Ford F150 Xl

Tow 6000 for Under $22,000

THE XL TRIM LEVEL isn't specifically called a work-truck model, but it is understood to be the worker of the line and represents 20 percent of overall F-150 sales. The F-150 is all-new for 2009, but the XL (base price $21,790) remains the entry-level workhorse of the bunch. It comes on regular cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew F-150s, with a 6.5-foot styleside or flareside box or 8.0-foot styleside behind the regular cab, a 6.5-foot box behind the SuperCab, or a 5.5- or 6.5-foot bed with the SuperCrew. The base engine is the 4.6-liter, 248-horse V-8, with a four-speed automatic. The 292-horse, three-valve, 4.6-liter V-8 and 320-horse, three-valve, 5.4-liter V-8 are available with long-wheelbase XL-equipped trucks, but they cost at least $895 and $1525 (respectively) above the $22,090 base MSRR

Front and rear bumpers are black, as are the manual side mirrors. The three-bar grille and surround are black, too. The XLs ride on 17-inch gray-steel wheels with 235/70R17 tires. There is minimal badging on this trim level.The 17-inch spare is mounted under the bed. For the regular-cab XL, exterior options include side steps for the truck bed ($325), a tailgate step ($350), bed extender ($195), cargo-management packages, and upgraded 17-inch wheels and tires. Those who tow will appreciate manual telescoping side mirrors ($140), an integrated trailer brake controller ($230), and a choice of trailering and heavy-duty payload packages that can increase the XL's capacity to 3030 pounds of payload and 11,300 pounds of trailer.

Opt for the base F-150, and you and both of your passengers enjoy vinyl 40/20/40 bench seating. Adding the $115 Decor package replaces the vinyl with cloth and upgrades the black front and rear bumpers to chrome units. Air-condition-ing is standard, but you'll crank up the windows and lock the doors yourself, which allows you to track a fleet of vehicles and adds mobile office versatility. Cabin options include an AM/FM/CD stereo with aux input, cruise control, satellite radio, and Ford Work Solutions. The highest base price in the XL line is on the 4WD SuperCrew with the three-valve 4.6-liter—that's $34,810.

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