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2007 Ford F-150 Lariat
High Style Pickup

by Keith Burton

Quick Look:

  1. Nicely Styled
  2. Attractive Interior
  3. Comfortable seats.
  4. Center Console not as useful as other pickups
  5. Very smooth and quiet ride
  6. Good linear steering and handling, but brakes seem to delay somewhat. You tend to drive up to other vehicles quicker than you expect.
  7. Rear door doesn’t open far enough, you can get trapped in the parking lot
  8. Good acceleration
  9. Excellent fit and finish, but materials seem not as luxurious as other premium pickups.
  10. Gauges are mix of white faced dials and black, the fuel and temp gauges are black.

With all the hoopla over the new Toyota Tundra pickup that went on sale in February, it would be easy to forget about the really big player in pickup trucks, the 2007 Ford F-150. Day in and out, Ford sells more of these pickups than any other manufacturer and there are plenty of good reasons.

For 2007, Ford has continued to make improvements to their line of F series trucks and the F-150 Lariat in our review is a good example. Here's a full-sized pickup that is loaded with features and style, but with a rugged, overall goodness that is an easy reminder of why Ford has done so well with this truck over the years.

Our F-150 came equipped with a wealth of features, including a fine-looking and comfortable leather interior, a premium chrome package, which dress the truck up nicely, and a navigation system and DVD player for passengers in the back seat. We had the extended cab version and not the crew cab, and this is the model that most folks select.

Out truck also came equipped with a strong 300 hp 5.6 liter V8 that with the trucks five-speed automatic transmission, proved to be a good match. At the dragstrip, we say 0-60 times just over 8.7 seconds. This engine, transmission combination isn't as powerful as some of Ford's competitors, but it proved to be flexible and smooth running. Although we would have like to see better gas mileage. Our heavy footed soles found only an average of 15 mpg in combined city/hwy driving.

The 2007 Ford F-150 receives a standard tire-pressure-monitoring system (except heavy-duty payload package), new standard auxiliary audio input jack (on STX, XLT, FX and Lariat), a horsepower increase on the 4.6-liter V8 version to 248 and an E85-capable version on the 5.4-liter V8. The Lariat features a new grille and a new chrome grille surround on XLT.

What you will notice right away in driving the new F-150 is how quiet and smoothly this truck rides. Ford's engineers have been boasting that they have been working to be the class leaders on cutting the noise and overall ride harshness typical of pickup trucks, and their work really show off here. The F-150 Lariat feels more like a luxury sedan than a pickup truck, which makes this truck a comfortable daily driver and commuter vehicle (if you can handle the fuel use).

Steering is light but offers good feedback, the engine steps the truck off smartly from a dead stop and the brakes are strong. Although I felt that the pedal play was a bit off-putting. When you first hit the pedal, there is a bit of delay, the the stopping power comes on strong. I have seen this in other vehicle, and you get used to it quickly, but brake pedal feel could be better.

On the road, the 2007 F-150 is extremely quiet with no hums or low frequency shudders, which are common on many other pickups. The truck handles smoothly around corners and there is good visibility to the sides. However, the large sides of the pickup bed do cut into visibility toward the rear of this truck.

Inside, the styling really shines with a truly elegant, but rugged-looking interior. We like the large gear selector in the center console, but wish the chrome cap had less of an edge. The dash is cool looking with easy-to-see gauges. The new navigation system works well and is fairly easy to use. But it also doubles up with the radio controls, which means you have to spend more time on settings than you like, which is distracting. At least once you have your radio stations set, the steering wheel controls will help keep your eyes on the road.

The front bucket seats are perfectly designed for the typical American male. They are large and comfortable, and while they are not "sport" bucket seats, they do offer decent side support. Ford also has wisely made available adjustable foot pedals, which we think should be on all vehicles. The pedals allow drivers of any height to position themselves properly in front of the steering wheel, and its airbag.

The rear seating for our F-150 Lariat offers plenty of room for three, though the short seat cushion doesn't make this a seat suitable for long-distance runs. Still, it has plenty of legroom and elbow room. And when you want to get it out of the way to load stuff in back, it just takes a second to lift out of the way.

