2017 Ford F-150 STX: Igniting the Chrome Debate Once Again

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Are you in the chrome hater camp, but can’t stomach the thought of tooling around in a workman’s class XL?  You aren’t the only one, and Ford is bringing back the perfect trim level for you – the STX – for the 2017 model year.

Now that we’ve gotten a nice walk around look at how the STX package looks on the F-150’s latest body style, it’s time to give it a proper review.  The problem is, it’s going to be hard to come to a consensus on this one.

The reasoning is simple – people typically either fall in the aforementioned “chrome is tacky and belongs on classic cars only” camp, or they think that painted everything makes the F-150 look like a giant blob of monochrome boredom.

Regardless of how you feel about chrome, or the lack thereof, there is a lot to like about the STX.  It slots right in between the XL and XLT, giving buyers a few of the bells and whistles from the XLT without the shiny stuff.

You get a lot of truck for the reasonable starting price of $35, 615 – 20 inch wheels, a billet style grille, 8 inch touchscreen, fog lamps, and lots of other goodies.  You can also get it in SuperCab or SuperCrew configuration, with your choice of either the 2.7 or 3.5 liter Ecoboost V6 or the venerable 5.0 V8.

The price, of course, doesn’t include one notable option – chrome.  So what do you think, do chromed out trucks belong in the 50’s, or are they still relevant?

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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