After a year long hiatus, I am back!
In this time, I have started a new job at a Ford dealership in my area doing multimedia production and inventory management in addition to long distance vehicle deliveries.
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So here is what this means to you, the reader.
1- I will have very in depth reviews and photos of Ford’s entire lineup in the months to come.
2- I will have less reviews of other models as in the past, until I can establish relationships at other dealers to continue to new reviews.
Now that we’re up to speed- here is what I have to say about the 2016 Ford F-150 Platinum 4×4.
The 2015 model year marked one of the biggest changes for the model line in the entire history of its’ existence. Replacing a typical steel body with a military-grade aluminum one. Many jumped to conclusions about the change, comparing the new F-150 body to that of an aluminum soda can. Others looked at the facts and became excited at the over 700 pound weight loss and increased fuel efficiency and payload capacity.
The frame was also updated; featuring ultra-high strength steel with extra stiffening cross members to increase rigidity.
In addition to the new material, the aluminum body netted the model an entirely new design, featuring more curves and design lines, a new interpretation of Ford’s signature huge grille, and visible increase in materials quality and fit-and-finish.
The 2015 model year also introduced amazing new technology, ground breaking in any pickup truck class. Features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Mitigation, Park Assist, Massaging Front Seats, Blind Spot Monitoring, and so much more make this truck incredibly smart and safe.
Powertrain options changed for the 2015 F-150 by adding a 2.7L V6 EcoBoost to the lineup, offering simply shocking power, torque, towing capability, and fuel efficiency. This truck is also offered with Ford’s base 3.5L V6, classic Coyote 5.0L V8, and tried-and-true 3.5L V6 EcoBoost. RWD, Part-time 4WD, and Full-time/Automatic 4WD are the drivetrain options, and availability differs based on model.
Ford offers 3 cab configurations and 3 bed lengths to accommodate all customers.
Speaking of models/trims- F-150 has six trim levels available for the F-150 with special packages in each level that allows you to truly build a unique truck to suit your tastes.
In order from most basic and least expensive to most luxurious and most expensive:
The interior of the truck shown, a 2016 F-150 Platinum SuperCrew 4×4 is outstandingly appointed.
It features black heated and cooled leather seats with massaging option, SYNC3 with 8″ touch screen, power running boards, heated steering wheel, and all of the aforementioned technology.
The ride quality is still obviously truck-like, but updates to the suspension make it more comfortable at freeway speeds.
This truck is impressively quiet even at freeway speeds, and the solid thud of the doors closing evokes a sense of quality.
New Electric Power Assist Steering provides variable assist depending on speed, and feels different than the classic hydraulic assist. It makes easy work of squeezing out of tight spaces, but gives a sense of vagueness when making small steering corrections at freeway speeds. There is a 1-2 degree measurement in both directions from center that feel numb and almost disconnected.
The 5.0L V8 was no slouch, but the 3.5L EcoBoost is what I would have preferred on the long uphill stretches from Phoenix to Flagstaff.
This truck was taken to northern Arizona after a week of snow storms to capture its capabilities on camera. The photos are attached at the top of this post, and a video production can be found on the home page of the linked YouTube channel.
I hope you enjoyed this review of the 2016 Ford F-150 Platinum.
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