By on August 10, 2016

2017 Super Duty STX

Sick of your GM-loving friends showing off in their Denali HD pickups? Wish your Super Duty had more flash, but can’t afford an XLT or King Ranch? Ford heard your cries.

Ford Motor Company announced the return of the STX appearance package to its F-150 line today, and as an added bonus, it’s letting Super Duty buyers join the club too.

The long-standing package briefly disappeared when the F-150’s current generation bowed for the 2015 model year. Now it’s back, offering all 2017 Ford pickup buyers a new trim level positioned between the spartan XL and uplevel XLT.

2017 F-150 STX

When applied to the F-150, the STX packages adds 20-inch aluminum wheels, a black mesh grille with body-color surround, body-color fascia and bumpers, Sync 3 infotainment system (with eight-inch touchscreen), privacy glass, fog lamps, black sport seats and the STX decal on the box. There’s also adjustable lumbar support for driver and passenger, because you’re both something special.

The package is available on SuperCab and SuperCrew models with the 2.7 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engines, as well as the 5.0-liter V8. Starting price is $35, 615.

Super Duty customers can order the package on all body and engine configurations, starting at $34,910 for the F-250 and $36,080 for the F-350. Unlike its smaller brother, the Super Duty sees plenty of chrome in STX guise. A chrome grille, front and rear step bumpers, and aluminum wheels come with the package, along with a fender vent badge and steering wheel mounted cruise control.

Check the STX box at the dealer, start chirping about torque figures, and consider your friends humbled.

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95 Comments on “Let’s Talk About STX: Ford Reintroduces Trim Line to F-150, Adds It to Super Duty...”


  • avatar
    Adam Tonge

    Let the truck people rejoice.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    I love all pickup trim levels that get rid of the chrome. I don’t understand why they didn’t take the monochrome approach with the Super Duty.

    • 0 avatar
      Scoutdude

      That makes no sense to me either, it seems that the basic flavor shouldn’t change just because you made the jump to the 250, especially since it will share more with the 150 than it has in a long time.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      I think I’d skip it on the F-150, but get it on the F-250, because I find the F-250 in normal form to be waaaay too chrome heavy.

      Also, the Silverado now comes with two different front fascias, one with a body-colored grille-surround and one with a chromed one. Which do you prefer? I prefer the body-colored one.

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        In the pickup space, I’m a fan of absolutely any option or trim level that replaces anything chrome with body color. I don’t hate all chrome — on cars, chrome door handles and rocker trim often look good — but the slather treatment pickups get is really too much.

        IMO the best-looking F-150 is the XLT Sport Appearance, looking a lot like this STX but with body-color door handles. If I moved to a rural area, I’d buy an XLT Sport 4×4.

        • 0 avatar
          stuki

          I just looked at a lot of new Ford trucks, and pretty much concur. I’d say the XL Sport Appearance is even nicer looking than the XLT.

          Parked next to those two, the Platinum does look pretty impressive in real life, though. It may be pointlessly bling for what is supposed to be a work vehicle, but it looks like what I would imagine a Lincoln truck, one for the Boss who is no longer involved in the nitty gritty, should look like. The darned thing almost looks like a rolling high end steak house, both inside and out.

          The new Superduty is just tall. Or, more accurately Tall. With even a cab high cap, given the rake when unloaded, it won’t limbo under any beam where a low roof Transit can’t follow. Which is kind of sad when you compare the storage space in a Transit, to the confines under a cab high truck cap…….

  • avatar
    whynot

    So basically it is an XL Sport Appearance package with slightly larger wheels and a slightly (and I mean slightly) different grille?

    • 0 avatar
      Adam Tonge

      Plus the Sync3 system. That hasn’t been available on the XL.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      So basically its an option package with a unique look and some added features, that is reasonably priced?

      Geeze, what were they thinking? This will never work. Ford clearly has no idea what they’re doing with full size trucks. Big Al could’ve told you that, and with the 2.631% accuracy in his made up figures to prove it.

      Should’ve gone with the T(u)RD PrO-X Rebel Z-71 instead.

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        John,
        I’m luckier it appears than many like yourself who comment on these sites.

        Also, look at your comment and you guys wonder why I respond at times like I do. Go back to your simplistic Ozark wifes/sisters home.

        I’m not locked into a particular brand or country of manufacture. I don’t consider US or Thai vehicles any better than each other. They are just vehicles.

        If a vehicle is good I’ll state it is good. If a better product can be had or deficiencies I can see arise I will highlight this.

