2013 Ford F150 FX4 EcoBoost Review: New technology makes America's bestselling truck even better
The most significant changes to the 2013 Ford F150 lineup are a new grille design, optional projection HID headlights and the inclusion of the MyFord Touch infotainment system – all of which were featured on my 2013 F150 FX4 SuperCab test truck. In fact, my 2013 FX4 test truck was fitted with pretty much every option shy of the sliding glass moon roof thanks to the inclusion of the 402A equipment group, the FX Appearance Package, navigation and the max trailer tow package. Add in the optional 3.5L EcoBoost twin turbocharged V6 and you have yourself one high tech, luxuriously appointed half ton F Series pickup that is ready to hit the trails with confidence, tow a big heavy trailer or offer the best combination of power and fuel economy in the class – all with a sporty appearance that (in my opinion) makes this particular F150 one of the best looking stock trucks on the market today.
The 2013 Ford F150 SuperCab FX4 is an offroad sport truck that packs an aggressive dark design that isnt quite as eye catching as the SVT Raptor but as standard trucks go – the modern FX4 package is one of my favorites. My test truck was also equipped with the FX Appearance package which adds more body colored and black features that truly hammers home the sport truck look. Seriously, I absolutely love the look of the 2013 FX4 with the optional appearance package and the 402A equipment group. This is a truck that stands out in any crowd with a sinister look that has a very aftermarket feel…a truck that looks like it has been customized.
Across the front end, the 2013 F150 FX4 wears the bold new Super Duty style two bar grille painted gloss black flanked by HID projection headlights with the F150 logo (part of the 402A upgrade package) set in blacked out housings. The center portion of the front fascia and the entire “chin” area under the front fascia is finished in satin black with black filler areas around the low mounted fog lights. The front end of the FX4 package is finished off with a large hood decal that continues the darkened trim theme very nicely.
Along the sides, the 2013 F150 FX4 wears black side step bars, black 20 inch aluminum wheels, unique blacked out F150 fender badging, and a dark body side graphic that starts under the exterior mirrors and extends to the rear of the bedside. These components are all part of the FX4 appearance package and while the front end looks great – the side view of this truck plays a huge part in the custom blacked out look of the total package with help from the body colored fender trim, door handles and bumpers. The side view of the FX4 also shows the telescoping exterior mirrors that were borrowed from the Super Duty lineup.