What Does FX2 Sport Mean on a Ford Truck?by Richard Rowe
All successful manufacturers have to fill a niche -- a certain slot in the marketplace currently occupied either by an inferior competitor or no competitor at all. Ford, throughout its history, has specialized not so much in filling niches, but carving its own. The FX2 truck package is one more example of Ford finding a way to not only fill a niche, but chip away at the wall to make a whole new one.
In 2004, Ford introduced the FX2 package in response to customer demand for the popular FX package on a two-wheel-drive truck. The four-wheel-drive FX4 package sold well, due largely to its street presence -- a presence that didn't require the extra weight, complexity, cost or loss of fuel economy that comes with four-wheel drive. On the 2013 F-150, the FX4 package comes standard with the 400A equipment group. Highlights include a 5.0-liter engine, six-speed automatic transmission, trailer towing package, SYNC electronics system with MyFord, a 110-volt inverter, the full off-road appearance package and P265/60R18 off-road tires on 18-inch alloy wheels. The optional 401A package adds power adjustable pedals, a reverse sensing system, power sliding rear privacy window, power mirrors with integrated turn signals, a rear-view camera and an integrated trailer brake controller. The 402A package adds the FX interior luxury package -- power, heated seats, dual-zone climate control and leather steering wheel -- as well as HID headlights and a remote start system.
Richard Rowe has been writing professionally since 2007, specializing in automotive topics. He has worked as a tractor-trailer driver and mechanic, a rigger at a fire engine factory and as a race-car driver and builder. Rowe studied engineering, philosophy and American literature at Central Florida Community College.