The hottest HD Pickup in the world is put through its paces. Light paces that is. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – June 26, 2017 2017 Ford F-250 Platinum Crew Super Duty with the 6.7L Power Stroke - $77,925 as driven incl. the $1,195 D&H Charge. With the tall ships in San Diego Harbor We have been waiting to get our hands on this monster, the number one selling HD Pickup anywhere, since last fall! To give you an idea as to how important this truck is to Ford's bottom line, Super Duty transaction pricing in April reached a record $58,200 per truck! Although Ford could not provide the 2017 sales breakouts between the LD F-150 and HD Super Duty, they did send me production volume details. The Ford F-150 production from both the Dearborn and Kasnsas City plants accounted for 302,421 trucks produced through the end of May of 2017. The Super Duty produced exclusively at Ford Kentucky accounted for 149,909 trucks through the end of May. Meaning 33 repent of all F-Series sales consist of the highly profitable Super Duty. Talk about a clean split between the two truck lineups and three production facilities! This week's ride is the 2017 Ford F-250 Platinum Crew Cab ($62,110) and arrived equipped with the all-new 2nd gen 440 hp and 925 lb.-ft. of torque CGI block based 6.7L V6 Turbo Diesel ($8,595) w/ an exhaust brake. It is mated to a HD 6-speed AT through to an optional locking 3.55 rear end ($390) to the Platinum's std. P275/65/R20" front and rear wheels and tires. All to move the 7,264 lbs. as driven pickup. I looked up the replacement cost on those tires from the rack and $1,077 + shipping, mounting, and balancing is not exactly chump change. Other options on this Ford super truck include Ruby Red paint ($395), FX-4 Off-road pkg. with skid plates ($295), Rapid Heat heater ($250), Blockheater ($75), 5th wheel prep ($370), Roof Clearance Lights ($80), Trailer TPMS ($725), Upfitter switches ($165), Spray in Bedliner ($495), Platinum Ultimate Pkg. ($2,785) with power roof, adaptive CC, Lane Keep Alert, and Trailer tow camera. All in including the $1,195 D&H Charge, the truck as driven comes to $77,925. True car is showing only minor discounts of just $2k while dealerships are showing this fully loaded monster at just $3k off from Ford dealerships around the country. Damn! The fuel tank is 34-gallons on this short wheelbase (160") truck and with an estimated 20 mpg highway rating (see below), should allow 650+ miles between fill-ups on the super slab. With that kind of power and even the more efficient 3.55 rear end, it is still rated to tow 15,000 lbs. and carry 3,350 lbs in the bed. These are huge numbers!!! On a passenger and cargo volume basis, the Crew Cab has 131.8/65.4 cu.ft. of pass/cargo volume respectively. That is far larger than any full-sized car and the bed is only topped by the even longer 8' beds vs this 6'-10" one. And about that 4'-8" plywood fitting between the wells? It can as that spec is 50.5" inches. The chassis consists of an all-new fully boxed frame constructed of 95 percent high-strength steel. Th body is made of heat treated aluminum alloy and together the frame and body saved 350 lbs, which they invested in heavier steering and chassis components according to Ford's releases. 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4X4 w/ the 6.7L Power Stroke Calibration Drive I picked the beast up at an LAX parking garage and immediately headed to a station to top it off. The 2017 Ford F-250 HD 4X4 with the 6.7L Power Stroke Ready for her first refueling at a Shell on Aviation and Century in Los Angeles. A perfect week to be in a large Turbo Diesel! How about another $0.05/gal discount using my Shell Fuel Rewards card? I want you to look at the next picture closely. AS I was flying on from Denver, I was thinking f the Super Duty is like the F-150, it probably has a capless refueling system and I will get started with the fill at around 07:30 pm and finish up with the initial top off around 12:30 am. See any capless refueling system on this truck? No. Yahoo!!! Thank god someone pitched that POS system out the window when it comes to the Super Duty. Next up, it appears to have about 7/8 of a tank and I am wondering if it is going to hold an additional 9+ gallons over spec like the F-150 does? The answer is no. Yeah!!! 45-minutes and just under 4-gallons of fuel later, she is topped off. Topped off, displays reset, and ready to roll. 