Luxury Doesn't Dilute Power of 2019 Ford F-150 Limited

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By Chad Kirchner

To appeal to high-end buyers who desire a full luxury-car experience, truckmakers are spending time and resources on high-end variants to appeal to them. GMC has its Sierra 1500 Denali, Ram has its 1500 Limited and Ford has the new F-150 Limited.

Related: Ford Puts Raptor Engine in 2019 F-150 Limited

Despite attempting to attract the same type of customer, each manufacturer has a different approach to reaching torque-loving buyers. The GMC Sierra 1500 Denali is powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 that shares many components with the Chevrolet Corvette's powerful V-8; the Denali V-8 makes 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

Ram takes its 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 and attaches a 48-volt mild-hybrid system to the setup, making 395 hp and 410 pounds-feet of torque; it's boosted by 130 pounds-feet in some scenarios.

For Ford, differentiating its top-end model involves taking the powertrain from its halo-performance truck, the F-150 Raptor, and slotting it into a top-tier mainstream F-150. Power and torque remain unchanged in the transplant, giving the 2019 F-150 Limited a best-in-class 450 hp and 510 pounds-feet of torque.

To accommodate the Raptor engine's extra grunt, the F-150 Limited also receives a less restrictive exhaust with a dual-pipe setup that's also straight from the Raptor. The relatively new 10-speed automatic is standard, though you lose the paddle shifters from the Raptor if you go Limited.

How It Drives

The results, as you might expect, are intoxicating. Though our drive time was restricted to a single afternoon and torrential rain didn't help traffic, on the highway the F-150 Limited builds speed unlike any truck — outside of the Raptor — we've ever driven. Push the pedal to hit 50 mph and you're in go-to-jail territory in seconds. The truck seems to accelerate even quicker at speed when you hit the meat of the power and torque curve at around 70 mph.

Yes, of course, there's an appeal to a V-8-powered pickup, especially when considering outside sound. The twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost in the F-150 Limited doesn't sound like a V-8 when you hear it pass by. There's sound augmentation in the cabin to make it sound good, but it's not the same. In fact, for some, it may be downright dishonest.

Another criticism worth noting, when speaking of the competitive set, is that when unladen, the Ford F-150 Limited cannot match the ride quality of the Ram 1500 Limited's air suspension. Poor road surfaces around the test-drive location demonstrated that; while the F-150 is a fancy truck, it's still all truck. Of course, we know that the air-suspension Rams trade payload capacity for ride quality, while Ford's strategy is biased toward those who want or need to use their pickups like trucks, even when dressed for the opera.

All that being said, if you're looking for a hot-rod pickup truck, the F-150 Limited's power is what you want.

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Inside the Limited

The interior of the new 2019 Ford F-150 Limited also receives a slew of updates. Trim pieces are made of real wood and real aluminum. The dash is wrapped in leather, and nearly all surfaces have soft-touch material. The Camel Back leather interior is the nicest interior we've ever experienced in a Ford vehicle.

Other nice touches include a suede headliner, heated and ventilated massaging seats, and a panoramic moonroof. The rear outboard seats are heated but aren't cooled and don't recline like in the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims.

It's hard to argue that Ram interiors are not the best in the business; the new ones are quite impressive. While Ford interiors are good, they aren't necessarily best in class anymore; although we will say the Limited's upgrades put the truck within striking distance of Ram's best interior. The Ford F-150 Limited definitely feels like a $70,000 pickup truck.

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Like with the previous Limited model, the new version comes with nearly all the features standard. The Limited SuperCrew we drove had a base MSRP of $70,560. Options on the truck included the towing package ($995), tailgate step ($375) and a hard tonneau cover ($995). Add the $1,495 destination free and the truck we drove rang up at $74,420.

While it's hard to argue that that's not a lot of money, the power update, nicer interior and Ford-exclusive features make the truck feel like it's worth the price. And compared to the other luxury trucks, the pricing is in the ballpark with a lot more grunt. More importantly, the F-150 Limited has character. It's not an off-road machine like the Raptor, but the transition to a suit and tie didn't dilute the character of that powertrain. You'll want to mash the accelerator to the floor every time you drive.

That's fine by us. photos by Chad Kirchner


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@ tntOnline You want to see a dumb@ss just look in a mirror.

Posted by: Just the truth | Nov 21, 2018 4:18:22 PM

Please, don't stoop to his childish level of by passing the swear filter. Let him and the other 3 high school kids who visit this site be the only ones who do that.

The 5L was a 2wd, unfair comparison

Posted by: water | Nov 21, 2018 9:43:31 AM

Yeah. But comparing a 6.2 to a 5.0 is apples to apples when you're a Chevy queen. LOL.

@ at low I.Q

Show me where your buddy has proven me wrong. Go check the facts I posted, then you too will see what an @$$ u look like

I proved him wrong. Wow, u lack major education, but of course I wouldn't expect anything less with that hodge podge of a username

@ tntOnline The only thing you have proved is you lie make fun of your family and defend Michael Jackson.

FAIL: Ford has been marketing this thing as the most luxurious pick-up only to discover the RAM has actually claimed that title. HAHAHA!
Posted by: GMSRGREAT
Way too funny coming from the person who used to tout Denali as the be all end all. The Denali is now a distant 3rd place in this segment. HAHAHA!!!

Some one asked me not go around the potty filter. They are absolutely correct.
I would like to apologize to all for that indiscretion.
Thank you for the tolerance.

Please reread the 2 articles. It shows your lack of intelligence and proves you WRONG and that u lie all the time

Keep twisting words bc u do that well. Full of $h!t

Btw...prove me wrong then? Go ahead I'll wait

@ tntonline It is Thanksgiving. Can you not act like an adult on a Holiday.

