X

2011 Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCab 4x4 (photos)

Ford's F-150 retains work utility with its body-on-frame construction, payload capability, and four-wheel drive, but enters the 21st century with a new, efficient engine that's every bit as powerful as the older V-8.

Wayne_Cunningham.jpg
Wayne_Cunningham.jpg

Wayne Cunningham

See full bio
35020109_OVR_1.JPG
1 of 20 Josh Miller/CNET

Ford has been building its F-series pickup trucks since 1948, with the first F-150 model coming out in 1973. That is a long history for any vehicle model, and has allowed the F-150 to gain a loyal following. For the 2011 model, Ford did not sacrifice any of the truck's capability, but added modern convenience features.

Back to review.

35020109_FT_1.JPG
2 of 20 Josh Miller/CNET

The F-150 looks brawnier than ever, with a high riding position and clifflike drop-offs all the way around. The mirrors stick out wide, and include a lower convex section to eliminate blind spots.

Back to review.

35020109_SS01.JPG
3 of 20 Josh Miller/CNET

The most intriguing modern feature of this F-150 is the EcoBoost engine, a turbocharged direct-injection V-6, which produces more power than a 5-liter V-8 while getting slightly better fuel economy. This engine's power figures are 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.

Back to review.

35020109_SD_1.JPG
4 of 20 Josh Miller/CNET

The F-150 can be had with three different cab styles: normal, SuperCab, and SuperCrew. The latter two include a rear seat.

Back to review.

35020109_SS03.JPG
5 of 20 Josh Miller/CNET

The SuperCab uses rear half doors to give access to the rear seat, which has adequate legroom. To open the half doors, the front doors need to be open.

Back to review.

35020109_SS06.JPG
6 of 20 Josh Miller/CNET

Ford maintained classic body-on-frame architecture for the F-150 so as not to compromise its trailer-pulling and payload-carrying capabilities.

Back to review.

35020109_SS08.JPG
7 of 20 Josh Miller/CNET

Different F-150 models have a payload capability ranging from 930 pounds all the way up to 2,860 pounds. This model can carry 1,760 pounds, with a 6.5-foot bed.

Back to review.

35020109_INT_1.JPG
8 of 20 Josh Miller/CNET

Despite the practicality of the F-150, this Lariat edition has an upscale interior, with heated and cooled front seats and faux wood trim.

Back to review.

35020109_SS09.JPG
9 of 20 Josh Miller/CNET

The steering effort required is reasonable, without being overboosted.

Back to review.

35020109_SS11.JPG
10 of 20 Josh Miller/CNET

The voice command buttons provide access to Sync features such as placing calls by name and requesting music from an attached MP3 player.

Back to review.

35020109_SS10.JPG
11 of 20 Josh Miller/CNET

The upper directional buttons let you view different information on the truck's instrument cluster display, such as fuel economy and Off Road apps.

Back to review.

35020109_SS12.JPG
12 of 20 Josh Miller/CNET

The instrument cluster has a traditional layout, with small gauges across the top. But the high-resolution center screen offers additional useful information.

Back to review.

35020109_SS13_1.JPG
13 of 20 Josh Miller/CNET

The six-speed automatic transmission boasts low ranges and a manual shift mode.

Back to review.

35020109_SS18.JPG
14 of 20 Josh Miller/CNET

The navigation system stores its maps on a hard drive, making for fast reaction times and good detail. It shows plan and perspective views.

Back to review.

35020109_SS19.JPG
15 of 20 Josh Miller/CNET

Traffic data is integrated with the navigation system: overlaid on the maps and used to suggest detours by route guidance.

Back to review.

35020109_SS21.JPG
16 of 20 Josh Miller/CNET

Sirius Travel Link shows a lot of useful information, such as gas prices, weather, and movie times.

Back to review.

35020109_SS23.JPG
17 of 20 Josh Miller/CNET

The Sync phone system pairs with Bluetooth phones, letting you place calls by saying the name of a contact.

Back to review.

35020109_SS24.JPG
18 of 20 Josh Miller/CNET

The stereo works with a wide array of audio sources, from stored digital media from MP3 players, USB drives, and the truck's own hard drive, to satellite radio.

Back to review.

35020109_SS25.JPG
19 of 20 Josh Miller/CNET

The music library interface looks the same for any source, whether it be a USB drive or MP3 player.

Back to review.

35020109_SS28.JPG
20 of 20 Josh Miller/CNET

The only driver assistance feature is this rearview camera. It is very useful, given the size of the truck, but it only includes distance lines, not trajectory.

Back to review.

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More
John Cena attends Warner Bros. premiere of The Suicide Squad, in costume as Peacemaker.

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

95 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More
thor4

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

85 Photos
The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022
zelda-cnet-2.jpg

The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022

36 Photos
The 51 Best VR Games
astro-bot-rescue-mission-screen-02-ps4-us-18may18

The 51 Best VR Games

53 Photos
2023 Toyota Crown Is One Funky Hybrid Sedan
2023 Toyota Crown

2023 Toyota Crown Is One Funky Hybrid Sedan

48 Photos
24 things you should never, ever google
snape

24 things you should never, ever google

25 Photos
DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths
img9412.jpg

DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths

10 Photos