Used Ford F-150 – Colorado Springs, CO

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  • Overview

    Silver Used Ford F-150 – Colorado Springs, CO

    The Ford F-150 is one of the most popular full-size trucks on the road, offering fantastic features, amazing power and performance, and reliability that legends are built upon. This means that when you go looking for a used Ford F-150, you are going to have a lot of options available to you, with models dating back into the 1940s when the F-Series was first introduced. Figuring out which model and generation is right for you can be tricky, which is why it is so helpful to have an experienced professional that can answer your questions and work with you to help figure out everything you need.

    Although you will find different engines and features throughout the years, the essential heart of the Ford F-150 is its design: a full-size, light-duty pickup truck that is the perfect option for anyone that needs a vehicle to get through the workweek and still play hard on the weekend. The F-Series has been the best selling truck in the US since 1977, and it has also been the highest-selling vehicle overall since 1981; the Ford F-150 is a major part of that. In other words, there are a lot of F-150 models on the road still from the past few decades, with a wide range of features and options to look for.

    Most of the used Ford F-150 models that you find in great shape and with modern features are going to be from the last few generations. The eleventh generation of the F-150 was in production from 2004 to 2008, while the twelfth generation spanned from 2009 to 2014, and the thirteenth generation kicked off with 2015. You will find powerful engines, sophisticated interiors, and high payloads and towing capacities on these models, making them fantastic choices that can handle just about anything you throw at them.

  • Engine

    A silver 2013 Ford F-150 is parked on a dirt road in front of a white fence.

    The engine is the beating heart of your truck, so it is one of the most important things to consider when looking at a used Ford F-150. Some people do not like the fact that they cannot choose the trim and engine they want when looking at used models, the way they can with a brand-new pickup. We look at it as having the freedom to choose from anything that was ever available since you can find multiple used models with a wide range of features on them. That is why we maintain such a large selection of pre-owned vehicles so that we can help you find the options and engine you want.

    The 12th Generation F-150

    Let us start by looking at the 12th generation of the Ford F-150, which ran from 2009 to 2014. When you are looking for a used F-150, this is a good generation to keep in mind due to its availability. It is far enough out from today that you can often find them at a very good price, but close enough to the present that the engines in them will still be quite powerful.

    For example, in 2009, at the start of the 12th generation, you had three different engines to choose from. The standard engine was a 4.6L V8 that offered up to 248 hp and 294 lb-ft of torque, while an improved three-valve version of the same engine was available that delivered 292 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. There was also a 5.4L V8 engine that offered up to 310 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque, so keep this in mind when looking at these models.

    2010 models had the same three engines in them, with a more powerful 6.2L V8 engine introduced but only offered on the Raptor trim. New engines were offered starting in 2011, and these were the engines that remained in the F-150 throughout the rest of this generation. These included a 3.7L V6 engine as the standard option, which delivers 300 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, along with a 5.0L V8 engine offering 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. So as you look at used Ford F-150 models from this generation, these are the engines you will find.

    The 13th Generation F-150

    Jumping now to the 13th generation, which started in 2015 and has been going through 2020, there have also been a number of engines available that you can find on a used Ford F-150. There was a 3.5L V6 engine available that offers 283 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque, a 2.7L EcoBoost V6 that delivers 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with an impressive 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. You can also find models with a 5.0L V8 engine that provides up to 385 hp and 387 lb-ft of torque.

    These engines were available through 2017, though a new 3.5L Turbocharged V6 engine became available in 2017 that offers 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. The other engines were all updated in 2018: a 3.3L V6 offers 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, a 2.7L EcoBoost V6 with 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, and a 5.0L V8 offering 395 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. In the previous years of this generation, these engines came with 6-speed automatic transmissions, while the 2018 update brought 10-speed automatic transmissions to most of them.

  • Capability

    A brown 2011 used Ford F-150 is towing a trailer on a highway near Colorado Springs, CO.

    Towing and Payload

    The towing capacity of the Ford F-150 depends on what year you are looking at, as well as the engine and the equipment and packages on it. As you would expect, the engine makes a huge difference regarding both towing and payload. A more powerful engine will typically give you improved towing power, but can also weigh more and thereby reduce your payload capacity.

    How Powerful is the Ford F-150?

    Going through every possible option for every year of the 12th and 13th generations of the Ford F-150 would be an exhaustive effort, and the amount of numbers we would end up with would simply be excessive. To keep things simple, let us look at the maximum towing and payload you might be able to find on a used Ford F-150 for certain key years. In particular, we will look at the first year of each generation, as well as the year that they received major engine updates for better performance.

    Maximum Towing Capacities:

    • 2009: Up to 11,300 lbs
    • 2011: Up to 11,300 lbs
    • 2015: Up to 12,200 lbs
    • 2018: Up to 13,200 lbs

    Maximum Payload Capacities:

    • 2009: Up to 3,030 lbs
    • 2011: Up to 3,060 lbs
    • 2015: Up to 3,300 lbs
    • 2018: Up to 3,270 lbs

    As you can see, while the numbers do vary a bit from one generation to the next, the differences within a generation are not massive. The engine and other features, like available towing packages, are far more important than whether you are looking at a used Ford F-150 from 2009 or 2011. In general, more recent models can give you great towing, thanks to improvements in design and more powerful engines, but the specs and features of any given model are most important.

  • Technology

    The interior of a 2012 Ford F-150 is shown.

    As you might expect, technology in the auto industry, just like any other, improves with advances year after year. That means that, in general, when looking at a used Ford F-150, the more recent the model is, the more likely you are to find more recent and advanced technology in it. That being said, the trim level of a model you are looking at can be just as important as the year, as an older model with a higher trim might have features that you will not find even on a slightly newer one that is a starting model.

    12th Generation Models 

    For example, a rear backup camera was still an optional piece of technology in 2009, so a used Ford F-150 from that year might not have one. You can find a USB port and input for an MP3 player on a 2009 model, but do not expect too much more than that. By comparison, looking at a model from 2013, you will find an updated dashboard with improved features closer to what you find on a vehicle that just came out this year. In a used Ford F-150 from 2013, you might also find an 8-inch Infotainment display and improved controls for audio and similar systems.

    13th Generation Models

    On the other hand, when you look at a model from the 13th generation, like a 2018 Ford F-150, you will find much more advanced technology. You can find an 8-inch Infotainment display as well as an 8-inch driver information display in these models, plus heated and cooled seats, a heated steering wheel, and much more. In general, if tech features are important to you, look for recent models of high trims to find the best selection possible. 

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