WOW, look at TNT! Not enough cox in your mouth lately?

Please reread the 2 articles. It shows your lack of intelligence and proves you WRONG and that u lie all the time

Keep twisting words bc u do that well. Full of $h!t

Btw...prove me wrong then? Go ahead I'll wait

Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 22, 2018 12:22:31 AM

You have been proven wrong multiple times. I'm not sure what you're getting confused on. Ask your mommy if you can take a nap. You seem cranky.

5 years ago Ford changed the rules with it's aluminum trucks. Now Ram has caught them and surpassed them interior wise. GM has maybe caught them in interior. The F-150 still has the most options/configurations, offers it's base 3.5 EB on all trim levels and now offers it's H.O. 3.5 EB on it's 2 premium trucks that are the highest performing in the industry. A little interior upgrade and it win's from top to bottom again. Easy to see why they are number 1 in sales every year. GM meanwhile finally addresses their boring exterior at the expense of their interior. They offer a flop of a 4cyl and make the AFM even more complex than the old design which still has some bugs. Ram went conservative on the exterior but changed the game on ride and now interiors. It's easy to see their strategy is working. The Hemi is "slow" by today's standards, but it hasn't hindered it's success. Have fun at #3 Chevy. You've earned it.

They must have broken out the wine early at Old GM Guy's house.

Is it just me, or did the cooling system in the F150 Limited spring a leak? Take a look at the reservoir in the last photo.

Its just you. The only thing that has sprung a leak is the prospect of the "New" GM full size overtaking Ford F Series.
Sincere Happy Thanksgiving to all. We may in our community see things differently. Wishing everyone well is something we can all agree on.

It look fragile,,good for pavement

It look fragile,,good for pavement

Have fun at #3 Chevy. You've earned it.

Posted by: Old GM Guy | Nov 22, 2018 1:17:56 PM

Chevy is #2 in truck sales. Your confusion is evidence of dementia , a common condition of individuals who are experiencing accelerated aging.

The dash still looks cheap. Why not include a different and more luxurious dash design in the top level truck? It should not be so difficult


Different dash design just for the sake of how it looks? Dealers already have to offer a blinding number of configurations to Ford GM or RAM truck customers. I doubt that dealers would care for a whole separate list of details relating something as complex as the dash. Back before air bags and other safety-nanny stuff, dashboards were still a complex affair because there are so many functional options, controls (and touch screens?) and all that stuff.

chevy is #2 in truck sales. Your confusion is evidence of dementia , a common condition of individuals who are experiencing accelerated aging.
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Nov 22, 2018 8:24:33 PM

@GMSUCKS; she finally admit's shaky cheby/GMC twins are No.2...hahahahaha!


Your assignment---should you choose to accept it---Find the last year that Ford sold more pickup trucks than GM.

If you or any member of your team is unable to find proof of Ford's dominance in this regard, you'll need to wear women's clothing to the truck-stop diner every night for the next 7 days.

Unless you already wear women's clothing in which case you're off the hook. In more ways than one.



Do you need a full length mirror to try on your new dress sir?

The big news in who sells the most "trucks" is the trend for the last several years. In 2015 GM full-size sells were greater than Ford. GM full-size truck sales as compared to Ford have gone down 5% per year since 2015. This has progressed to the point that in the third quarter of 2018 GM total (full & mid) truck sales were just over 200 units more than Ford. If this trend was to continue in 2019 Ford F-seires sales would be greater than all of GM. Ford will add Ranger sales in 2019.

Right. 2017 Ford sold the most pickup trucks. Ford is a global co.

Ford will add Ranger sales in 2019.
Posted by: just the truth | Nov 24, 2018

So, you believe that NEW Ford truck buyers will pop up out of nowhere like mushrooms on a damp summer morning.

Point of fact. Ford buyers who might have been otherwise disposed to buy an F150 will buy a Ranger. Brand loyal GM buyers will not buy many Rangers, ditto for RAM buyers.

So, who sells the most pickups in 2019? We will see.

When is the last time Ford sold more pickup trucks than GM?

2017-2018. Globally.

Hahaha. Papa, Never ask a question that you first don't know the answer.

The fail is Chevy truck falling to third place behind Ram.

The Colorado will be the truck most traded in on a Ranger. The Colorado has not had domestic competition. Can the Colorado with stand domestic competition?
Why has the Colorado not hurt Tacoma sales?

There are some guys on this site that overload their hummingbird tail with their alligator mouth. Global???

Last time I checked GM has outsold Ford in pickups (North America) for at least the last four years.

Then JTT goes off with "...Why has the Colorado not hurt Tacoma sales?"

GM fans buy Colorados and Canyons.

Toyota fans buy Tacomas. Ford fans cry and whine online because they have not had a compact truck in North America ever since Ford dumped the last Ranger.

75k for a crazy!

LOL Chevy and GMC just lost all 1/2 ton power bragging rights and 0-60 contests, to Ford by the same stunt they had used to keep them.

Poetic justice.

Maybe they will build a modern engine over 2.7 liters now.

We made sure this truck burned as well as any one of our previous trucks!

Anyone smell gas?

"Maybe they will build a modern engine over 2.7 liters now..."
Posted by: Clit | Nov 26, 2018 9:52:35 AM

That's right you tell them Clit!

"GM is monitoring complaints and warranty claims about the brakes and is working with NHTSA to evaluate them, spokesman Tom Wilkinson said Friday.".........

In other words, these things are safer than our old ignition switches and the takata inflators that we keep appealing to avoid recalling.

Chevy's new slogan....

"Fords are faster, Rams are better. That's today's Chevy truck!!"

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