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2009 Ford F150, King of Towing, You may not need a F250!

 

Update: I don't turn down a chance to tow more with the 09 F150. With the GPS option, the rearview mirror is incredible. The different color lines will get you within a foot of what you are backing to. Downtown Denver is a hard place to parallel park. But the 09 F150 SuperCrew made it easy even with folks park within six inches of your bumpers. I always thought of the back up camera as a trailer tool, but now I use it in every parking lot I visit. The new F150 is a realistic option to a 3/4 ton truck if you trailer is 11,000 lb GVWR and under. 

 

Stop and look at the picture for a minute. Ford King Ranch, gorgeous brown paint, thick full grain leather seats, big towing mirrors, 6-speed automatic, bold chrome grill, 20 inch wheels, just makes you drool ! At least if you're into towing trailers. Tops the 1/2 ton class at 11,300 lbs trailer capacity for all three cab configurations, not just a single cab. That makes it easy to match your trailer.  Growing segment of folks downsizing and still towing, Ford is leading the pack for 1/2 ton trailer capacity and payload. SuperCrew has the only 1/2 ton truck with a 6.5" bed option. This helps with gooseneck and 5th wheel trailers.  (Engine specs incase you missed the first review and more at bottom.) No V-6 or manual transmissions for 2009.


The new 6-speed auto and what it can do, makes this truck the exceptional towing machine. This is the most significant tow vehicle in the 1/2 ton class, with integrated trailer brake controller, automatic trailer braking for sway control, torque converter lockup for towing, brake grade shifting, beefed up tranny, frame, and cab, this is not a girly truck. We all worry about fuel mileage, truck payments, insurance and how long past the factory warranty will my truck last. But when you look closely at a new Ford F150, at the massive frame, size of the SuperCrew, what it will tow and all the electronic gadgets like trailer sway control, it's actually a real value.

 

Trailer sway control, works in conjunction with AdvanceTrac (electronic stability control) with Roll Stability Control, can determine from the yaw and roll axes using two gyro's and accelerometer signals motion of the truck if the trailer is swaying and apply just the trailer brakes or reduced engine torque to bring both vehicle and trailer under control. It takes 3 sway movements of the trailer for the RSC to counter act trailer sway with independent trailer braking. AdvanceTrac with RSC system for each F150 is custom calibrated during production. Stored in the truck Powertrain Control Module, read and calibrated from 40 variants and flashed into trailer brake controler ECU electronic control unit and matched to trucks VIN number.

 

The 2009 F150 6R80 auto tranny does have Tow/Haul mode. The new 6-speed auto has beefier twin clutch packs and heavy duty cycles, bigger pump and output shaft. Tow haul changes shift points under acceleration, keeping the truck at higher rpm further up the power range. It also prevents the transmission from up shifting when the truck tops a hill. Ford changed lock-up speed on the torque convertor based on the gear, pedal position and driving conditions, locks the torque converter earlier and longer allowing TC lockup in gears 3 thru 6. (This also helps gas mileage towing a trailer.) Then brake grade shits (like Super Duty) coming down the fast side of the mountain using the transmission instead of wearing your brakes. Taping on the brake downhill gives you engine braking from 6th gear all the way to 2nd. A way to know if you need to engage the tow/mode is shifting often. The only thing I don't like about the new 6-speed auto is the hidden dip stick similar to what Ford's done with the Expedition and Explorer. But 150,000 mile tranny oil change interval makes me happier than Toyota Tundra's never change the tranny oil deal.

 

One of the changes for increased trailer tow was increasing lateral stiffness of the frame and the #3 cross-member was changed both in width and the joint between the cross-member and the frame side-rail. Seven cross members in frame go through the main frame side rails for 10% more torsional rigidity. Also in the tow package an auxiliary tranny cooler, 20 to 1 steering, maxim rear bumper and receiver hitch with more gussets and first time factory tow mirrors. Like Super Duty, the F150 has an optional integrated Trailer Brake Controller. It's on the right side of the steering wheel, where is should be. The trailer brake gain in the display comes up automatically as you change the gain on the TBC.

 

Besides almost 3/4 ton truck towing capability, the new 2009 F150 has 8200 lb. GVWR and 3030 lb payload for slide-campers and increased tongue load for trailers. I thought the old SuperCrew was strong, my brother and sister-in-law where in an accident with their travel trailer towed by their 2005 Ford F150 SuperCrew. The SuperCrew slid on it's top upside down with very little damage to the cab. My brother and sister-in-law escaped with minor cuts and bruises. And of course they went out and bought a new F150 SuperCrew and now tow a 5th-wheel.

