As domestic truck makers continue to search for the upper price limit of customer demand with range-topping model names like High Country, Longhorn, and Limited, Ford is backfilling the lower end of its truck lineups by reintroducing an STX variant as the new second rung on what becomes a seven-rung 2017 Ford F-150 ladder. And for the first time, it’s being added as the second rung on a six-rung ladder for the Super Duty trucks.
Whichever payload class you choose, the new STX trim is available on SuperCab or SuperCrew body styles powered by the 5.0-liter V-8 and either EcoBoost V-6 (2.7- or 3.5-liter). It slots in between the stripper work-grade XL and the site-foreman XLT trim levels. In its Sloan-ian quest to provide a truck “for every purse and purpose,” the STX grade primarily represents an appearance upgrade with content that varies with payload grade, and some interior spiffs that are not otherwise offered on the base trucks.
On the F-150, the STX grade includes 20-inch machined-aluminum wheels with dark gray painted pockets, black billet-look grille with body-color surround and black mesh insert, fog lamps, body-color front and rear bumpers, and of course STX Sport Box decals. Inside you get SYNC 3 with an 8-inch center stack touchscreen that controls Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dark privacy glass, and sporty black cloth seats with manual driver and passenger lumbar support. Pricing starts at $35,615, with STX adding $1,250 to the price of a similar XL.
Opt for the 2017 Ford F-250 STX or F-350 STX, and you get a bright chrome grille, chrome front and rear step bumpers, STX-specific aluminum wheels with bright hub covers (on non-dually models), and an STX fender vent badge. Inside, the steering wheel gets cruise control switches and an AM/FM stereo with single CD/MP3 player (truckers kick it old-school). The F-250 STX starts at $34,910 and the F-350 opens at $36,080, an $1,180 upgrade from XL grade in both cases.