Test Drive: 2014 Ford Tremor Review

Jerry Reynolds | March 6, 2014
Test Drive: 2014 Ford Tremor Review

This week, I bring you the 2014 Ford Tremor, an unusual sort of truck for these days actually. If you have been an F150 follower for many years, think back to the original Ford SVT Lightning and you’ll get somewhat of the idea of what Tremor is all about.

Here is the scoop. Start with a regular-cab, short bed F150, throw the Ecoboost 6-cylinder under the hood, spruce up the interior and exterior, put a 4:10 rear end under it, and you have the Tremor. It is a performance truck that will smoke the tires.

I don’t make it a secret, I am big fan of the 3.5-liter Ecoboost. It has 365-horses through the use of twin turbochargers, but this 4:10 electronically locking rear end adds a new element. This rear end setup is standard for both two and four-wheel-drive versions and helps deliver the power to the pavement by improving traction during takeoff, and you’ll need it with 420-pound feet of torque. Also standard is a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Looking at the exterior, there is a custom-inspired FX Appearance Package featuring stealthy, flat-black accents that include unique 20-inch flat-black wheels, stylized bodyside graphics and black badges with red lettering. My two-wheel drive Blue Flame tester has black tubular running boards. This truck is a head turner for sure.

Inside, the truck is striking and grabs your attention the moment you open the door. Tremor is the only regular-cab F-150 offering a flow-through center console and bucket seats. Interior touches include black leather seats with red piping, brushed-metal accents and a red-stitched steering wheel. Alcantara seat inserts add texture and style as well, and the seats are extremely comfortable. It also comes with the shifter in the center that is really cool in this sporty truck.

Connectivity comes standard on F-150 Tremor with MyFord Touch powered by SYNC. Designers have optimized the physical interface for MyFord Touch to accommodate truck users who may be wearing work gloves by providing easy access to climate controls and audio presets on the center stack. Both the MyFord Touch and SYNC systems worked flawlessly.

It is unusual to have a loaded F150 regular-cab, but this one comes very well-equipped. Option-wise, this F150 has power adjustable pedals, a CD player, and HID headlights. For $1995, the Tremor Plus package gets you navigation system, remote start, the tailgate step that I love so much, integrated trailer brake control, rearview camera, audible reverse sensing, and the pickup bed extender. That package for $1995 retail is a pure bargain.

Since it is a short bed with a regular-cab configuration, this truck is really easy to drive and park. It also makes the truck lighter than other Ecoboost F150s I have driven. The other thing that intrigues me about this truck is the future value. Ford has already said 2014 will be the only year for this package, so I suspect that down the road, this could be a collector’s item.

Tremor is a great truck if you don’t need the additional room of the SuperCab or SuperCrew, and it is a truck that will fit in everyone’s garage.

What I liked most: Performance of the Ecoboost, and the interior.

What I would change: I wish it sounded as fast as it is.

MSRP: Base price $34,270, as equipped $42,210.

Fuel Economy: EPA rated at 16 in town/22 on the highway, 18 combined. I am not getting either but in fairness, I’ve had my foot buried in the gas pedal.

Weight: 5073 Pounds.

2014 F150 Tremor in a few words: Great, sporty, performance truck!

Warranty: 3 Year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain coverage with roadside assistance.

Manufacturers website: http://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/

Dealers: We have great Ford dealers in Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Lubbock, Cleveland, Nashville, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

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