Ford F-150 Best Light-Duty Pickup: PickupTrucks.com, Popular Mechanics

2013 Ford F-150 (STX model shown) was named the top light duty pickup truck by the editors of PickupTrucks.com and Popular Mechanics Magazine during a recent head-to-head comparison of top pickups on the market. Images courtesy of PickupTrucks.com.

2013 Ford F-150 (STX model shown) was named the top light duty pickup truck by the editors of PickupTrucks.com and Popular Mechanics Magazine during a recent head-to-head comparison of top pickups on the market.                                                           Image courtesy of PickupTrucks.com.

  • The 2013 Ford F-150 beat 5 competitors in head-to-head tests

  • F-150 recognized for its leading capability and performance

BY GERRY MILES
It should be no surprise to industry watchers and auto aficionados anywhere that the Ford F-150 is as iconic a vehicle as can be found. It’s also quite durable, dependable and versatile.
Underscoring those points, the 2013 F-150 beat 5 competitors, including some 2014 models, in a comparo contest set up by the editors of pickuptrucks.com and Pop Mechanics.
“In our performance-oriented competitive events, the Ford half-ton was dominating,” says Mark Williams, editor of PickupTrucks.com. “It finished in either first or second place in 11 of 13 events. If this were the Olympics, there would be a new Ford F-150 on a cereal box.”
Ford’s F-150 beat the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2014 GMC Sierra 1500, 2013 Nissan Titan, 2013 Ram 1500 and 2013 Toyota Tundra.
Trucks were put through rigorous performance tests including 0-60 mph acceleration (loaded and unloaded), braking, overall handling, towing and fuel economy.
“The results of this test show why F-Series has been the best-selling pickup truck in America for more than 30 years,” says Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “We know our light-duty customers are looking for a pickup truck that delivers the leading combination of towing, payload, horsepower, torque and fuel economy, and this shootout proves F-150 continues to lead the pack.”
F-150 is part of the Ford F-Series lineup. Now in its 65th year, F-Series has been the best-selling truck in America for 36 consecutive years, the best-selling vehicle in America for 31 consecutive years, and the brand with the most trucks on the road with more than 250,000 miles, as certified by Polk.
The 2013 Ford F-150 features up to 11,300 pounds of towing capability and best-in-class 3,120 pounds of payload. F-150 is available with four powertrains including a 6.2-liter V8, a 5.0-liter V8, a 3.7-liter V6 and the segment-exclusive 3.5-liter EcoBoost®.
The pickuptruck.com stories of the challenge can be found here on their website.
F-150 is built at Dearborn Truck Plant and Kansas City Assembly Plant.
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