FORD F-150 POWER STROKE DIESEL

Boating - - MOTORHEAD -

TThis is the only diesel in our test group (Ram also of­fers a diesel in its 1500), and it an­swers the cries from Ford loy­al­ists for diesel in a half-ton pickup.

Des­ig­nated a 2018 model, this truck be­gan ship­ping to deal­ers in June. The 3.0-liter V-6 diesel in the F-150 puts out 250 hp and 440 foot­pounds of torque. Our tester had an 11,400-pound tow­ing ca­pac­ity.

In tow/haul, we barely knew there was a boat/trailer on our tail. The Super Crew pickup achieved an av­er­age mpg of 11.3 while trai­ler­ing with the tranny in tow/haul mode. Com­pare that to a 22.7 mpg av­er­age in eco mode while not tow­ing.

With 10 trans­mis­sion gears, the Power Stroke diesel stays in its peak ef­fi­ciency and power zone at any speed. The en­gine was also quiet. Gone are the days of clack­ety-clack diesels, though there’s still enough rat­tle and whine to im­press your bud­dies.

Our test truck was so packed with tech­nol­ogy — from the FX Off-Road four­wheel-drive pack­age, ac­tive park as­sist and power de­ploy­able run­ning boards to the power tail­gate, lane-de­par­ture warn­ing and heated steer­ing wheel — that we can’t cover it all.

One of the most re­mark­able is the Pro Trailer Backup As­sist that au­to­mat­i­cally steers your rig in re­verse. It takes over steer­ing so you don’t need to touch the wheel while back­ing up.

An­other cool fea­ture is BLIS (blind spot in­for­ma­tion sys­tem) with trailer tow mon­i­tor­ing. When prop­erly set up, it uses sen­sors in the truck’s tail­lights to warn you if a ve­hi­cle is be­side your trailer. A light in the side-view mir­ror and a chime alerts you to the other ve­hi­cle’s pres­ence. The truck au­to­mat­i­cally senses when the trailer is hooked up.

Our tester came fes­tooned with cam­eras — in­clud­ing a 360-de­gree bird’s-eye view of the truck and its sur­round­ings — but the most help­ful was the backup cam­era that put the tow ball right un­der the cou­pler ev­ery time.

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