2019 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew 4×4 in Velocity Blue

Ford has a full-size truck for every purpose.  Trucks that can be configured for any need or want – starting at just $28,155 for the basic XL regular cab model.  A discriminating buyer can option up – through seven models – all the way to the luxury F-150 Limited SuperCrew 4×4 with an MSRP of $67,135 – if they so choose.

Our experience is that most buyers are looking for a full-size truck that gives them good capability with flexibility between work and play – at a reasonable price. 

Our choice is the F-150 XLT SuperCrew 4×4 equipped with the optional 2.7L EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic transmission.   So-equipped, the 2019 XLT SuperCrew 4×4 prices at $42,915 MSRP – before delivery of $1,595. 

Recently we had the opportunity to confirm our recommendation when Ford sent us a 2019 F-150 XLT SuperCrew 4×4 with the EcoBoost to test in and around Austin Texas.

As Tested

Our test 2019 F-150 XLT SuperCrew came in Ford’s vibrant Velocity Blue equipped with a ‘couple’ of their more popular packages and options added.   

The addition of the XLT Chrome Appearance, XLT Power Group and FX4 Off-Road options brought the delivered price to $57,345.

A bit pricey, you say?  But we found, for the truck we tested with those options, it was right reasonable in our estimation.

 

 

Powertrain

As noted, the power plant for the XLT is the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 producing 325 horsepower with 400 lb.-ft. of torque. Equipped with a 3.55 electronic locking rear axle, this XLT is tow rated at 7,600 pounds.

Equipped with Auto Start/Stop, it is mated to a F-150 tuned 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with Tow/Haul, Snow/Wet, EcoSelect and Sport modes.  

The Shift-on-Fly 4×4 has three settings – 2H, 4H and 4L.

The fuel economy rating is 19/24 mpg city/highway and 21 mpg combined.  Equipped with a 26-gallon fuel tank, the XLT 4×4 highway range is over 500 miles.

Exterior

The Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew 4×4 is good looking both coming and going especially in the Velocity Blue.

Up front the XLT grille features Chrome two-bar styling and Chrome nostrils with Black surround and Black mesh.  The front fascia is body color with a Chrome bumpers. Headlamps and Fog Lamps are Halogen. Daytime Driving Lamps are LED.

Black Skull Cap manual folding side mirrors with integrated turn signals and LED Side Mirror Spotlights grace the doors. 

A Chrome side step is fitted below the doors of the cab and the rear bumper is also Chrome.

The cargo bed has a Spray-in ‘ToughBed’ bedliner. 

The tailgate features a power lock and is removable.

Interior

The interior of the F-150 XLT SuperCrew features selected materials suitable for work and play. 

Our test truck came with their classic Medium Gray interior with cloth bucket-style seating and a matching flow through console with lots of storage.  Rear seating was 60/40 foldup bench. With its flat floor and fold up feature – the floor deck provides excellent additional cargo or other capacity.

Of note were the large Twin Panel Power Moonroof, Ambient Interior Lighting, Tray Style Floor Liners and a Power Sliding Rear Window with defroster.

Convenience features include single zone manual climate control, tilt and telescoping steering wheel and grab handles at all four doors to assist in access and egress.

 

 

Working or Playing

Underneath, the XLT SuperCrew features a fully boxed High Strength Steel frame with front coil and rear leaf two-stage suspension, heavy-duty gas pressurized shocks, electric power-assisted rack and pinion steering and four-wheel power disc brakes.  

Our SuperCrew was equipped with 18-inch machined wheels (17-inch is standard) mounted with 275/65R18 All-season tires.

The haul capacity rating for the  F-150 XLT 4×4 is over 1,690 pounds with tow up to 7,600 pounds – enough capacity for both work and play for most buyers. 

To haul that payload, our XLT is equipped with a 5.5-foot bed with ToughBed Spray-in Bedliner, Cargo Bed Lamp, Remote Tailgate Release, Tailgate Step with Tailgate Lift Assist, LED Box Lighting and BoxLink Cargo System with tiedowns.

