Ford F-150

Behind the top-line Ford F-150 SuperCrew’s distinctive satin-finished grille is a powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. This twin-turbocharged and intercooled engine propels the truck with 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque. At the F-150 Limited’s rear, “L I M I T E D” is boldly emblazoned across the satin-finished tailgate applique. Standard are 22-inch polished-aluminum spoked wheels with P275/45R22 all-season tires.

Workhorse capability is available across Ford’s F-150 lineup, but it’s the luxury and prestige factors that lure buyers into spending about $70,000 for the top-line model. Premium trucks are strong sellers, and Ford’s ultimate representative in the segment is the Limited SuperCrew. Key to its appeal is the sense of exclusivity it gives the owner.

Like a limited-edition piece of art, Ford showcases the pickup’s production number. Recessed into the center-console lid’s leather top is an “F-150 LIMITED” badge, embossed with the model year, Vehicle Identification Number and production number. Further announcing the vehicle’s special status, the interior features LIMITED badges on front and rear seatbacks, and polished-metal door-sill protectors with LIMITED cut-out letters that glow with a light blue. Adding convenience to the climb into and out of the cab are power-deploying running boards.

Most impressive about the cab is the comfort of the front buckets, which offer a blending of plushness and support. These are Multi-Contour seats with Active Motion, which are designed to lessen driver fatigue and stimulate blood flow to the back and legs.

The Multi-Contour seats are activated using the 8-inch Sync 3 touchscreen. Selecting Multi-Contour Seats allows the tailoring of lumbar positioning and massage intensity to fit the needs of driver and passenger. The ventilated seats can be heated and cooled, and are 10-way power adjustable. Seats are upholstered in supple Camelback “Unique” two-tone leather, and the fold-up 60/40-split rear bench is heated.

The driver seat, steering column and floor pedals have positioning memory, the steering wheel is leather wrapped and heated, interior accents are genuine wood, and the cab gets the nighttime glow of ambient lighting. Passengers in the front and rear are provided a generous view of the sky through a standard Twin-Panel Moonroof.

Standard convenience features include: Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation System with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link; Bang & Olufsen premium audio; Dual-zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control; and FordPass Connect 4G Wi-Fi Modem.

Safety technologies include: 360-degree Camera with Split-View Display; Active Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go; Active Park Assist; Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert; Lane Keeping System; Pre-Collision Assist; and Reverse Sensing System.

Ford sends a strong message that the pickup is its range-topping model via exterior badging. Up front, “L I M I T E D” is stretched in large chrome block lettering on the front edge of the hood and, at the rear, it’s emblazoned across the satin-finished tailgate applique. LIMITED also appears below “F-150” block lettering on the front fenders.

Distinguishing the Limited from others in the lineup is a grille featuring satin-finished main bars and surround, complemented by smaller chrome bars. Door and tailgate handles also are satin finished, and bright-metal dazzle comes with 22-inch polished-aluminum spoked wheels, wrapped with P275/45R22 all-season tires.

Power to the wheels is via a muscular high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, which the Limited only shares with the high-performance F-150 Raptor desert runner. This twin-turbocharged and intercooled V-6 propels the truck with 450 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 510 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,500 rpm. For a full-size pickup with such high output, the Limited gets an excellent estimated fuel economy of 17 miles per gallon city and 22 mpg highway, for a combined city/highway fuel economy of 19 mpg.

The transmission is a 10-speed automatic transmission with Tow/Haul and Sport Mode, and an electronic locking 3.55 rear axle is standard. Four-wheel drive adds $3,425 to the $67,135 base price. Maximum towing capacity for a conventional trailer is 12,700 pounds and the 5.5-foot box can carry a payload up to 2,040 pounds.

Adding cargo-toting convenience is a standard BoxLink system. It provides versatility for securing cargo and universal points for adding attachments. Mounting plates are located at each corner of the bedsides for attaching removable, locking die-cast-aluminum tie-down cleats or securing stowable loading ramps. Bungees, S hooks and E-track straps can be attached to the mounting plates or cleats.

The test truck is fitted with a step that deploys from the remote-opening, power-locking tailgate to ease access to the bed. Adding $375 to the price, this step is on a short list of convenience pluses not standard the feature-packed Limited.

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