2012 Ford F-150

MSRP $23,500 - $31,940

Ranked #6 in Pickup-truck

7.2

Overall Rating

2012 Ford F-150 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 10, 2021

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There are three trims under the Ford F-150 Regular Cab cohort. The base XL model starts at $23,500, and the top-end XLT trim is marked at $29,000. All models get an option to avail of a 4WD setup. For 2012, there are minor changes to maintain the top place in truck rankings. The visual persuasion remains boxy with robust structure and massive wheels. Though there are not many creature comforts in Regular Cab models, the seats are spacious and comfortable. Safety is a prominent feature in the new F-150. The 2012 F-150 Regular Cab rivals the likes of Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab, GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab, and RAM 1500 Regular Cab.

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Pros

Powerful engine options

Appealing cabin design

Robust body structure

Advanced safety features

Cons

Unimpressive fuel economy

Limited premium features

What's New?

Applink capabilities with SYNC infotainment system

Neutral tow capability with 4WD models

Limited-slip differential replaced with Electronic locking rear axle


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23500

bodystyle

2dr Regular Cab

passenger capacity

3

top speed

110 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

228 cu.in.

horsepower

302 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

278 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD

chassis

suspension front

double wishbone front suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

126 in.

length

213.2 in.

width

79.2 in.

height

74.8 in.

curb weight

4685 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

64.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

17.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

5500 lbs.

payload capacity

1710 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/23 mpg

highway range

598 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

XL$23,500 onwards

STX$27,010 onwards

XLT$28,215 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Ford F-150 in Blue Flame color
Blue Flame

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

8.0

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.2

Overall Rating


However, the concept of pick-up trucks developed to new heights now. Premium cabins, sufficient power, and composed ride quality are virtues of the new era of pick-up trucks. The 2012 Ford F-150 is one of them. The latest lineup equips a standard V6 engine that reports ample power figures. It is a popular choice with good off-roading capability due to a locking rear differential as well. 


8.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2012 Ford F-150 Features

8.0/10

The 2012 Ford F-150 Regular Cab version comes in three trim levels. The base XL trim starts at $24,495 for standard RWD configuration. It equips a potent 3.7-Liter V6, post-collision safety systems, a vinyl upholstery cabin, and 17-inch steel wheels. The mid-tier STX model offers additional features like a tire pressure monitoring system, cruise control, and cloth upholstery seats. Moreover, alloy wheels replace steel wheels. The top-end XLT version is charming with dusk-sensing auto delay off headlamps, front fog lights, a 4-speaker audio system, and 17-inch painted alloy wheels. All models can have an optional 4WD setup.

Trim

XL

STX

XLT

MSRP (RWD)

$23,500

$27,010

$28,215

MSRP (4WD)

$28,140

$30,435

$31,640

Key Features

Firmer suspension tuning

All XL trim features plus

All STX model features plus

 

AM/FM Stereo

Tire Pressure Monitoring system

Dusk Sensing Auto Delay Off Headlamps

 

2-speaker audio system

Remote keyless power door locks

4-speaker audio system

 

Vinyl seat upholstery

Power mirrors

Front fog/driving lights

 

17-inch steel wheels

Cruise control

17-inch painted alloy wheels

 

Heated mirrors

Cloth upholstery

 
 

Cargo area light

17-inch alloy wheels

 

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The STX trim is a good deal with a high feature to price ratio. The mid-tier level option gets additional TPMS, cruise control, and alloy wheels. The cabin is more comfortable with cloth upholstery. It adds power mirrors and remote keyless power door locks for absolute convenience. Steering mounted controls are a plus—a better music experience from a 4-speaker audio system replacing the basic 2-speaker stereo of XL trim. For the STX version, the added 4WD costs around $3,500.

2012 Ford F-150 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2012 Ford F-150 Regular Cab comes equipped with a 3.7-Liter V 6 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission generating 302 hp and 278 pound-feet of torque. If you are looking for a more powerful engine option, upgrade to HD Towing Package that equips the vehicle with a 5.0-Liter V8 engine. The bigger engine generates 360 hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque output. The Regular Cab gets a standard rear-wheel-drive setup. At the same time, you can upgrade to a 4WD setup if required. 

