Drive Notes: 2023 Ford F-150 Tremor


drive notes 2023 ford f 150 tremor

I just tested a 2023 Ford F-150 Tremor — yes, 2023s are still in the press fleets and this isn’t unusual, no big deal — which is supposed to split the difference between the badass off-roader Raptor and the “regular” F-150.

Does it do that? Read on.

As usual, we do this pro/con style.


  • While I still think Ram offers the best truck interiors on the market, Ford is not far behind. The digital gauges are clean and easy to read with big font, and the large infotainment system is similarly a breeze to read, and a breeze to use.
  • Knobs! Buttons! Big ones! Thank you, Ford, for keeping it simple.
  • The highway ride is surprisingly supple and smooth considering the 33-inch all-terrain tires. Tire noise is relatively suppressed, too.
  • V8s are dying, and that probably has to happen (except, maybe, for sports cars and HD trucks), but man the sound and acceleration will be missed.
  • The inside is spacious. Not a shock, this isn’t news, but it’s worth remarking on.
  • I still dig the laptop-friendly center-console. Even if the folding shifter seems gimmicky.
  • Ford infotainment has come leaps and bounds in recent years.

drive notes 2023 ford f 150 tremor


  • Trucks have gotten larger, and that makes urban and suburban life, especially parking, difficult. I literally used the truck as an excuse to skip the gym since I couldn’t park it in the tiny, crowded lot. It wouldn’t have fit in some spaces, and for other spaces, maneuvering in and out would be a nightmare.
  • The fuel economy numbers were in the mid-teens. I’ve seen worse in big, powerful trucks, to be fair. On the other hand, I did a fair amount of highway driving so the number should be higher. At least the range is well over 500 miles.
  • Handling, as you’d expect, suffers a little, though not as much as you’d expect.
  • The $75K that Ford asks for this thing is a bit eye-popping. I understand the popularity of pickups drives pricing but it still makes you do a double-take.

drive notes 2023 ford f 150 tremor

I am not sure who this trim is for — I guess the F-150 owner who does a lot of on-road driving with some light but mildly taxing off-roading (aside from the tires, the Tremor package offers tow hooks and monotube shocks). If it were me, I’d probably select a different trim for on-road driving and splurge on the Raptor if I went off-road a lot. But if you do select the Tremor, it gives you a bit more off-road ability without major on-road sacrfices.

drive notes 2023 ford f 150 tremor

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