2012 Ford F 150 Lariat 4X4 Front Three Quarters

The Ford continues to be busy at work. This time around, Testing Director Kim Reynolds went to northern California on two different occasions to move large objects back to Southern California. On the first trip, Reynolds picked up a washing machine, a task that took a bit of work (it was heavy, and he was working alone), but he got it done.

There was plenty of room in the truck’s bed, and had he known that he would also be bringing furniture down — from the same part of California, in the same vehicle — he could’ve probably done both on the same trip and saved time and fuel. However, life never quite works out that way, so up he went for Round Two, this time to get a chest of drawers. And of course, this piece of furniture was lighter, and that was when he had the help of his daughter and her friend. Back up north, and with the help of two more people (and the handy tailgate step and grab bar), the second job was much easier. Reynolds is not a hard-core truck guy, but the comforts and amenities this pickup offers certainly made two moving jobs easier for him to handle.

2012 Ford F 150 Lariat Ecoboost Rear Three Quarters

We have already put a lot of miles on this truck — hard miles, at that — in a relatively short amount of time. The tires have definitely reflected that wear, and we determined that some abnormal wear, plus the hard miles, meant this would be as good a time as any to replace the tires. The truck came with Michelins, which we had been very happy with; they provided a comfortable ride, offered excellent traction in the wet (it does occasionally rain in California), and were quiet as well. So making the decision to replace them wasn’t an easy one, but having a vehicle that is safe to drive is clearly what’s most important. And, once we decided to go with a new set of tires, we took this opportunity to try out something new. We went to a local tire shop, where we had them install a set of Toyo Open Country H/T tires, sticking with the same size as the F-150 came with from the factory: 275/65R18. The cost of each tire was $194, before tax; mounting and balancing cost an extra $100, bringing the total cost for four tires to $945.84. We’ll let you know what we think of the new tires in an upcoming update.

2012 Ford F 150 Lariat 4X4 Front End 2

2012 Ford F 150 Lariat 4X4 Front End

2012 Ford F 150 Lariat 4X4 Front Three Quarter In Motion

2012 Ford F 150 Lariat 4X4 Rear End

2012 Ford F 150 Lariat 4X4 Rear Three Quarter In Motion

2012 Ford F 150 Lariat 4X4 Rear Three Quarters

Our Cars
Service life 6 months/21,476 miles
Average fuel economy 14.2 mpg
CO2 emissions 1.37 lb/mile
Energy consumption 237 kW-hr/100 miles
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $111.58 (2 x oil change, air filter, inspection)
Normal-wear cost $945.84

By Allyson Harwood

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