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The Best F-150 Models From the Two Greatest Generations of Ford Trucks

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Ford has been manufacturing highly capable pickup trucks since it introduced the F-Series back in 1948. The model has evolved flawlessly over thirteen generations and nearly seven decades, withstanding not only the test of time, but also the changing demands of drivers in the segment. Thanks to 69 years of production, quality used Ford F-150 models are in abundance here in Colorado Springs, CO. At The Faricy Boys, we have a large selection of used F-150 pickup trucks, waiting for you to drive home.

Narrowing Down the Past 68 Years

Choosing a specific model year to buy a used Ford F-150 pickup truck from is not an easy task. Almost seventy model years are already under the truck’s belt, and weeding through each year to find your perfect truck can be tedious at best. Rather than waste an entire afternoon on countless websites reading more opinions than you can count, you can spend the next five minutes checking out what we have discovered to be the best used F-150s to purchase from past model years. The time saving in and of itself should have you convinced – so rather than stay in online research purgatory, check out what we have discovered about the best used F-150 models on the market.

12th Generation Ford F-150

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The twelfth generation of the Ford F-150 ran from 2009-2014. This particular time saw plenty of advancement in regards to in-vehicle technology, which makes these model years ripe with exceptional equipment at great price points. The 2009 F-150 was also the first year that the Super Duty style of head lamps and grilles were introduced, giving them a more modern and updated look.

Another important change took place during the twelfth generation of the F-150 that was much more practical than a redesigned front end. Starting in 2011, all Ford F-150 pickups received an upgrade in their fuel economy ratings, thanks to the introduction of the powerful twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine. Used versions of 2011 Ford F-150 trucks will obviously feature a lower sticker price than newer model years, but this advancement in fuel economy ratings makes it an economical purchase for anyone looking for continued savings at the pump.

13th Generation Ford F-150

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The thirteenth generation of the Ford F-150 started in 2015, and continues into the newest model year. This generation of the pickup wasn’t defined by changes in size or stature, but rather in weight. Losing just shy of 750 pounds from the 2014 model year, the 2015 F-150 was built on an aluminum body structure, rather than steel. The change in weight for the truck debuted for the first time at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and was the catalyst for the new design language for all Ford branded vehicles.

This generation also saw another advancement in fuel ratings, thanks to a newly introduced 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 engine. This same engine block was available in a 3.5-liter variant, which also saw increased fuel economy ratings. The 2015 F-150 reached a major milestone in automotive history, and became the first pickup truck to offer adaptive cruise control as a safety option.

The Best of the Best

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Ford F-150 pickup trucks are highly regarded in the industry, and are often referred to as the top dog in the small segment. Standing out among pickups offered by other brand names, the F-150 has a unique competitor that many don’t think of – itself.

With over sixty years of models to choose from, each F-150 on the road competes with the others. No two model years are alike, which makes the prospect of purchasing a used version incredibly enticing. Now that we have narrowed down our two favorite generations of the F-150 for buying used, we wanted to highlight a few models from those generations that we believe to be extra worthy of our attention.

  • 2012 F-150: This version of the pickup makes our list because it was updated in all the right ways from the 2011 model year. With four different engines to choose from, drivers are truly in control of the amount of power and performance they require. There are over nine different trim level options for this particular model year, which means that there are plenty of used trucks to choose from, with a great range in price. The high-end Platinum model offers an interior unlike any other pickup on the road, full of luxury appointments and lush leather seating surfaces. The MSRP of the 2012 F-150 when it first hit dealer showrooms ranged from $22,400, all the way to $49,000. Drivers who are looking to buy a used 2011 F-150 can expect to pay considerably less than the MSRP from six years ago. Oh – and the most important reason we chose this model year to highlight – the 2012 F-150 won the coveted Truck of the Year award from Motor Trend Magazine. After all, who doesn’t want to own the Truck of the Year?

 

  • 2015 F-150: Another prestigious model year for the blue oval pickup, the 2015 F-150 represented the second year in the truck’s 13th generation, and earned plenty of awards to kick start this newly opened chapter. Ford was named the Best Overall Truck Brand for 2015 by Kelley Blue Book, which also bestowed the 2015 F-150 with a KBB.com Best Buy Award. The 2015 F-150 even took home another Truck of the Year award from Motor Trend Magazine, further solidifying what may be the truck’s best year yet. The 2015 F-150 has been on the road for nearly three years now, which means there are a good number of used versions available for sale. Because it is still relatively new, buyers can expect used models of the 2015 F-150 to feature the latest technology and performance enhancements.

 

Come Check Them Out

We realize that these examples don’t even begin to scratch the long-lived surface of America’s greatest pickup truck, but they are a good place to start. Down at The Faricy Boys, we can show you some great deals on used Ford F-150 pickups from these two model years and beyond. Come and see for yourself what all the fuss is about, and take one for a test drive today.

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