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.