Up front the controls are durable and glove friendly, and the voice-activated navigation as well as the suite of steering wheel controls render the 8-inch touch screen as a mere display screen. This is a good thing. Visually, the small screen in the large F-150 is the only compromise in the truck -- the vents dwarf the thing, but the functionality is pretty good. The broad 8-inch vehicle info display in the instrument cluster, which Ford calls "productivity screen," is excellent for accessing even more info than housed in the touch screen.
The convenience technology is complemented with safety tech, of course, including the $2,540 preferred equipment group, with adaptive cruise control and start/stop technology. That grouping also includes the step bar in the tailgate. Put down the gate, press a button, and the step comes out, along with a vertical bar to use as a handle. The handle part is overkill, but it's all part of the $63,000 package. I still prefer the fender step in the Chevy Silverado.
Despite the conveniences and luxury elements such as the standard power running board, the F-150 is still a bang-around truck. You just can't get that supreme durability and capability, all while ensconced in a cabin full of creature comforts, in other vehicles. The only compromise you'll have to make is with your garage space, which may better define the line between want and need.
2018 Ford F-150 4x4 Supercrew Platinum at a glance
Vehicle type: Pickup truck luxe
Base price: $57,580
As tested: $62,505 (excluding $1,295 destination)
Mpg: 16 city, 22 highway
Engine: 5-liter V8
Transmission: 10-speed automatic in four-wheel drive
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