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What should I be paying?

When it comes to the F-150, you’re spoiled for choice as there is a configuration to meet most big truck needs. Still, adding on all the fixings does bump the price up quicker than you can say “I think this truck qualifies as a small business expense if it weighs a certain amount.”

The base XL starts a $36,770 and prices climb to $73,735 at the Platinum level. At the XL level, Ford offers the new 2.7-liter V6 plus the basic equipment which includes 17-inch alloys, chrome bumpers and LED fog lights. STX throws in 20-inch wheels and black accents along the exterior.

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The Tremor, which starts at $64,150, nets you all the off-road-ready hardware plus unique appearance parts, including a stylized grille and that nifty modular bumper. When it gets to Lariat trim territory, the F-150 becomes more of a mobile office, which is indeed the name of one of its equipment packages. This adds a console work surface, 400-watt outlets and wireless charging, among other handy features.

Platinum rides on 22-inch wheels, adds more leather to the interior, a spaceship’s worth of chrome on the outside and opens up the option for the 3.5-liter EcoBoost hybrid powertrain. Here, the asking price is $73,735.

The Raptor, by the way, starts at $78,330. We’re compelled to opt for the Tremor since it’s the most unique and off-road worthy, but at $64,150 it’s not going to be the cost-affordable way to go. And that’s without some options which can increase the final price past $80k.

Ford’s truck doesn’t roam alone, however. Competitors like the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 are always looking to break the F-150’s sales streak. Each line-up has a model comparable to what the F-150 offers, with Ram even offering the TRX to devour Ford’s Raptor, though its own extinction is imminent.

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