Certain characteristics of the new F-150, however, are segment leaders; such as the overall ride quality, quietness inside the cab, and the ability to tow 11,000 pounds. Those are important attributes for America's best-selling truck; however, once those factors are overlooked, the Ford begins to fall behind the fullsize pack. Its Triton 5.4L rated at 300 hp, only laid down 263 hp on the all-wheel-drive dyno. If you're curious as to why it was tested on the all-wheel-drive dyno, the Limited is only available in full-time AWD mode. Another sore spot is the older four-speed automatic transmission that literally feels as if it is sucking horsepower from the V-8 and expelling it into thin air. Driving the F-150 required patience as the horsepower and acceleration weren't close to its competitors that have stepped up with bigger and better engines with transmissions featuring at least five speeds.

Areas where the F-150 was praised came mostly from the interior. Very comfortable, heated, two-tone leather seats look like custom additions; and the look and feel of the materials used inside are in a class all of their own. The overall look of the truck, with its white-sand metallic paint scheme-albeit the only available color-billet-like grille, black headlights, and 22-inch wheels were received with mixed feelings. Most of us couldn't believe the size of the Limited badges located on the rear of the bed sides, and we were all very curious how our Limited placard inside read 8,334 of 5,000 vehicles. Perhaps we had a super-limited-edition Limited?

The F-150 Limited we tested is $100 less than a similarly-equipped Lincoln Mark LT, and we think it is no coincidence the Limited was released the same year Lincoln announced the demise of the LT. If performance comes second to pomp and circumstance, perhaps the Limited is just the truck for you. But we can't overlook a truck that hasn't received any new technologies since 2004

This wasn't the first time we had driven a Titan. We have given it criticism and accolades in the past that apply to this year's Of the Year contender. Still, the tester we drove did offer some new features we hadn't experienced before.

The first time we tested a Titan's interior no one was impressed. Three years later, it looks like Nissan has drastically improved the looks of the interior plastics. The interior, represented by the LE trim level, was the best-looking we have seen in a Titan. We don't see the interior of the Titan aging well, and it has nothing to do with its style. The hard plastic over the gauge cluster and the textured plastic that make up most of the dash are both soft enough to scratch with a thumbnail. We haven't seen this problem in any other truck interior so far. Another gripe is the position of the power-window switches. On the Titan, they are on the top of the doorsills, which are just not convenient; meanwhile, the switches on the Armada are lower and placed towards the front of the arm rests, just like they are in 95 percent of vehicles sold today. Compared to the rest of our field, the Titan competes-at best-with the Tundra in regards to the apparent quality and design of its interior elements and beats the Ram as far as the visual presentation. But for nearly $45,000 we had expected more. Ford is way ahead of of its competitors when it comes to the interior's fit, finish, perceived quality, and visual interest. Other than that, the truck offers a very competent, practical, and comfortable interior.