2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

The F-150 Platinum is available with full LED illumination from the quad-beam headlamps to the tails.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

The 2015 Ford F-150 continues to evolve with a new aluminum body.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost is the larger of two turbocharged V-6 options available to the F-150. There's also a 2.7-liter EcoBoost option.

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The 365-horsepower engine is mated to a single-option six-speed automatic transmission.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

The drive mode selector is simple. There are just four settings for the 4x4 system.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

The power train has settings for rear drive and three different full-time 4x4 configurations.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

Our example is a Supercrew model that features an extended cab.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

Twenty-inch chrome wheels are standard on the F-150 Platinum. Our example also includes $595 White Platinum Metallic paint.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

The EPA reckons the F-150 is good for 19 mpg combined. My week of testing ended at around 15.7 mpg.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

The grille features a small camera that is used for a forward split view. There are also cameras in the side mirrors and on the tailgate.

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Driver aid tech, such as this 360-degree camera system, makes the massive F-150 much easier to live with.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

Blind-spot radar and rear cross-traffic alerts help protect the corners of the truck on the highway and in parking lots.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

The rear camera is integrated into the soft-touch tailgate handle.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

The rear tailgate can be remotely lowered. Internal dampers slow and control the gate's descent.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

Power side steps hide beneath the rocker panels.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

When a door is opened, the step quietly extends.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

Optional box side steps extend with a kick to their center buttons to aid in access to the bed.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

Our example featured the shorter 5.5-foot bed. A longer 6.5-foot option is available for Supercrew configurations.

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The tailgate also features a slide-out step.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

An optional bed extender secures cargo when the tailgate is laid flat.

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I found the bed easy to access and load, thanks to the standard and optional features.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

Connections for trailer lights and brakes can be found alongside the license plate.

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Blind-spot monitoring illuminates an indicator on the side mirror when a car is in the adjacent lane.

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The cabin is fairly well-appointed and very quiet.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

The Platinum model features styling upgrades inside and out.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

The large windows feature a cutout near the A-pillar that, aside from looking cool, vastly improves visibility by allowing the side mirrors to be mounted lower on the door.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

Around town, the ride is smooth and comfortable.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

In theory, the electronic sensors won't let you lock the keyless entry fob in the cabin, but the F-150's cabin is so big that it's possible. That's where the keypad comes into play.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

The rear glass features a motorized rear portal and a slick design.

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This dual-pane sunroof is a $1,295 option, but it's worth every penny for the amount of light that it adds to the cavernous cabin.

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Though bedecked with luxurious trim, the F-150's cabin still feels very chunky and truckish.

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The instrument cluster integrates an 8-inch display that can monitor off-road parameters, towing information or fuel economy.

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Navigation is a bit sluggish, but it will get you from point A to B.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

Map data is stored on an SD card in the dashboard.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

One of my favorite amenities is the inclusion of heated, cooled and massaging front seats. Separate controls for back and bottom massage aid in relieving fatigue.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

Adaptive cruise control can automatically maintain a set distance behind a lead vehicle down to about 15 mph.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

The Supercrew cab rear bench can comfortably seat three adults.

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The bench bottoms can be folded up to reveal a flat floor and even more space for cargo.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

The Sony premium audio system sounds good.

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2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Supercrew

The Ford F-150 is smarter in almost every way than its predecessor. However, we'd recommend waiting for the MyFord Touch infotainment to be replaced in 2016.

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