Towing and payload capacity are impressive, with 11,300 pounds towing capacity and 1,765 pounds of payload capacity. The acceleration capability of the F-150 Regular Cab is one of the best-in-class, reaching 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds and a quarter-mile in 15.7 seconds with the 3.7-Liter V6 block underneath. The top speed is around 112 mph. Handling capability is impressive with firmer suspension tuning and an athletic steering setup.

Models

2012 Ford F-150 Regular Cab

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab

2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab 

2012 RAM 1500 Regular Cab

MSRP

$23,500

$22,195

$22,195

$22,570

Engine 

3.7L Naturally Aspirated V6

4.3L Naturally Aspirated V6

4.3L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.7L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

4-speed automatic

4-speed automatic

4-speed VLP automatic

Power 

302 hp @ 6,500 rpm

195 hp @ 4,600 rpm

195 hp @ 4,600 rpm

235 hp @ 4,000 rpm

Torque

278 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm

210 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.1

9.3

9.3

9.6

Quarter mile (sec)

15.7

16.3

16.3

17.1

Top Speed (MPH)

112

104

104

132

The towing capacity of the F-150 is the best-in-class, with numbers touching 11,300 pounds with the base engine. The bigger 5.0-Liter V8 delivers a whopping 14,400 pounds towing capacity and 3,117 pounds payload capacity. The acceleration capability of the truck is also impressive. Competitors like the Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 also deliver potent lower-end torque but they are slow; at least 2 seconds slower than the Ford in the 0-60 mph run.

2012 Ford F-150 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

Do not expect excellent fuel economy for these humongous towing monsters but a better economy can give an edge over the competition. The 2012 Ford F-150 returns 17 MPG in the city and highway figures stand at around 23 MPG. A large 26-gallon fuel tank takes care of a long driving range; an essential feature for pick-up trucks. The new F-150 is a good companion for cross country travel or a long weekend getaway with the family. The bigger 5.0-Liter V8 is a gas guzzler with a combined EPA rating of 17 MPG.

Models

2012 Ford F-150 Regular Cab

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab

2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab 

2012 RAM 1500 Regular Cab

MPG (City)

17

15

15

14

MPG (Highway)

23

20

20

20

MPG (Combined)

19

17

17

15

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

26.0

26.0

26.0

26.0

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

442/598

390/520

390/520

364/520

The best-in-class MPG figures are offered by the new F-150 Regular Cab. Two engine options vary the range, but both get a standard 26-gallon fuel tank. Competitors like Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 deliver a combined efficiency of 17 MPG but their driving ranges are quite low. Despite coming with an underpowered engine, the RAM 1500 is not as fuel-efficient as the Ford F-150 and it lags even behind the GM twins.

2012 Ford F-150 Interior

7.0/10

The interior space of the base model of the Ford F-150 is subtle with standard amenities. The cabin is spacious for three passengers and comes with multiple small-item storage options. The XL trim features vinyl upholstery seats, a basic 2-speaker audio system, and steering-mounted controls. Moving up to the mid-level STX model adds a 4-speaker audio setup, cloth upholstery seats, and convenience features. 

The top-end XLT version offers a similar cabin outlook with ample space and comfortable seating. Major changes for the top-end model focus on exterior and safety features. The utilities are at the epicenter of design philosophy. The 2012 Ford F-150 Regular Cab features a spacious cargo deck area for hand-held items. Talking of numbers, it has the best-in-class 65.5 cubic feet cargo volume.

Models

2012 Ford F-150 Regular Cab

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab

2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab 

2012 RAM 1500 Regular Cab

Seating Capacity

3

3

3

3

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41.0/66.6/41.4

41.5/65.2/41.3

41.5/65.2/41.3

40.3/66.0/41.0

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

65.5

60.7

60.7

57.5

There is not much interior difference among pickup trucks of this domain. The cabin space is similar, and higher trims get comfortable upholstery options and additional convenience features. Being a Regular Cab, passenger space is limited to three. However, it is spacious with good legroom and headroom. 

