Photo Gallery: A Super Duty Kind of Weekend
After anxiously awaiting our chance to get behind the wheel of the new Super Duty Platinum, we made the most of our weekend with it.
It’s not everyday that we drive trucks capable of towing a small town, but when we do, we load up the family’s bikes, a cooler full of goodies, and hit the open road. Yes, we know it’d be much more exciting to tow 17,000 pounds of lumber, but after all, it’s the weekend!
Open the door, allow the power retractable running boards to come out, hop in, push the start button, and hear the 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel come to life. It sounds silly, as the routine isn’t really any different from any other truck, but to us, it’s special. Why? Well, we know first-hand the ginormous engineering task Ford had to tackle in order to bring an all-new Ford Super Duty to market.
Remember, this 2017 truck isn’t just a refresh, it’s a complete rebuild. As a result, there was a “slight” pressure on Ford to not only design a competitive heavy-duty truck, but one that eclipsed its predecessor. Now those were big shoes to fill…
In just a few days we’ve logged about 400 miles in our F-250 Platinum press truck, and we truly can’t get enough of it. Heck, we even averaged 18.1-mpg on a 121.5 mile highway drive to western Indiana (see photo for proof). Yes, we know what you folks think about its fuel-efficiency and the DEF. But regardless, that’s pretty darn good for a luxurious heavy-duty truck.
Speaking of luxury, some of our favorite features so far are the adaptive cruise control, which makes highway driving a breeze, the 360-degree bird’s-eye view camera which comes in handy while parallel parking, and the integrated tailgate step. Even if you could care less about these feature because you’re a “hardcore trucker,” newsflash: comfort and convenience sells.
We get to enjoy this bad boy for a few more days, so make sure to let us know if you have any questions, and stay tuned for a full review!