Tow tons with F150 Power Stroke

The Labradorian - - Editorial - BY RICHARD RUS­SELL WHEELS

- much qui­eter than the afore­men­tioned com­peti­tors and in a whole dif­fer­ent league than the heavy-duty diesels.

The stan­dard start/stop sys­tem works seam­lessly. With a full load in the bed, the truck pulls ef­fort­lessly from rest with im­pres­sive ac­cel­er­a­tion, as if there was noth­ing in back.

Even laden with 6,500 pounds of trailer the Power Stroke dis­played im­pres­sive power, even when climb­ing long grades.

Of course you are aware of the ex­tra load, but once boost ar­rives, and with a torque peak at only 1750 rpm, it works hard and well.

The 10-speed trans­mis­sion plays a big role, keeping the en­gine in its sweet power spot and down­shift­ing when de­scend­ing steep grades

Diesels are more ex­pen­sive to build and com­mand a pre­mium, up to $10,000 and more for the HD mod­els. The new Power Stroke adds $5,650-$8,200 to the F150 bot­tom line, depend­ing on trim level and equip­ment.

That is off­set by the fact that if you reg­u­larly tow, you will re­coup that ex­tra ex­pense more quickly than if it was a gaso­line en­gine. Diesel fuel econ­omy does not drop as much when un­der load.

If you tow or haul loads reg­u­larly, but don’t need or want a heavy-duty pickup, the new F150 Power Stroke might be the per­fect so­lu­tion.

PHOTOS BY RICHARD RUS­SELL/WHEELS

The 2018 Ford F150 Power Stroke diesel can tow up to 11,400 pounds.

The 2018 Ford F150 Power Stroke diesel is pow­ered by a tur­bocharged, 3.0-litre, V6 diesel en­gine ca­pa­ble of 250 horse­power and 440 lb.-ft. of torque.

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