The Ford F-150 is available in three cab styles for 2008--regular, SuperCab, and SuperCrew--plus three box lengths, two box styles--regular and Flareside--and five different models. Each body style features four doors, and each is available with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. On FX4 and Lariat models, two captain's chairs are available, with a floor shifter; other models have a 40/20/40-split bench seat.
Three different engines are available on the F-150: a 202-horsepower, 4.2L V6; a 248-horsepower, 4.6L V8; and a top 5.4L V8 that makes 300 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. A flex-fuel version of the 5.4L, capable of running on up to 85 percent ethanol (E85) is also available. Torque-based electronic throttle control helps improve drivability, fuel economy, and refinement.
The F-150 has a fully boxed frame with hydroformed front rails, which helps provide strength for heavy loads and stiffness to reduce shuddering on rough roads. V8 engines also get liquid-filled engine mounts for improved refinement. Four-wheel vented anti-lock disc brakes are standard across the model line.
The F-150's five trim levels span a wide range from basic hauler with wind-up windows and no air conditioning up to the luxurious Lariat model. The mid-range STX and XLT models add many popular features, while the FX4 comes with some of the hardware needed to be off-road ready. The Lariat brings expanded conveniences including automatic climate control, a trip computer, leather trim and upholstery, power heated side mirrors, and a power driver's seat.
A new Lariat Limited model gets a custom White Sand Metallic paint, along with body-colored bumpers, fascia, door-handle bezels, and other pieces for a monochromatic appearance. Headlamps are presented in Dark Shadow Gray, four-inch stainless-steel tubular running boards and 22-inch polished forged-aluminum wheels draw attention, while inside there are two-tone leather captain's chairs, a unique instrument cluster, and leather trim. The new XL SuperCrew model gets power side mirrors, color-coordinated carpet and mats, an overhead console, 40/20/40-split cloth front seats, and a CD stereo.
A feature unique to the F-150 is the mid-box, a steel storage box with double-paneled doors that's accessible from both sides of the vehicle and unlocks with the driver's door key. The mid-box arrangement is available on the regular cab and SuperCab, and only in an Oxford White color.
A rearview camera system is also among the F-150's options; it uses a camera mounted near the tailgate handle and displays a video image on the rearview mirror.