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2010 Ford F-150 Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Candy Apple Red 2010 F150 XLT 4x2 by Reggie350

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Introduction

We've had the F150 for 48,000 miles now. It's been reliable, comfortable, and can get decent gas mileage for a truck of this size.

Reviewed: 2010 Ford F-150

4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed 310-horsepower 5.4L V8 6-speed automatic RWD

Why the 2010 Ford F-150?

Price or payments

When bought the truck, I was actually in the market for a SUV to replace the Honda Pilot we had just sold. We were looking at the Suburban or Yukon XL. Since it was April 2011 and this was a leftover 2010, there was $12k in discounts.

Fuel economy

So far, with a light foot and the majority of the miles are on the freeway, my fuel economy is over 19 mpg. Not bad for a big super cab truck with a V8, camper shell, and carpet kit. On long trips I have hit 21.5 mpg. Mostly it's around 17 driving fast, lead foot, and city mileage.

Reliability & durability

So far I have about 48,000 miles on it and have not needed any repairs.

Rear seat room & comfort

Lots of room in the rear of the cab for the kids. The rear seat easily folds up and out of the way for cargo. Lots of cup holders back there.

Depreciation

It is a Ford F150 and there are a lot of them with huge discounts at the end of the model year so expect a huge hit in depreciation. Buy at the end of the model year if you don't mind being limited on your choices.

Why Not the 2010 Ford F-150?

Color choices

Love the Candy Apple Red paint color.

Powertrain performance

While the 2010 5.4L V8 is not as powerful as some of it's competition, I was glad Ford did not resort to using multiple displacement schemes like the competition in order to get better fuel economy. It has been problematic in other makes.

Driving position & visibility

The head rests of the rear seats really block your vision out of the rear window. It's not as bad in the Chevy/GMC trucks.

Cargo capacity

For a half ton, it has good payload and towing capability. Beware of other makes the advertise high towing capacity with very little payload capacity. You need enough payload capacity for the tongue weight, passengers, and luggage.

Conclusion

With the end of year discounts this was the best deal going. And at the time, the Chevy/GMC AFM (Multi-displacement scheme) was still having teething problems so I opted for the F150. So far nothing has happened to make me regret that choice. It was a good value for the money. However, if I had to pay full price, $37k vs $26k, I may have gone a different route.

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