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Topic: FX4 vs Lariat

Some have labeled the FX4 the sporty-off-road truck lacking the 4 wheel auto option that its business-causal counterpart the Lariat has. Pricing should not limit your decision because there are some many price variations within each class. It really depends on your personal preference.

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Old 08-28-2013, 12:55 PM   #1
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Looking to possibly make a move on a new s/crew F150 this weekend. I'm partial to the Lariats exterior look, but I like the FX4 interior (not a fan of the wood grain in the Lariat interior).

Are there any mechanical/suspension differences between the FX4 and the Lariat? I'd also throw the Platinum into the mix. That is the truck I REALLY want, but the price tag has me a bit on edge.
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The major difference mechanical wise that you can't get on the FX4 that comes on the Lariat and higher (Platinum/King Ranch etc) is 4 Wheel Auto option.
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They are practically the same. Just a matter of taste when it comes to personal preference.

I think a loaded FX-4 is the best bang for the buck in the among the higher trim trucks.

I personally like the King Ranch the most.
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The FX4 has stiffer shocks as well. Don't let the Platinum sticker scare you. I priced out a Lariat and Platinum and at the end of the day the Platinum was only $2k more. With the year end discounts, you should be able to get a Platinum for 10-12k off MSRP.
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I just bought my 2013 FX4 and i was kinda set on the PLatinum till i took a good look at them, and liked the FX4 better for my taste and needs. As far as price goes my FX Stickered out at 1k more than the platinum i was looking at so it all depends on how they are optioned.
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Looking to possibly make a move on a new s/crew F150 this weekend. I'm partial to the Lariats exterior look, but I like the FX4 interior (not a fan of the wood grain in the Lariat interior).

Are there any mechanical/suspension differences between the FX4 and the Lariat? I'd also throw the Platinum into the mix. That is the truck I REALLY want, but the price tag has me a bit on edge.
Go for the FX4 love the ruby red with black interior.!!
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one internal difference I noticed between my fx and my dads 2011 lariat is his rear seat has a folding armrest in the middle, mine does not.
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I thought that was only on the cloth interior FX's, i thought the leather seats in the luxury pack had it as well
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My fx4 with leather and luxury package does not have the rear center armrest
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My FX4 with leather does not have a back seat center fold down either. I miss the leather covered center console that my lariat had as well.
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i see the FX as more of a "sporty / off-roady" look as opposed to the more "businessy / classy" look of the Lariat.
I like both, my wife didnt like the FX seat stitching for example.

i didnt like the Lariat wood originally and was gonna cover it somehow, but it grew on me... the 2013 looks a lot better than 2012 on that particular aspect, for me.
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Looking to possibly make a move on a new s/crew F150 this weekend. I'm partial to the Lariats exterior look, but I like the FX4 interior (not a fan of the wood grain in the Lariat interior).

Are there any mechanical/suspension differences between the FX4 and the Lariat? I'd also throw the Platinum into the mix. That is the truck I REALLY want, but the price tag has me a bit on edge.
Here are the major mechanical differences that I'm aware of:

FX4 has standard e-locking diff, optional on Lariat
Fx4 has standard off road package, optional on Lariat
Fx4 has a select shift 6 speed automatic, select shift is not available on lariat.

There is times when I do lock out 6 gear that select shift is handy for.
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I had to make the difficult choice between Lariat and FX4, but it just seemed that the FX4 styling matched my tastes better. Things Lariat has that FX4 doesn't:

-Auto 4x4 mode
-Fake wood interior trim as opposed to silver
-Blue/White backlighting in gauges instead of Orange/Red
-Vinyl trimmed center console lid
-Vinyl trimmed visor over gauges
-Center armrest in back seat (I've heard they actually use a bit of leather back there too)

I may have missed some things, but all the other differences are obvious by looking at the exterior.

Edit: see the post above mine for the things that I missed
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Fx4 has a select shift 6 speed automatic, select shift is not available on lariat.
Not true.

Start on page 21 and go from there:

http://www.ford.com/services/assets/...stalCode=65613
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Here are the major mechanical differences that I'm aware of:


Fx4 has a select shift 6 speed automatic, select shift is not available on lariat.
My Lariat has every possible option except the Ambient light package and rear heated seats. So much more than any FX4. Please!
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I would get the new fx4 you can get them with leather seats and all that like the lariats. And the fx4s look and are a hell of a lot better than the platinums imo.
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What options can you get with a lariat that you can't get with a loaded FX? I know the auto 4x4, but besides that I can't think of any. I'm not saying you're wrong but please enlighten me.
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Lariat is more luxury/flashy the FX4 is more sporty and off road based, The fx4 has locking rear differential standard and the skid plates atleast on mine were standard. The shocks on the FX4 are stiffer and the rim choices are not as flashy on the fx4. As far as interior luxuries there are package groups in each model that balance itself with the other. The FX4 I consider a reserved style of luxury the lariat flaunts it inside.
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I had to make the difficult choice between Lariat and FX4, but it just seemed that the FX4 styling matched my tastes better. Things Lariat has that FX4 doesn't:

-Auto 4x4 mode
-Fake wood interior trim as opposed to silver
-Blue/White backlighting in gauges instead of Orange/Red
-Vinyl trimmed center console lid
-Vinyl trimmed visor over gauges
-Center armrest in back seat (I've heard they actually use a bit of leather back there too)

I may have missed some things, but all the other differences are obvious by looking at the exterior.

Edit: see the post above mine for the things that I missed
I'm pretty sure my console and gauge visor are leather wrapped. I've been wrong before though......just ask my wife if you don't believe me lol.
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FX4 over the XLT

Exterior

• Bumpers, front/rear step — body-color
• Grille — black “bar style” insert — NEW
• Grille surround — body-color — NEW
• Headlamp and taillamp surrounds — black
• Mirrors — body-color cap
• Moldings — wheellip – Sterling Gray
• Running boards — 6" angular gray
• Trailer Tow Package
• Wheels — 18" machined aluminum

Interior

• 110-volt AC outlet
• Color-coordinated black carpet with rubber mats
• Seating — sport cloth
– Front-row 40/console/40 bucket seats
–Driver 6-way power with manual lumbar adjust
– Front-passenger manual lumbar adjust
• Steering column — manual tilt/telescoping
• Transmission — SelectShift Automatic
• Window, rear — fixed, privacy glass and defroster

Lariat over the XLT

Exterior

• Bumpers, front/rear step – Chrome
• Grille — chrome three-bar — NEW
• Mirrors, exterior — power, heat, turn signal and
auto-dimming feature (driver-side)
• Moldings — wheellip – Body-color
• Trailer Tow Package
• Wheels — 18" bright aluminum

Interior

• Climate control dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control
• Power-adjustable pedals with memory
• Seating — leather-trimmed
– Front-row 40/20/40 with heat
–Driver 10-way power with memory
– Front-passenger 10-way power
• 8" LCD touch screen in center stack
• Media hub with USB ports (2), SD card
reader and audio/video input jacks
• Window — power-sliding rear with privacy tint
and defrost
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