Ford is expanding the number of cab options on its popular STX trim package; it will now include the four-door full-size SuperCrew with a choice of either the 3.7-liter V-6 (only 4x2) or the 5.0-liter V-8 engine (4x2 or 4x4) options for 2014. The STX package fits in between the base XL and midlevel XLT packages, but was previously only offered in regular and SuperCab models; additionally, STX will get a Sport Package option as well.
Base-model STX regular cab 4x2 models will start at less than $30,000 (all prices include destination), but the new V-6 SuperCrew (with an EPA fuel economy rating of 17/23 mpg city/highway) will start at $34,240, and the 5.0-liter V-8 SuperCrew (offering 9,500 pounds of towing capacity) will start at $38,665. Previously, no SuperCrew STX models were offered.
This announcement is part of a strategy Ford is undertaking to offer more value-driven packages with more engines, wheelbases and cab configurations than any other competitor to take advantage of surging sales of full-size pickup trucks. For the first half of this year, pickup sales are up almost 25 percent when compared to 2012, about double the auto industry as a whole.
Among other standard features, the STX SuperCrew will have power doors and mirrors, a perimeter alarm, 17-inch aluminum wheels, cruise control, 40/20/40 front cloth seats, driver's adjustable lumbar, air conditioning, AdvanceTrac and more.
The new STX Sport Package adds 20-inch wheels, 275/55 tires, black billet grille, body-color grille surround, black running boards, a center console on SuperCab and SuperCrew models, box decals and more.
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Editor's note: This post was updated Aug. 29 to include more detailed information.