2018 Ford F-150 4x4 SuperCrew Quick Take
Painted in an exterior color called Blue Jeans and sporting 22-inch polished chrome wheels, the 2018 Ford F-150 4x4 SuperCrew is as much about a fashion statement as it is about a vehicle that works for a living. And despite its work pant-inspired exterior color, the equipment, cabin furnishings and price makes it more of a luxury vehicle with a cargo box than anything else. Not that blue jeans can’t be the height of upscale fashion or cost a ton of money.
Beneath the surface, there is the rugged F-150 mechanicals. A powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 makes 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, sending that output to a 4x4 system through Ford’s excellent 10-speed automatic transmission. There’s plenty of power from the engine and the vehicle is equipped for towing with a 6,750-pounds GVWR package. The high seating position and driver assists like rearview camera, blind spot warnings and lane keeping assist makes this an easy vehicle to drive even in traffic.
Inside, there’s plenty of luxury touches including genuine wood accents, leather upholstery, heated/cooled front seats and heated rear seats, a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, automatic power running boards, a remote tailgate release and twin panel moonroof.
While this particular version of the Ford F-150 has the goods when it comes to hardware and luxury, its where this function meets form there’s a bit of a disconnect. Part of it may be the short box (which has a nice bed liner) combined with the 4x4 ride height. The spoked chrome wheels are shod with relatively low profile P275/45R22 tires. As a result, even though they are 22 inchers, the tall wheelhouse openings give the truck the look that it’s riding on a roller skate. Pickup trucks are supposed to look tough, but in profile, the Blue Jeans painted F-150 looks a bit spindly and delicate. Perhaps it would work better as a rear-drive only model to give it a more planted look. And then there’s the price: base MSRP is $63,945 plus $495 for the spray-in bed liner. All in with $1,295 destination, the tab is $65,735. That’s a lot for truck that tries a bit too hard to straddle the difference between work and luxury.
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