Why The Lariat Is the Perfect F-150 Trim

March 13th, 2020 by

A silver 2020 Ford F-150 Lariat is drivin gon a highway near Cincinnati, OH.

Most manufacturers out there like to include a lot of different options for trim levels on their vehicles because they know people like choices. We like to be able to carefully peruse the different things available in front of us and make an informed decision once we feel we’re absolutely certain that this is what we want. And it’s the same with Ford vehicles. If you’re looking into Ford trucks for sale, you already know that Ford sells the most popular vehicles in the country in the form of their F-series trucks. What you may not know is which one might be the perfect fit for you.

At King’s Ford, we offer the most competitive pricing on Ford vehicles in the Cincinnati area. We know that looking into buying a new car can be stressful, which is why we do our best to make the process as simple as possible for you. If the Ford truck you’re looking into is an F-150, there’s no bad decision to be made when it comes to which trim you want because each meets a range of wants and needs. However, if you want the perfect balance of affordable pricing, great features, and wonderful performance, then the Lariat would be the ideal trim to look into.

What’s Under the Hood?

The all-important question for pickup enthusiasts out there has to do with what kind of engine you’re going to find equipped on each trim level. Since the F-150 is a full-size pickup, we need some full-size engine options to make sure this rugged machine can handle the kind of work that’s going to be thrown its way.

Your standard engine will be a 2.7L EcoBoost V6 gas engine that delivers up to 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, which is the kind of power one would expect to find on a Ford truck. You’ll control all of that power through an advanced 10-speed automatic transmission. It’s important to note that while this engine and transmission are standard on the Lariat, they are not what you would find on the lower XL or XLT trims. There, you get a 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. While this may seem like a more powerful engine based on the liters alone, it actually delivers less performance with up to 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. Also, the 10-speed transmission includes selectable modes like Normal, Tow/Haul, Snow/Wet, EcoSelect, and Sport.

If you’re feeling like you might need a bit of an upgrade to an already powerful engine, don’t worry, you have other options here. You can choose from the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine with up to 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque (a best-in-class gas torque rating), the 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine with up to 395 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, or a new fan favorite, the 3.0L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel V6 engine with up to 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque.

Obviously, the choices are both plentiful and impressive, with the diesel engine really rounding out the options. With the diesel engine equipped, you can expect greater towing capability and an EPA-estimated 29 mpg on the highway. Not bad at all for a full-size truck.

A red 2020 Ford F-150 Lariat, which is popular among Ford trucks for sale, is driving in the mud.


While it’s fun talking about powerful engines, there’s not really much point to them without knowing what kind of capability numbers they’ll actually be putting up. To make it easy for you, here are the best possible maximum conventional towing and payload numbers for the 2020 F-150:

  • 2.7L EcoBoost V6 – 8,500 lbs towing, 2,470 lbs payload
  • 3.5L EcoBoost V6 – 13,200 lbs towing, 3,230 lbs payload
  • 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 – 11,600 lbs towing, 3,270 lbs payload
  • 3.0L Power Stroke V6 – 11,500 lbs towing, 1,940 lbs payload

You’ll have to play around with the different configurations to find out which would be best for you, but keep in mind that as you go up trim levels, the added features will generally add more weight to the vehicle and decrease your capability numbers overall. So, lower trim levels will generally have higher capabilities since their base weight will be lower. Because the Lariat is right in the middle of the models, it makes it a great choice for having good capabilities, yet still getting a number of additional features.

What Features Will It Have?

Compared to the lower trim levels, the Lariat gets some nice standard upgrades. For example, while it’s nice that every F-150 model will come with certain Ford Co-Pilot360 Technology features like Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Rear View Camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist, as you move up the trims, you’ll find more advanced features included. On the Lariat, you get the standard feature of Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Trailer Coverage. If you know anything about towing large items, like boats or trailers, then you know it’s not always an easy ride on the highway when you have something that big attached to your vehicle. Changing lanes can be especially anxiety-inducing. However, with BLIS with Trailer Coverage, you’ll be alerted to any vehicles in your blind spot or next to your trailer that’s being towed. More advanced safety features are also available as additional upgrades, so if you want Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go or Pro Trailer Backup Assist, you can definitely add those features onto the Lariat trim.

Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start is included, along with Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control. And in place of the smaller 4.2-inch display, you’ll find a much larger 8-inch screen. The convenience and luxury features continue with ambient lighting, woodgrain trim accents, and heated/ventilated front seats. Also included is SYNC 3 technology, which makes the vehicle compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, making it a lot easier to stay completely hands-free from your cell phone while driving.

The black interior and infotainment features of the 2020 Ford F-150 Lariat are shown.

So Why the Lariat?

The Lariat isn’t your highest trim level, but it’s also not the lowest. It sits in the middle and gets the best of both worlds. Because it’s a higher trim than the XL or XLT, it’s going to have a higher starting MSRP of $42,750 compared to $28,745 and $34,760, respectively. However, if you look higher up the ladder, then you’ll see the next trim, the King Ranch, starts at $52,990 and the Raptor at $53,455. Going all the way up, we’ll find the Limited at $67,735. When you look at it from that perspective, the Lariat is in a very nice space of its own.

At King’s Ford, we know that not everyone will be looking for that highest trim level, and yet the majority of people don’t want the lowest one either. This is why a trim like the Lariat would be the ideal fit. It’s still an affordable price, and you get a lot more features than you would find on the XL or XLT. The really nice thing is you can add on just about any upgrade you want with the Lariat models, which really opens up your configuration options.

Give us a call today and set up an appointment with a member of our sales team to test drive your perfect Ford vehicle. We look forward to chatting with you soon!