet of torque

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags

Consumer Reviews

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We traded a diesel for a gas

by bobbyc from Minnesota on November 19, 2017

So far so good! Just got it today! We traded in a dually diesel for a smaller truck. We no longer need the big truck

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2012 Ford F-150 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Ford F-150 FX2

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Ford F-150 FX2

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
A
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
A
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Ford F-150 FX2

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Ford F-150 FX2

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
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.

Recalls

There are currently 4 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/60,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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