1994 Ford F150
As an aside, 1994 was a big year for the Dodge Ram pickup, it received a full redesign, which is likely why Ford came out with a totally refreshed F-150 in 1997.
1994 Ford F-150 Video
You've just got to take a few minutes to check out this really sweet, original 1994 F-150 short box 4x4. You sure don't see many of these generation trucks in this nice of shape nowadays.
You may want to skip to the 25 second mark to start watching.
What's New For 1994
There were a number of safety-related updates and upgrades for 1994. The biggest was the addition of a driver side air bag on light-duty trucks, this was standard equipment. In addition, side door intrusion beams and a third level brake light (mounted above the rear window) made their F-Series debut.
Another safety related item that was added for 1994 was the new brake-shift interlock for automatic transmission equipped trucks. An automatic transmission is standard now and the shift lock prevents the truck from being taken out of Park unless the brake pedal is pressed. The automatic transmission is now a 4-speed automatic with overdrive on 5.0L V8 equipped trucks.
There were some new options for 1994 that include a CD player, a security package (optional on XLT trim) with keyless entry & intrusion alarm. Also, a 40/20/40 split front bench seat arrangement (optional on XLT trim) got a center seat that converted into an armrest with cup holders and a storage compartment. The 40/20/40 bench seat also featured driver and passenger seats that are independently adjustable. The air conditioning systems now contained CFC-free R-134 refrigerant, replacing the older R12 freon.
For 1994, Ford introduced an off-road package for four wheel drive trucks. The off-road package included off-road decals (styleside bed only), skid plates, and a stabilizer bar. Other new options include a power driver's seat, illuminated visory vanity mirror, and electrochromic inside rearview mirror as part of a luxury light package. Here is a photo of the 1994 F-150 dash. You can see the addition of the driver's side airbag here, the steering wheel was different on the 1993 F150. Sorry for the weird vertical mark by the glove box.
In Canada (& possibly the US), Ford introduced a roadside assistance program with new vehicles that would provide towing assistance, tire changes, jump starts, or vehicle lockout help. This was during the 3-year bumper-to-bumper warranty period.
1994 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning
Ford's sport truck the SVT Lightning, which was introduced in 1993, was available again for 1994. The engine power specifications remain unchanged (240 horsepower, 340 lb-ft torque), although they did add white as a color for this year. For 1994, there were 1,382 black, 1,165 red, and 1,460 white Lightning trucks produced for a total production of 4,007. That's down from the 5,276 sold last year. Funny how the new white Lightning sold more than either of the other colors!
Other notable news for 1994 was that the SVT Lightning truck was the "Official Truck" of the 1994 Indianapolis 500. We can't get confirmed information but it sounds like about 12 of these "Indy Pace Trucks" were produced, 9 were sold to the public, and some crushed. Regardless of how many were produced or sold, these are extremely rare! Please note that the decal on the door says "Official Truck" and not "Official Pace Truck". The red SVT Mustang was the official pace car that year. Ford did a similar thing back in 1979, with an Official Truck but not an Official Pace Truck.
1994 Ford F-Series Powertrains
For 1994, the reliable 4.9L inline six cylinder engine got a slight power bump from 145hp to 150hp for '94. Torque is up 5 lb-ft to 260 lb-ft as well. The 5.0L V8 (302 cid) gets a power increase too, up to 205hp and 275 lb-ft torque (195hp for automatic transmission equipped trucks). And the 5.8L V8 (351 cid) power is up slightly to 210hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. The 7.3L diesel V8 Powerstroke engine in heavy duty F-Series trucks gets 235 horsepower and 525 lb-ft of torque.
1994 Ford F-150 Standard Features & Available Options
The base MSRP (manufacturers suggested retail prices) for the 1994 F-150 ranged from $12,148 to $18,971, options were extra. We do know that the XLT package option was $2,607 and included chrome wheels, air conditioning, power door locks & windows, and an AM/FM cassette player. The 4WD option cost $2,303.
Standard features include:
- Driver Front Airbag
- Power Brakes
- Tinted Glass
- 4.9L I6 OHV 12V FI Engine
- 15 Inch Wheels
- Regular Unleaded Fuel Required
- 5-Speed Manual Transmission
- Automatic Locking Hubs (4WD equipped)
- Steel Wheels
- Rear-Wheel ABS
- Front Bench Seat Vinyl Seating
- Power Steering
- Power Brakes
- Power Point Electrical Accessory Outlet
- Interval Wipers
Available options for the 1994 F-150 include:
- 4-Speed Automatic Transmission
- AM Audio System
- AM/FM Audio System
- AM/FM/CD Audio System
- AM/FM/Cassette Audio System
- Air Conditioning
- Camper/Trailer Towing Package - includes super engine cooling, trailer wiring harness, heavy-duty turn signal flasher, handling package, and heavy-duty battery
- Cloth Seating
- Cruise Control
- Limited Slip Differential
- Manual Horizontal Sliding Rear Window
- Power Door Locks
- Power Windows
- Rear Step Bumper
- Tilt Steering Wheel
Interior trim colors depended on the exterior paint color. Interior color choices included Royal Blue, Ruby Red, Opal Grey, and Medium Mocha. Available paint color choices for 1994 include:
- Desert Copper Clearcoat Metallic (N/A on Flareside)
- Electric Red Clearcoat Metallic
- Sunrise Red Clearcoat Metallic (N/A on Flareside)
- Iris Clearcoat Metallic
- Brilliant Blue Clearcoat Metallic
- Royal Blue Clearcoat Metallic
- Deep Forest Green Clearcoat Metallic
- Tobago Green Clearcoat Metallic
- Black Clearcoat
- Crimson Clearcoat
- Light Opal Clearcoat Metallic
- Tucson Bronze Clearcoat Metallic
- Oxford White
- Raven Black
- Colonial White (N/A on Flareside)