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2012 Ford F-150 Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Mediocre visibility; Too much truck! by jimharper



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This thing gets about the same mpg as a Ranger, but its not 'handy' even in the smallest configuration. Ungainly, hard to park and not such great visibility. I put a toddler-size obstacle behind the tailgate maybe 25' and still couldn't see it out of my rear-view mirror.

Reviewed: 2012 Ford F-150

2dr Regular Cab 6.5ft bed 302-horsepower 3.7L V6 6-speed automatic RWD

Why the 2012 Ford F-150?

Powertrain performance

3.7L is a terrific engine. Don't feel like you have to pony up for the Ecoboost. The slight hesitation out of the hole goes away after break in, about 4K of city driving. I'm the type to put the cheapest possible gas into a car, but not this one. It loves zero ethanol high test and I try to provide it. Get 18.25 mpg hand measured, in city driving. (XL standard cab 4X2. Occasional hard shift with six speed auto.

Color choices

Pretty bland color choices.

Ride smoothness

Pretty smooth and very quiet. Makes it easier for 302 to get you in trouble. Don't let your teenager drive this truck.

Driving position & visibility

Visibility is a distinct weak spot by pickup truck standards. The extra high tailgate and sides really detracts from what is usually a pickup truck strength--visibility.

Fuel economy

Really excellent, considering. Over 18 mpg city hand measured over multiple tanks IF its broken in and uses high test no ethanol.

Why Not the 2012 Ford F-150?

Dealer practices

High pressure dealers are for test drives; find out who the 'quality buying experience' dealer is for closing the sale.

Color choices

Pretty bland.


A heck of a lot of car for the money. $21.5K + tax no options. Crazy good engine.

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Response from Member2417

12:29 pm November 11, 2018

I'll have to try the High-Test non-ethanol because mine on 87 w/ethanol only gets 14mpg V6/auto RWD supercabw/6.5 ft bed


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