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Fuel-efficient pickups for frugal families

2013 Ford F-150
2013 Ford F-150
  • Starting price: $23,955
  • Fuel economy:
    • City - 17 mpg
    • Highway - 23 mpg

The most gas-friendly version of the full-size 2013 Ford F-150 is powered by the 302-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6, which gets 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway in the two-wheel-drive configuration.

Three other engines are offered, all of which are fuel-efficient for their size. There is a 365-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 with EcoBoost fuel-saving technology with two-wheel drive for 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway mileage; a 360-horsepower, 5-liter V-8 with two-wheel drive for 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway; and a 411-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 with two-wheel drive for 13 mpg city and 18 mpg highway.

The Ford F-150 also offers the heaviest towing capacity of any full-size pickup currently on the market, 11,300 pounds, and the largest cargo-carrying capacity, 3,120 pounds.

Thanks to the various engine, cab and pickup bed configurations, there are 10 models available, with the least expensive model starting at $23,955. The regular cab seats three, while the medium-size super cab and large-size SuperCrew seat six and are the likelier choice for families. Three pickup boxes are available -- 5-foot-6-inch, 6-foot-6-inch and 8-foot. Standard features on every 2013 Ford F-150 include air conditioning, fade-to-off interior lighting, a 12-volt outlet, six air bags, traction control, stability control and trailer sway control.

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