        Ford is not different than most any other brand. It never has been the best at anything. It a nice product overall.

        Oh, don’t forget I actually drive a Ford and consider it quite good, even with the catastrophic Getrag MT82 gearbox. But, like most any vehicle, there are compromises that must be made.

        A HD isn’t my cup of tea, yet. I’ve driven plenty HDs and full size 1/2 ton pickups. So I do believe my comments are of value, not to a Ford fan at times.

        • 0 avatar
          Big Al From 'Murica

          Soooo, Aussie Al is implying out of nowhere that John is sleeping with his sister because John had the gall to question his figures. Isn’t this the sort of thing that brings out the ban hammer nowadays?

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            Big Al From ‘Murica – true.

            BTSR got banned for CAPS LOCK and BOMBAST

            BUT

            This clown insults everyone and tr0lls incessantly and is still here.

            I do suspect that his days are numbered.

          • 0 avatar
            Adam Tonge

            BTSR wasn’t banned for caps lock usage. Let’s just leave it at that for now.

        • 0 avatar
          Adam Tonge

          “Go back to your simplistic Ozark wifes/sisters home.”

          Easy there Al. You can disagree with John without accusing him of incest. Relax man.

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    It’s the damn Goldilocks of trucks!! No need for leather, carpet floors and chrome up the A$$, hence “XLT” to get a good looking truck with ‘ala carte’ power windows/locks, slider rear window, alloy wheels, side steps and a few others or whatever you hold dear on a base “XL” pickup.

    The color-key bumpers, grill surround, etc, is an especially nice touch on a basic truck. Beats the look of chrome everywhere, any day.

    • 0 avatar
      gtemnykh

      I personally can’t stand the big 20 inch wheels with skinny tires. count me out! I’ll take a basic XLT SuperCrew optioned with the rear locker and normal sized wheels.

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al From 'Murica

        Thats my truck. Trouble is the “Normal” sized wheels are still 18 inchers. Think you can get 17 and nothing smaller.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          17’s are as small as they get. I like the 18 inch wheels since it is makes sourcing LT tires rather easy. 18’s are an extremely common LT size.
          My brother-in-law has 20’s on his Platinum. The extra cost of tires would offset getting aftermarket 18 inch wheels.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I didn’t think crank windows were offered in any full size truck. I thought they went the way of manual transmissions.

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      You can still get crank windows and full manual mirrors. Supposedly a selling point for some in the sizeable portion of the truck market that are of Latin American origin, and plan on (or perhaps dream of….) bringing the truck back to where there are few repair shops, once they have saved enough dollars to retire and buy a small ranchito.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      Jeff S,
      I don’t know of any vehicle without power windows.

      I’d say it’s now most likely just as cheap to have power windows as hand crank windows.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      Ford has it on XL pickups. Your typical fleet spec truck. I would assume that GM and Ram has similar fleet level trim packages.

  • avatar
    RS

    When I leased my Ram Express back in 2014, the STX wasn’t competitive. The Ram Express had much more standard equipment for less $. It also rode better and looked better. Especially how the did the front bumper on the Ram.

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      Ram has done trucks better than Ford for a long time. A good friend of mine got rid of his ’14 F-150 XLT (with the proper 5.0L) and into a ’16 Ram. The Ram has a better ride, nicer interior, more options, better engine, far superior styling, and a worlds better transmission. All for far less money. And he has much more power and the same fuel economy.

      win/win

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al From 'Murica

        I don’t know. I was between the Ram and The F150. The Ram did ride better, I’ll give you that but it had a substantially smaller payload. The interior was a wash but the F150 felt more durable. Yeah, the transmission seemed better. Fuel economy though? Maybe the ecodiesel but it felt slow.

  • avatar
    zip94513

    As a Ford stockholder, this is fantastic as Ford has long needed something between the black faced XL & chrome faced XLT in my opinion. As a buyer, I’m hoping the STX comes with satellite radio, otherwise I’d have no use for the STX package. The body color on the front of the STX looks great.

  • avatar
    cgjeep

    Wait,how is it that the Super Duty is cheaper than the F150?

    • 0 avatar
      IAhawkeye

      The Super Duty comes with fewer options as part of the STX package. Although no real comparison is possible, between the F150 and F250 if you build similarly optioned trucks at lower trim levels especially the prices aren’t all that much different. Maybe $2000-$3000 grand more for the Super Duty at most. Obviously as soon as you add the Diesel engine the price difference between the two widens considerably.

      This is all with about 10 minutes of research on Ford’s configuration tool, so there could be some inaccuracies.

