2017 Ford F-150 King Ranch Review

Ford King Ranch Key Attributes

One of the halo products in Ford’s venerable F-150 line of pickup trucks, the King Ranch is named for the 850,000-acre cattle ranch near Kingsville, Texas. While Ford’s partnership with the largest cattle ranch in the state goes back to 1999, the first vehicle to emerge wearing the ranch’s Running W brand was offered in 2001.


Optioned to reflect the big and brash nature of the great state of Texas, the western-themed 2001 Ford F-150 King Ranch offered a carefully curated selection of luxury equipment, saddle grade leather and plush carpeting. It was also the first mainstream pickup truck to offer a super crew passenger compartment and four full-size doors.


Today’s F-150 King Ranch handily follows suit. Positioned as the entry-level luxury model in the F-150 lineup, it is exceeded in standard equipment only by the F-150 Platinum and the F-150 Limited.
Standard power comes from Ford’s 5.0-liter V8, delivering 385 horsepower and 387 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission routes power to the drive wheels.

 

However, the V8 has been eclipsed in output by Ford's 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 with 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft. of torque, which is offered as an option for King Ranch. So equipped, my test truck was surprisingly quick. A ten-speed automatic transmission routed power to all four wheels. Fuel economy was rated at 17 mpg in the city, 23 on the highway and 20 mpg overall—which my truck handily achieved.

The F-150 King Ranch roster of features includes LED headlights and taillights, automatic high beams, automatic wipers, a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, front bucket seats, heated rear outboard seats, navigation, Sync Connect and an 11-speaker Sony audio system with HD radio. Available driver assistance equipment includes lane departure warning, power-deployable running boards, a surround-view camera system, automated parallel parking and smart cruise control with forward collision warning.


On the road, everything we’ve come to appreciate about the contemporary F-150 is amplified when combined with the exceptional comfort and aesthetic of the King Ranch package. All seating positions offer good support, legroom and visibility. The rich materials constantly reminded me of the upscale nature of the pickup, while preserving its edge as a gentleman rancher’s preferred mode of transportation.


In other words, even with all of the inherent luxuries, the hardscrabble, blue-collar nature of the F-150 shines through—as does its size when negotiating urban environments.


This is a pretty big truck, so you’ll have to be a bit more cognizant of your surroundings in urban situations. Fortunately, overall agility is good—as is responsiveness. The turbocharged V6 pulls strongly and sounds nice doing so. Braking is confidence inspiring and the steering does a great job of keeping you in control—though it occasionally comes across a bit light. All in all, driving the F-150 King Ranch, assuming you’re a fan of pickup trucks, is a pleasant experience—one closely resembling that of a luxury car


King Ranch pricing starts at $51,080 for 2017, my as tested price was $64,724.

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