What Does F-150 Stand for?

The Ford F-150 is the best-selling truck on the planet, capable of giving Oswego drivers access to industry-leading power, towing, and payload capability, as well as tech features you won’t find anywhere else. But have you ever wondered just what F-150 stands for? So did we. So, we asked our experts to do some digging and find out the answer. Turns out, it’s pretty simple! Find out the answer to “What does F-150 stand for?” as well as F-250, F-350, and F-450, below!

Weight Classifications Demystified

Like all truck manufacturers, Ford uses a coding system to categorize their trucks based on capability. The Ford F-series has been around for more than 70 years and, while they’ve remained rugged go-getters during that time, their capabilities have changed as technology and engineering have:

  • F-150: Considered a lightweight full-sized truck, the F-150 is Ford’s half-ton go-getter. These trucks generally have about a 1,000-pound payload capacity, although this varies depending on trim, cab, and engine options, and can measure up to 2,300 pounds.
  • F-250: The F-250 is a medium-weight truck classified as a three-quarter ton. This classification means the truck is rated for a payload of about 1,500 pounds, although depending on the options buyers select, it could manage up to 4,300 pounds, making it ideal for Naperville drivers who need a good blend of commercial and personal capability.
  • F-350: Typically, the heaviest trucks chosen by consumers are the one-ton F-350 models. These trucks offer a standard 2,000-pound payload capacity and can manage as much as 7,000 pounds when properly equipped, making them a top choice for Montgomery businesses who need serious hauling power.
  • F-450: The Super Duty line of Ford trucks includes the massive F-450, which offers a standard payload ranging from 5,400 to 6,200 pounds. This heavy-hitter is a top pick for Yorkville businesses who require a truck capable of keeping up with the demands of a mobile workplace.
2019 Ford F-150 Off-Roading

So, which of these very capable truck trims is right for you? That depends on what your needs are and how you foresee putting all that power to work. For many drivers, the standard F-150 is more than adequate, offering plenty of payload capacity and as much as 13,200 pounds of towing capability. For those who need to move large loads regularly or businesses who need the options to transport heavy cargo, the three-quarter and one-ton models offer as much as 21,000 pounds of standard towing, making them an even more formidable option.

Explore the Ford F-Series at River View Ford!

Now that you know F-150 simply classifies this full-size pickup as Ford’s half-ton truck, it’s time to get behind the wheel and experience its power! Contact River View Ford to schedule your test drive, and don’t forget to browse our new Ford specials before you stop by. Want to get the financial process started from home? Apply for financing online to get pre-approved!

If you’d like to learn more about the F-150, compare it to the F-150 Raptor and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 before you get behind the wheel.

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