If you're looking to buy a brand new full-size, light-duty pickup truck, then the chances are the Ford F-150 is one of the models you’re going to be considering. Once you have decided on an F-150, you're then going to be confronted with a difficult decision, which version of America's biggest-selling vehicle to go for. The first part of that decision is the trim level, and if we include the Raptor, there are seven to select from. To help you out a little, here we're going to look at one in particular, which is the 2019 Ford F-150 XLT.
The XLT's place in the range
The reason the Ford F-150 XLT is a popular model in the range is because it's one of the most affordable versions of the F-150, although it isn't the most basic entry-level model of these incredibly popular Ford trucks. The XLT is the second model in the lineup, so it's one step up from the XL and one trim below the Lariat.
The engine that comes standard with the XLT is a 3.3-litre V-6 that develops 290 horsepower and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine sends its power to the rear or all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission, which features Tow/Haul and Sport Modes. This is just the start of the XLT story though, and that's because this model is the gateway to many options available for the F-150 buyers don’t get with the base XL.
If you prefer, the XLT can instead be specified with your choice between a 2.7-litre EcoBoost, a 5.0-litre V-8, a 3.5-litre EcoBoost and even a 3.0-litre Power Stroke turbodiesel V-6 engine. The XLT can also be upgraded to Ford's excellent 10-speed automatic transmission.
XLT versions of the F-150 can also be had in all three body styles, which are the Regular Cab, SuperCab and SuperCrew. This also means there are the bed lengths of 5.5, 6.5 and 8-foot to choose from, depending on the cab chosen.
Features and equipment
Standard XLT features include air conditioning, cruise control, power door locks with flip key and integrated key transmitter keyless entry, MyKey, SiriusXM, FordPass Connect Wi-Fi hotspot, and the Sync 3 infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible and controlled through an 8.0-inch touchscreen.
On the outside, the XLT gets 17-inch Silver-Painted alloy wheels instead of the 17-inch steel wheels the base XL comes standard with.
Optional features for the XLT include the likes of voice-activated navigation, a reverse sensing system, Pro Trailer Backup Assist, and the BLIS Blind Spot Information System.
Of course, when it comes to optional features for the outside of the XLT, the possibilities are almost endless, which is pretty much the point of a model like the XLT. Think of the XLT as something of a blank canvas that allows you to create exactly the right truck for your taste and your needs, and then you'll really start to understand why this model is so popular with buyers.
For more information about the 2019 Ford F-150 XLT and to try one out for yourself with a test drive, get in touch with us today here at College Ford Lincoln, the number one choice Ford dealership here in Lethbridge, AB.