Ford definitely has a good thing going with the truck's overall styling. Everywhere we went, people commented on how good looking the Lariat was. The new chrome grill, the step down side windows, all are appreciated. If their is one criticism over the design, it is that the pickup bed sides are too tall, which gives this truck a "thick" look. The tall bed also makes it nearly impossible to reach inside from the side, even if you are tall.

Obviously, our F-150 was a model that was very well equipped with many optional features including large 20-inch wheels and tires. So, not every F-150 might look as sharp as ours. But I have to tell you, Ford has done an outstanding job with this truck and their wide choice of equipment level puts this truck in price ranges that almost anyone looking for a truck can afford.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Powertrain /Chassis

POWERTRAIN

4.2L V-6

4.6L TRITON V-8

5.4L TRITON V-8

 Engine Type

V-6 iron block, aluminum heads

V-8 iron block, aluminum heads

V-8 iron block, aluminum heads

 Bore/Stroke

3.81 x 3.74

3.55 x 3.54 in

3.55 x 4.16 in

 Displacement

256 cu in, 4196 cc

281 cu in, 4606 cc

330 cu in, 5400 cc

 Compression Ratio

9.2:1

9.3:1

9.8:1

 Fuel Injection

Sequential multi-port electronic

Sequential multi-port electronic

Sequential multi-port electronic

  Valvetrain

OHV, 2 Valves per cylinder

SOHC, 2 Valves per cylinder

SOHC, 3 Valves per cylinder, Variable Camshaft Timing

Power

202 hp @ 4350 rpm

231 hp @ 4750 rpm

300 hp@ 5000 rpm

 Torque

260 lb-ft @ 3750 rpm

293 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm

365 lb-ft @ 3750 rpm

 Oil Capacity

6 qt

6 qt

7 qt

 Coolant Capacity

19.7 qt

20.0 qt

20.7 qt

 Transmission Type

5-speed manual/4-speed automatic O/D

4-speed automatic overdrive (4R70E)

4-speed automatic overdrive (4R75E)

Gear Ratios

5-speed manual

4-speed automatic O/D

4-speed automatic O/D

   1st

3.90:1

2.84:1

2.84:1

   2nd

2.25:1

1.55:1

1.55:1

   3rd

1.49:1

1.00:1

1.00:1

   4th

1.00:1

0.70:1

0.70:1

   5th

0.80:1

-

-

 Available axle ratios

3.31:1 / 3.55:1 / 3.73:1 / 4.10:1

SUSPENSION

 Front

 

   4x2

Coil-on-shock, long-spindle double wishbone independent, cast aluminum lower control arm

   4x4

Coil-on-shock, long-spindle double wishbone independent, cast aluminum lower control arm

 Rear

 

   4x2

Hotchkiss-type non-independent live, leaf springs and outboard shock absorbers

   4x4

Hotchkiss-type non-independent live, leaf springs and outboard shock absorbers

 

STEERING

 Type

power rack-and-pinion

 Overall Ratio

20.0:1 (regular cab/ supercab 132.5” wheelbase) 17.0:1 ( supercab 144.5, 163” wheelbase/ supercrew)

 Turning circle, curb-to-curb

see Dimensions and Capacities

 

BRAKES

 Front

13.0-in vented disc

 Rear

13.7-in vented disc

 Assist type

Vacuum, ABS

 

WHEELS AND TIRES

 Base wheel and tire

17-in steel, P235/70R17, All-Season

 Largest tires available

22-in aluminum, P275/45R22 All-Season

   

FUEL ECONOMY (city/hwy)

4x2 4.2L V6 5-Spd manual

 16/21

4x2 4.2L V6 4-Spd Auto

16/20

4x2 4.6L V8 4-Spd Auto

15/20

4x2 5.4L V8 4-Spd Auto

15/19

   

4x4 4.6L V8 4-Spd Auto

15/19

4x4 5.4L V8 4-Spd Auto

14/18

   
   

 Dimensions and Capacities

   

Regular Cab

 

SuperCab

 

