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.
Out back, the black and dark red theme of the new F150 FX4 is continued with black taillight filler, unique black trimmed F150 badging, a fully painted tailgate and a body colored rear bumper with a black cap. The rear end view also shows off the 3” chrome exhaust tip that is part of the FX4 appearance package. The back end also contains the super clear factory towing setup that is part of the max trailer tow package including a hitch tucked under the rear bumper joined by both a 4 and 7 pin trailer connection. The back end also has an integrated tail gate step that some automakers (GM) have mocked but this is really a great feature for people who get in and out of their bed a bunch. I don’t have any issues climbing up into the bed of a truck but at the end of a long day of work, having an easier time getting in and out of the bed makes the tailgate step a welcome addition.
At the expense of being repetitive, I love the look of the 2013 Ford F150 FX4 with 402A and the FX Appearance Package. When you add in the fact that my test vehicle was finished in the same dark metallic red as two of my personal vehicles – this was truly my ideal Ford pickup in terms of exterior design. The high tech look of the blacked out projection headlights combined with the Super Duty-esque grille are subtle but they serve to help the 2013 model year F150s stand out from the prior years. As for the rest of the truck, while there haven’t been any huge changes from 2012 – this is one of the bestselling vehicles in the US and as they say…if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Next to the Raptor, I think that the truck shown in the images here is the best looking stock truck on today’s market and the folks at Ford who designed this look should be very proud of themselves.
As was the case with the exterior, the interior of this 2013 Ford F150 FX4 SuperCab has a heaping helping of impressive upgrades as part of either the 402A equipment group or the FX Appearance Package. When the door first opens, you cannot help but notice the gorgeous leather seats that are finished in both smooth and sueded black leather with bright red piping wrapping the front and rear seats. This black and red theme is continued into the steering wheel that also houses controls for the hands free phone system, the stereo, the cruise control and the driver information center in the gauge cluster. The FX4 Appearance Package also adds unique black finishes on the center console, a uniquely badged gauge cluster and sport front seats while the 402A equipment group adds both heating and cooling options to said front seats.