At first glance, it appears like any other Ford F-150 in deluxe Platinum trim with optional four-wheel-drive and the FX-4 off-road package, but there’s the Powerstroke diesel logo on the door: something previously seen only on Ford’s bigger heavy-duty trucks.
A 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel is a now a $3,000 option. With 250 horsepower and gobs of torque, it’s well-suited to pickup duty, and very fuel efficient, too.
Even though it’s a hard-working truck, the Platinum edition oozes luxury. A two-tone interior looks great and controls are easy to use. The 10-speed automatic helps with fuel economy, and leather seats feel as good as they look.
The towing package includes a pro-trailer backup assist that automatically lines up the hitch. Power side mirrors that telescope and fold also help with trailering, as do the 360-degree cameras, part of a $2,500 tech package.
Our review truck is the SuperCrew version with a spacious row two. Back seats are heated, too, and every type of power outlet is featured.
The diesel F-150 can tow up to 11,400 pounds as equipped, but it’s still smooth enough to use as a daily driver.
So, for the 2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 4×4 Supercrew Diesel, I say thumbs up to great power, great fuel economy, and roomy comfort; thumbs down to the high price.
I averaged about 30 miles per gallon. The pre-production truck had no sticker, but the price will be about $68,000.