A truck for the mean streets (and roads) of Colorado

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2014 Ford F-150 4x4 Regular Cab TREMOR Plus
• Full-Size Pickup, 4WD
• 3.5L ECOBOOST V6 Engine
• 6-speed electronic automatic transmission with sport shift
• TREMOR Plus Package (4.10 electronic-locking rear axle, HID headlamps, graphics, SYNC with MyFord Touch, navigation with rear view camera, remote start, stowable bed extender, tailgate step and trailer brake controller).
• Hill Descent and Start Assist
• 5 Year/100k Powertrain Limited Warranty & Roadside Assistance. 3 Year/36k Bumper to Bumper
• 17 mpg (15/21 city/hwy)
MSRP: Around $46k, pictured
As always, check with dealer for details



On this trip, with a Ford F—150 Regular Cab with the TREMOR Plus package from Western Slope Auto, I decided to see just how far the road goes.  I grew up in the area, but realized how little I knew about the edges of the Grand Valley, so I decided to explore.

The F-150 TREMOR was a great choice for this exploration.  Designed to be a mean street truck (I took that from the brochure), the TREMOR marries a 365-hp 3.5L engine with a six-speed automatic transmission and a 4.10 electronic-locking rear axle. Then it is wrapped in an aggressive looking appearance package with decals, wheels and interior flair and set loose. 

Inside, I was comfortable, which doesn’t sound that impressive, unless you take into account that I’m 6’10” soaking wet (and dry) and the TREMOR package only comes with regular cab F-150s.  This may be the only time in recent memory that I’ve been this comfortable in a regular cab.  The seat adjusted electronically with plenty of room. 

The TREMOR’s interior has an appearance upgrade as well, with red-trimmed seats and a brushed dark metal dash and accents.  Ford, once they lost the curves quite a few years ago, knows how to make a sharp looking truck.

Kevin Lemarr, Ford Sales Manager at Western Slope Auto.  pointed out that “It has totally different features than you’d get in other trucks. That’s a drive train combination that you’re not going to get in a crew cab.  It’s a sporty truck.”

Sporty is a great word for it.  With a peppy engine and cool cabin design, the TREMOR lives up to ‘sporty,’ but it comes from a long line of working trucks, and it’s capable there as well. 

The bed includes a folding/collapsible bed extender, for example, or the addition of a trailer brake controller.

The irony is that I took this mean street car off the pavement onto some of the trails on the north side of the Valley. I didn’t go too crazy, but was impressed by the stability of the TREMOR (which isn’t an oxymoron) on the gravel, but also by a suite of cool features that complement the car. 

My favorite was probably the driver information center that more than lived up to its name.  Along with the usual mileage/engine information, there were actually help screens that explained some of the more specific functions like the hill start assist and hill descent control.  I could have used that a few years ago test driving another car, but lessons learned, and future owners will learn more easily.  The topper was an inclinometer that displayed the roll, pitch and wheel position, helping to control the TREMOR on the off-roads.

I drove toward the Bookcliffs and made it fairly far, but just when I started getting ideas about forging my own road, I found a dry creek bed/ravine that I couldn’t risk.  Turning around in the ravine was tight, but with the rear view camera and alerts, I was able to do it without a scratch. Very cool.

See the TREMOR for yourself at Western Slope Auto, 2264 Highway 6 & 50.  A street truck with a work ethic, it’s definitely worth a look.

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