Even with America's undying affection for everything big and brash, modern pickups can still be a bit much. Throw in the endless modifications that SEMA builders and smalltown mall crawlers consider perfect and you've effectively got a truck that's less capable than in stock form, depending on how you look at it. That's why Long McArthur Ford in Kansas has skipped the pointlessly huge lift kits and 24-inch wheels to create the work-ready F-150 Cattleman Edition.
You won't find any blinding chrome here; instead, the dealer-built truck is based upon Ford's entry-level XL trim. In turn, the exterior is as modest as they come while still featuring a few upgrades for improved durability. A set of 18-inch XD wheels are wrapped in slightly upsized Fuel all-terrain tires and a two-inch leveling kit has been added for additional ground clearance. A Ranch Hand front bumper guard rounds out the aesthetics and protects from any debris you might come across—or, God forbid, roadkill.
Don't forget the spray-in bed liner, either.
A vinyl split-bench seat and tiny-for-today 4-inch infotainment screen make up the interior, allowing for easy cleanup and minimal complications. The gaudy cabins of contemporary pickups often drive those away who'd rather their truck not come with massaging seats and a panoramic sunroof. And if it's going to be used as a work vehicle instead of an around-town runabout, who can blame them?
Underneath, Long McArthur specs its Cattleman Edition pickups with Ford's 5.0-liter V8 that makes 395 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. This power plant is comparatively simple when pitted against the more modern EcoBoost V6 models, making it less of a worry for farmers, ranchers, and the like. A 10-speed automatic is standard on all modern F-150s, and for these particular trucks, the dealer orders them with 3.73 rear ends, a Class IV towing package, and four-wheel-drive.
At last, all of the Kansas lot's in-stock offerings of the Cattleman Edition come in regular cab, long bed configuration. Buyers can order theirs however they please and Long McArthur will even upgrade customers' current trucks with the $5,995 kit. If you want to buy one of the red, white, or blue trucks already equipped with the Cattleman Edition modifications, expect to pay about $40,000 out the door.
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