What is the best year for a used Ford F-150?

My old vehicle is about to bite the dust, and I’m thinking about making the switch to a pickup truck. Everyone I know with a Ford F-150 loves it, but which year models are the best options?

Macy Fouse · Answered on Jan 17, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Great choice! The Ford F-150 has been the most popular vehicle in America for decades—and for good reason. They’re sturdy and capable enough to haul most things but still light enough to drive every day. That being said, some year models are a better choice than others. Here are the best years for a used Ford F-150:
  • 2018: The 2018 F-150 model saw a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission added to the mix, paired with either a V6 or V8 engine. This model also comes with most of the essential modern comfort features, like keyless entry and heated seats. 2018 Ford F-150s have a starting typical listing price of $26,000.
  • 2015: The 2015 Ford F-150 ushered in a new generation, featuring a brand-new aluminum body (instead of steel) that lightened the load and boosted fuel economy. This model also received top-notch ratings across the board, and it received the fewest number of complaints compared to recent models. 2015 models start with an average listing price of $24,000.
  • 2012: The 2012 model of the F-150 is popular on the used market for a reason—and not just because it was voted MotorTrend’s Truck of the Year. The 2012 provided a few different engine options across nine different trims which added driving features like hill-assist and neutral-tow-assist. You can find the 2012 F-150 typically listed for about $11,300.
  • 2009: F-150 enthusiasts rate the 2009 model as the best Ford F-Series truck ever, and its reliability ratings can attest to that. This model came with the choice between two different V8 engine options and added the swanky platinum trim to the lineup. This year model starts with an average listing price of $10,700.
  • 1999: Yes—a truck from last century is still a good option! This model is a great choice if your budget is tight because many 1999 owners are still sporting their F-150s with very few issues. A typical listing price for this model is around $4,500.
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