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While no longer a standout in its class, the F-150 still offers some basic strengths. It handles nimbly for a truck and has a fairly well-controlled ride that improves with a load. An optional 5.4-liter V8 provides plenty of power, but the four-speed automatic transmission doesn't always shift smoothly. Braking is marginal, and selectable full-time 4WD is not offered. Reliability has been better than average for two-wheel-drive versions, average for 4WD models. A "SuperCrew" crew-cab model with four full-sized doors was added last year. The F-150's poor performance in an offset-crash test prevents us from recommending this otherwise competent truck. New this year are an FX4 Off Road package and a "SuperCab" extended-cab version of the uplevel King Ranch model.

See Reliability page for the latest 2002 Ford F-150 recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2001. ESC standard from 2009.

Road Test

The F-150 SuperCrew has a large and versatile cab, but feels ungainly and uncomfortable. The powertrain performs well, although it isn't particularly smooth and quiet when compared to its competitors. A poor offset crash-test result is cause for conc...

Highs

  • Relative ride and handling, quietness, light tailgate, fit and finish.

Lows

  • Braking, access, no ESC, crash-test results.

Specifications

Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.2-liter V6 (202 hp)
  • 4.6-liter V8 (248 hp)
  • 5.4-liter V8 supercharged (380 hp)
  • 5.4-liter V8 supercharged (340 hp)
  • 5.4-liter V8 (260 hp)