The Ford F-150 pick-up has been the best-selling motor vehicle in the United States for many years. Due to the different configurations that the manufacturer offers, it’s almost a true statement that there is an F-150 truck model to suit everyone’s needs. The new 2012 Ford F150 pickup truck range includes the Platinum model. This Ford F150 Platinum Model is a bit more of a luxury version with an impressive trim – that you probably wouldn’t want to scratch – because it really is that beautiful.
Here is a review of this awesome luxury Ford 150 pick-up truck – which might make you help make your mind up if you are thinking about buying one in 2012.
The Ford F-150 Platinum pickup by sscornelius, on Flickr
Brief Overview of the 2012 Ford F-150
- The EcoBoost V6 model will make 365 horse power
- 420 pounds per foot of torque (90% of which is when at 1,700 revs per minute)
- Prices start at around $45,000 and can be as high as $55,000 US Dollars
- Will take a maximum pay load of over three thousand pounds
Luxury Trim with Additional Extras
Whilst the Platinum Ford F-150 isn’t there most expensive model (that honor goes to the over-the-top Ford Harley Davidson edition) it does occupy the higher price bracket of the range. This model comes fully-loaded with all the mod-cons you would expect and has been designed to have a luxury feel. For example you will benefit from six and half foot pick-up bed, four wheel drive, and a 3.73 limited-slip rear axle. The 2012 model also comes with a navigation system – although there’s a hidden cost with that as you will need to purchase additional Ford F-150 Navigation updates every year to keep the maps current.
The back-seats will easily accommodate people who are well over six foot tall, with loads of leg-room to spare. Also impressive is the interior which is outfitted with an earthy brown leather finish of which have been crafted to an extremely high standard.
What About the Engine?
Despite being one of the more expensive Ford F-150s that money can buy, it actually comes with the smallest displacement engine that’s available in the range. It’s a 3.5 liter Ecoboost V6 that has 365 horsepower and then 420lbs per foot of torque. It’s fair to say that because of this the F-150 Platinum will never feel like it has a lack of power and there’s very slight lag during acceleration – you wouldn’t even notice it.
Performance Including Fuel and Gas Economy
If driving in the inner-city then you can expect to get around 17 miles to the gallon from the Ford F-150. In terms of accelerating then it’s extremely fast for a pick-up. The specifications state that you should be able to hit naught to sixty in around six and a half seconds. Because 90% of the torque is available at around 1900 RPM it should never be lacking in power despite the lack of a V8 engine.
Conclusion on the Ford F-150 Platinum Review
This is a great pick-up and with the fast acceleration, heavy load and towing thresholds, and plenty of room for five adults it lives up to the billing from Ford as being a jack-of-all-trades vehicle that would suit anyone. It is an eminently practical pick-up and a beast at heart that lacks absolutely nothing in the way of luxury comforts or indeed performance. If there’s one slight negative to the F-150 then it would be the high-cost of repairs – but then if you’re prepared to pay this optimum price for a Platinum model perhaps this might not be such an important consideration for you?
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