For the next model year the most popular half-ton truck in the United States will bring you even more value for money with its new 2014 Ford F-150 STX SuperCrew trim. Neatly slipped between a humble work-horse F-150 XL and a tad more comfortable F-150 XLT, the F-150 STX is now available with a full-sized SuperCrew cabin that gives you four doors and five seats for you, your missus and the kids. And as for the in-laws, there is plenty of space in the bed, too.
According to Ford’s press release, so far the vehicle will be offered only with two engines: a base 3.7-liter V6 and, which is rated for 302hp / 278 lb-ft and features 17 and 23 miles per gallon in city and highway cycles respectively, a more powerful 5.0-liter V8 mill. The latter produces more impressive 360 hp and whole 380 lb-ft of torque not only increasing the trucks towing rating to 9500 pounds, but also making the F-150 incredibly fun to drive (especially if you check the optional 20-inch rims with P275/55R20 tires while making your order).
I don’t really understand why they excluded the mighty 6.2-liter powerplant that is available for other versions of the truck and it is really a pity that Ford still doesn’t supply its trucks with healthy diesels that it uses for its European range of commercial vehicles. Although there is a great deal of Americans that are strictly opposed to oil-burners, there is a growing number of motorists that pay premium prices for diesel-powered SUVs (Chrysler, for example, charges around $4000 more for its 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee equipped with a 3.0-liter Italian turbo-diesel and people seem to LOVE them!)
Offering the 2014 Ford F-150 STX SuperCrew as a more comfortable version of an entry-level truck, Ford still refuses to include leather-trimmed seats in the package. Perhaps, the reason for this is that, with this model, the carmaker targets customers that simply want to get to and from job with usual comfort offered by modern SUVs, but still not particularly to spoil the interior while riding in dirty clothes or hauling their huge dogs to a vet.
As for the standard equipment, the long list includes body-colored front bumper fascia, grille surrounds, and front and rear step bumpers on the outside, as well as a basic stereo with CD player on the inside. Despite the stereo being heavily multimedia-challenged, it still features an audio input jack, so you can always use your smartphone or a portable media player without worrying much about compatibility issues whether you go with the flow and use iPhone or an Android or go against the system and use a Windows Phone-powered device.
As I have already noted, for extra money you can get yourself a set of 20-inch wheels, sexy black billet grille matched by tubular running boards of the same color, and even some “unique box decals” although those look like a bit too much even for an American truck.
According to Ford.com, the 2014 Ford F-150 STX SuperCrew will be just over 10 percent more expensive than the base STX model retailing for just $33,145 for a 4×2 version. Adding to the mix a 5.0-liter V8 engine and a 4×4 system will increase the price by $4425 to more impressive $37,570 USD.