The F-150 is the half-ton version of Ford's best-selling F-Series pickup line.
Like most pickups, it offers multiple configurations and powertrains.
During our tests, the boxy pre-1997 F-150 rode well and quietly on most roads.
Its ride and braking improved with a full load.
We found the seats erect, but roomy.
Ford completely redesigned the F-150 for 1998, improving comfort, handling, and refinement.
An optional third door on extended-cab models became available in 1998, and a fourth door was offered in 1999.
The supercharged SVT Lightning serves up sports-car-quality acceleration.
A four-door crew-cab was introduced for 2001.