Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Ford F-150

Ford F150 2012

The best-selling pickup truck in the US for over 30 years, the Ford F-150 has a lot to offer in reliability, durability, and the features that buyers want in a truck. The 2012 F-150 is not only a tough working truck, but it’s also powerful and comfortable to drive.

Key Features

While drivers love the engine upgrade that went into effect in 2011 and carried over to the 2012 models, the biggest thing that stands out about the 2012 F-150 is the cab. The SuperCrew model has more legroom than most full-sized sedans, a feature you won’t find in most crew cab trucks.

Changes for 2012

The biggest change from 2011 to 2012 in the F-150 has to be the locking rear axle, but that’s not the only new feature for this model year. For 2012, Ford added both a neutral tow assist and the Hill Start Assist for all of their 4x4 models.

What We Like

We love how soft the ride is on the 2012 Ford F-150. While it can take a heavy load and is definitely a work truck, you’d never know it when you’re driving around town or hitting the road with your family. It has the rid of a plush SUV, even when you’re towing a twenty-foot trailer.

What Concerns Us

Some drivers have complained that the F-150 has issues with losing power while accelerating. This is not a universal problem, but it is a concern if you need to pass another vehicle on the highway or if you need to accelerate quickly for any other reason.

Available Models

For 2012, Ford offered four basic models of the F-150 with four engine options, as well. Your model options include:

  • Regular Cab
  • SuperCab
  • SuperCrew
  • SVT Raptor

Engine options include:

  • Engine – 3.7-liter V6
  • Power – 302 HP at 6500 RPM
  • Torque – 278 lb-ft at 4000 RPM
  • Fuel economy (MPG city/highway) – 12/15 (4WD E85), 16/21 (4WD), 12/17 (2WD E85), 17/23 (2WD)
  • Engine – Twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6
  • Power – 365 HP at 5000 RPM
  • Torque – 420 lb-ft at 2500 RPM
  • Fuel economy (MPG city/highway) – 15/21 (4WD), 16/22 (2WD)
  • Engine – 5.0-liter V8
  • Power – 360 HP at 5500 RPM
  • Torque – 380 lb-ft at 4250
  • Fuel economy (MPG city/highway) – 10/14 (4WD E85), 14/19 (4WD), 11/15 (2WD E85), 15/21 (2WD)
  • Engine – 6.2-liter V8
  • Power – 411 HP at 500 RPM
  • Torque – 434 lb-ft at 4500 RPM
  • Fuel economy (MPG city/highway) – 12/16 (4WD), 13/18 (2WD)

Major Recalls

Some models sold in early November of 2011 have been recalled due to a problem with the occupant classification system module (OCSM).

Common Issues

The most common issue with the 2012 F-150 is with acceleration. Some drivers complain that it bogs down, while others claim to have issues with the engine misfiring under heavy acceleration.

Ford F-150 2012 Interior

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.


Post a question and get free advice from our certified mechanics.


More related articles

How to Find the Keyless Code on a Ford Explorer or Mercury Mountaineer
Many Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers were manufactured with an option known as the Ford keyless entry keypad. Some models refer to it as SecuriCode as well. It...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
The Traveler’s Guide to Driving in Malaysia
CraigBurrows / Malaysia is a popular destination for many tourists today. The country has amazing sights and attractions that you will want to explore....

Related questions

Q: How do I clear the previous HomeLink garage door opener settings?

If you move, or are purchasing a used car, you’ll want to clear the previous HomeLink garage door opener settings before programming your own. You can do this in a few easy steps. Locate the HomeLink garage door buttons....

Q: How do I buckle a seat belt?

Seat belts are extremely important safety features that can reduce injury or save your life in the event of an accident. You should never operate a vehicle unless all occupants have their seat belts properly fastened. To buckle a seat...

Q: How do I extend the remote start?

Unless set otherwise, your engine will run for 10 minutes after being turned on via remote start. After 10 minutes, if the car has not been operated, the engine will turn off. You can extend the remote start time at...