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4X4 w/ the 6.7L Power Stroke First Drive Impressions It is the most refined truck in the HD marketplace. While there is the launch roar, it is subdued and with the windows closed, anything above 15 mph and you cannot tell you are in a Super Duty with a monster powerful 6.7L Turbo Diesel. Quieter than the rest of the HD segment imho. It is also good-looking truck but lacks the panache of its competitors. Equivalent to the Silverado HD with a better-looking grille and lamps but the Chevrolet’s Power dome hood looks better. Personal preference here but the RAM and its large chrome logo, grille, Power Dome hood, and more conventional profile looks better. Within the Ford Super Duty’s, the Platinum’s chrome grille is a better-looking design than the std. wide horizontal chrome grille on the lesser trims. That swoop down at the front windows – Nissan TITAN copied this too - still looks goofy to me but it does improve the view towards the lower front corners. I only mentioned the Titan XD because of the profile similarity’s, attractive chrome grille and wide TITAN chrome band off the tailgate but it just does not have the ponies or efficiency to play with the big boys in this discussion. Getting back to the Super Duty, the first thing I noticed and will sing praises for is the power steps and proximity key. You touch that handle and those steps drop out of the underbody of the truck to help you into and out of the truck. Some have seen me comment on the LD and HD trucks that have arrived without nerfs or steps and they are a SOB to get into and out of. Especially Marian. The tailgate is damped when open (sprung) so it feels lighter than it is when closing. Plenty of bed lighting and tie downs also help. I have not used the pull out bumper step to get into the bed yet. Maybe tomorrow but I am kind of crippled up from a fall of an embankment at the Tiguan short lead last week. The LD and HD Silverado steps in the bumper would be a great addition here. Driver Ergo? Power Pedals, 10-way heated and power ventilated adjustable seats fit well for a larger person. So much so that I have to reach forward to adjust the excellent power mirrors with both a lower blind spot mirror and upper mirror that are power controlled including telescoping for trailer towing. Sunglass holder is large and damped. But … The 7-upfitter Aux switches are in the way and you may find yourself hitting the toggles when pulling out your glasses. Steering is better than the previous gen but I have to say the Silverado HDs Electro-Mechanical is far better. One of the few areas that the Silverado is better. I thought the RAM 2500 and 3500 was a bit tighter as well? And Ford worked on removing the slop from their hydraulic steering too! Infotainment? The Sony Audio system with HD Radio (incl. 10 speakers and subwoofer) is top notch. Wish it had the Clari-Fi from other OEMs high end car systems but it sounds darn good with local FM content under HD. And SYNC3? The original SYNC was not bad as you could do some basic Voice stuff and it paired with numerous phones back in the day. That was a while ago. Sync2 with MyFord Touch was a F’ing disaster. No knobs to save $s and things would not work, work randomly or jut work in strange ways. That is gone. Although SYNC3 requires voice in put in steps, once you master the input method, it covered my POIs and addresses without a skip. And the screen touch to action is damn fast. Good stuff by Ford now. The one misstep is text messages. The system would notify you had an incoming and read it properly but there was no way to send the canned reply like, 1. I am driving now, 2. Will be home soon, 3. Call me … like many other OEM systems offer nowadays. Some features have been disabled … This needs a rework for basic canned reply’s. Ride? Best of the Big three. Considering it arrived with a 15,000 lb tow cap and 3,000+ lb cargo cap, you would think it would beat you to death. It doesn’t. In fact, I would rate it better than the RAM 3500 with the air suspension while unloaded. And better than the Silverado and RAM HDs. The