1986 Ford F-150 Specifications

by Amber Viescas

One of the oldest line of trucks, the Ford F-series is renowned for its rough-and-ready productions. And introduced in 1984, the F-150 is in a class of its own. In the United States, this variant has been the best-selling vehicle for 24 years and the best-selling truck for 34 years. The image of a square-body, flat-panel pickup truck has its roots in this series, the seventh generation of the Ford full-sizes.

Drive and Engine

The 1986 F-150 featured a Windsor V-8, with either a 5L or 6L electronic fuel injector. Some models had a six-cylinder engine, others featured an eight-cylinder. The engines produced from 115 to 150 horsepower. It was an all-wheel-drive vehicle.


Transmission options ranged between three and four speeds. Manual and automatic transmission were both available.


F-150 models had the option of short and extended cargo beds, or "Flareside" and "Styleside." They had a towing capacity between 5000 and 7000 lbs., depending on the engine.


The 1986 F-150 offered the choice between XL, XLT and XLT Lariat trims. These trims featured carpeted panels (instead of wood panels used in previous models), and rectangular headlights with optional chrome headlight doors. The Lariat also had an option for power windows and locks. Buyers could also choose between four-door and two-door cabs.

Fuel Economy

The Ford F150 gets between 11 and 18 mpg in the city and between 14 and 23 mpg on the highway, depending on the engine and transmission models. Higher fuel injection and more cylinders generally corresponded to a higher gas mileage.

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