  • avatar
    Big Al From 'Murica

    Can you get it with the combination keypad? The XLT was the lowes trim that offered that and it is so nice when I go to PT in the morning to be able to lock the keys in there. Ive lost keys and had my phone stolen out of the car once when I just tossed them in the console and left it unlocked so this was a big deal to me. I would have given up the chrome for the sync 3 (I have a 15 so it was still MFT and I preferred the base system but I really liked the sync 3).

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      Yeah, that’s one thing I like about Fords, the retained use of the keypad on everything but the Mustang. I’m envious of the fact that when my best friend goes to the gym with me, he can just leave his keys and wallet in the car and lock it with his passcode.

      I could leave my key in the car and use Volkswagen CarNet to secure it, but (a) the car won’t let you lock it *at all* with the keys inside, and (b) CarNet is finicky and doesn’t always work.

      • 0 avatar
        EBFlex

        That keypad is so 80s.

        There are far better options now that allow you to do the same exact thing (well actually a lot more) and you don’t have to have holes in the door or worry about it breaking at 36,001 miles…

        • 0 avatar
          SC5door

          The keypad is built into the B pillar applique now.

          • 0 avatar
            Kyree S. Williams

            Yeah, since the 2009 Lincoln MKS, a lot of the cars have keypads that are capacitative-touch spots on the B-pillars. I believe the F-150 still has the buttons, because a lot people who drive F-150s wear work gloves and such.

            I know Nissan had a keypad that was similar, only it was a dealer accessory and could be installed anywhere, such as behind the gas door.

    • 0 avatar
      True_Blue

      The keypad is one of the niceties that I didn’t know I needed, until I had it.

  • avatar
    IAhawkeye

    Is this new STX also 2wd only? I was pretty sure the old one was 2wd. I like the looks of the F150-it’s pretty much just the XLT Sport package. Doesn’t hurt to give people more choices, I guess.

    I do wish they would get rid of the chrome on the Super Duty and either paint it black or make it body colored or a combo of both.

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    The best STX was the old Ranger one, which always seemed to be black and came standard with cheesy “fading” graphics.

    • 0 avatar
      IAhawkeye

      My dad actually had an STX Ranger back in the 80’s, I’ve seen pics and his was actually kinda a grey, but the side was COVERED in graphics.

      My fave Ranger was definitely the Splash. I was only 5 when my neighbor at the time bought what was a ’99 model I believe. He had it until we moved away in 2006. Yellow, with those super 90’s graphics on the side, I thought I was the coolest truck I had ever seen at the time, haha.

  • avatar
    formula m

    “Start chirping about torque figures”
    I’ve never actually had a customer ask about torque figures when buying an F-150. Usually they just want one because their mother’s brother… I mean father drives one

  • avatar
    True_Blue

    The XLT in “Sport” guise has the color-keyed bumpers and dispenses with the chrome, as well.

    Having the 8″ screen is huge (pun). The 4.5″ screen that came on XLs and some XLTs was a joke, it was difficult to discern anything through the camera and it looked as if it was being swallowed by the dash.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al From 'Murica

      Meh, mine has it and I have no issue hooking up my trailer with it.

      • 0 avatar
        True_Blue

        Yours is a 300A/301A ’15 or ’16 XLT? My eyesight is bad, so I’m sure it’s me in regards to clarity.

        In fact, even with the 8″ screen, I’m so used to mirrors I rarely use it, except when backing into my shop. With the Evo up against the wall the S-Cab *barely* fits, and if I left the hitch on it it would be a wave-off. The lift handle for the rolling door clears the bumper cover by about two-and-a-half inches.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    All OEMs, GM, Ford, Toyota & FCA (well, not that FCA matters) must get rid of those awful all-black grilles. I don’t care what they do after that, for anything is an improvement.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    I want a Nite Edition or they can get outa here.

    And I don’t like it when they show new trims on 2WD models. Looks fake.

    • 0 avatar
      Adam Tonge

      Buy F150 STX in black. Add purple and blue stripe plus graphics. Swap 20 inch wheels with an owner of an F150 XL with 17″ steel wheels. Nite edition activate.

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        Adam,
        I had my dark coloured vehicles, never again!

        The prefix I used when describing dark colours on cars is “stonechip”, ie, Stonechip Black.

        They do look pretty when new, but go down a few dirt roads, highway driving and off roading an it doesn’t take long for them to look like sh!t.

        I like white and silver.

        Silver does really well with a little chrome and black.

