Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Port Elgin, Ontario
I agree with Glen, ultimately it doesn't matter what we think, it's your truck, and your payments.
Any opinion you get will be completely biased, so here's my two cents for what it's worth.......about two cents.
I've owned two FX4's, a 2004 and a 2009, and it was always my preferred trim level.
The FX4 you're quoting has a couple of high price options included.
Off the top of my head, without checking the ford.ca website, the moonroof is a $1300 option, and the Sony Nav system is $2300.
I personally don't see the advantages of Auto 4wd, it's a simple matter of paying attention when it gets greasy in the winter and flipping the switch on the dash to shift on the fly.
Secondly, I don't see how the fit and finish on the Lariat would be any different than on the FX4.
The Lariat package, to me anyway, always seemed to be comprised of more shiny bits and woodgrain trim for the interior and chrome, flashy parts on the exterior.
All flash and no substance, at the root of it (mechanically) you're getting the exact same truck whether it's an FX4 or a Lariat, it's just how many pretty things are tacked on.
I'd vote for the FX4, but I'm completely biased on anything from trim level, to options, to colour, to lack of shiny trinkets.
The moonroof likely comes with a power slider on the rear window, which is handier than you might think, and the Sony Nav system is worth it as well.
All comes down to what you want in your truck....good luck, either way I'm sure you'll be pleased.
- 6550 lb bundle of joy