After an eventful 2011 refresh, the biggest changes for 2012 include a new FX appearance package with 20-inch flat-black wheels, bodyside graphics, and a black-leather interior with special accents. Yet there are also some unseen changes as well, like Hill Start Assist, which prevents the truck from rolling backward when stopped on a hill; a new automatic 4×4 system, which replaces the manual system; and an electronic locking rear axle for 3.5 V-6 and 5.0 V-8 models.
The heart of each consumer decision carries over from 2011, when Ford revised the F-150′s current powertrain options. For 2012, there are still four engines, depending on model. The base 3.7-liter V-6 has best-in-class 302 horsepower. The 5.0-liter V-8 has best-in-class 360 horsepower and delivers up to 21 mpg highway. The 6.2-liter V-8 in the SVT Raptor offers best-in-class 411 horsepower and up to 18 mpg highway. And last year’s run-away favorite, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 delivers 365 horsepower with a best-in-class 23 mpg highway rating.
“The new FX package delivers a distinctive style that truck buyers are looking for without compromising on any of the F-150’s rugged qualities,” said Raj Sarkar, F-150 Marketing manager. “It expands our range of specialty vehicles with custom elements that customers previously could find only in the aftermarket.”