2013 Motor Trend Truck of the Year Contender: Ford F-150 EcoBoost SuperCrew

Before Motor Trend announces the 2013 Truck of the Year on December 6, we’re providing a preview of the contenders right here, starting with the 2013 Ford F-150 EcoBoost SuperCrew.

Ford did not rest on its laurels with the 2013 Ford F-150. It now has a new trim level — Limited — that tops the Platinum and King Ranch and starts at $50,175. It comes with a unique grille and 22-inch wheels, a red and black leather interior, and just about every option Ford offers as standard, with the EcoBoost engine and Super¬Crew cab configuration. As for the rest of the line, there are changes inside and out. Exterior styling tweaks include LED headlights and taillights, and there are new options like power telescoping tow mirrors and MyFord Touch.

2013 Ford F 150 interior 300x187 imageThat’s a lot for a truck that was already our 2012 Motor Trend Truck of the Year award-winner, but not all the changes were for the better. For example, this version of MyFord Touch is easy to use through the touch screen, and we like that there are real buttons underneath the screen. However, even though they’re a decent size, we’re concerned using them is going to prove challenging for people with bigger fingers or who are wearing gloves. But the telescoping side mirrors were a terrific addition to the F-150. They make perfect sense and have logical controls.

Read more about the F-150: 2013 Ford F-150 Pricing on WOT

During our towing run on Davis Dam, when lugging 75 percent of its 11,300-pound as-tested towing capacity – nearly 1000 pounds more than the V-8 Ram towed — the EcoBoost felt as if there wasn’t a lot of reserve power on the climb. While it is impressive that this SuperCrew F-150 is rated to tow 11,300 pounds (as equipped), and towing on flatter land is terrific, for the folks who tow where things get really severe, the 5.0-liter may serve you better.

Check back to MotorTrend.com on December 6 at 8:30 a.m. PST / 11:30 a.m. EST to discover what will become the 2013 Motor Trend Truck of the Year!

By Motor Trend Staff

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