Because these full-size trucks offer so many engine options and configurations, shopping for a used Ford F-150 can be overwhelming. Luckily, our used buying guide is here to help.
Thirteenth Generation: 2015-Current Model Year
Why choose the thirteenth generation used Ford F-150? The current generation of F-150s was the first to feature aluminum body panels, making these trucks lighter, easier to maneuver, and more capable than ever before. Inside, these Ford trucks will impress you with their combination of modern tech features (including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration) and cushy comfort (optional leather upholstery, heated seats). And, with five engines on offer, it’s easy to find a used F-150 that suits your towing and hauling needs.
How have these used F-150 trucks changed over the years? During this generation, the F-150 got better and better every year. That means you’ll find different features available according to model year.
For example, the 2020 F-150 was the first to include a standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot on every trim model. The 2020 truck also groups high-tech safety aids into packages, with some standard on the Lariat and up and some standard for the top-trim Limited only.
If you’re looking for a diesel-powered used truck, start with the 2019 model year. The 2019 F-150 introduced the 3.0-liter diesel V6 engine, helping this full-size truck earn up to 24 mpg combined. A high-output version of the top-of-the-line turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine became standard for the high-end Limited and off-road-ready Raptor models. The 2019 model was also the first to make forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking standard on every trim level.
Twelfth Generation: 2009-2014
Why choose the twelfth-generation used Ford F-150? If you’re familiar with the current form of F-150 trucks, these used models will look awfully familiar. They might be older, but they’ve got many of the same powertrains and modern features as the current truck. In general, these models will feature lower price tags, making them a great deal overall.
How have these used F-150 trucks changed over the years? The 2009 and 2010 weren’t as powerful as the F-150s that came later in this generation. Early powertrains included the base, 248-horsepower 4.6-liter V8. A higher-output version of this engine made 292 horses. Then there's the bigger, 5.4-liter V8 engine that helps you move more weight with 310 horses.
From 2011 on, used F-150 shoppers will enjoy greater power and performance. Three available engines—a 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8, and the top-of-the-line turbocharged 3.5-liter V6—do a much better job of balancing power with fuel economy. These engine options are generally more capable, too. To tow and haul the most weight, choose a 2011 F-150 or newer.
At Cogswell Ford, we’re truck experts. We’ll help you find the used Ford F-150 that makes sense for your daily drive. If you’re in the North Charleston area, swing by or give us a call!