2013 Ford F-150 SuperCrew King Ranch 4x4 Ecoboost V6 (3.7L 6-cyl. 6-speed Automatic)
Driven On 11/19/2013
The EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 engine is top-notch and worth serious consideration for towing and hauling. But the rest of the F-150 is starting to lag behind newer offerings from Ram and GM, particularly the interior which needs a makeover. The crew cab, though, is big and comfy inside. The F-150's slow steering can make driving a chore on winding roads and in parking lots.
PerformanceTruck performance comes down to engine capability, and the EcoBoost V6 delivers. Brakes work well in daily use and have enough capacity for loaded scenarios. The F-150 is a steady and predictable handler, but it steers a bit slower than the competition.
Ford's EcoBoost V6 engine isn't kidding around. This is one powerful motor, and it deserves to sit atop the options list. The loaded King Ranch 4x4 stomps to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds.
Even though our test sample weighed 3 tons (!), the brake system was still able to haul it down from 60 mph in just 120-122 feet. Pedal felt firm and steady in normal use on public roads, too.
Like other F-150s we've tested, this one ultimately goes where it's pointed. The long wheelbase and slow steering lead to busy hands. This is offset somewhat by light steering effort.
Not what we'd call light on its feet. The F-150's considerable size and weight are noticeable when turning. That said, it feels stable and steady on back roads, with moderate lean.
The EcoBoost V6 churns out plenty of torque, so it easily bridges the gaps between the gears in the 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine is smooth and seamless at all times.
The 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 carries the highest tow rating in the F-150 lineup. Our crew cab 4x4 with optional 3.73 axles is good for 11,200 pounds. Hard to argue with that.
The 4x4 system in this long-wheelbase truck is intended for rocky fire roads, pole line roads and muddy ranch work. Lots of clearance, but it's too big for Jeep-style boulder-hopping.
ComfortThe King Ranch SuperCrew offers comfort in all seating positions. Background noise is low enough for everyone to engage in casual conversation. Ford engineers have done an admirable job of taming the ride despite the use of traditional leaf springs.
Leather-encrusted buckets are nicely supportive in a sit-down sense. We still wish for more lateral support on twisty roads, but the King Ranch seats do a better job than the XLT's cloth ones.
Similar to other F-150's we've tested. The ride isn't hard, but the aftershake from small ripples and cracks can make for a near-constant low-grade jiggle. This is typical leaf spring truck behavior.
Tire and wind noise are low-to-moderate. The Ecoboost V6 isn't as noisy or thrashy as the entry-level low-cost V6, but it doesn't deliver the classic 5.0-liter V8 burble, either.
InteriorThe SuperCrew cab is big and comfy, and the rear seat is much easier to access and live with than the smaller SuperCab. Every occupant will feel like they're in the best seat in the house. In-cab storage and cargo potential is strong.
Good driving position, and we like the information display between the gauges. Built-in brake controller is a huge plus. Improved MyFord Touch navi and infotainment system still a bit clunky to use.
Unlike the smaller SuperCab, front and rear seat access is equally good in the SuperCrew cab. It sits a bit high, but both doors open wide and each has a handy grab handle.
The front half of the cabin offers more than enough space for our tallest testers, and there's even more room in the SuperCrew's rear seat area. There isn't a bad seat in the house.
Good views out the front and sides, and the extendable tow mirrors are huge. Rear-quarter view is decent through the large rear windows. The back-up camera helps with low objects directly behind.
Good-sized multi-level door pockets up front, and the ones in back hold a lot, too. Rear seat bottoms fold straight up to reveal a large flat load floor.
ValueThe F-150's top-dog sales status is puzzling in the face of revamped trucks from GM and Ram. Pricing is similar. The design and features are consistent with a truck at the end of its lifecycle. The 60,000-mile powertrain warranty is no longer competitive.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Reasonable exterior build quality, and the King Ranch leather interior is particularly nice. Some interior trim panels feel dated compared to newly redesigned Ram and GM trucks.
It's not that the Ford lacks critical features. It's just that the newer competiton has upped the ante in execution. The content and size of the instrument panel display screen is a good example of this.
No doubt about it, this F-150 crew cab 4x4 with the top-line King Ranch package is pricey at $54,000. But, you can get the capability of this cab/engine combo in much less expensive trims.
The EcoBoost's mpg numbers are solid. The EPA rates it at a respectable 17 mpg Combined (15 City/21 Highway). But work the throttle and the turbos and it's easy to undershoot these numbers.
The F-150's powertrain is covered for 5 yrs/60,000 miles, which lags behind the 100,000-mile coverage offered by GM and Ram. Bumper-to-bumper warranty lasts for 3 yrs/36,000 miles.
Roadside assistance is provided for 5 yrs/60,000 miles.
Fun To DriveThis truck likes going straight more than anything else, and it's good at performing true truck duties. Capable, comfortable, but not really fun. But that's not really its point. Buy the Raptor if you're looking for that.
The EcoBoost engine delivers plenty of thrust and is great for towing and hauling (both kinds). Fairly quiet and comfortable, too. Not well-suited to twisty roads or places with tight parking.
Ford trucks have always played up the tough truck theme. That said, there's so many of these on the road that you'll be nearly invisible, even with the King Ranch edition.
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