Christopher Little

Do-It-All: 2015 Ford F150 Platinum

Maybe you need to tow 10,700 lbs. Or maybe you need 43.6 inches of rear leg room. Perhaps you’d like massage on your way home from work. Or you might need 420 lb-ft torque to do some work. It isn’t often that you need all these features at the same time. But for all the times you do, there’s a new Ford F-150 Supercrew Platinum.

2015 Ford F150 Platinum 1

We had an early opportunity to drive a number of F-150 models last year at Met Life Stadium. Our second encounter began just across the river at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle in the country since 1984 and the F-150 has enjoyed a spike in sales of early adopters and Ford loyalists find themselves in new trucks. This particular truck is our golden aluminum ticket out of the city.

2015 Ford F150 Platinum 3

Before we even left the parking lot, we were struck by sticker shock. The Supercrew-only Platinum is F-150’s top trim level. Optioned with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and 4×4, this F-150 started at $55,000. That’s before any optional extras – and our tester had it all. The 701A pack includes the technology package and adaptive cruise control. The FX4 off-road package fits the F-150 with an electronic locking rear axle, skid plates, and off-road-tuned shocks. All-in, this Guard green F-150 will separate you from 61,500 of your hard-earned greenbacks.

Should any half-ton truck be this expensive? Probably not. For some, the growing complexity is a concern. A tailgate step, spotlights in the side mirrors, and power sidesteps are just a few more things that could go wrong over the long hard life of a work truck. So while the F-150 Platinum has the bones to work, very few will probably be exposed any high level of torture. With each generation, the top-trim Ford become less like the F-150 for the guy that needs to haul his family and more like the Expedition for the guy who needs to haul a few yards of dirt.

2015 Ford F150 Platinum 5

This truck will withstand being treated as a workhorse. But in reality, most owners will probably treat the Platinum like an ultra-capable luxury SUV. If it wasn’t for the abbreviated cabin, it would be tough to tell the difference. The spacious cab is trimmed in leather and wood trim. Amenities like the pricey twin panel sunroof, pneumatic massage front seats, and ambient lighting aren’t features you expect to find on a truck, either. The dashboard and center console have been “trucked” up a bit, but the smaller buttons and console shifter aren’t as truck-inspired as the interior of the GMC Sierra Denali. MyFord Touch remains annoying to touch, but voice commands undo most of the need to poke through the touchscreen menus. The seat adjustment controls are equally complex. Attempt to adjust the lumbar support and you’re presented with a touchscreen menu to adjust the three different lumbar supports and two different massage sections.

2015 Ford F150 Platinum 4

Piloting this big rig is not a “big rig” experience. While the EcoBoost V6 gives up 10hp to the 5.0L V8’s 375, it makes 33 more lb-ft torque. The aforementioned torque come on early and often thanks to two turbochargers. A commandingly high seating position and great steering accuracy gave us confidence as we navigated the narrow Manhattan streets. Aside from the large b-pillar blindspot on the driver side, the F-150 has excellent visibility. Full 360 degree cameras and park distance sensors aid the driver in tight spaces and active cruise control and blind-spot monitoring assist while underway. The brakes bite confidently and with good pedal feel. With a tow rating over 10,000 lbs, confidence that you can bring that mass to a halt is paramount. Our only complaint is the transmission’s occasionally unwillingness to downshift on occasion. A shifter-mounted button toggles between normal, tow/haul, and sport configurations. The latter setting solved any complaints. Aside from the diesel-like turbo whine under hard acceleration, the F-150 is a smooth operator. Very little engine or road noise makes it into the cabin.

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Between our drive out of the city and the remainder of our week Upstate, we racked up just under 400 miles on the F-150. Aside from a few compliments on the color and remarks from our local Ford fans, the F-150 didn’t attract the same positive public attention as the GMC Sierra Denali did. Truck owners are the most loyal, however, and Ford buyers tend to put their money where their mouth is. This new F-150 is solidly constructed, replete with a long list of valuable standard features, and available with a laundry list of luxury-car technology. As for the proposed fuel savings of the EcoBoost V6? Our average of 16.1 mpg isn’t a ringing endorsement out of context. In our defense, launching a 5,500 pound truck to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds doesn’t get old…while having a massage…with four of your friends.

-Christopher Little

2015 Ford F-150 Supercrew Platinum 4×4
701A Rapid Spec $2,040
3.5L EcoBoost Engine $400
Twin Panel Moonroof $1,295
FX4 Off-Road Package $770
Trailer Tow Package $495
Foldable Pickup Bed Extender $250
36 Gallon Extended Range Fuel Tank $195
Spray-In Bed Liner $475
Destination Charges $1,195
As Tested MSRP $61,500

First Drive: 2015 Ford F150
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