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Stick to These Model Years if You’re Buying a Used Ford F-150

Buying a new truck can make for a pretty expensive purchase. That’s why plenty of people choose to buy a used truck instead. Fortunately, if you’re in the market for a used Ford F-150, there are plenty of options to pick from. But to make the most of your used pickup purchase? U.S. News & World Report recommends sticking to these F-150 model years.

2018 Ford F-150 on a hillcrest
2018 Ford F-150 | Ford

Shop for a 2013 – 2014 Ford F-150 if you want to save a few bucks

If you’re hoping to make the most of your pickup purchase without breaking the bank, U.S. News & World Report recommends the 2013 Ford F-150. Because of its age, you can expect it to sell at a much lower price point than a newer used F-150. You won’t have to sacrifice features, either. Even at this price point, you can get a pickup that’s as capable as it is spacious. Not to mention, 2013 models benefited from available features like Xenon headlights, hill descent control, and the MyFord Touch infotainment system.

The 2014 F-150 also makes for a good option. It’s available with several different engines, including a 302-hp 3.7-liter V6 and a 411-hp 6.2-liter V8. It’s also available with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. According to Consumer Reports, it also earned a better overall reliability rating than the 2013 F-150. While the 2013 model earned a two out of five reliability rating, the 2014 F-150 was given a three out of five reliability rating by Consumer Reports.

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For the latest in safety and tech-savvy features, choose a 2015 – 2018 Ford F-150

Hoping for a used F-150 that’s just a tad bit newer? You may want to check out the 2015 model, which U.S. News & World Report gave an 8.7 overall score. Consumer Reports also gave the 2015 F-150 a four out of five owner satisfaction rating, which is pretty impressive. J.D. Power gave it similarly high ratings, including a ‘Best’ rating for its driving experience and resale value.

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The 2015 Ford F-150 marked the first generation of F-150s with aluminum bodies too. Not only that, but the 2015 F-150 also benefited from several new safety features, including adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, a 360-degree camera, and blind-spot monitoring.

But for features like the SYNC 3 system and Pro Trailer Backup Assist? You’re going to want to seek out a 2016 or newer Ford F-150. However, keep in mind that if tech-savvy features are what you’re after, Ford didn’t introduce Apple CarPlay or Android Auto until the 2017 Ford F-150. The 2018 Ford F-150 also added a slew of tech-savvy features, including a Wi-Fi hotspot.

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For the highest towing capacity, choose a 2019 F-150

Of course, not everyone is after the latest and greatest in features. If you’re in the market for a used pickup that’s able to tow a considerable amount of weight, U.S. News & World Report recommends choosing the 2019 Ford F-150. Unlike previous models, the 2019 model is able rated to tow up to 13,200-pounds when properly equipped. It also earned some pretty high ratings from J.D. Power. Unfortunately, this used F-150 will cost you a pretty penny. According to U.S. News & World Report, the average list price of a 2019 Ford F-150 is $24,427.

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Should you buy a used F-150?

The Ford F-150 isn’t the only used pickup out there. In fact, it’s one of many. While a used Ford F-150 may seem like a good choice, it’s always worth it to consider all of your options.