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2017 Ford F-150 King Ranch 4×4 Super Crew Test Drive Review

If there was ever a vehicle that spans the gamut between utility and luxury, it’s the Ford F-150. Families, contractors, farmers, sportsman, government agencies and enthusiasts—along with just about every other segment of the automotive population—use them. In short, the F-150 is the universal vehicle to own, and when outfitted properly, can handle just about any task that’s thrown at it.

They’re found in the countryside, in cities, the suburbs and with a starting price of $27,380.00 for a V-6 powered short bed, to just under $70,000.00 for a maxed-out Raptor, this truck can be configured to suit not only your needs, but your personality. Our tester came in the form of a 2017 F-150 King Ranch 4×4 Super Crew with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. It’s comfortable and luxurious, but with a price tag of $64,724.00, it’s also one of the most expensive F-150s you can buy.

For the full 2017 F-150 King Ranch 4×4 Super Crew review, specs, pricing and data, read on.

2017 F-150 King Ranch 4×4 Super Crew Exterior

When Ford redesigned the F-150 back in 2015, the big news was that the body was crafted from high-strength, military-grade aluminum which resulted in a vehicle weight that was up to 700-lbs lighter than previous steel models. From the outside you’d never know this, but according to Ford’s bed testing, damage from dropping heavy materials resulted in dents that were 30% shallower than that of the previous steel bed. That’s something to consider if hauling full loads is a common occurrence. The 2015 redesign also included a more pronounced grill, headlamps and front bumper. While out back fresh taillights and a new tailgate—with a built-in retractable step—round out a very attractive package.

As previously noted, buyers can option out an F-150 to suit their lifestyle and needs. In this case, that meant a King Ranch edition that was coated in Blue Jeans paint with a big two-bar style chrome grille with mesh inserts, chrome bumpers, 20-inch wheels and a big old tailgate length insert that states that you are in fact, the King of the Ranch. Riding on a 145-inch wheelbase and sitting on 275/55-series Goodyear Wrangler rubber, the F-150 comes to us with a bit of a built-in rake to it. A 5.5-ft bed is capable of swallowing most runs to Home Depot, but for those looking for more room, you can always utilize the optional built-in bed extender, or opt for the 6.5-ft bed when placing your order. As a whole, this is a very good looking truck, and one that would be just as home on the farm as it would be parked in front of your favorite high-end restaurant.

2017 F-150 King Ranch 4×4 Super Crew Interior

If you splurge for the King Ranch package, you should be prepared to fork over a base amount of $53,704. Is that a lot of money? Sure. But if you drive a pickup truck on a daily basis, it might just be the best money you’ve ever spent. Because while Ford has done a great job of  making the King Ranch F-150 luxurious and full of technology, after driving it for awhile, you’ll most likely forget you’re piloting a full-size truck.

With features like leather clad heated, vented and monogrammed seats, a double-stitched leather dash and door panels, adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support, a 360-degree camera, power retractable running boards and Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system, this feels like something an executive would drive. The cab is also quiet at speed, there’s ample room for five full-size adults, and in the event you don’t have occupants who would enjoy the heated rear seats, simply fold them up and you’ve got storage that rivals most small SUVs.

The gauge cluster is well laid out, and provides the driver with information on everything from turbo PSI and the 4×4 system, to a digital hill-assist reading and off-road settings, to facts about the trailer that may or may not be behind you. There are also power ports for USB, 12v standard and even an inverter that can handle up to a 400w max output.

2017 F-150 King Ranch 4×4 Super Crew Performance

A 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 resides under the hood of the King Ranch. It utilizes twin parallel-mounted turbochargers and dual overhead cams with direct-injection and produces 375 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 470 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm. It’s also capable of getting the 4,700-pound truck to 60 mph in under seven seconds, while at the same time returning up to 23 mpg on the highway.

Power is put to the pavement via a 10-speed automatic transmission. The shifts are smooth, and the transmission delivers abrupt downshifts when needed, and smooth upshifts when simply tooling around. On road, the F-150 also drives much smaller than its dimensions would suggest, meaning the ride is smooth and compliant over all but the roughest surfaces. Handling is on par with others in the class, however it does exhibit some noticeable understeer if you enter a corner too spiritedly.

Brake pressure feel is very good, and the steering is nicely weighted with decent feedback. Size will always be an issue when driving a full-size truck, however visibility, thanks to an airy cabin and large side view mirrors is excellent, especially when used in conjunction with the optional 360-degree camera. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to try the F-150 off-road, but as we’ve driven others where the pavement stops, we can say with certainty that it can tackle mild to mid-grade off-road duties with ease. For those thinking about the hardcore stuff, there’s always the Raptor.

2017 F-150 King Ranch 4×4 Super Crew Safety

With electronic stability control (ESC) and roll stability control (RSC), full ABS with traction control, side impact beams, airbags throughout the cabin, blind spot monitoring, a 360 degree camera along with a host of other safety features, Ford has gone through great lengths to make sure the F-150 is one of the safest full size trucks on the market today. It also received an overall 5-Star government safety rating.

2017 F-150 King Ranch 4×4 Super Crew Overall:

This truck is a perfect example of how to incorporate rugged luxury into a full-size pickup truck. It provides great performance, decent fuel economy and utility into a package that makes driving a full-size pickup on a daily basis a very pleasant experience.

Drop by your local AutoNation Ford dealer today to check one out!

*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

**Vehicle MSRP of $64,724.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.

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