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2012 Ford F-150 Pickup Trucks

What You'll See When You Shop for a 2012 Ford F-150 Truck

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2012 F-150 FX Pickup Truck

2012 F-150 FX

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Ford continues to refine its F-150 for the 2012 model year, exploring new ways to help the pickup trucks appeal to a broader range of buyers, but without compromising the line's capabilities.

Ford F-150 Truck FX Package - 2012 Updates

The FX package has been popular for a number of years. It was initially developed to combine a blend of comfort and convenience options (along with special graphics, wheels and other exterior trim) to give customers a more personalized truck at a package price.

For 2012, the F-150 FX goes darker, with matte black body decals, flat-black 20-inch alloy wheels, black badges with red lettering, a black grille, and black-out headlights and taillights.

FX's interior is upgraded with black leather seat surfaces trimmed with red perforations and red piping. The FX truck's dash and interior are finished with a combination of black paint, brushed aluminum and satin finishes. Seats are available heated or, with the luxury FX option, heated and cooled.

F-150's Drivetrain

F-150 Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum 4WD pickup trucks are now equipped with an automatic transfer case. You can still select 4WD high or 4WD lo, but the dial has an automatic position, too. In automatic, the system operates in rear wheel drive unless it senses a loss of traction. If that happens, power is automatically transferred to the front wheels -- you don't have to reach for the dash knob at a time when you really need both hands on the wheel. The system returns to normal operation as soon as it senses that traction issues have disappeared.

The electric shift version of the model's transfer case, which is now standard on the rest of the F-150 line-up, has a dash control knob where you can select 2WD high, 4WD high or 4WD lo. The change from 2WD high to 4WD high can be made at speed (shift on the fly) by turning the dash knob.

More F-150 Drivetrain Updates

  • Hill Start has been added to all 2012 F-150 trucks. If you are stopped on an incline with your foot on the brake, the system will hold brake pressure for up to 2 seconds after your foot's removed, preventing the truck from rolling back as you switch your foot from the brake to the accelerator.

  • An electronic locking rear differential is now available on most 2WD and 4WD trucks, including the 3.5 liter EcoBoost.

  • All 4WD trucks are now equipped with Neutral Tow capability, allowing the truck to be flat towed (all four wheels on the ground), a handy option for owners of motor homes who don't want to use a trailer or tow dolly.

  • For 2012, all F-150 pickups have a 6-speed automatic transmission. The transmission is strong enough for work duties, but also provides better highway fuel economy than past configurations.

2012 F-150 Truck Engine Choices

Choose one of F-150's four engines:

  • 3.7 liter V6 rated at 302 horsepower and 278 pound feet of torque. This engine can tow up to 6,100 pounds and is rated at 17 city / 23 highway for 2WD trucks.

  • 5.0 liter V8 rated at 360 horsepower and 380 pound feet of torque. This engine can tow up to 10,000 pounds and is rated at 15 city / 21 highway for 2WD trucks.

  • 6.2 liter V8 rated at 411 horsepower and 434 pound feet of torque. This engine can tow up to 11,300 pounds and is rated at 13 city / 18 highway for 2WD trucks.

  • 3.5 liter V6 EcoBoost rated at 365 horsepower and 420 pound feet of torque. This engine can tow up to 11,300 pounds and is rated at 16 city / 22 highway for 2WD models.

Ford's 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine not only produces plenty of torque, it maintains up to 90 percent of it from 1700 rpms all the way to 5000 rpms. With most engines, the torque slowly builds to its peak and then starts falling off -- EcoBoost's torque is available through a much wider range. 4WD trucks equipped with EcoBoost are rated at 15 city / 21 highway, and although EPA ratings are only estimates, getting close to 21 mpg on the highway in a 4WD pickup is an accomplishment.

For 2012, 4WD trucks equipped with EcoBoost come standard with a 36-gallon fuel tank. Based on the 21 mpg highway rating, you could drive up to 756 miles on a tank of gas. Approaching it from another perspective, you may be able to drive more than eleven and one-half hours (at 65 miles per hour) between fill-ups. EcoBoost runs on regular unleaded fuel.

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