2013 Ford F-150: More Style and Features

2013 F-150 XLT & Lariat

In celebration of it's 65-year relationship with the Future Farmers of America, which also happens to be the same number of years the F-Series name has been in existence (Download Ford F-150 FFA timeline), Ford introduced it's strongly freshened 2013 F-150 to the media in Bruceville, Texas. 

“Farm families have always represented an important F-Series truck constituency,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck group marketing manager and FFA sponsor board member. “For these multitasking customers, a Ford pickup means family transportation, economic livelihood, rugged capability and reliability. Like FFA, Ford pickups are an enduring agricultural tradition, and we are delighted to join forces with them to reveal the new F-150 models.”

Although there are no earth-shattering changes, there are quite a few significant improvements to the half-ton truck, some of which we've recently seen in the 2013 Super Duty lineup.

First, Ford will carryover new MyFord Touch infotainment system on higher trim packages (Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and the new Limited), while other models will get a new 4.2-inch LCD center-stack screen that will give more readable radio and HVAC display information. In addition, like the Super Duty, the F-150 will get a more driver-configurable LCD screen between the revised gauges. The higher MyFord Touch trim packages, when equipped, will get the larger 8-inch LCD screen for Navigation and SYNC built into the newly designed center stack. 

Second, the most obvious visual news for the 2013 F-150 is that newly redesigned frontend, that incorporates a three-bar setup and HID headlights on Lariat and above trim levels, while the more work-oriented XLT models and below get a new two-bar "vice grip" grille, very similar to the Super Duty.  

Tow ratings for the 2013 F-150s remain identical with 2012 models, with the exception of a few new 2013 models. The new Limited F-150 package will be offered with the 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost only. GCWR and maximum payload numbers are down considerably from the non-Limited versions due in large part to the fact the heavy-duty tow package will not be compatible with the Limited's unique suspension--GCWR numbers will not be higher than 13,400 pounds, with a maximum trailer capability not higher than 7,500 pounds. We should note that the new F-150's maximum gross combined rating (17,100 pounds) and maximum trailer weight (11,300 pounds) are still available with either the EcoBoost or big V-8 engine options. 

Also worth noting are the new towing mirrors that will allow F-150 owners to opt for the electrically extendable and foldable rearview devices.  We'll have more on the new 2013 F-150 as soon as we can get one in our hands. For full technical specifications, click here. More to come. 

2013 Ford F-150 Lariat

2013 F-150 Lariat front

2013 F-150 Lariat grille

2013 F-150 Lariat interior


2013 Ford F-150 XLT

2013 F-150 XLT front

2013 F-150 XLT grille

2013 F-150 XLT interior


The best gets better

I wish they'd get rid of that oversized rectangle grill, needs a little bit of shaping.

Why didn't Ford upgrade ALL the headlights?
Their H13 dual beams are the worst of any pickup trucks.

Upgrade the bottom, not the top.

Ford just kills Chevy anymore. Sad but true. Looks, build quality, style, luxury.. What happened to Chevrolet? This stuff is depressing. More power to Ford I guess.

Not impressed. The 2013 Ram's improvements dwarf this.

Great set of improvements here...love the new tow mirrors.


That Lariat is HOT!

@Scott The tow mirrors are the same ones the Super Duty had since 2008.

But they are new to F-150 and a segment first on half tons.

The Silverado has nothing on this.

Where is the updated FX4? Is that not getting any updates from last year? Same with the Raptor. Is it also going unchanged for 2013?

I thought Ford would get a Major upgrade. But I guess there is no need, especially with them selling 50k plus last month. Oh, and Ram I guess in running Diesel test mules as I speak. VM Diesel. Not Cummins.

A major update is not needed at this time because there were consistent and never-ending updates from 2009 to 2012. Ford updates as they go along.

I thought Ford was going away from that ridiculous grill design. Not much of an update, not even close to what Dodge is doing to the 2013 Ram 1500. The 2013 F-150 will not be competitive with the 2014 Silverado/Sierra, wait and see.

It's 2004 !!

@Big Bob, I believe the Ford will be all-new in 2015. So there will be one year when GM has a more modern pickup. It is not the case right now, and won't be the case after 2015. I do hope the new Chevy is awesome, I am just sick of fanboyish comments.

@ Scott,

Segment first? Really? Dodge has them as an option, Chevy has had them as a option, Titan had them as a option, I know for d did too because I saw some Platinum owners crying about them being too big and wanting to trade down (shows what they use their truck for or lack there of)... Or are you talking about the power fold feature/extend feature? If so then I am not sure if it is or isn't a segment first but ah well.

They just need a new body, its been largly unchanged since 04.

Tyler, Yes. Other half-tons have tow mirrors, but they do not power fold nor do they power extend.

The 2011 ecoboost used in the Mike Rowe comercials pulling loges and the race cars, and davis dam had those mirrors. And it wwas an XLT. Pretty sure they where an option in 09 if not sooner.

I am going to quote Frank on this one. "YAWN!!!!!"

Those were regular manual fold tow mirrors you saw in those commericals. Now, F-150 has the power fold/extend tow mirrors like the Super Duty. This is a big deal and a segment first.

Direct from Ford's press release:
Segment-exclusive power-telescoping and power-folding trailer-tow sideview mirrors add flexibility and convenience when operating in tight quarters, while enabling class-leading visibility.

Ford managed to make the XLT even uglier. Congrats is in order!!!

hahahahaha...more stale outdated product from our "friends" at Ford.

Scott is correct. F-150 never had nor did any other half ton have power fold tow mirrors! They are actually called Power Scope Trailer Tow Mirrors by Ford. These are a segment exclusive on half ton pickups. Giddy up!

