Last month I had the chance to drive a 2012 Ford F-150 Harley Davidson. I’m still coming down from it all and I miss ‘The Beast’ every day.
Before driving this truck, I had never driven a truck before. When I got the email letting me know I was going to drive a Harley Davidson truck, I was giddy. When I posted about what I was going to be driving on my Facebook page, my parents immediately did a search online because they couldn’t believe someone would actually let me drive a motorcycle.
Needless to say, they were relieved when they found out that this particular Harley Davidson was a Ford truck model.
I told my husband that despite the size, the F-150 Harley Davidson was the most fuel efficient in its class to which my husband replied “What class is that? Trucks the size of houses?” Joking aside, I drove this truck from Edmonton to Calgary and back for a meeting and I was able to make the whole trip on one tank of gas. The specs I received on this vehicle list the mileage as 18.5L/100km in the city and 12.7L/100km for the highway.
I miss my beast.
So, back to the ‘I’ve-never-driven-a-truck-before’. I felt a little intimidated just thinking about driving the Ford F-150, but after about 5 minutes, I felt like I owned it. One of the features that gave me butterflies and caught me off guard was when I first opened the driver’s door. The running board automatically dropped down so I could step on it to get in to the truck. This comes standard on the 2012 Ford F-150 Harley Davidson and it will only drop down on the side of the vehicle that the door is open on.
The 2012 Ford F-150 Harley Davidson also came with an amazing message/media centre. Included was AM/FM Sirius Radio, Disc, Media Input, GPS Navigation, Map, Phone and Climate Controls. Everything was programmable by using either the buttons on the dashboard, or by touching the screen.
Another favorite feature was the on-screen reverse camera and sensing system. When I put the truck in to reverse, the media centre screen display changed to show the back of the vehicle through a rear camera. This is great because it isn’t always easy to see the small things that can get behind trucks. the sensing system activated when the truck got within a certain distance from an object to notify you that you are in danger of hitting something.
I felt comfortable driving the Ford F-150 everywhere. The truck didn’t have a ‘big’ feel to it at all and I was able to maneuver it through traffic as easily as my own vehicle. Despite it’s comfortable feel, there is a lot of room inside the truck. The interior was spacious and it was really comfortable on my road trip. As for the back seat, there was a lot of leg room in the back to stretch out. I was able to attach my daughter’s car seat in with their standard Latch Child Restraint System and she loved the ride. She kept commenting on how much more she could see from this back seat.
Gone are the days when you would buy a vehicle and EVERYTHING was an add-on. I was amazed at all of the features that now come standard with the Ford F-150 Harley Davidson, including:
- Exterior: Defroster Rear w/Privacy, Fog Lamps, Grille – Billet Style, Grille Surround C/K, Power Moonroof, Sliding Rear Window, Power Deploy Running Board
- Interior: Carpet w/Floor Mats C/K, Message Centre w/Trip Comp, Power Adjustable Pedals, Sirius w/6 month subscription, Sync Voice Activated System, Universal Garage Door Opener
- Functional: Dual Zone Electronic A/C, Power 4-wheel Disc ABS, All Wheel Drive System, Easy Fuel, Engine Block Heater, Remote Keyless Entry/Keypad, Reverse Camera System, Reverse Sensing System, Speed Control/Tilt Steering, Sport Tuned Shocks, Trailer Brake Controller
- Safety / Security: Driver /Passenger Airbags, Side Airbags, Latch Child Restraint System, Passive Anti-theft System, Personal Safety System, Roll Stability Control.
- Warranty: 3 Year/60,000km Basic, 5 Year/100,000km Powertrain Roadside Assistance (24 hour)
I’m not going to pretend that I know what all of these bells and whistles are, but believe me, it has a lot of fun things on the inside and out. The vehicle that I drove had a few additional items on it (that would be considered optional) but not much in the way of extra charges. The exact vehicle that I got to test drive for the week is listed at $66,949.00
Want to take one for a test drive? I highly recommend it. You can drop by a Ford dealership near you, and if you are in Edmonton, the staff at Waterloo Ford are fantastic. They are located at 11420 – 107 Avenue Northwest.
Disclosure: I test drove the Ford F-150 Harley Davidson for one week in order to post this feature. The opinions expressed in this post are mine only and are in no way influenced by any outside factors.