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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

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