Ford Prices Raptor, PickupTrucks.com Races It

Raptor Ford’s extreme off-road F-150, the Raptor, goes on sale this winter, but as summer heats up we’re finding out how much it’ll cost. The point of entry for a 320-hp version will be $38,995, and the 400-hp version starts at $41,995. Both prices include destination. That’s a lot of money, but the Raptor is a lot of truck. Ford says production of the Raptor will be limited, but that the company will be flexible if demand warrants it.

PickupTrucks.com editor Mike Levine actually got to ride along in a specially tuned Raptor during this weekend’s “Terrible’s 250” race in the Nevada desert. Surprisingly, the race truck is similar to what people will get when buying one from Ford, except for some added power and suspension parts.

Check out PickupTrucks.com’s full coverage of the Raptor.

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Pricing Starts at $38,995

By David Thomas | April 20, 2009 | Comments (2)

2010 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 at 2009 Chicago Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Dodge Ram, Chevy Silverado
  • Looks like: The 10th edition of the special edition gets even more special treatment
  • Drivetrain: 320-hp, 5.4-liter V-8 
  • Hits dealerships: Late summer 2009

After a decade-long partnership that has produced 14 light- and heavy-duty F-Series pickups that have sold more than 74,000 units, Ford and Harley-Davidson will introduce their latest two-wheel-inspired creation at the 2009 Chicago auto show: the 2010 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150.

The exterior emphasizes the Harley F-Series styling heritage. The front end features a strong six-bar billet grille (the sixth unique F-150 grille we’ve seen on the current truck, for those of you counting at home) that draws inspiration from the radiator fins of a V-Twin Harley-Davidson motorcycle engine. The front bumper is also unique, with a lowered appearance and integrated fog lamps.

Two outside colors are available: traditional Tuxedo Black or new Lava, a deep, dark cherry red with metallic flakes that pop in sunlight.

By David Thomas | February 10, 2009 | Comments (1)

Ford Offering Deals for Two Weeks

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According to Ford’s consumer website, its latest incentives are good only through Nov. 17 or 18, depending on the region. This is an unusual amount of time for rebates to run, so we’d expect bigger discounts or a specific themed sale later in the month that will last through the holidays. For the next two weeks, though, there are some decent savings on 2009 and 2008 models. The new 2009 Ford Flex is still carrying $2,500 cash back. A new 2009 Ford Fusion — you can read about the upcoming 2010 Fusion here — has up to $3,500 cash back depending on your region. We list the top cash-back deals below. Check out Ford’s site to see the latest deals in your area. 

By David Thomas | November 4, 2008 | Comments (2)

Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Sports Awesomest Grille Ever

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PickupTrucks.com has broken the dam of information regarding Ford’s latest super-truck. It’s an offroad racing version of the all-new 2009 Ford F-150, and it’s named Raptor. If that doesn’t sound cool enough for you, just check out this thing’s grille.

We’re not going to get into all the details about this sucker here; for that, go to PickupTrucks.com NOW. No, we’re going to use this space to petition Ford to bring this grille to every F-150. The simple yet in-your-face design is worlds better than what made it to the production truck. Check out the comparison below and weigh in with your comments. 

By David Thomas | November 4, 2008 | Comments (15)

Car Sales Plummet; Ford F-Series Still Most Popular

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October was not a good month for the auto industry. GM’s loss of 45% of its sales compared to October 2007 may get the most headlines tonight, but almost everyone saw huge dips, with Chrysler (35%), Nissan (33%), Ford (29%), Honda (28%) and Toyota (25.9%) all down as well.

Despite the tough economic times, Ford did manage to sell 43,324 F-Series, and a majority of those were the outgoing 2008 F-150 model. Only 3,000 were the redesigned 2009 model. We’d also guess that a majority of those 3,000 were sold to dealers or other industry groups, as the 2009 just barely went on sale officially.

Not only were total sales down, but there wasn’t one Ford model that had a positive uptick in sales. For GM, only the Chevy Malibu, Impala and Pontiac Vibe saw increases. Toyota and Honda didn’t fare any better, with the Toyota Corolla and Sequoia and the Lexus LX570, and the Honda Fit and Acura TL being those companies’ only models to see sales move upward. Chrysler saw no mainstream models increase in sales; only the Dodge Viper and the discontinued Chrysler Crossfire saw increases. The new Dodge Challenger did sell just over 3,000 units, though.

