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2012 Ford F-150

2012 Ford F-150

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$7,682 — $27,802 USED
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3-6 Seats
13-20 MPG
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Overview

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The Good

  • Variety of engines, from fuel-saving 3.7-liter V-6 to powerful 6.2-liter V-8
  • Blacked-out FX Appearance Package with matching interior
  • Excellent power from the 5.0-liter V-8

The Bad

  • Higher hood may diminish forward view
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2012 Cars.com Awards: Work Truck of the Year
2012 Ford F-150 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Ford F-150
  • 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

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2012 Ford F-150 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

After our Duel in the Desert challenge in which Mopar’s Ram Runner beat the Ford SVT Raptor, we decided to let truck makers offer us their biggest and baddest off-road trucks for our Ultimate 4X4 Shootout.

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 4×4 system on Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum models. This new system includes a 4×4 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 d...

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 4×4 system on Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum models. This new system includes a 4×4 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

What drivers are saying

4.5
232 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

Great truck for a family

by Stay at home mom from Pennsylvania on May 20, 2020

This truck has met all of our needs. We have two young boys and needed room for their car seat and booster seat. This truck has a full bed and room for all of us in the cab. None of us feel squished ... Read full review

(5.0)

I use for work as a contractor so it takes a beat

by Benjam’n from Pensacola on April 30, 2020

Eco boost is all I’ll ever drive it’s great! Towing a breeze plenty of power fuel economy is decent and love the twin turbos I wish I could stay in the boost Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Ford F-150 currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

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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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