In a truck world, the “anything you can do, I can do better” motto has never been a truer statement than it is now. Tow more, haul more – heck as performance goes, we always want more. Enough will never be enough. And when it comes to Ford and their latest engine offering in the F-150, more is definitely better.
Since the new Ford Raptor debut back in 2016, the High Output 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 was a force not to be reckon with. With 450-horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, the Raptor was quite the rabid coyote when it came down to chasing rabbits down a desert trail. However, the only way to score this high-performance engine was by opting for the all-mighty Raptor and all of its bad ass quirks and some of its, well just quirks. That has now changed.
For 2019 Ford has now made the H.O. EcoBoost V-6 a standard engine on range-topping Limited. Starting at $67,135, the Limited F-150 can be a bit of an overwhelming sticker shock – especially considering it can get upwards to $75-grand after a few ticks of the options list. And yet, at that price, once we’ve stepped into the F-150 Limited, we see why it costs so much. This certainly isn’t you’re average construction yard work truck.
Caressed in soft touch leather, this F-150 is one divine place to be. With a micro-fiber headliner, massaging front seats, and a huge panoramic sunroof, it’s almost nicer than some six-figure luxury cars on the market. Because of its high-price label, the Limited does feature nearly every option available to the F-150 – from all the latest advanced safety to Navigation with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, Heated & Cooled Front Seats, and Heated Rear Seats. To keep some of the options available, our Limited did opt for the Trailer Tow Package $995, Tailgate Step $375 and a spray-in bedliner $595.
Now having the High Output Raptor engine, the F-150 Limited is quickest of the litter. Getting to 60 mph takes about 5-seconds through the 10-speed automatic. Despite having multiple drive modes available at the click of a button the gear lever, we left most of its capabilities in Normal mode where the shifts points were smooth and the haul was fierce.
With stealth like personality, the F-150 sneaks in under the radar when it comes to red-light races. Delivering all of its 450-horsepower, it’ll quickly outrun its competition like a fighter jet. However, to treat it like a sports car is something of a different nature. Best to let this one be a highway cruiser. Unfortunately, opting for the higher performing counter parts plays a big role in the towing and hauling game. The High Output performance engine cuts back on its towing capacity to 12,000lbs verses the 3.5L EcoBoost V-6’s 17,100lbs . Not like it still can’t haul a big boat… just not a house boat. Luckily however, fuel consumption isn’t dramatically effected. Seeing that we averaged 17 mpg combined and 24 mpg on the highway, the H.O. V-6 falls right in line with its EPA ratings.
As competitors are starting to moving out with newer designs and chassis development, the F-150 continues to strive. It’s powertrain performance and chassis engineering reassure a level of refine establishment that makes this one of the most pleasant trucks to drive on the road. Getting a massage while dominating its competition, now it’s just bragging.
Model: 2019 FORD F-150 LIMITED (2WD)
Starting Price: $67,135
As Tested: $70,755
Engine: 3.5-LITER ECOBOOST TWIN-TURBOCHARGED V-6
Horsepower/Torque: 450-HORSEPOWER / 510 LB-FT TORQUE
Transmission: 10-SPEED AUTOMATIC
Fuel Economy: EPA RATED: 17-CITY / 22-HWY / 19-COMBINED
(AS TESTED: 16.5 MPG COMBINED | 24.4 MPG – 200 MILE HIGHWAY TEST)
Fuel Range: 600 MILES
0-60 MPH: ±5.0 SECONDS