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January 30, 2013
There are few trucks on the road that compare to the 2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch, and after a week driving this luxury offering from Ford, we are pretty sure there’s no other like it on the road! The combination of luxury and utility are blended in a way that only truck experts could pull off, and for those who have the coin to drop on the best of the best, this is your truck my friends.
The King Ranch features a bold new three-bar grille and available 20-inch machined aluminum wheels. There's also an available monotone paint option, and customers can add a special King Ranch chrome package for additional luxury cues. Our test model had a deep blue jeans metallic paint with body color door handles, chrome exhaust tips, fog lamps, locking removable tailgate, tailgate step, 20-inch aluminum wheels with painted pockets, power sliding rear window with defrost and tint, running boards, wheel lip moldings and tow hooks. Notable improvements to the exterior are segment-first HID headlamps that are brighter and whiter than traditional headlamps, and segment-exclusive power-folding and telescoping trailer tow mirrors.
Inside the 2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch, the seats are wrapped in rich, timeless Chaparral leather. An all-new black interior environment is available (in addition to traditional Adobe), plus smart technology like standard MyFord Touch, optimized for truck owners, standard ambient interior lighting and available class-exclusive HID headlamps. The cabin is total luxury with options like power moon roof, one touch up down driver and passenger window, 10-way power driver and passenger seats, 4.2 inch LCD cluster screen, ambient lighting, auto-dim rearview mirror, dual-zone electronic auto climate control, heated and cooled driver and passenger seats, memory driver seat, navigation and Sirius satellite radio. More good news is that MyFord Touch is standard in the 2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch. The interior is spectacular and will be greatly missed because it’s just that good.
We’ve all heard so much about the 3.5 liter Ecoboost V6 with an electronic 6-speed transmission, so we looked forward to this test. After spending a week behind the wheel of the 2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch, we are sold on the performance and power of this turbo charged engine. The segment-exclusive Ecoboost V6 provides the power of an eight-cylinder engine and the fuel efficiency of a six-cylinder while achieving a best-in-class 11,300 pounds of trailer towing capability. The Ohio midwest winter challenged the King Ranch and the Ford Truck performed outstandingly. With 2-speed automatic 4-wheel drive, 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, available Hill Descent Control, hill start assist, power adjustable pedals with memory, rearview camera, remote start, reverse sensing system, select shift transmission, trailer brake controller, trailer sway control, trailer tow package, 36-gallon fuel tank and SOS post crash alert system, this truck was loaded. The 36-gallon tank is plenty large, and at 15mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway, you can go far on one tank in the King Ranch.
In 2000, Ford Motor Company and King Ranch teamed to introduce the 2001 King Ranch F-150 SuperCrew, then the most upscale model in the Ford F-150 lineup. It was also the industry's first under-8,500-pound GVW full-size pickup truck with four full-size doors and a full rear passenger compartment. That’s been some years ago now and there really isn’t a competitor to the 2013 King Ranch as far as we have seen. If you want a rugged luxury truck, look no further than the 2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch that, as tested, stickered out at $53,135. That’s big bucks for a truck, but the truck part is where the King Ranch starts, and where you go from there is all up to you!
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