 

Six inch bigger SuperCrew crew cab giving better over-shoulder view with B-pillar rearward 6 inches and 6 inch more rear floor space for loading cargo in the cab with the folding rear seat. Six inches is the theme here with six inch longer rear leaf springs for a softer ride and longer wheelbase. Robotic YAG  laser welders put the cab cage together with continuous seam weld joining hydro formed tubes in pillars and roof panels. The B-pillar uses Boron steel, the roof features industry's first use of DP-780 super high-strength, dual-phase steel in the hydroformed roof front. High strength steel tubes run from the base of the A-pillar through the roof forming a roll cage.

 

 

A new acoustic headliner, quiet steel, better aerodynamics from cab to mirrors cut wind noise 9% and 6% lower drag. New bed side step, tailgate step from the Super Duty and cargo management comes with 2 side rails for tying cargo down.

 

Almost a 2 mpg improvement in fuel economy. Eight percent better miles-per-gallon across all models,12% better on the 5.4L. The fuel shuts off when your take your foot off the gas pedal.

 

For the off road crowd, the FX4 model has Electronic Locking Differential, special tires and shocks. FX4 locker will engage at 25 mph in Hi Range and 56 mph in Lo Range. Traction control  is very effective and available on all models. Optional large eight inch navigation screen also used for backup camera, or without nav, a small backup image is in the mirror with cool white lines to help you focus.

 

Ford press release; 2009 FORD F-150 IS DEFINITIVE CAPABILITY LEADER

 

DEARBORN, Nov. 25, 2008 – The new 2009 Ford F-150 remains the most capable full-size pickup on the market, delivering towing capability of 11,300 pounds across all cab configurations and payload of 3,030 pounds. Ford built upon the F-150’s capability by strengthening the frame while making it lighter, improving horsepower, boosting fuel economy, adding more usable interior space to the SuperCrew models and offering even more standard safety features. “F-150 customers have come to expect the best capability,” said Matt O’Leary, Ford F-150 chief engineer.  “That’s why our team has been working so hard to deliver the most capable trucks for our customers, including a new, improved chassis that helps deliver additional payload and towing capacity as well as an 8 percent average fuel economy improvement across the lineup.”

 

Improved Chassis Helps Get the Job Done More Efficiently
The 2009 Ford F-150 features a fully boxed frame constructed from hydroformed high-strength steel side rails – and cross members that pass through the frame rails – for increased durability and safety.

The high-strength steel does double duty, providing approximately 10 percent more torsional rigidity, enabling engineers to finely tune chassis components, while also contributing up to a 100-pound weight reduction versus the current F-150. “We’ve improved the new F-150’s driving dynamics, delivering a truck that’s consistently sure-footed in all driving situations and load conditions, regardless of the weather,” O’Leary said.  “And we’ve built quality in to the new F-150 with laser-edge welds that are five times stronger than other trucks’ traditional spot welds.  F-150 owners need to know that whether they use these trucks on the job site – or for play – they’re truly ‘Built Ford Tough.’ ” F-150’s double wishbone short- and long-arm front suspension with coil over shocks shares components with the 2008 Expedition, although it has been further refined for the F-150.  Double ball joint links allow for more precise steering inputs. The Hotchkiss-designed rear suspension mounts the rear shock absorbers outboard of the frame rails for a smoother ride and improved body control.  The revised suspension features 6-inch longer leaf springs. The springs are extended forward to provide better lateral compliance and refined rear axle steer characteristics. The FX4 features an Electronic Locking Differential axle designed for true off-road performance.  There is also a special 17-inch LT tire available to further enhance off-road capability.  F-150 4x4 trucks offer a choice of manual or electronic shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive systems.

The F-150’s four-channel Anti-lock Braking System not only improves braking performance but provides the necessary foundation for enabling technologies like AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™) with Trailer Sway Control and the available integrated trailer brake controller.  A new brake booster and master cylinder offer better pedal feel.

Size Matters, F-150 Delivers
In addition to improved payload and towing capacity, the new 2009 F-150 SuperCrew offers more usable space for moving people and gear – thanks to a 6-inch stretch that improves rear seat legroom and cargo capacity.

A mechanically articulated second-row seat flips up and folds against the back of the cab by simply pushing up on the seat bottom, a move easily done with one hand, allowing easier loading and unloading of the truck’s rear seating area.  The new SuperCrew’s longer door moves the B-pillar further back, improving the driver’s peripheral vision. “The flat load floor and fold-up rear seat allow for a much better use of cargo space,” O’Leary said.  “After F-150 customers find their way to their favorite electronics store on their 8-inch navigation screen in the instrument panel, they have enough room to safely and securely load their new large flat-screen television onto the flat-load floor and take it home.” The flip-up seats combined with the flat-load floor, allows items up to 47.9 inches tall to be stored safely from the outside elements and secured in the locked cab.  The total cargo space behind the front seats is a class-leading 57.6 cu. ft. The center section of the front bench seat features hidden storage and on Lariat models the center section of the back seat folds down into an armrest for rear seat passengers.

