1994 Ford F-150

By November 10, 1999
1994 Ford F-150

Test driving the most popular model of the best-selling full-size pickups is a piece of cake … sort of. In evaluating the latest edition of the Ford F-150, there can be a tendency to overlook its many assets because they are so familiar. Also, there can be a tendency to overlook the refining and honing that have been applied to make a good pickup even better.

We tried the 1994 Ford Flareside SuperCab F-150 in the 4×4 version and fell into the trap of taking the familiar for granted. It was predictable in doing what Ford pickups have been doing since they took over full-size sales leadership 16 years ago-satisfying their owners by performing well, handling nicely and delivering great value in a lasting, reliable manner. But we got a wake-up call when we used our F-150 to pick up a piece of furniture: The men at the loading dock went bonkers over our truck.

So we stepped back and tried to look at the F-150 with fresh eyes. It was difficult because we kept slipping into a “that's the way it's supposed to be” frame of mind. But we recalled the enthusiasm of the guys on the loading dock and tried anew to appreciate fully this pickup.