SuperCrew

   

Styleside

Flareside

Styleside

 

Styleside

Styleside

Flareside

Styleside

 

Styleside

   

6.5ft

6.5ft

8ft

 

5.5ft

6.5ft

6.5ft

8ft

 

5.5ft

   

4x2

4x4

4x2

4x4

4x2

4x4

 

4x2

4x4

4x2

4x2

4x2

4x4

4x2

4x4

 

4x2

4x4

 

EXTERIOR

Wheelbase

 

126.0

126.0

126.0

126.0

144.5

144.5

 

132.5

132.5

144.5

144.5

144.5

144.5

163.0

163.0

 

138.5

138.5

Overall length

 

211.2

211.2

211.2

211.2

229.8

229.8

 

217.8

217.8

229.8

229.8

229.8

229.8

248.4

248.4

 

224.0

224.0

Overall height

 

73.7

75.6

73.6

73.8

75.6

74.0

 

76.5

73.5

75.6

75.6

73.5

75.6

73.4

75.4

 

73.5

76.0

Overall width

 

78.9

78.9

78.9

78.9

78.9

78.9

 

78.9

78.9

78.9

78.9

78.9

78.9

78.9

78.9

 

78.9

78.9

Track width, front

 

67.0

67.0

67.0

67.0

67.0

67.0

 

67.0

67.0

67.0

67.0

67.0

67.0

67.0

67.0

 

67.0

67.0

Track width, rear

 

67.0

67.0

67.0

67.0

67.0

67.0

 

67.0

67.0

67.0

67.0

67.0

67.0

67.0

67.0

 

67.0

67.0

Cargo box length

 

78.8

78.8

78.8

78.8

97.4

97.4

 

67.0

67.0

78.8

78.8

78.8

78.8

97.4

97.4

 

67.0

67.0

Width (max) between wheels

 

50.0

50.0

50.0

50.0

50.0

50.0

 

50.0

50.0

50.0

50.0

50.0

50.0

50.0

50.0

 

50.0

50.0

Inside Box Height

 

22.3

22.3

22.3

22.3

22.3

22.3

 

22.3

22.3

22.3

22.3

22.3

22.3

22.3

22.3

 

22.3

22.3

 

INTERIOR

Seating capacity

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

 

5/6

5/6

5/6

5/6

5/6

5/6

5/6

5/6

 

5/6

5/6

Headroom

                                     

   Front

 

40.9

40.9

40.9

40.9

40.9

40.9

 

40.9

40.9

40.9

40.9

40.9

40.9

40.9

40.9

 

40.1

40.1

   Rear

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

39.6

39.6

39.6

39.6

39.6

39.6

39.6

39.6

 

39.6

39.6

Legroom

                                     

   Front

 

41.3

41.3

41.3

41.3

41.3

41.3

 

41.3

41.3

41.3

41.3

41.3

41.3

41.3

41.3

 

41.3

41.3

   Rear

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

32.7

32.7

32.7

32.7

32.7

32.7

32.7

32.7

 

39.0

39.0

Hiproom

                                     

   Front

 

65.4

65.4

65.4

65.4

65.4

65.4

 

65.8

66.5

66.5

66.5

66.5

66.5

66.5

66.5

 

63.1

63.1

   Rear

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

-

-

Shoulderroom

                                     

   Front

 

66.5

66.5

66.5

66.5

66.5

66.5

 

66.5

66.5

66.5

66.5

66.5

66.5

66.5

66.5

 

65.8

65.8

   Rear

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

66.7

66.7

66.7

66.7

66.7

66.7

66.7

66.7

 

65.8

65.8

Fuel capacity (gal)

 

26.0

26.0

26.0

26.0

27.0/
35.7

27.0/
35.7

 

26.0

26.0

27.0/
35.7

27.0/
35.7

27.0/
35.7

27.0/
35.7

27.0/
35.7

27.0/
35.7

 

30.0

30.0

Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft)

 

41.8

41.8

41.8

41.8

46.4

46.4

 

43.6

43.6

46.4

46.4

46.4

46.4

51.2

51.2

 

45.1

45.1

 

All Dimensions are in inches unless otherwise noted.

