|2016 Ford F-150 XLT||VS||2016 Ford F-150 Lariat|
|3.5L Ti-VCT V6||Standard Engine||2.7L EcoBoost V6|
|Regular, SuperCab and SuperCrew||Cab Style||SuperCab and SuperCrew|
|Optional||Class IV Trailer Hitch||Standard|
Some think that picking what brand and model of truck you want to purchase is the difficult part, but in our experience deciding among the available trims can be another part of the process that stumps people. If you’re having a tough time deciding what F-150 is right for you, then you should checkout the rest of our 2016 Ford F-150 XLT vs Lariat trims comparison.
Both the Ford F-150 XLT and F-150 Lariat trims make up the mid-range trim level of the 2016 F-150, but that’s not to say they aren’t packed full of power and features. The XLT and Lariat are available in any of the three box sizes that Ford offers the F-150 at: 5.5’, 6.5’ and 8’. The Lariat, though, can only come in a SuperCab or SuperCrew configuration, while you can also get the XLT as a regular Cab.
One of the most notable differences between these two trim levels is the standard engine that comes with each. The XLT trim level comes with the base engine for an F-150 -- the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6, whereas the Lariat comes standard with the 2.7L EcoBoost V6. Depending on the rest of your configuration, the two engines offer fairly similar towing capacities, though the 2.7L EcoBoost maxes out at around 1,000 more pounds. The 2.7L EcoBoost is also the more efficiency engine in the 2016 Ford F-150, so if you’re planning on racking up the highway miles, this might be your best choice.
Another advantage that the Lariat trim has is that it comes standard with SYNC 3, as opposed to the older SYNC system found in the XLT. Both offer the driver quite a bit in terms of functionality, but the SYNC 3 is brand new, and highly intuitive. Of course, if gadgets and tech isn’t your thing, and you’re looking for a truck that’s just for doing work, then the XLT has quite a bit going for it. Plus, if you don’t want the extra room for passengers, then being able to choose the CrewCab is a big bonus.
Interested in comparing the 2016 Ford F-150 XLT and Lariat trims in person? Come by Sanders Ford in Jacksonville NC and we’ll give you the full tour and test drive for each of them!