2024 Ford F-150 Tremor

Ford's best all-around F-150
is nothing short of awesome

By Jim Prueter

(July 10, 2024) The Ford F-150 Tremor is about as perfect a half-ton truck as one could spec out regardless of manufacturer brand. Reintroduced with the current 14th-generation F-150 for 2020, Tremor slots between the base FX4 Off-Road trim and the monster-like Raptor, this quarter-ton overloading truck is engineered to better handle more serious off-road adventures but short of hard-core Rubicon Trail capable.

From rocky and rugged off-road trails, deep-sand desert dry river beds, to Baja courses and daily urban-suburban work, the drive experience was beyond pleasing.

Truck spotting the Tremor begins with its visually unique burnt-orange trim highlights beginning with the dual orange slot mid-front grille and matching orange accents on the front fender vents, Tremor stickers on the cargo bed and tailgate. Tremor also gets unique black wrinkled aluminum running boards, four tow hooks and 33-inch General Grabber A/TX knobby tires shod on black 18-inch wheels.

Perhaps the biggest exterior change for 2024 is the addition of Ford's Pro Access tailgate thing that puts a door inside the tailgate and hinges open at variations of 200 - 70 - or 37 - degree angles making it easy to open and accessible the cargo bed with a trailer attached - something GM's 6-way power tailgate is unable to accommodate. The tailgate still folds down manually or via power.

Design wise, it's similar to Ram's 60/40 barn door split tailgate except Ford's is roughly the middle third of the tailgate that swings open. There's a grab handle in the bed and as usual a pop-out under the bumper retractable step help users climb up into the bed. The Pro Access tailgate is optional on all but the King Ranch and Platinum trim levels where its standard but isn't available on the Raptor R.

Inside, the cabin is adorned with a well-integrated 12-inch touchscreen that we found easy use and orange accents continued with nice-looking pieces on the instrument panel, orange stitching on the black leather seat upholstery, orange seat piping and the orange Tremor stitched on the upper portions of the seats but otherwise is the same excellent F-150 cabin. Our Tremor also included the optional dual-pane panoramic sunroof

Our test Tremor came equipped with the standard 400-hp 5.0-liter V-8, but is also available with the same horsepower optional 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 with 500 lb-ft of torque instead of the 410 lb-ft torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission is paired with either engine choice.

It comes as a short bed, crew cab and includes a locking rear differential, hill descent control and unique Trail Turn assist that locks the inside rear wheel to make tighter turns. Ground clearance is 9.8-inches, 1.6-inches higher than the standard F-150. When it comes to towing the Tremor handles up to 13,500 pounds, compared to the Raptor's 8,300.

Other big news for 2024 is Ford's offering of BlueCruise 1.2 for all F-150 trim levels as a three years, $2100 subscription service $75 per month after an initial 90-day free trial. BlueCruise is Ford's hands-free driving software that features in-lane positioning and lane change assist.

We tried it on our test Tremor and were well pleased with its ease of use and how well it worked on basically, most freeways. You can drive with your hands off the steering wheel but know that the system does have eye monitors so if you take your eyes off the road for more than about eight-seconds the system starts beeping at you to grab the steering wheel. The lane repositioning keeps the truck better centered in the lane rather than ping-pong back and forth between the lane markers. Engaging the turn signal and the truck will switch over one lane when it's safe to do so.

Overall, the F-150 Tremor is the best all-around light-duty half-ton pickup truck Ford makes and dare we say any truck regardless of brand. The Tremor is an excellent commuter but also will handle all-the off-road duties you'll likely contend with unless you decide you want to take on the Rubicon Trail challenge.

Vital Stats

Base Price: $64,350
Price as Tested: $94,090
Engine/Transmission: 5.0-liter 400-hp V-8 paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive.
Seating: 5
EPA Fuel Economy: 15/20/17 - MPG City/Highway/Combined
Where Built: Dearborn, Michigan

Crash Test Safety Ratings: Overall 5-star by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Competes With:
Chevrolet Silverado
Ram 1500
Toyota Tundra

The best F-150 trim level Ford makes
Door within the tailgate
Latest version — Ford's BlueCruise

By no means cheap
Staid exterior color choices
Gas thirsty engine