The 2012 Ford F-Series has received many upgrades that make the entire line an excellent choice for those looking for an affordable full-sized pickup truck. The various trim levels of the base F-150 have been treated to both functional and cosmetic changes that keep the line a frontrunner in the pickup market. These enhancements complement the powertrain lineup that came out in 2011.
The F-150 is already the most fuel efficient pickup in its class available today. It is also the most capable in terms of hauling power. Still, Ford is not satisfied to rest on its laurels. It has improved the Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trim levels of the 2012 F-Series by replacing its on the fly shift system with a two-speed automatic 4x4
version. This system still offers four high and low modes, but adds an auto mode to its 4x4 operation. If the truck loses traction, this mode will automatically switch traction to the front wheels without the need for driver intervention.
Towing with the 2012 F-150 has been made easier with the addition of Hill Start Assist. This is a feature that keeps the F-150 from rolling backward on a hill after stopping. The lack of backward rolling makes it easier to get going again, and is especially useful for towing. This system will keep a truck from rolling back for up to two seconds after the release of the brake pedal. Another towing-related improvement has been added to all of Ford's 4x4s. This upgrade is the addition of neutral towing capabilities. F-150 drivers will now be able to flat-tow their trucks.
Every F-Series trim level includes best in class mileage and capabilities. Each truck also has an efficient six-speed automatic transmission that can handle drivers' needs with ease.
All of these changes make the 2012 Ford F-Series easier to use, but the automaker didn't stop with the basics. The FX trim level in particular has been the subject of many cosmetic improvements. The distinctive new look includes flat black wheels, red-lettered badges and stylish side graphics.
Inside, the red and black motif continues with red-stitched steering wheel covers, red trimmed black leather seats and brushed metal accents. The FX also now comes with seats that are cooled as well as heated.
No matter which trim level is chosen, the F-150 remains a rugged pickup truck that both looks good and handles work well. With the 2012 improvements, it's an even better choice. Schedule a test drive today to see why the F-Series remains one of Ford's most popular pickup trucks.