Over the last year, I have driven the Ford F150 with the Ecoboost engine, but it dawned on me I had not done the actual review and really spent some time with the truck, so that was my adventure for this week’s Car Pro Car Review.
My review truck is a real beauty, it is White Platinum Metallic in color with a gray interior, and it is a Lariat 4×4 with the Platinum package. It would appear to have every possible option that is offered.
I will tell you this 3.5-liter V6 Ecoboost engine is really something special. When you tromp on this truck, it will pin you to the seat. The power feels like that of a large V8 when the twin-turbochargers kick in. It comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission and this particular truck has a 3:55 rear axle ratio.
The interior of this top-of-the-line F150 is as nice as many luxury cars I have reviewed and the quietness of this truck rivals that of a Lexus. The dash is beautifully laid out with a color LCD screen in the center that operates just about everything, including the rear backup camera. The seats are comfortable with power for both driver and passenger, as well as both being heated and air conditioned. The rear seat in this truck is heated and literally with one finger, you can fold the bottom of the rear seat up and have a massive amount of indoor storage.
This truck has the Sony navigation system which is wonderful and easy to operate. You also get real-time sports scores, weather info, and fuel prices near your location. This truck has a power moonroof, remote start, Sync voice activation system, auto climate controlled air conditioning, and a power tilt and telescoping leather wrapped steering wheel.
The exterior of this truck is stunning, with 20” chrome wheels. My test truck has the factory hardshell tonneau cover that makes an airtight seal and enhances the looks of the truck. Some people say it helps with fuel-economy, but I am not sure it is substantial. The in-your-face grill makes you take notice of the F150 Platinum, the front fog lamps look great, and this one has the deployable running boards which fold up under the truck until you open one of the doors. This truck also has the tailgate step which is a wonderful option to help you get into the truck bed with ease.
One thing I really like about the Ecoboost engine besides the power is the electrically assisted power steering. Even at slow speeds, you can make sharp turns using just one finger. Normal hydraulic power steering systems use an engine-driven pump and pressurized hydraulic fluid to help turn a truck’s wheels and reduce driver effort. This system replaces the hydraulic pump and fluid with a motor-driven connection to the steering system. The end result is no drag on the engine and easier steering.
If you use a truck as a car, it doesn’t get any better than this truck. I had NO problem consistently getting the 21 miles per gallon on the highway, most of the time I was getting 22, and got 23 MPG on level roads at 65 miles per hour with the cruise control set. This truck is rated to tow 9800 pounds with the 3:55 rear axle.
It is pretty easy to see why the F150 is the #1 selling vehicle in the U.S. and has been for 24 years. It handles great, it rides like a car, and I know I mentioned it earlier, but the quietness inside the cab of this truck is incredible.
Just a couple of years ago, I could not imagine driving a super loaded truck like this 4-wheel drive Platinum with any kind of 6-cylinder under the hood. Now, I can’t imagine ever driving a V8 again.
What I liked most: The power, the interior, and the quietness.
What I would change: Nothing.
MSRP: Base price, $47,600. As equipped $52,800.
Fuel Economy: 15 in town/21 highway, getting 22 highway consistently.
2012 F150 Platinum in a few words: The ultimate luxury pickup.