What does this mean for you? November is typically a slow sales month any year, so expect a new slew of significant incentives to be released this week.

Below are the 10 best-selling vehicles in the U.S. last month.

By David Thomas | November 3, 2008 | Comments (13)

Cash Back on New 2009 Dodge Ram, Ford F-150

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A year ago, the fact that both the Dodge Ram and Ford F-150 would be redesigned and on sale at the same time was huge news. Fast-forward to today — when trucks aren’t the top sellers they once were and are featuring huge discounts — and the excitement is more muted.

Still, plenty of people need trucks, and we’re guessing many have been waiting for these 2009s. If you’re one such person, the 2009 Dodge Ram and 2009 Ford F-150 are already featuring cash-back deals that could convince you the time is now. The Ram 1500 gets $1,000, while the 2500 and 3500 get $2,000. The F-150 SuperCrew and regular F-150 share a $2,000 incentive, too.

We found these incentives in every region we tried, but be sure to check Cars.com’s zip-code-specific page for deals in your area.

By Eamonn Brennan | October 21, 2008 | Comments (5)

Today on PickupTrucks.com: 2009 Ford F-150 First Drive

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The 2009 Ford F-150 lands amid deep trouble in the pickup truck market, but Ford's best-seller remains a champion in its segment and a long-running heavyweight in the entire automotive market (the recent ascendance of the Honda Civic not withstanding).

Our pals over at PickupTrucks.com recently test-drove the new F-150 on Ford's Michigan Proving Grounds, where the truck was developed. Covering everything from the new-and-improved transmission to a segment-best towing capacity of 11,300 pounds, their full report is now available.

First Drive Review: 2009 Ford F-150 (PickupTrucks.com)

By Stephen Markley | October 17, 2008 | Comments (1)

2009 Ford F-150 Starts at $21,320

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Ford has announced pricing for the 2009 F-150, and it will start at $21,345 for a regular cab XL work truck with the two-valve V-8 engine, not including the $975 destination charge. In comparison, a comparable 2008 regular cab with the 4.2-liter V-6 and automatic transmission started at $19,990. Ford eliminated the V-6 for the 2009 model.

Meanwhile, moving up trim levels, the 2009 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew trim will begin at $35,820. Ford says that truck is comparably equipped with the 2009 Dodge Ram Laramie crew cab, which starts at $41,320.

For more on the F-150's trim levels and pricing, visit PickupTrucks.com

2009 Ford F-150: Most Towing and Hauling Capability, Improved Efficiency and More! (PickupTrucks.com)

By Stephen Markley | September 18, 2008 | Comments (5)

2009 F-150 Couples Increased Towing and Hauling With Better Fuel Economy

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As PickupTrucks.com reports, the new 2009 Ford F-150 not only has better mileage, it also has the best-rated towing and hauling capabilities in its class.

Ford cites a re-engineered ladder frame that allows the F-150 to haul a segment-leading 11,300 pounds — a 300-pound improvement over last year’s version – in any cab configuration. You can add another best-in-class figure as well: The cargo box is rated for a 3,030-pound payload.

As for fuel economy, Ford has improved the F-150's by an average of 8% across the lineup, and up to 12% on some models. Engines with the more fuel-efficient 6R80 six-speed transmission will get 15/20 mpg city/highway, and the "super fuel economy" version, called SFE, will use low-rolling-resistance tires and a tall rear axle to push that number up to 15/21. Read PickupTrucks.com's full story for more details.

2009 Ford F-150: Most Towing and Hauling Capability, Improved Efficiency and More (PickupTrucks.com)

By Stephen Markley | September 18, 2008 | Comments (4)

Ford Improves Gas Mileage

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Fueleconomy.gov continues to release 2009 EPA estimates as we inch toward the new year. On average, we’ve seen slight gains from many existing models and larger ones for new models. Automakers are making modest changes to carryover models because buyers are demanding more fuel-efficient vehicles, and all-new models aren’t in the immediate pipeline for every car out there.

We’ve already mentioned fuel economy increases for GM, Chrysler and Hyundai products; now it’s Ford’s turn.

By Colin Bird | September 9, 2008 | Comments (7)

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