  • avatar
    EBFlex

    This new “Super” Duty is beyond hideous. It makes the Toyota looking F-150 somewhat palatable.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      Yeah, well, that’s just like, y’know, your opinion, man.

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      It’s gotten too tall. The outgoing one, particularly the 250, still had the old school grace of a tall cab and reasonably low bedrails, even in 4wd guise. This new one is jacked waaay up, on what proportionally looks like tiny little wheels (despite them being bigger than the 150s.)

      That even the gas 250 is stuck with a grille sized to house a 450 diesel sized radiator, designed around the requirement to cool a 40,000 lb rig climbing out of Death Valley in the summer, doesn’t really do it any favors, either. Once you get your crane operator to hoist you into the cab, it’s a pretty nice and well equipped perch from which to look down on Donald Trump in his penthouse, though….

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      EBFlex,
      I think part of the problem Ford has is experience in shaping aluminium.

      Remember, this is glued and riveted together. I would think from a manufacturing perspective Ford is limited in how shapely it can make it’s pickups. Maybe one day when Ford has experience with aluminium it can make more shapely and desirable looking pickups.

      It was easier for Ford to design long straight’ish lines for ease of assembly.

      I do believe the F-150’s front end looks disgusting. One of the worst. There is no excuse for this front end. It can be hidden behind a bull bar.

      • 0 avatar
        Adam Tonge

        The exterior material choice did not dictate the shape of the F150. It isn’t really any more or less boxy than the last version.

        • 0 avatar
          Big Al from Oz

          Adam,
          Ford has issues in shaping the aluminium. I don’t know if you are aware of this.

          The problem was Ford has issues with the aluminium holding its preformed shape. The aluminium after forming was flexing back towards it’s original shape, material memory.

          Ford, I think with Alcan/Alcoa (can’t remember which one) spent time working on how to alloy the aluminium to produce a easier material to work with and form.

          Simpler creases and straight lines are easier to work with, especially with the issue of forming that Ford had.

          The front end is not aluminium. I’d say plastic, this is why I think Ford has done a poor job in it’s design. Plastic can be shaped into whatever you want.

          • 0 avatar
            Big Al From 'Murica

            “Ford has issues in shaping the aluminum.”

            Source?

          • 0 avatar
            Adam Tonge

            When has the F-Series not had simple creases and straight lines? Even the jelly bean F150 had mostly straight lines.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            Citations required!

            Other than personal opinion based upon one’s view of the Axis of evil. (Ford, aluminum, no small truck and no small diesel).

  • avatar
    Drzhivago138

    Older STXs had no larger than 18″ wheels (optional, with 17″ standard, I think?). The first year (2003) was 4×2 only. Also, STX was only available as a Regular cab/6.5′ or SuperCab/6.5′ bed model until 2014, when it was also made available as a SuperCrew/5.5′ for its “final” year. It seems likely that these three configs will be available again.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    I don’t know if the US has the XLS, which sits just below the XLT. The XLS here has less chrome, with a slightly more basic interior. The XLS is a blur between a base model and the mid spec XLT.

    I don’t mind chrome, but I do believe there is way too much chrome on pickups. It cheapens them, like a lady of the night standing on a corner all dolled up.

    Ford could really offer whatever the F-150 comes with in these HDs, since the cabs are the same.

    I do think that is a good move on Ford’s part having the same cabs as the F-150. Sort of like the “old” days when a HD was actually a heavier half ton.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      We had the XLS on F-100s and 150s in the early-mid ’80s, I think. And yes, it was lower-spec than XLT and had no chrome, not even the mirrors. Most were Flaresides, but you could also get them with a Styleside bed, short or long.

      http://paintref.com/graphics/sample/fordpickup1982ravenblack.jpg

      The XLS trim was also available on Broncos, Rangers, and Bronco IIs.

      http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/oxIAAOSwaNBUjNsR/s-l300.jpg

      http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_G3DjZetEqK8/SXemwVLKRfI/AAAAAAAAEGU/fhwe022gYk4/s320/1980-1989-ford-trucks-22.jpg

      Definitely agree that sharing cabs is a good idea.

  • avatar
    Big Al From 'Murica

    I like chrome grills and bumpers on the XLT. In my life that is what made the XLT an XLT. The XL was work spec with black everything. Then there was always an XL Sport or STX that painted the black trim body colored. I like those but I prefer the chrome so long as it doesn’t get stupid. Having said that, I may have gotten the STX had it been available though…I really like that sync 3 but I’d have gotten some normal sized rims off craigslist the first time I needed tires. Not sure how the STX would look in brown though.


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