Whether you are looking for a new or preowned truck, the Ford F-150 is a top contender. Considering the truck’s bed size for hauling cargo, you may be wondering how long is the bed of a Ford F-150. We’ve researched this topic to simplify your shopping experience.
Ford offers three bed lengths on F-150 models, depending on trim and cab options:
- 5-1/2 ft.
- 6-1/2 ft.
- 8 ft.
The standard 6-1/2 ft. bed is available on any trim level (XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited, and Raptor). Opt for a 5-1/2 ft. bed on any trim level with SuperCrew, or on Raptor trim with SuperCab. Opt for an 8 ft. bed on any trim level with either Regular or SuperCab.
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Now that you have an idea of the bed length options for each F-150 model, we can delve into what each length means for you. Keep reading, and we’ll examine the dimensions of F-150 truck beds so you know how each length measures up to your expectations.
Ford F-150 Truck Bed Lengths
Truck beds measure a standard height of 21.4 inches, but as you’ve just learned, Ford offers various lengths of beds on F-150 models. No matter how you utilize your truck, bed length matters for the truck’s performance and maximum hauling capacity.
Behind the driver’s seat, you will notice that truck bed length affects how your truck handles. Shorter beds are easy to maneuver, responding quickly within a narrower turning radius. Whereas longer truck beds require a wider turning radius, and can be difficult to park especially in tight spaces.
From a cargo perspective, the longer the bed the more you can hold in terms of both capacity and weight. We’ll get into truck bed volume a little later, but first let’s look at Ford’s three bed sizes for the F-150.
To put Ford’s truck bed lengths into perspective, think about a standard sofa being 6 ft. long and a standard sheet of plywood measuring 8 ft. long. Consider what you might haul with the F-150. Now, you’ll have a better idea of Ford’s truck bed length options as you continue reading.
6-1/2 Ft. Truck Bed On F-150
The standard bed size on Ford’s F-150 is 6-1/2 ft. long, similar to that of trucks made by other manufacturers. This length is available on all F-150 models, regardless of trim or cab. Standard bed size is most popular among Ford owners, but you have the option to choose a shorter bed or longer bed for your cargo needs.
5-1/2 Ft. Truck Bed On F-150
The shorter, 5-1/2 ft. truck bed is a good option for an owner who wants a high-performance drive, but doesn’t necessarily need extra space for hauling cargo. Ford’s 5-1/2 ft. bed is available with the SuperCrew cab option on all F-150 trims. On the F-150 Raptor, get a 5-1/2 ft. bed with the SuperCab option.
8 Ft. Truck Bed On F-150
The extended, 8 ft. bed length is a good option for an owner who needs more cargo space and hauling capacity. In terms of performance, the longer bed can be difficult to maneuver and park. Ford’s 8 ft. bed is available only with Regular and SuperCab options on all trims.
How Much Can A F-150 Hold In The Bed?
The maximum load that a truck bed can hold depends on a variety of factors. Take this example of the drivetrain’s effect on what a truck bed can hold. A typical 4x2 truck holds a maximum load of 1,520 to 2,140-pounds. However, a typical 4x4 truck holds a heavier load at a maximum between 1,270 and 2,080-pounds. So, choice of drivetrain can really increase the bed’s maximum load capacity.
Consider not only the drivetrain, but also the engine and cab when selecting the right sized bed for your truck. Let’s look at some examples of the F-150’s maximum load based on different specifications.
The F-150 Raptor with SuperCab carries a maximum load of 1,000-pounds, and has the option for a 5-1/2 ft. bed. Equip the Raptor trim level with a SuperCrew cab and standard, 6-1/2 ft. bed to increase the carrying capacity to 1,200-pounds.
Opt for the Regular cab option on F-150 XLT with a 6-1/2 ft bed, and expect to carry a maximum load of 1,860 to 1,900-pounds. This capacity is for a 4x2 truck. Upgrade the drivetrain to 4x4 on the XLT trim, and increase how much you can hold to 1,730 to 1,830-pounds.
Now, take the F-150 XLT 6-1/2 ft bed and opt for the SuperCab. Maximum load is between 1,840 and 2,320-pounds on 4x2 models, and between 1,640 and 2,200-pounds on 4x4 models.
With the SuperCrew cab on F-150 XLT, yield a maximum load of 1,700 to 2,140-pounds on 4x2 models and 1,270 to 2,080-pounds on 4x4 models.
Ford offers an 8 ft. bed on F-150 Platinum Regular and SuperCab. A 4x2 truck with an 8 ft. bed can carry a maximum load of 1,800 to 2,980-pounds. Upgrade to a 4x4 and the maximum load increases to 1,980 to 2,720-pounds.
How Many Cubic Feet Is A F-150 Bed?
Volume, measured in cubic-feet, is unique to each bed’s length, and not affected by the trim or cab options. Here is a quick breakdown of Ford’s F-150 truck bed sizes per volume:
- 5-1/2 ft. bed: 52.8 cubic feet
- 6-1/2 ft. bed: 62.3 cubic feet.
- 8 ft. bed: 77.4 cubic feet.
How Wide Is An F-150 Truck Bed?
Width of the F-150 truck bed is standard across all bed lengths, and measured between the wheelhouses (the portion toward the back of the truck above where the rear wheels are mounted). Ford’s F-150 truck bed measures 50.6-inches wide.
Now that you know what to look for in a truck bed, you can pick the right length bed for your driving and hauling needs from Ford’s F-150 line-up. Remember to look at all the trim options, and pair the best cab, drivetrain, and engine options with the bed length you prefer.
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