2017 Ford F350 Platinum Edition
If you are looking for a heavy duty pickup truck with all of the amenities of a luxury car, off road capability near that of a Baja racer, huge 2 ton bed payload ratings and the ability to tow up to 31,000 pounds on a gooseneck with a total maximum gross weight of over 41,000 pounds check out the new 2017 Ford F350 Super Duty.
After a week and about 500 miles behind the wheel of the 2017 F350 I came away impressed by the ride, power, handling and usability of the very large pickup. The Crew Cab, long bed Platinum edition we drove was over 22 feet long, 6 foot 9 inches tall and 8 feet wide. From the operators seat you soon forget how big the truck is; it drives like an F150 with just a bit harsher ride. Of course, tight traffic, narrow lanes or parking lots soon bring you back to reality.
High tech and safety
The 2017 Ford F350 Super Duty makes use of high tech and safety features to improve the driving experience. Even the mirrors, tailgate and front grille incorporate technology to add safety. The mirrors are fitted with; electric fold, electric telescoping, electrochromatic glass, ground illuminating spot lamps, side view cameras, and clearance lamps. The tailgate holds the back up camera and a rear illuminating
spot lamp. It also features Ford’s deployable bed entry step and locks with the doors automatically. The front grille sports the forward looking camera and conceals the transmitter for the collision alert system and active cruise control. From the all aluminum skin in the F350 is a masterpiece of what’s possible in a pickup.
This is a heavy duty truck and as such came equipped with the 6.7 Liter proven Ford diesel engine producing 925 pound feet of torque. It is coupled to Ford’s heavy duty 6 speed transmission and connects to the ground by way of rear axles ranging from 3.31 to 4.30. All of this power is stopped with antilock 4 wheel disc brakes and the built in trailer towing brake controller with anti-sway. The HD suspension is either Ford’s long used twin I beam, or a mono beam for 4 wheel drive trucks.
Comfort and Entertainment
The interior of the Platinum Edition is loaded with comfort features, safety technology and driver information displays. The instrument panel has pages of specific driver info based on what you are doing at the time. Going off road, pick the off road pages to monitor performance. Hauling a trailer? There are pages just for that operation, including the trailer camera system and tire pressure monitor for the trailer wheels. Just cruising down the highway? Yep, pages for that too.
The Sync 3 infotainment provides bountiful apps with navigation, hands free, voice to text and voice activated navigation, with many functions duplicated by knobs or steering wheel controls. The premium Sony 10 speaker sound system has MP3, CD and satellite in addition to auxiliary inputs and Blue Tooth connectivity.
The full leather upholstery is luxury car quality and the 10 way power adjustment on both front seats is complimented by a Ford only massaging system to ease the aches of long drives or a hard day at work. When combined with the heated seating, some soothing music and excellent climate control you won’t want to arrive at your destination.
Ford didn’t cut corners
In the truck bed Ford didn’t cut corners. Short and long beds are available with a drop in or spray on liner. The factory installed fifth wheel and gooseneck mounting, lockable and adjustable tie downs and in bed lighting combine to make the truck functional for work or play.
Driving the huge truck isn’t nearly as difficult as it would appear at first. On the highway it cruises along smoothly with great acceleration from any speed. It does use a lot of the lane, but the lane keeping assist will let you know if you start to wander. In tight traffic you quickly get used to the size and the very responsive steering and large multi view mirrors make keeping your lane a snap. When maneuvering in parking lots, through drive ins, or around obstacles the 360 view camera gives you an unmatched sense of knowing exactly where you are in relation to everything around you. The camera turns on with the push of a button and only works at slow speeds.
If trailer towing is your need you will find the new Ford trailer camera system a big help. It has a camera that attaches to the rear of your towed trailer for a clear view of what’s behind. Combined with the trailer towing package that includes tire monitors, back up assist and anti-sway braking the new Ford F350 is one of the safest towing vehicles on the road.
Worth the price?
The new 2017 Ford F350 Platinum is one of the safest, most technically advanced platforms on the highway. It is Ford’s top of the line Super Duty. You can get into a one ton series Ford for as little as $33,700, but to get this pinnacle of the Super Duty lineup you will have to have somewhere between 62 and 80 thousand dollars. Our test truck stickered at $78,795 including destination charges.
Reviewed on air April 15, 2017. Listen here