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#1 of 24 2009 FORD F-150
Jan 15, 2008 (5:42 pm)
Ford comes out with a new truck & will not release horsepower numbers who are they kidding. Is this because Ford is still in last place in the horsepower wars. Comparsion below for most powerful engines in fullsize pickups.
Chevrolet Silverado 367hp 6.0 liter V-8
Dodge Ram 380hp 5.7 liter V-8
Ford F-150 300hp 5.4 liter V-8 2008
Gmc Sierra Denali 403hp 6.2 liter V-8
Nissan Titan 317hp 5.6 liter V-8
Toyota Tundra 381hp 5.7 liter V-8
#2 of 24 09 styling
Jan 15, 2008 (6:47 pm)
I posted under another title asking what everyone thinks of the new styling. I'm not impressed with the front end. I was also hoping for a "Boss" under the hood.
#3 of 24 Re: 2009 FORD F-150 [carspace7]
Jan 15, 2008 (7:03 pm)
In reality, The 2009 Model year is just a face lift for F-150. Truck Design Cycle is about 7-9 years, unless you have a lot of development money to change that. Ford is not in the financial situation to make a change so soon.
#4 of 24 Ford F-150 engine
Jan 16, 2008 (5:50 pm)
Stop making excuses for Ford they can put a new 6 speed automatic in there trucks, but can not come out with a new engine to be the most powerful in the segment.
#5 of 24 Most powerfull engine? who cares?
Jan 25, 2008 (10:53 am)
Hmmm, having more HP hasn't helped Nissan or Dodge sell any trucks.
#7 of 24 Enough to maintain market share; where's the diesel?
Jan 29, 2008 (4:34 pm)
True, the new F is an evolution of the 2004 model, not a radical revolution but the 2004 model simply moved pickup truck comfort and smoothness one level higher than before and the new pickups from GM and Toyota were playing catch up in these dimensions.Since Ford has the largest market share all it needs to do is to prevent owners from switching to GM or Toyota on their next purchase. (I have yet to meet any truck owner that switched from Ford to Dodge or Nissan). This 2009 update is enough of a move to parity w/GM/Toyota on the most important features (and again, it is not horsepower). To get the lead, Ford will have to introduce a good half ton clean diesel engine. I doubt that many buyers, except urban commuters, will find a boosted V-6 appealing in this segment even with a fuel economy improvement.
#8 of 24 The important things
Jan 29, 2008 (4:44 pm)
Horsepower is not the most important element in the volume half ton truck segment. Practicality, car like smoothness, capability, style, reliability are all more important than power or fuel economy. The biggest customer segment consists of mature baby boomers purchasing trucks for personal/family use or business/fleet use. That's why Ford and GM have the most tasteful, conservative styling in this product segment, and the biggest market shares; and Dodge/Toyota/Nissan have edgier styling for the younger customer, and are competing for the new truck buyer.
Anyone who pulls trailers on a regular basis knows that it is stability not horsepower that limits speed. Ford's idea of combining the electronics of roll control, traction control and brake control to manage trailer stability is the single best feature of this new F-150, and puts them one up on the others (at least temporarily).
Ford's marketing is also spot on in coming up with new premium editions. Again, because the typical half ton buyer today has more income than people expect, it's not just penniless cowboys anymore. The half ton has also replaced the traditional large, rear drive Detroit sedan as the family vehicle of choice, hence the popularity of crew cabs. Crew cabs are also replacing large SUVs since they now offer as much comfort, more practicality and better towing.
Too bad, Ford doesn't have its act together in cars as much as it has in trucks.
#9 of 24 looks like a grill change..that's all
Mar 12, 2008 (7:32 am)
when Ford does it's remodel from head to toe as it did in '04, I'd advise avoiding the first model year unless they up the warranty antie.
too many bugs came with the '04 imo
#10 of 24 Intro of 09's
Jun 23, 2008 (7:46 am)
Heard Ford will delay the intro of the 09 F150 due to financial concerns. Does anyone know how long the delay will be and how the eventual release of the 09 will be affected?