The F-150 XLT 4×4 is equally able to haul a trailer of work tools or fun toys any time night or day. 

Key features included the Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist system (sort of does it for you), the 3.55 locking rear axle, Transmission Tow Haul Mode, and factory installed tow package that includes a LED Trailer Hitch light in the tailgate handle for hooking at night.

Towing in the F-150 XLT is made even easier with the Driver Information Center checklist for setting up the trailer and connections correctly. 

The Smart Trailer Tow Connection then monitors the trailer connection, brakes and lights while on the road.   

 

 

Other standard or available equipment for towing include the transmission Tow Haul Mode, Trailer Brake Controller, Blind Side Monitoring with Trailer Tow Coverage, Trailer Sway Control, camera-based Dynamic Hitch Assist, and LED Side-Mirror spotlights.

XLT FX4 Off-Road Package

The FX4 Off-Road package gives the XLT some extra play capability.  Features include skid plates, 9.4-inches of ground clearance, Front tow hooks and Approach, Departure and Breakover angles of 25.5, 26.0 and 21.0 degrees respectively.

Technology and Infotainment

Technology and infotainment features include Intelligent Access with Remote Start, Push-Button Start, Smart Charging USB Ports, 12V power point and 110V/400W power outlets front and rear.  

The center stack is topped with a bright 8-inch color capacitive touch screen with split view display and Voice Activated Navigation.  The instrument cluster includes a 2.3-inch driver information screen.  

Audio and connectivity are provided by Ford’s new SYNC3 system featuring Applink enabling Apply CarPlay and Android Auto capability, Single CD, HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with Traffic and Travel.

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Our XLT was also equipped with FordPass Connect and 4GWI-FI Hotspot that can connect up to 10 devices up to 50-feet from the vehicle.

Safety Features

All Ford F-150 pickups feature AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control) and Curve Control, SOS Post-Crash Alert System and Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. They also have driver and passenger dual-stage front air bags and Ford’s Safety Canopy system with side-curtain airbags and rollover sensor. Our F-150 also included front mounted side impact airbags, Tire Pressure Monitoring and SOS Post Crash Alert System.

Active Driver Assist features include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane-Keeping System, Lane Departure Warning, BLIS (Blind Spot Monitoring System) with Cross Traffic Alert, Active Park Assist, Reverse Sensing and Trailer Tow Monitoring.

 

 

F-150 Lineup

Ford F-150 pickup trucks for 2019 are available in seven trim levels, three cabin types, three cargo box lengths, six engine choices, two transmissions and 4×2 or 4×4 configurations.  A truck buyer can find – or build – just about any truck they want, featured for what they need for work, play or both.

Take a look at the entire Ford F-150 truck lineup on line here:  https://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/.

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Download a complete brochure of the 2019 F-150 by clicking here:  https://www.ford.com/services/assets/Brochure?bodystyle=Truck&make=Ford&model=F-150&year=2019

JUST-IN  * Ford Performance Off-Road Leveling Kits coming for Ranger and F-150 this Fall

Ford has just announced off-road capability kit availability for F-150 4×4 trucks – including trucks back to 2015. 

These kits are dealer installed with extra lift, handling and leveling components that will give a F-150 more capability off-road.  Talk to your dealer for more information and getting the kit installed on your truck.

KEY DATA (vehicle tested)

  • Model:                                        F-150
  • Trim:                                           XLT Supercrew
  • Class:                                         Pickup Truck
  • Segment:                                   Full-Size
  • Seating:                                      Five
  • MSRP:                                        $42,915              
  • As Tested:                                  $57,345              
  • Engine:                                       2.7L V6 EcoBoost
  • Horsepower:                              325       
  • Torque:                                      400 lb.-ft.
  • Transmission:                            10-Speed SelectShift Automatic
  • Drive System:                           4×4 Electronic Shift-on-Fly
  • Tow Capacity                            7,600 pounds
  • Fuel Economy                           19/24 mpg City/Highway – 21 mpg Combined