Competitors like the Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 offers slightly better legroom. Cargo space is the best in Ford F-150, followed by Sierra 1500. The Sierra 1500 and Silverado 1500 being twin offerings from the GM brand offer similar cargo volumes. They also get small-item storage spaces inside the cabin for a more comfortable and organized ride. Standout interior features include:

  • Vinyl/Cloth upholstered seats w/ manual driver lumbar
  • Color-coordinated urethane steering wheel
  • Cruise Control for STX and XLT trims
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Driver and passenger door scuff plates
  • Air conditioning

How intuitive is the 2012 Ford F-150 Regular Cab’s infotainment system?

The base model of the 2012 Ford F-150 Regular Cab gets basic features like a 2-speaker audio system and fundamental inputs. Mid-tier and top-end trims get you a better 4-speaker audio system and connectivity features. It adds a CD Player and AM/FM Stereo. When it comes to Regular Cab pick-up trucks, infotainment features are limited. Standout infotainment features include:

  • AM/ FM Stereo
  • CD/ MP3 Player
  • 4-speaker audio system
  • USB input
  • AUX audio input jack

2012 Ford F-150 Exterior

8.0/10

The new Ford F-150 Regular Cab presents a rugged statement with a straightforward design and intuitive headlights. The top-end XLT trim offers Dusk Sensing Auto Delay Off Headlamps. The vehicle also gets a side assist step, fog lights, power mirrors, and massive 17-inch painted alloy wheels. The difference between trim levels are 17-inch steel wheels for the XL model, 17-inch alloy wheels for the STX version, and painted alloy wheels for top-end trim. 

The rear of the truck features unique taillights. There are no dimensional changes for the 2012 MY. The truck is on the heavier side of the segment. The body structure is taller and offers a long wheelbase. Ground clearance offered by the 2012 Ford F-150 Regular Cab is one of the best in the segment.

Models

2012 Ford F-150 Regular Cab

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab

2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab 

2012 RAM 1500 Regular Cab

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,685

4,460

4,460

4,707

Length (in.)

213.2

205.6

205.6

209.0

Width (in.)

79.2

79.9

80

79.4

Height (in.)

74.6

73.6

73.6

74.6

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.8

7.7

7.7

9.7

Wheelbase (in.)

125.8

119.0

119.0

120.5

The new 2012 Ford F-150 Regular Cab is the heaviest but is also dimensionally bigger. The height, wheelbase, and ground clearance are better than competitors. The new GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are lighter and feature a shorter wheelbase and lower body height. Standout exterior features include:

  • Dusk Sensing Auto on/off headlamps
  • Cargo Area Lighting
  • Black power side mirrors
  • Chrome grille with chrome surround
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

2012 Ford F-150 Safety

7.0/10

The 2012 F-150 handsomely equips standard as well as advanced safety features. Top testing agencies like NHTSA and IIHS highly acclaim the body structure of the Ford F-150 lineup. It comes equipped with a handful of safety features like a post-collision safety system, hill-start assist, tire pressure monitoring system, cruise control, and AdvanceTrac stability control system. The keyless entry and MyKey system offer good security. However, the Regular Cab misses out on the most advanced driver assistance technologies present in Crew Cab. Standout safety features include:

  • AdvanceTrac stability control w/ roll stability
  • Hill-start assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • MyKey system
  • Dual-stage airbags for driver and passenger
  • Safety canopy front side curtain airbags
  • Post-collision safety system

2012 Ford F-150 Final Verdict

The new Ford F-150 Regular Cab does not have many changes over its outgoing model. The design and powertrain are similar. If you are looking for a heavy-duty pick-up truck with remarkable towing and payload capacity and a decent cabin, the 2012 F-150 Regular Cab is a good choice. There are three trim levels and two engine options to choose from. Also, an optimum fuel efficiency gives it an edge over competitors.

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