One of the best prescriptions for success in this world is maintaining an optimum balance between work and play, and it turns out that this advice extends to automakers, too. Just ask the folks at Ford, recently honored by Cars.com for both the Best Work Truck of 2012 and the Best Play Car of 2012: The Ford F-150 and Ford Mustang Boss 302.
Right off the bat, the website says the former is “still the truck of choice for tradesmen, farmers, laborers and anyone with a job to do or a trailer to tow,” while also noting that the F-150 offers much more than superior utility and “comes in a staggering array of cab and bed sizes, with many engine and driveline choices, and in trim levels starting with a bare-bones work truck and climbing to a level of richness that rivals luxury sedans.”
And as Cars.com also notes, the F-150 is available with Ford’s groundbreaking EcoBoost technology. In fact, according to Ford Loganville, the company sold about 100,000 EcoBoost-powered F-150s last year, providing customers with 420 lb.-ft. of torque—more than available in any other rival’s premium V8—as well as best-in-class max tow and payload ratings of 11,300 lbs. and 3,060 lbs., respectively, and 365 hp.
Then there’s the car “that set off a frenzy in the Cars.com offices,” the Boss 302. With a dynamic 444-hp 5.0-liter V8 engine, a short-throw six-speed manual transmission, upgraded suspension with adjustable shocks, struts and steering system, and available Recaro sport seats, the Boss comes fresh from the factory with everything a driver needs to dominate during track days.
Yet at the same time, Cars.com reports that “you still get all of the cabin refinement of the regular Mustang,” while “the Boss 302 doesn’t make you pay a big price when it comes to everyday driving.” That’s because the price of admission to this spectacular attraction is a relatively practical $40,310.
You can see the Boss 302 and the 2012 Ford F-150 in Indianapolis or at your local Ford dealer.