2009 Ford F-150 4x4 Supercrew Lariat tester costing nearly $55,000 (F-150 Supercrews start at $32,065) and loaded with luxury car goodies like heated 10-way powered leather and cooled captain chairs, navigation system and a very car-like console automatic transmission shifter, the big truck can also tow up to 4,354 kg, or almost a quartet of Civics.
A class-1 integrated trailer brake has also been handed down from the big brother F-Series Super Duty.
One of the main reasons you would buy this vehicle, say over an SUV, is its open bed.
Withthe Supercrew's 398.8 cm (157-inch) wheelbase and 8-foot bed, you can throw up to 680 kg in the back. And Ford has come up with a couple of better ways to get at it.
A $300 integrated tailgate step (that Chevy mocked in its TV ads as too effeminate) comes out from within the tailgate and folds down for you to climb on.