 

 Weight and Towing (Pounds)

 
   

Regular Cab

 

SuperCab

 

SuperCrew

   

6ft

8ft

 

5ft

6ft

8ft

 

5ft

   

4x2

4x4

4x2

4x4

 

4x2

4x4

4x2

4x4

4x2

4x4

 

4x2

4x4

 

WEIGHT

Base curb Weight

                             

   4.2L

 

4615

-

4747

-

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

-

-

   4.6L

 

4708

5004

4840

5138

 

4979

4297

5065

5363

-

-

 

5176

5476

   5.4L

 

4811

5109

4944

5241

 

5151

5452

5169

5471

-

-

 

5281

5577

   5.4L payload pkg

 

-

-

5125

5413

 

-

-

-

-

5501

5849

 

-

-

Payload capacity

                             

   4.2L

 

1830

-

1850

-

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

-

-

   4.6L

 

1890

1740

1910

1760

 

1620

1570

1580

1530

-

-

 

1570

1360

   5.4L

 

1790

1680

2050

1650

 

1740

1640

1820

1670

-

-

 

1710

1560

   5.4L payload pkg

 

-

-

3050

2670

 

-

-

-

-

2640

2290

 

-

-

GVWR

                             

   4.2L

 

6500

-

6650

-

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

-

-

   4.6L

 

6650

6800

6800

6950

 

6650

6900

6700

6950

-

-

 

6800

6900

   5.4L

 

6650

6850

7050

6950

 

6950

7150

7050

7200

-

-

 

7050

7200

 5.4L payload pkg

 

-

-

8200

8200

 

-

-

-

-

8200

8200

 

-

-

CONVENTIONAL TOWING – Maximum loaded Trailer Weight Ratings (lbs. )

     

REGULAR CAB
4X2

REGULAR CAB
4X4

SUPERCAB
4X2

SUPERCAB
4X4

SUPERCREW
4X2

SUPERCREW
4X4/AWD

ENGINE

AXLE
RATIO

MAX.
GCWR
(LBS.)

126.0"
WB

144.5
WB"

126.0"
WB

144.5"
WB

132.5"
WB

144.5"
WB

163.0"
WB

132.5"
WB

144.5"
WB

163.0"
WB

138.5"
WB

150.5"
WB

138.5"
WB

150.5"
WB

4.2L EFI V6
Manual

3.31
3.55

7200
8500

2400
3700

2300
3600

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4.2L EFI V6
Automatic

3.55
3.73

10,000
10,500

5100
5600

5000
5500

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4.6L Triton V8

Automatic

3.55

11,500
11,700

6600
--

--
6700

8300
--

--
6400

6300
--

--
6500

--
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6000
--

--
6200

--
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--
6400

--
6200

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3.73

12,000
12,200

7100
---

---
7200

6800
---

--
6900

6800
--

--
7000

--
--

6500
--

---
6700-

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--
6900

--
6700

--
6600

--
6500

                                 

5.4L 3-Valve
Triton V8
Automatic

3.55

13,000
14,000

8000
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8800

7700
---

---
8500

7600
---

---
8600

---

7300
---

---
8300

---
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---
8500

---
8400

---
8200

---
8100

 

3.73

13,500
11,000*
15,000

8500
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9800

8200
--
--

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9500

8100
--
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--
9500

---
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7800
--
--

--
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9300

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5300
9500

--
--
9400

--
5100
9200

--
--
9100

 

4.10

15,300
15,800

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11,000*

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9500*
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9500*
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9300*
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WARRANTY INFORMATION

 
 

3-year, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper

 

5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and roadside assistance

 * Reduce GCWR/maximum trailer weight by 500 lbs. on models with optional 18" or 20" wheels. Ford Harley Davidson Package only.

Note: Maximum loaded trailer weights shown. The combined weight of the towing vehicle (including hitch, passenger, cargo) and the loaded trailer must not exceed the Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR).

Note: See RV and Trailer Towing Guide for requirements, restrictions and 5th-wheel towing.