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.

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Deluxe cabin

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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