2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150: Review

2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150: Review
20 Feb 2012

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This truck is not your normal every day workhorse… it’s so much more.

The folks over at Ford teamed up with Harley-Davidson to push the envelope when building this bad boy! It comes equipped with a 6.2L 2V EFI V8 engine with 2 spark plugs per cylinder. This engine uses big-bore architecture to push out an astounding 411 HPs and 434 lbs ft of torque. In non-mechanic talk, this truck can friggin’ boogie!

For all of you who tow a trailer, whether it be a boat, camper trailer (like me), or a work trailer, the 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 has a towing capacity of 7,500 pounds. A trailer brake controller comes standard on this model.

Like it’s F-150 Lariat sibling, the 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 comes with a pickup box extender, and a class-exclusive grab bar and tailgate step. A rear-view camera also makes backing up a breeze.

New for 2012 are the 22” machined aluminum wheels with painted accents. F-Series firsts include wet-on-wet paint, superchargers, all wheel drive, Harley-Davidson badges as interior ornamentation, power deployable running boards (which my girls referred to as the “cool step”), and high gloss painted interior.

I loved the power tilt and telescoping steering column. For a big guy like me, this certainly helped me find the most comfortable driving position, in combination with the power seats. This is my first point of criticism with a vehicle. It has to be comfortable to drive, and I have to fit comfortably. If it isn’t, and I can’t, it’s not for me. This truck did not disappoint in this department.

The interior of this truck is hot! It has high gloss Tuxedo black painted accents, with splashes of snakeskin leather accents throughout. It makes you feel like you are sitting on a Hog!

Some of my favorite features are the illuminated cup holders and the ambient lighting throughout. There is also a limited edition serialization plate on the centre console, which includes laser engraved VIN and build numbers. This adds a unique touch of personalization.

I was pretty impressed with the attention to detail on this truck. The font on the Harley-Davidson badging on the side of the box, as well as on the cab entrance floor, match that of the speedometer. It comes as no surprise that nearly every member of the Harley-Davidson F-150 team at Ford is a Harley-Davidson owner.

“This is a great pairing of two icons of the open road; Ford and Harley-Davidson. Both brands appeal to truck owners and motorcycle enthusiasts alike,’ said Marc Lapine, Ford F-150 marketing manager Ford Motor Company. “For 2012 we worked with Harley-Davidson to continue to push the styling envelope while still delivering the durability and power that F-150 is known for and that our collective customers expect. It perfectly captures both brands.” (from the Ford media kit)

The exterior of the 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 is quite nice. Usually, I am not a fan of white vehicles, but it works for this truck. They used a white platinum metallic tri-coat, accented with stylized body-side graphics.

“This is the first time we’ve captured the full spectrum of light to dark on the exterior,” said Mike Massara, F-150 program manager, Ford Motor company. “The graphic flows and accents the design curve of the truck, yet brings the texture of the snakeskin into the vehicle, which is something that’s very difficult to do.”

The power deployable running boards are a great touch. When I first opened the door, I didn’t realize the truck even had running boards. So I lean in to put my coffee in the cup holder, and got hit in the shins. A bit startled, I look down and see the running boards. I’m not going to tell you how many times I opened and closed the door. This is a really cool feature… as long as you are not standing too close.

Ford will be rolling out the Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch™ on all the new models as they are re-designed. Like the rest of the F-Series trucks, this vehicle came equipped with the Ford SYNC system. A 4.2” LCD productivity screen allows you to explore all of this cool technology.

Overall, this is one bad-ass truck, that is thoroughly fun to drive.

Big Daddy

If you would like me to review your product, send me an email at craig@bigdaddykreativ.ca or find me on “the twitter” at @BigDaddyKreativ

Here are a few more of the pictures I took:

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Craig Silva

Craig is a passionate and seasoned travel, food, and lifestyle writer, whose words paint vivid pictures of the world's most captivating destinations. His work not only inspires others to embark on their own adventures but also fosters a deep appreciation for the beauty and diversity of our world. He captures the essence of each locale, offering readers a glimpse into the cultures, landscapes, cuisine, and experiences that make travel so enriching. Craig is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the International Travel Writers Alliance (ITWA). If you are a PR agency or brand and would like Craig to review a travel destination, vehicle, restaurant, product or service, please send him an email.

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