3 used Ford F-150 model years best for towing

August 30, 2022

Consult your owner's manual to confirm just how much your used full-size truck is equipped to tow

The Ford F-150 is has been the best-selling truck in the U.S. for the past 44 years and it might just be the most iconic pickup on the road today. Like similar models from other brands, it has not been immune to the rising costs of vehicles today and because of that, you might be interested in purchasing a used F-150.

Which used F-150 model year has enough towing power for your construction business? Read on for MotorBiscuit’s picks...

Older models offer economy 

As a member of the fourth generation of Ford F-150 models, the 2014 version will give you modern features without breaking the bank. There were a range of engine options available to this truck, including a 6.2-liter V8 with 411 horsepower. Buyers could also opt for an EcoBoost V6 if they prefer a truck with a turbocharger.

In terms of towing capacity, this pickup could handle up to 11,300 pounds, and that should be decent enough for most needs. But it is important to note that you should consult with your owner’s manual to confirm just how much your used full-size truck is equipped to tow. 

Go newer for more power

If you are willing to pay extra for a used truck, exploring newer models of the F-150 might be worth it. When properly equipped, these vehicles can handle up to 13,200 pounds. While a 2017 F-150 will offer things like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Ford did not forget to give its full-size truck capability.

According to Vehicle History, the 2017 F-150 also got an updated version of the Raptor. And while that will certainly be an expensive used truck. Some folks like a pickup that is ready for serious off-road use.

Better for the budget buy

Some shoppers are on more of a budget than others, and for the most part, there is nothing wrong with opting for an older Ford F-150 if you want a good used truck. In 2009, the F-150 received plenty of praise, and it can tow up to 11,300 pounds when properly equipped.

Because you are purchasing a used truck that is over 10 years old, you will be making some compromises, but the choice could be the right one for your budget. 

Whether you are buying a newer F-150 or an older one, you can easily research where problem areas might be and which services you need to confirm have been performed. Overall, a used Ford F-150 is a solid buy, especially if you can find one that has lower mileage and has been taken care of properly.

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