It's a toy, it's a tool, it's a truck.
And as the best selling pickup truck in America, some would say it's the most important car on the road today.
Which it's why it's even more important that the Ford F-150 step into the 21st century.
Let's hop behind the wheel of this 2015 Ford F-150 four by four Super Crew Platinum to see just how big of a step it's taken.
Now this being the Platinum version of the Ford 150 means that it's got a lot of fit and finish and luxury upgrades.
This is a truck that's aimed at a person who either wants to use this as their daily driver and has a little extra money to spend, or Somebody who wants to go to the work site, but doesn't wanna feel like they're in a utilitarian vehicle on the way there and back.
So around the cab we've got really nice things like leather multi-contour seats.
We've got leather on the dashboard, metal, wood, everywhere that you see.
There's a really good fit and finish.
But underneath that, there's a feel of that truckishness, everything is really big.
I mean, for example, the shifter is so big, and so chunky that I can't really get my hands around it.
Getting back to luxury things, we've got a really cool feature in this car.
It's massage seats.
I can get a back massage.
I can get heated and cooled surfaces.
I can even get the seat bottom to massage.
The Maybach S600 didn't even have seat massagers.
This truck will massage your **** as you drive down the road.
It's really cool.
Now this 2015 F-150 still uses Ford synch 2 and My Ford Touch.
This is generally a pretty terrible entertainment system.
It kind of moves everything out to the corners.
And in this vehicle, it's a really long reach to the screen.
So getting the navigation means that you gotta get full extension of your arm to reach it.
And even once you're there, everything just takes an extra second to get around.
Fortunately, the 2016 Ford F-150 is getting the much improved Ford Sync 3. Wait for that one.
Now the cab's all good for getting people around, but this is a truck so you're gonna want to move things every now and then.
That's where this bed comes into play.
And because this is this is Platinum Edition, we've got some really nice features such as this automatic drop down tailgate.
And right here, you've got this slide out Step up, so you don't have to break your neck, or twist your ankle getting in and out of it.
And the bed is very customizable, we've got built in tie-downs, and this example has this sort of bed extender.
What they are are these little plastic gates that sort of like unlatch and fold out, so that you can get an extra foot and a half of cargo capacity.
And drive around with your bed down without having to worry about them flopping out.
Now under the hood, we're gonna be dealing with four 3.5 liter ecoboost V6.
Not V8, V6.
And that's not even the smallest engine available in this F-150.
Now what ecoboost means in Ford parlance is turbo charged, and in this case, we're talking about twin turbos in our V6 engine.
Total power is going to be about 365 horsepower stated and about 420 pound feet of torque.
Nothing to thumb your nose at there.
And when you step on the throttle you do get a little bit of a rev up and a nice verbal.
It sounds like a V8 and it sort of pulls like a V8.
But at least consider.
The acceleration portion of Ford's claim of V8 power, V6 efficiency is confirmed.
Speaking of efficiency, the EPA rates this thing at about 19 miles per gallon combined.
During my testing I got about 18.1 on the highway, which dropped down to about 16 miles per gallon when I got stuck in traffic Going to really start testing the acceleration.
That engine is going to be paired with a single option six-speed automatic transmission that plugs into a two-speed transfer case.
This is a four by four so we have the ability to select between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive with high, low, and automatic ratios.
Now, the platinum edition is sort of positions itself.
Not really as a work truck, nut more of a luxury truck.
The sort of thing that you'd use to tow the boat out to the waterfront on the weekend.
And so what you want from that is reasonable efficiency, which we kind of have, and a nice, quiet, and comfortable ride.
You want luxury out of this platinum edition.
And the interesting thing about going with the 3.5 liter ecoboost is that it's a very quiet, very smooth We're just, sort of, cruising down the highway, not really hammering it.
When you're waiting at a traffic light, you'll immediately notice that that V6 engine is extremely quiet.
You barely even notice that it's running.
That's just how buttery smooth it is.
The 2015 Ford F-150 Platinum rolls off the lot at about 54,385 bucks.
But with all the options and destination charges we've got on this example, we're looking at more like 62,150 bucks.
Now if you'll excuse me, I've gotta go help everyone I know move.
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