Features You Wish You Had on Your Ford Truck
When it comes time to look at a new, or new-to-you truck, you tend to shop based on a a few things. Price, capability, and features are all things that come to mind on the new vehicle checklist. Sometimes, you can’t get the truck exactly the way you want it, because the feature wasn’t available or that it was too expensive at the time. We previously asked you what features you wish your truck had that it currently doesn’t. We’ve compiled some of the results here for you.
First and foremost, most of you wanted an auto-payment feature. That’s right, trucks are more and more expensive these days, and most of you with a truck payment really would be happier without that payment. Unfortunately, a truck that pays for itself doesn’t exist (unless it’s a business truck, I suppose), and I don’t see Ford giving away free trucks anytime soon.
Another popular response was the manual transmission. While it was commonplace just a few years ago to find trucks with manual transmissions, automatics are quickly replacing the manuals on even the cheapest of trucks. Modern day automatics are more fuel efficient than the equivalent manual transmission, and the take rates of manuals (when available) are extremely low. It just doesn’t make financial sense for a company to spend the research and development into a manual transmission that so few would buy.
Another popular option was the sliding rear glass. More specifically, people want a powered sliding rear glass. On a regular cab pickup, it’s easy to reach over and slide open the rear glass. But when you have a SuperCab or SuperCrew configuration, it’s a pain in the rear to open that rear glass. Making them power operated makes it a lot easier to use.
The sliding glass is, of course, available on new trucks and is powered. Heck, on the 2015 F-150, they’re even frameless.
In high performance applications, such as hauling a heavy load (or racing around a track, though people don’t typically do that in trucks), it’s important to have certain information readily available. Tire pressure is an important metric to follow, but only on the 2015 F-150 are the actual tire pressure numbers available. In previous years, there was an indicator light to say that they were low, but didn’t specify how low.
One commenter even mentioned wanting HID headlights on his truck. Only recently has HID or LED lighting technology been available on pickup trucks, and it seems that Ford really is the only manufacturer quick to offer it. Ford has made the transition from HID to LED lights for 2015, but the competition doesn’t offer either as option. For those that work at night or worry about hitting deer, the extra-bright lighting is well worth the added cost.
That’s just a taste of the many responses we received in the forums, comments, and over on Facebook.
If you have any other feature you’d like to mention, or maybe your truck is perfect as it is, feel free to let us know over in the forums!