So many things, but the "surprise and delight" for me is what I call the "Old Man Step" in the tailgate.
I didn't think I would like white as much as I do. I actually special ordered a truck nearly identical to the one I bought. It was antimatter blue, and it looked great when it finally came in. I ended up ditching the order for this truck because quite frankly, the order was taking too long. The white truck looks great and I think looks much better with the brush guard than the blue one would.The truck I got is almost the opposite of what I thought that I wanted -- I was looking for a sliver XLT bench seat with regular mirrors with a long bed. We ended up having to spend more a white Lariat crew cab with a console and "big ears" mirrors.
Well, it turns out that my wife loves the console and I love the tow mirrors (power folding) even though I do not usually tow anything -- and we both really like the white. I am also finding the crew cab to be more useful than I thought it would be, I can get two bicycles in the back so I can park in somewhat sketchy areas without worrying (too much). The smaller bed is also more useful than I thought it would be, although I am glad that I still have my ancient Toyota single cab with an 8' bed for garbage runs.
IMO, carpet has no place in a truck.I have an XL with the HDPP, Max Tow. I LOVE having no carpet. It seems odd, but I have kids and this has been an absolute wonderful basic package feature. The auto hold function. I thought it would be weird to get used to, but I absolutely love it. The dangerous part about it is when I drive another vehicle that doesn't have it.....lol. I had a 2013 XLT with the 302A package and doesn't touch the quality of the new truck. I love having the work surface and WiFi hotspot. This is great when I have to work from the truck (sometimes working remotely in the field is a must) and great when we're on long trips and the kids want some screen time. I have the 2kw generator too, and that's not a feature I thought I would use, but it is great. I love having the 120v plug in the cab, and I've used the plugs in the bed several times. Of course, can't leave out the tailgate step. It's great, but the cutouts in the tailgate for clamps is genius. Although it's great to talk about what we love, there are always opportunities. I understand that there must be some differentiation between trim levels, but safety features should not be a part of that. I am disappointed that the LED headlights do not come standard on all trim levels.
I had a friend who ripped the carpet out of his Toyota and rino lined the floor boards. He hosed it out after a weekend of mudding. If any of you do that with your 50 grand plus truck please share the pictures!I completely agree.
I had a Sport Trac, 2001, and loved the no carpet and the way he floor mats were done, carpet but not the "shaggy" type. I've often wondered why they didn't carry this over, I wonder if the carpet is used because of sound dampening?I completely agree.