Daily Driving City Slicker: 2017 Ford F-150 Platinum 4X4 EcoBoost
At some point a truck ends up going too far, to a point of almost losing its tough truck credentials and gaining a city slicker mentality – with the Ford F-150 Platinum pushing a $63,000 price tag, this is one pretty ass truck that, if found on a dirt path, it’s probably because it got lost on its way to the Four Seasons. But a truck isn’t just a truck anymore, it’s a lifestyle – why should all the premium cars get all the features – truck owners deserve some plush too, right?
Did You Just Say That’s a V-6?
All the major brands are pushing the premium side of the truck label. Ford is no exception with 3 high-end offerings of the King Ranch, Platinum and Limited options all started beyond the 50-grand price point and can get close to the 70-grand end of that scale. Outside the luxury label plastered in chrome on the tailgate, color coordinated bumpers and some upgraded leather to the interior, the only difference between this F-150 and the Lariat we tested not too long ago is the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that sits under the hood. But this isn’t the EcoBoost from when the F-150 was first launched, oh no, this engine has been tweaked and engineered – upgraded with 10-more horsepower and 40-more lb-ft of torque making its total output of 375-horsepower and 470lb-ft of torque that’s now matched with a new, more economical transmission. More torque and more power equals more payload and towing capacity with the ability to tow up to 12,200lbs.
Much like the 5.0-liter V-8, the EcoBoost V-6 is no couch potato. This 5600lb pickup truck doesn’t have a lazy bone in its aluminum body taking just under 6 seconds to achieve highway speeds and with its new 10-speed automatic transmission, its gear shifts are creamy smooth like grandmothers gravy. 10-forward gears is a lot to shuffle through – yet the F-150 is always on alert and calls upon the right gear when we demanded it most. More gears does equal better fuel economy as does the smooth transition engine start/stop system that gave us a combined 16 mpg – however, that is 4 mpg’s below the EPA average, but considering we barely broke 300 miles on the odometer before turning it, we’ll let it slide. Thanks to the $1195 Max Trailer Package, however, our tester had the 36-gallon fuel tank range extender allowing up to 600 miles on a single tank as well as the Trailer Assist Back-up system that can easily be controlled through the rotary knob on the dash.
Plushness For Dayzzz
Nothing says you’re in a truck than towering over traffic, rolling on 20-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires – but our Brunello multi-contour leather seats and supreme ride quality says something different. If it wasn’t for the Ford badging over the steering wheel, some would confuse this for a Lincoln offspring based on the quality of interior components – luckily we know better. Its driving technique really is the icing on the cake to the F-150’s demeanor. It handles like a large sedan almost nimble with easy to handle steering and a ride quality one wouldn’t expect from a truck. In fact, the F-150 is so easy to maneuver, it can even find its way into a compact parking space or parallel park with a breeze without using the $440 Park Assist Feature.
The Platinum badge does bring in a lavish of comfort features that helps explains its high price tag like power adjustable heated and cooled front seats with massaging feature that comes with no happy ending along with heated rear seats. SYNC3 comes standard with now available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There is no end to comfort either, with high supportive seats or cross your legs kind of rear seat legroom. Rear passengers get the luxuries of rear a/c vents and two USB ports to charge their portable devices. And when passengers aren’t occupying those plush leather seats, they can fold up allowing for additional cargo needs.
Shine Bright Like a Diamond
Sure, looks pretty though doesn’t it? Our $395 Ruby Red Metallic paint made the F-150 sparkle everywhere it went. The Platinum badge adds on standard features like LED head and taillights, a more premium styled satin finished grille and with the $2540 Platinum Series Technology Package (aka 701A Group Pack) things like Adaptive Cruise Control, that 360-degree camera, and a tailgate step make getting around much more simpler. And those large $250 tow mirrors are more than just to boost the F-150’s handsome charm.
The truck world is growing up into something that no longer makes a truck, well, a truck. With a quiet cabin, a smooth ride, and all the safety features of any premium car, the F-150 Platinum edition is a good excuse to ditch the daily driver and drive one of these every day – even if it’s not needed for truck duty.
|2017 Ford F-150 Platinum 4X4 Base Price:||$56,260|
|As Tested (including Options & Destination):||$63,950|
|3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 – 375-Horsepower, 10-Speed Automatic Transmission – 0-60MPH: ±6.0 seconds|
|EPA MPG: 17/23/20 (City/Highway/Combined) – SSB Average: 16 MPG’s – Fuel Range: ±600 Miles (w/ 36-gallon fuel range extender option)|