Come sail away in Ford's new F-Series STX package

Available on both F-150 and Super Duty pickups, STX adds a few nice enhancements to aesthetics and in-car tech.

"You're Fooling Yourself" if you think this truck is for anyone other than a "Blue Collar Man."

[groan]

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I get mad when someone else takes a good idea for a headline. Ford used "STX Appeal" as the headline for its F-Series STX package, which is a decent one -- far better than the Styx joke I came up with. Leave the clever stuff to me, Ford. Where were we? Oh, right, the F-Series STX package.

On the F-150, the STX is its own trim level. Most of it is aesthetic -- 20-inch aluminum wheels, a black grille, body-color bumper and front fascia, fog lamps and privacy glass. Inside, it adds Ford's way-better-than-before Sync 3 infotainment system, special black cloth seats and manual front-seat lumbar support.

It rests between the XL and XLT models, costs $35,615 to start and can be optioned with three engines -- the 2.7-liter turbocharged V-6, 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8.

If you're a real Renegade (okay, the Styx references are done), you can opt for the Super Duty STX, but that's just an appearance package on the XL trim. This one will grant you a chrome grille and step bumpers, unique wheels and fender vent badges on the outside. Inside, you get steering-wheel mounted cruise control and an AM/FM stereo with a CD player. That's quite fancy...for a vehicle coming out when Styx was still making music. Okay, now the Styx references are done.

The Super Duty STX can be optioned with either the 6.2-liter gas V-8 or the 6.7-liter diesel V-8. The F-250 STX will set you back $34,910, whereas the F-350 STX will cost you $36,080. It's available in all cab configurations on Super Duty, but only SuperCab or SuperCrew for F-150.

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