Easy on the Ears
Beneath its skin, the new F-150 uses a comprehensive sound package and class-exclusive features to deliver a quiet and refined ride. An exclusive Quiet Steel dash panel combines with an expanded absorber on the engine side of the dash panel to limit the amount of unwanted noise coming from the engine compartment.  A single-piece substrate under the instrument panel replaces the former multi-piece unit, reducing the risk of squeaks and rattles and boosting perceived quality.  The Regular Cab utilizes a soft-trim back panel to improve interior quietness.  All models receive a new acoustic headliner. The F-150 Platinum adds a laminated windshield and ultra-light, more absorptive carpeting and additional insulation in the dash panel, doors and back panel to deliver the kind of quiet ride that’s expected of today’s luxury SUVs. All new F-150s have been tuned from top to bottom to reduce noise, vibration and harshness, including all the exterior body panels.  Computer models were made to determine where to add curvature and grooves to the metal panels to reduce vibration.  New powertrain mounts, in addition to being more durable, also deliver vibration-free performance at idle and while cruising on smooth roads.  The powertrain was tuned to optimize vehicle dynamics, shift quality and durability while reducing unwanted noise and vibration.  For example, the standard 6-speed transmission on the 5.4-liter and 4.6-liter 3-valve V-8s reduces gear whine by 10 to 15 dB versus the outgoing 4-speed unit. The new Ford F-150’s quiet ride stems in part from an advanced technology called the Multi Activation Regression Simulation (MARS) model.  Sound technicians use the MARS computer model to balance different sound inputs coming into the vehicle – from the powertrain, wind and the road – and make all the sounds blend harmoniously.  “There are some vehicles out there that sound unbalanced. They are good for two of the three attributes, say wind and road noise, but are pretty bad for powertrain noise,” said Mark McCarthy, Ford Truck NVH Engineering manager. “What we’ve done with the new F-150 is focus less on getting each attribute as quiet as possible and work on getting all the levels in balance so the vehicle sounds and feels a little bit more harmonious.” The sound balancing exercise and having such precise control over all the sound attributes allowed engineers to focus on the engine note, introducing certain frequencies back into the truck to give the engine a pleasing, powerful sound.

 

All-V-8 Powertrain Lineup; The new F-150’s engines do more than sound good.
 

  • The 5.4-liter, 3-valve Triton V-8 has been optimized for better performance and delivers 320 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque running on E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline), pure gasoline or any blend in between; 4X2 trucks equipped with the 5.4-liter V-8 are EPA estimated to achieve 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway – a 12 percent improvement versus the previous model.  Fuel economy when operating on E85 will yield different values than gasoline.
  • The 4.6-liter, 3-valve V-8 is new for F-150.  It delivers 292 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque and competitive fuel economy on 4X2 versions of 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway.  Both the 5.4-liter and 4.6-liter 3-valve V-8s utilize open valve injection.  This unique feature improves the flow of fuel into the combustion chamber and allows for more precise control of the combustion process. This results in an increase in horsepower during towing and higher rpm operations along with an improvement in emissions.
  • The 4.6-liter, 2-valve V-8 is the third V-8 choice in the line-up and delivers 248 horsepower and 294 lb.-ft. off torque with the same fuel economy numbers as the outgoing V-6 – 14 mpg city and 19 mpg highway on 4X2 versions. All three engines are full LEVII capable meeting California’s Tier 2 Bin 4 tailpipe and evaporative emissions regulations.

    "We’re including Ford-tested-tough V-8 engines throughout our F-150 lineup,” O’Leary said.  “We listen when customers tell us that performance is much more than horsepower and torque numbers.  For them, it’s all about towing and hauling, and this powertrain line-up delivers the class-leading capability that customers demand.”

    The 5.4-liter and 4.6-liter 3-valve V-8s are mated to standard 6-speed automatic transmissions. The 6-speed has been designed to meet the demands expected of America’s most-capable pickup. All internal components of the smooth-shifting 6-speed have been upgraded to handle higher torque capacities; these include more robust clutch packs, bigger pump and bigger output shaft. The transmission’s hydraulic system also was beefed up to enable improved idle speeds and improved converter clutch duty cycles. 

 

Building on Safety Leadership
The 2009 F-150, with an all-new hydroformed steel body structure including an industry-first use of tubular ultra-high strength steel, has earned top safety ratings from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Standard safety equipment includes: AdvanceTrac® with RSC®; ABS; Safety Canopy® side curtain air bags with roll-fold technology for enhanced head protection in rollovers and side impacts; front seat-mounted side air bags; Personal Safety System®; and new seats and restraints.


 

See where Ford placed in our shootout with the other 2009 1/2 ton trucks.