Once upon a time, Ford's half-ton pickup was called the F-1, and it was big, but not huge. It wasn't that powerful, but it could tow half a ton.
Today, the F-150, Ford's "half-ton" pickup is a hulking monstrosity due to the fact that market research shows that mos Americans judge a truck primarily on size. It is, however, now rated to tow as much as 11,300 lbs, when equipped with the EcoBoost V6 and a 145-inch wheelbase. For the vast majority of truck owners, it's overkill, but we still love the impressive machine, and so does America, making it the No. 1 overall selling vehicle.