Diving Deep into the F-150 Limited Lux Pickup Truck
Ever since the demise of the Lincoln Mark LT (and the Lincoln Blackwood before that), if you’ve wanted a Ford luxury pickup truck, you opted for an F-150 Platinum. Since 2013, the Ford F-150 Limited has superseded the Platinum as the top-dog lux truck in the F-150 lineup, and the newest iteration is the best yet. Here are three ways the new 2016 Ford F-150 Limited does luxury right and three ways it could still improve.
How the F-150 Limited Does Luxury Right:
Fit for a King
It’s hard to be uncomfortable while piloting the F-150 Limited. The front bucket seats feel endlessly adjustable, are wrapped in thick leather, and are both heated and cooled. Better still are the heated steering wheel and the standard massaging front seats, which are sometimes just what you need after a long day at work.
Don’t Forget the Back Seat
Some lux trucks focus their efforts on the front passengers, but Ford shows it understands what luxury is about by offering many of the same amenities front passengers get to the F-150 Limited’s rear-seat passengers. Although rear passengers in the F-150 Limited won’t get their keisters cooled or massaged (at least by the seats), the two outboard seats are heated, and back-seat passengers have their own air-conditioning vents and a way to plug in and charge their devices. That may not sound like much, but it’s worth noting that back-seat passengers in the rival GMC Sierra Denali don’t even have their own air-conditioner vents.
The F-150 Limited comes standard with active radar cruise control and lane keep assist to help lighten the load on long-distance highway drives. Ford’s system doesn’t allow you to take your hands off the wheel like semi-autonomous technology from Tesla, Mercedes, or Honda, but it does a good job at keeping the truck centered in your lane and allowing the driver to relax and enjoy the ride.
Where the F-150 Limited Could Improve:
Whereas GM and Ram offer electronically adjustable suspensions on their trucks—magnetic shocks on the former, air springs on the latter—the Ford keeps it old-school with the F-150. The suspension does a decent job at isolating passengers from road imperfections with an empty bed, but there’s certainly room for improvement. Those 22-inch wheels, although good-looking, don’t help matters, either.
What’s the difference between the $59,965 USD F-150 Limited and the $53,595 USD F-150 Platinum? Not much. The Limited gets a unique grille and tailgate trim, those aforementioned 22-inch wheels, and a Limited badge on the center console, complete with the truck’s VIN number. Every other “exclusive” feature on the F-150 Limited, such as the EcoBoost V-6 (the Coyote 5.0-liter V-8 is standard on Platinum), premium leather (albeit in a different pattern), and a panoramic moonroof, is available on the Platinum. An F-150 Platinum similarly equipped to our $67,560 USD F-150 Limited tester would set you back $64,250 USD, according to the F-150 configurator.
The $26,000 Question
The F-150 Limited starts at around $60,000 USD, but it’s hard to ignore that it sits on the bones of a $27,625 USD truck. Ford is largely successful at hiding the F-150 Limited’s origins, but some cheaper parts shine through, such as the hard-plastic door cards and cheap-feeling plastic buttons.