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Ford F-150 Supercrew earns high marks

By Roy J. Eaton | Published Saturday, August 11, 2018

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2018 Ford F-150

At first glance the 2018 Ford F-150 SuperCrew I’ve been driving this summer looks like hundreds of other white Ford pickups on the roads in Wise County.

But tucked down low on the front door is an emblem that says Power Stroke Turbo Diesel. That’s something new this year for Ford, and if the Platinum level truck loaned me by Joe Redwine, sales manager at Karl Klement Ford is any indication, the $3,000 engine package will be a big hit.

The V-6 Power Stroke diesel in the F-150 cranks out 250 horsepower and has an EPA estimate of 30 miles-per-gallon in highway driving. That makes it the fuel mileage “champion” of any half-ton pickup on the road today. Unlike larger diesel engines in heavy-duty pickups, this engine is as quiet as a V-6 or V-8.

The diesel engine is only available in the Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trim levels in the F-150. The white platinum metallic paint on the truck I drove had a black leather interior. It was equipped with every option, including air conditioned seats, retractable running boards and adaptive cruise control. The four-wheel drive SuperCrew carried an MSRP of just over $68,000.

Ram also offers a 3.0 diesel engine in its half-ton pickup that develops 240 horsepower and carries a $4,495 price premium over the standard truck. The Ford F-150 with the diesel engine has a towing capacity of 11,400 pounds compared to 9,200 for the Ram.

Chevrolet and GMC will introduce a 3.0 turbo diesel in their 2019 half-ton pickups that will go on sale later this year.

The diesel is only one of six engines offered in the F-150 pickup ranging from a 3.5 EcoBoost V-6 that develops 375 horsepower to a 5.0 liter V8 that puts 395 horsepower on the street through a 10-speed automatic transmission.

My wife, who rarely rides in a pickup, was impressed with the Platinum trim on the F-150.

“It sits up high and you can see out and it rides well,” she said after we went on a tour along County Road 1111 between Decatur and Bridgeport.

The rear seat sits a little higher than the front seats to offer an excellent view of the road.

As nice as the Platinum is, it is not the top of the line. A Limited trim package is also available for a few thousand dollars more. This was the first diesel F-150 delivered to Klement Ford, but Redwine said he had both Lariat and King Ranch versions on the way. The Lariat will be the least expensive of the three trim levels. The King Ranch and the Platinum are about the same price.

One feature that is a pain in the neck and hard to get used to is the auto start-stop feature that shuts off the engine when you stop. Most new vehicles now have the fuel saving feature, but unlike some, Ford has a switch to turn it off. The engine starts instantly when the brake is released.

Chevrolet and GMC trucks give Ford a run for the money in Wise County, but nationally the F-Series Ford trucks have been America’s best selling trucks for 41 years. The F-Series ranges from the half-ton F-150 all the way up to the massive F-750. Next year Ford will bring back the compact Ranger pickup that will compete with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon and other small trucks from Toyota and Nissan.

The F-150 Platinum SuperCrew is about as nice as a pickup can be and with the V-6 diesel engine getting 30 miles per gallon on the highway, it is sure to be a winner and propel Ford to another year of sales leadership all across America.

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