non-air equipped system in the RAM places on the bottom in this category. Ford did a good job here. Handling? It turns like all the HDs. They don’t. Try and park any of these monster MFers and you will find yourself doing 3, 4 and even 5-point turns. Moving around parking lots with curbs and such, the birds eye all-around cameras really do help you from taking the corner off a building or another car/truck. The Auto High beams work as expected but the lane keep assist is hit or miss. Radar CC works well on both the accel and decal but not quite as smooth as other car manufacturers systems. Enough of the impressions already … 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4X4 w/ the 6.7L Power Stroke Calibration Drive Results 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty w/ the 6.7L Power Stroke At a Shell in Carlsbad, CA. Notice the C-Clamp styled LED DRLs? Jury’s still out on this in my book. The C-Clamp edge is a design feature thought-out he interior of the 2017 F-250 as well. It adds a tough character to the truck. Traffic was relatively free flowing given the late hour. Just the std. mess getting out of the LAX area to the 405, two slowdowns for an accident and construction and std. congestion down the length of the 405 through Irvine. Another plus for getting into LAX so late. The refuel… 91.6 miles at 28.8 mpg indicated. 93.2 miles on 3.381 gallons for a 27.566 mpg actual result. Just 35-minutes to top it off too!!! Thank god for no capless system and a std. near cap fuel tank. YaHoo!!! The aFCD offset (28.8 ind/27.566 act) comes in at 0.958*aFCD = mpgUS actual. 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4X4 w/ the 6.7L Power Stroke Steady States 2017 Ford F-250 with the 6.7L Power Stroke The steady state(s) were undertaken between 11:30 AM and 02:30 AM early this morning. Temperatures ranged from 61 to 64 degrees F with calm winds for the northbound and southbound measured segments. The HD Pickup's trace is a bit odd in that it has such a steep fall off between 50 and 55 mph. and then an almost linear fall off from 60 to 70 mph. Just a bit odd looking is all. The 67.5 mph highway crossover occurred at a calculated 20.4 mpg. If it were under the EPA highway criteria, the F-250 would be rated at a solid 20 mpg. The indicated speeds of 50 through 70 mph almost matched the actual mph through the entire range per the Garmin. With a little parallax that is. At all speeds, the speedo was ~ 0.5 to 1 mph over actual while the CC indication matched. During minor ascents, speed would drop by 1 mph so I had to kick up the CC while ascending for a few seconds and drop it down by 1 mph during descents for a few seconds to maintaining the indicated steady state speed. RPM at 60 mph indicated 1,480 RPM on the tach vs. the calculated 1,407 RPM. I will post the 17 F-250 w/ the 6.7L Power Stroke with the optional tallest 3.55 rear end, Silverado HD with the 6.6L DuraMax and mid-range 3.73 rear end, TITAN XD w/ the 5.0L Cummins and only option 3.92 rear end, and RAM 2500 with the 6.7L Cummins and only option 3.42 rear end Competitive Speed vs FE graph traces tomorrow. Although I could not afford to waste the $200 to rent a dual axel trailer to tow it and a 3,000 to 3,500 lb car (5,600 lbs total) to cover the loaded and unloaded steady states like I did with the RAM 2500, I could do a bit of driving with a half cord of dry Eucalyptus in the bed. At 9 percent wet, that load was approximately 2,000 pounds. I did not nor could I feel any difference in efficiency or drivability with the load or without. The truck is just too powerful to be bothered with 2,000 pounds of wood in the bed. How about some mattresses? The 2L Pepsi bottle stands up nicely in the round indents formed into the tailgate. Good design here imho. Laughing about that big load. While taking my Grandson to see Cars3 on Sunday allowed this profile shot. Note to Self. The Samsung S8+ is a great phone with a hot camera and took all of the above. It cannot however match up with the Sony a6300 and bevy of prime lenses. The trucks profile is growing on me but not having the Sony to capture its multiple angles was my mistake. Damn it anyway!!! I will add more interior detail including pics and overall conclusions to the write-up tomorrow evening.