The thing is a 2013 Ford F150 Lariat. Has the 3.5L twin turbo Ecoboost, 6 speed, 3.55 rear end. The Lariat package gets me the 20" wheels, leather, navigation, etc. One owner truck with 55,000 miles.

My criteria for a vehicle was as foll0ws:

  • Crew cab pickup or SUV that can tow at least 8000 lbs. I go fishing with my dad a couple of times a year and we’ve talked about renting a camper. I wanted something that could pull it. I also wanted something that I could comfortably put 4 adults in.
  • Low miles. I did a 4 year loan and wanted this vehicle to have plenty of value left when it is paid off. I drive about 18,000 miles a year.
  • Bells and Whistles. I dislike base model cars. I know they are they same vehicle and I don’t need any of the fancy stuff, but one you have your butt headed and cooled by the seats it’s hard to go back to anything else.

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I’m not a Ram guy. Nothing against them and I know they’re good trucks now, but I had friends who owned 97-09 Rams and they just fell apart. So that left me with Chevy and Ford.

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I’m a Chevy guy, but don’t have a huge bias one way or the other. I own a Crown Vic and GMC Yukon currently. Chevy came out with a new model in 2014, Ford in 2015. Both of those were out of my price range, so I was pushed to look at the previous generation.

My brother in law bought an 07 brand new and it’s been pretty good to him. However, when I started looking at 2013 Silverados I found they hadn’t changed. Like at all. The dash is reeeally boring and just looks dated. Also, the 5.3 makes 300hp and 330 lb feet.

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On the flip side, 2013 F150's can be optioned with Navigation, heated AND cooled leather, etc. The Ecoboost makes 365 hp and 420 lb feet. Which is a ton, without sacrificing fuel mileage.

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That pretty much made the decision for me. I found this one in Aberdeen, SD and drove to get it on Sunday. So, 300 miles in and I love it. It rides, drives, stops and goes like a much smaller vehicle. The Ecoboost is rad. Hearing some turbo whoosh during acceleration is awesome. It’s got power for days. I’m pretty darn happy about it.