Look for Chevy to add them for 2014 or maybe not given their track record of not giving customers what they want and just giving them what they think they want.

"Not much of an update, not even close to what Dodge is doing to the 2013 Ram 1500."

Duh. That's because Ford doesn't wait for updates. Ram's 2013 was not much of an update compared to Ford's 2009-2013 updates. Ford updates as they go along. Chevy will probably be pretty awesome but they waited too long to do updates. I bet GM does not make that mistake again.

So are Ford's tow ratings now J2807 compliant for 2013?

Either way, it's nice to see some significant changes, considering they've got a new model coming next year. They could have done what they did with the Expedition and made it a direct carry over. Which is really annoying, since I was hoping to see some new engines in the Expedition.

wonder how much the price is going to go up

the price is probably going to go up at least $50 or so to cover the cost of the extra plastic in that hideous grille. not quite as hideous as a super duty, but getting pretty close if you ask me. GUTS, GLORY, RAM!!!

Ford needs to hire someone new to design their grills. I like the FX4 colour matched bezel and the Raptor grill. The rest aren't very asthetic. I've never been a fan of the C-clamp grill on the HD and now it is on the F150. Ford must be throwing s bone to the aftermarket industry for replacement grills.
I was in a Chevy yesterday that had power folding mirrors. They weren't trailer mirrors and the switchs were a bit much. I wasn't too inpressed. The system is cleaner and simpler in the Ford and Rams I looked at.

I thought oxi was the biggest troll But Frank, Dave and Lou are the biggest Ford trolls! Don't say anything negative about their precious Fords or they will come after you. Now I remember why I stopped visiting this site.

ford is like a older man go get a face lift,new face same old body..

Seems like a few useless changes for a farmer pickup: of course the obligatory new grill, larger navigation screen for future congestion in the farmland, infotainment for wirelessly challenged farmlands, less tow and hauling capability. Sounds like another winner.

What is with Ford using the Fron Yard Gate as Grilles?

The Ford guys are half right and half wrong one 1/2 ton has had power-folding tow mirrors. According to Toyota's website http://www.toyota.com/tundra/features.html "Heated power outside tow mirrors with turn signal indicators and power-folding and manual-extend features." The Toyota tow mirrors appear to be power-folding but only manual extendable so Ford's are an even bigger improvement. http://www.tundrasolutions.com/forums/tundra/195524-2010-pwr-folding-tow-mirrors-installed/

look at the cheap plastic and fake plastic wood looks like 2004 still

@ johnny doe

Amen brother. The Ford fanbois think it is ok for Ford to drag out a body style for decades, but heaven forbid GM to keep a body style around for 6 years.

Dont know who is designing Ford grilles in trucks..they need to be replaced!

Dont like the F250 -350 grille at all..now this!


People don't have a problem with the Silverado because it is old, but because it is ugly.

I am surprised that there isn't an MPG improvment from the front end design. Wasn't that what they were after in order to keep on top of Ram? Odd.

I agree with the post that Ford needs to upgrade the headlights for all models. Is this an option for all of the trim levels? (obviously not the HID part but are the projectors optional?) I find that i am always wishing I could have more light at night. Anymore to get foglights on a vehicle you have to be near the top trim level since there aren't stand alone options anymore (Toyota!).

I also love it when GM fans claim Ford trucks are decades old when it suits them for articles on new trucks/changes because they don't want their own trucks to look old, but when sales/Ford is best selling articles comes up they do a 180 and claim Fords are the newest trucks.

@big philip- Chevy looks fine.

@FRANK, DAVE AND LOU ARE TROLLS - Coward. Why don't you post under your real name?
Typical troll - you didn't read my post that predates your BS by 4 minutes and 44 seconds.


Hi Bob, you mad brah!

I like that Ford makes some noticeable improvements and changes to their trucks over time. With an F150, I can at least tell a 2005, from a 2010, from a 2011, from this 2013.

Whereas, in most trims you can't tell a 6 year old Silverado from a brand new one unless you look at the sticker on the door.

They call this big news. How BORING! Just another Ford that will not outlast any GM product. Pretty trucks do not make it a real truck. These Fords are for women and sissy guys that do not work their trucks. Automatic shifter on the floor instead of the column. Get real! Ford trucks are real losers and their owners are too.

@bill, Let me break it down for you.

Ford had a poor looking truck in 03, then in 04 they changed it and had a tough looking truck with huge improvements in the interior, then in 09 they had the toughest looking truck of all with an even better interior.

Chevy had a decent truck for the time prior to 07, then in 07 they arguably made the styling worse, the interior was supposed to be the best but was later exposed as being cheap and poorly made, they wanted to make more changes like Ford in 09 but the bankruptcy prevented them from spending any money on trucks.

Hence the difference. It is not just the amount of changes or time between changees, but the quality of the change.

People don't have a problem with the Silverado because it is old, but because it is ugly.

@Jason, THIS! If the Chevy Silverado looked like the F-150, they wouldn't Have to update it right now. What a freaking Ugly truck! The 1500 and 2500 both blow. Last good looking Chevy truck ever built was the GMT-400's. After that, forget about it. Ugliest trucks on the road with the poorest build quality to boot.


You can get column or console shift in an F150, depends what kind of seats you order (though some higher trims force you to get the console shift).

Personally, I'm not a fan of the small bucket seats/big center consoles on vehicles today, but if you do order the truck that way, having the shifter mounted there is VERY nice. Especially since Ford puts the tap shift buttons there so you can effectively shift it like a manual without having to constantly reach up to the column.

Column shift is available on XL, STX, XLT and Lariat which is better than anything in a GM product. GM is adding a floor shifter to their new trucks. This shows how ill-informed or what a troll Greg is.

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