Car Review: 2015 Ford F350 4X4 King Ranch Lariat Crew Cab

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The stakes keeping getting higher in the Super Duty Truck segment and there is no doubt that the 2015 Ford F350 4X4 King Ranch Lariat Crew Cab will make her mark both on and off the road. We drove this nimble but very large truck for a week and grew more and more enamored with the vehicle every day that passed. The 2015 Ford F350 4X4 King Ranch Lariat Crew Cab is a very important launch for Ford, and from early indications, they should be just fine.

EXTERIOR

There is no mistaking the 2015 Ford F350 4X4 King Ranch Lariat Crew Cab when you see one on the road, from the King Ranch badging, to the unique ruby red paint with caribou accent. The sheer size and good looks compliment, including the fog lamps, body painted grille, locking removable tail gate with lift assist, pick up box with tie down hooks, bodyside protection moldings and skid plates. The premium cast 20-inch wheels are just awesome and deliver on both looks and functionality.

INTERIOR

It’s amazing how far the cabin of trucks have come along, but there is a whole new step up when you step inside the 2015 Ford F350 4X4 King Ranch Lariat Crew Cab. The attention to detail is admired and the feel inside this truck can build confidence in a man that is sometimes not even warranted! Some of the upgraded interior options on the 2015 Ford F350 4X4 King Ranch Lariat Crew Cab as tested include King Ranch floor mats, cab steps with lights, navigation system, memory group, remote start system and heated/cooled front seats.

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PERFORMANCE

All the great looks on a truck don’t amount to you-know-what if the truck doesn’t deliver. That is certainly not a problem with the 2015 Ford F350 4X4 King Ranch Lariat Crew Cab which sports an updated 6.7 liter power stroke V8 diesel engine. Ford’s second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel now boasts 440 horsepower, up from 400 horsepower, and 860 lb.-ft. of torque, up from 800 lb.-ft., across all Super Duty models from F-250 to F-450. F-350 increases maximum fifth-wheel/gooseneck towing capacity as well, to 26,700 pounds, from 23,200 pounds, and the gross combined weight rating goes up 4,500 pounds, to 35,000 pounds. The improved ratings are a result of designing and engineering the truck as an integrated system. This approach has enabled Ford engineers to optimize performance across the full Super Duty lineup. Key innovations on the 6.7-liter Power Stroke are its compacted graphite iron engine block and reverse-flow layout. This segment-exclusive design places the exhaust inside the engine’s V-shape with the air intake positioned on the outside, resulting in a variety of advancements.

Other upgrades include a larger turbocharger for increased airflow, resulting in more power. The compacted graphite iron engine block is stronger yet lighter than cast iron, is more wear-resistant, and has enhanced sealing properties. F-350 Super Duty is available with a high-capacity towing package that includes new front springs and a wide track axle, increasing the gross combined weight rating with the 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine from 31,900 pounds to 35,000 pounds.

OVERVIEW

When we tested the 2015 Ford F350 4X4 King Ranch Lariat Crew Cab, the overall fuel efficiency was not posted and the sticker price not yet included. When it comes to truck buyers, they are probably the most informed buyers in the industry, but no matter how much research is done, one really has to get behind the wheel of the 2015 Ford F350 4X4 King Ranch Lariat Crew Cab to truly appreciate what this classy chassis has to offer!