The Ford-F-150 has come a long way since the F-Series pickup trucks were first introduced in 1948. The F-150 did not make its debut until 1975, right in the middle of the sixth generation of Ford F-Series trucks.
First Generation Ford F-150 (1975-1979)
The Ford F-150 was larger than the F-100 but smaller than the F-250, with both regular and super cab options. It featured three engine options, with its base engine offering an inline six-cylinder, producing 113 horsepower. Two optional V8 engines that provided 134 and 160 horsepower were available. In 1976 and 1977, two additional V8 engine options boosted the horsepower. Its signature round headlights and large rectangular grille are still recognizable today.
Second Generation Ford F-150 (1980-1986)
This generation came with less weight and improved styling, a refined ride, and regular and super cab options. The inline six-cylinder engine was still standard; as well as two V8 engine options – a 5.0 liter and 5.8 liter. The horsepower was over 130 hp and 230 pound-feet of torque. In 1981, a four-speed manual transmission and four-speed automatic transmission were introduced.
Third Generation Ford F-150 (1987-1991)
The exterior changed slightly, with a more rounded design. Engine options remained the same, and four-speed manual transmission became standard. In 1988, a five-speed manual transmission was made standard and three or four-speed automatic transmissions were options.
Fourth Generation Ford F-150 (1992-1996)
This generation was more aerodynamic in styling. A base inline six-cylinder, as well as the same V8 options were paired with a three-speed automatic, four-speed manual, four-speed automatic, or five-speed manual transmission. In 1991, a Nite package that featured black paint and was standard with the 5.8-liter V8 was available. The SVT Lighting replaced the Nite package in 1993. In 1994 and 1995, the inline six-cylinder engine was discontinued.
Fifth Generation Ford F-150 (1997-2003)
A complete redesign came in this generation. A new 4.2-liter V6 was introduced, and the V8 options changed to 4.6 and 5.4-liter engines that made 200 horsepower. It was designed to be a passenger vehicle as well as a hauler. In 1999, the 5.4-liter V8 was upgraded to 250 horsepower and the SVT Lightning F-150 was re-introduced as a performance version of the truck. The King Ranch trim was introduced, along with the Super Crew Cab and four-door cab layout.
Six Generation Ford F-150 (2004-2008)
The Ford F-150 changed its exterior to a more squared design in the headlights, taillights and other elements. Engine options remained the same, and the regular cab and super crew both featured four doors. It was labeled not only a work truck, but a family vehicle as well.
Seventh Generation Ford F-150 (2009-2014)
This redesign came with an updated body shape, a fully boxed frame, a stretched crew cab, and luxury features. New engine options included the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, 3.7-liter V6s, 5.0 and 6.2-liter V8s. HID headlights, heated seats, and other luxury items became available, making this truck more than a work vehicle. A new top trim level, Platinum, became available.
Eight Generation Ford F-150 (2015-2020)
The F-150 is now larger than before, but the use of aluminum on the truck’s body panels reduces weight and boosts fuel economy. You can have the choice of a base V6, a 2.7-liter or 3.5-liter Ecoboost turbocharged V6, or a 5.0-liter V8. There is an available self-parking feature; and a maximum tow capability of 12,200 and a maximum payload of 3,300. LED headlights, advanced safety features, automatic start-stop and a 10-speed automatic transmission are available. In 2016, Sync 3 multimedia system became available, as well as a Pro Trailer Backup Assist. The 5.0-liter V8 was available with compressed natural gas/Propane Prep package. In 2017, a new turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 became available, along with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and off-road-oriented Raptor trim became available. More torque from the 3.5-liter EcoBoost became available in 2018, and there was a new direct-injected 5.0-liter V8. In 2019, you can have the choice of six engines, including a turbo-diesel, a six- or ten-speed automatic transmission, and rear- or four-wheel drive. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection were added to the standard features list. You can also have the choice of three cabs.
Ninth Generation Ford F-150 (2021-Present)
The redesigned 2021 F-150 claims one of the top spots in the full-size pickup truck class because of its tremendous capability and spacious, comfortable cabin. A new hybrid-electric powertrain became available in 2021. An optional hands-free Active Drive Assist, built-in generator is available; and a standard 8-inch or an available 12-in touchscreen was an option. More standard features were offered and improved capability. It can now tow up to 14,000 pounds and haul up to 3,325 pounds when properly equipped. The Ford F-150 comes in seven trims: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited, and Tremor. A 3.3-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque is the standard base engine. Available powertrains include a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, a 5.0-liter V8 engine, a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6, a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, and the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and an electric motor. All come with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The Ford-F-150 has seen a lot of changes through the years. It’s a solid work and family vehicle that offers great performance.