Trucking Royalty: The 2017 Ford F-150 4x4 SuperCrew King Ranch

Front 3/4 view of 2017 Ford F-150 4X4 SuperCrew King Ranch
The 2017 Ford F-150 4X4 SuperCrew King Ranch.
Ford hit a home run when it whipped up the deal at the turn of the millennium with the folks at King Ranch.  The number one truck in America got a model named after the largest ranch in Texas.  Back in 2000, when manufacturers were truly beginning to grasp that size mattered when it came to pickup trucks, and that nothing succeeded like excess, introducing a King Ranch edition was a stroke of genius.

Fast-forward nearly two decades and the only thing that has changed is that the taste of the American pickup-buying public has grown more voracious.  The King Ranch is now in the middle of the F-150 lineup (if you remove the off-road Raptor and the work-truck XL), with the XLT and Lariat below and the Platinum and Limited above.

Rear 3/4 view of 2017 Ford F-150 4X4 SuperCrew King Ranch
2017 Ford F-150 4X4 SuperCrew King Ranch.
The 2017 Ford F-150 4X4 SuperCrew King Ranch is by no means a bargain truck at a base price of $53,704, but a 4X4 SuperCrew Limited starts $10,476 higher.  And that is a chunk.

Keeping that $10,476 in your bank account still buys you a very fine truck.   All the extra $2,500 or so to step up to the Platinum buys you are 20-inch wheels instead of the King Ranch's 18s and differences in trim (swapping out the King Ranch-branded stuff for....well....non-King Ranch branded stuff).

What comes standard?  Ford's 5.0-liter V8 engine, LED box lighting, a chrome exhaust tip, quad-beam LED headlights, LED side-mirror spotlights, a locking, removable tailgate, power adjustable heated power-folding exterior mirrors, a power sliding rear window with defroster and privacy tint, a remote tailgate release, angular stepbars, LED taillamps, tow hooks, curve control, a fail-safe cooling system, intelligent access with pushbutton start, a rearview camera, remote start, reverse sensing, a Sony/Sync 3 audio system with Sirius Satellite Radio, a trailer brake controller, garage door opener, voice-activated navigation, heated second-row seats, heated and cooled ten-way power driver and front passenger seats (memory for the driver), a 110 volt/400 watt AC outlet, dual climate control, genuine wood accents, leather bucket front seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, and a power tilt and telescoping steering column with memory.

That adds up to a spectacularly well-equipped truck.

Interior view of 2017 Ford F-150 4X4 SuperCrew King Ranch
2017 Ford F-150 4X4 SuperCrew King Ranch interior.
But, of course, there are options.  Enough that you can, and we did, run the as-tested price up above the base price of a top-of-the-line Limited.  Our tester had:

Equipment Group 601 A (King Ranch Series), including a tailgate step, blind spot information system with trailer tow monitoring, inflatable rear safety belts and power-deployable running boards. $3,780.

3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission. Those are $500 each and well worth it.  Plenty of power, less weight over the front wheels and an impressive 17 miles per gallon city/23 miles per gallon highway EPA estimate.

The King Ranch Chrome Appearance Package, which upgrades to 20-inch chrome-like PVD wheels.  $1,995.

Adaptive cruise control. $1,250.

Max trailer tow package. That includes a 36-gallon extended range fuel tank.  Reasurring in that in a week's worth of driving, I never got below half a tank.  Somewhat scary in that a fill-up at $3.00 per gallon would set you back a hundred and eight dollars.  $1,195.

Power telescoping exterior mirrors. $250.

Active park assist. $440.

The Technology Package, including a 360-degree camera.  $990.

Wheel well liner.  $180.

Spray-in bedliner. $495.

In case you lost track, that's $11,575 worth of options.  Fold in $1,195 destination and delivery charges and the bottom line would be $66,474.  I say "would be" because Ford puts three instant discounts on the sticker...$500 King Ranch Lux discount...$750 King Ranch Chrome Package discount and $500 Tech/Park/Cruise discount....taking $1,750 off the tab.

Still, the bottom line, even with discounts, ends up a fairly sobering $64,724, almost $2,000 more than the as-tested price of the F-150 4X4 SuperCrew Platinum we reviewed this summer.  In the realm of today's pickup truck, it's probably a fair price, but it's incredible to realize you can spend still more and that the King Ranch is no longer the top of the F-150 trim level mountain.

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