Truck Fans Will Love the Gobs of Low-End Torque and Improved Fuel Economy

  — by Mike Musto
With 440 lb-ft of torque at just 1,750-rpm, the Blue Oval is hoping that its best selling Ford F-150, when equipped with the new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine, will snap up prospective buyers. Certainly, it features gobs of low-end torque, and improved fuel economy. However, with an as-tested price of $68,100, drivers might wonder if that extra pulling power is worth the extra cost. For the full 2019 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Diesel review, specs, pricing, and data, read on.

2019 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Lariat Diesel Exterior

Slathered in Ford’s Race Red paint, our F-150 tester came to us decked out with Ford’s FX4 Off-Road package, as well as the Lariat Sport Appearance Package. That meant the inclusion of special 18-inch, six-spoke aluminum wheels with magnetic painted pockets, color-matched bumpers, and a body-colored grille with black surrounds. There were also box side FX4 Off-Road decals, an integrated Class IV tow hitch, and a larger-in-diameter chrome exhaust tip.A Power Stroke Turbo Diesel emblem graced the lower door panels, while hidden underneath the rockers were neatly stowed, and electronically retractable running boards. Manually foldable and oversized dual-panel mirrors helped to provide excellent rearward visibility, while Ford’s 3-stage drop-down stepped tailgate, aids in accessing to the LED illuminated bed. Overall, the F-150 is a very stylish truck, with only a keen eye being able to tell the diesel version apart from standard models.

2019 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Lariat Diesel Interior

With dual-zone climate control, heated and ventilated leather seats and Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system, the F-150 Lariat comes to us feeling more like a luxury truck, then one used for hard work. Set center in the dash is an 8-inch touchscreen that acts as the gateway into your vehicle's interior functions. With clean graphics, wonderful voice recognition software, as well as an intuitive interface, the SYNC 3 system makes navigating features like audio, navigation, mobile device setup, and climate controls a cinch.The seats themselves are very comfortable both front and rear, with the rear compartment providing more than enough space for both passengers and storage. Simply fold up the seat bottoms and you’ve got interior storage that rivals some compact CUVs. The gauge cluster is also well laid out, and provides the driver with information on everything from the 4x4 system, to a digital hill-assist reading and off-road settings, to facts about the trailer that may or may not be behind you. There are also power ports for USB, 12-volt standard power, and even an inverter that can handle up to a 400w max output. As this particular truck was diesel-powered, we expected a bit more noise inside the cabin. Thankfully though, we were pleasantly surprised. Not only was the interior quiet at speed, but thanks to the dual-panel moonroof, the cabin always had a light and airy feel about it.

2019 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Lariat Diesel Performance

Press the start button, sit back, and what you’ll hear is the rumble of a 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine. For a diesel, the specs are quite modest, as it produces 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. On the surface, it may not seem like 250 horsepower is that much, especially when the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is making 375 horsepower. However, it’s that 440 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 rpm that truly makes the difference. Available on the Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum models, the Power Stroke option is aimed directly at those that tow and haul payloads on a regular basis. The kicker is that, when mated to the ten-speed automatic transmission, the combination is outstanding. We’ve driven just about every F-150 engine combo in the last year or so, and the fact is, it seems like the low-end grunt of the diesel truly maximizes the performance of the transmission. No longer was it hunting for the correct gear (as we've felt in other combinations) but instead, the shifts were seamless and smooth.With five different drive modes offered (Normal, Tow-Haul, Snow-Wet, EcoSelect, and Sport) owners also have the option of tailoring the truck's performance to meet their own unique driving style. On the road, the F-150 is quiet, and under normal driving conditions, it will deliver EPA-rated fuel economy numbers of 20 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 22 mpg during combined driving. Acceleration is also brisk, and the F-150 will run to 60 mph in just 7.7-seconds. For those that do tow or haul, the F-150 does come with an integrated trailer-tow package that includes a four-pin/seven-pin wiring harness, auxiliary transmission cooler, Pro-trailer backup assist technology, an integrated brake controller, a larger front stabilizer bar and an upgraded rear bumper. When properly equipped, it will also tow up to 11,400-pounds, and haul a payload of 1,940-pounds.The FX4 Off-Road package meant the addition of off-road-tuned shocks, a 3.31 electronic-locking rear axle, hill descent control and skid plates for the fuel tank, transfer case, and front differential. Driving the F-150 is a pleasurable experience as it offers a smooth ride, confidence-inspiring handling and braking characteristics, along with a quiet cabin.

2019 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Lariat Diesel Safety

With electronic stability control (ESC) and roll stability control (RSC), full ABS with traction control, side-impact beams, airbags throughout the cabin, blind-spot monitoring, a 360-degree camera along with a host of other safety features, Ford has gone through great lengths to make sure the F-150 is one of the safest full-size trucks on the market today.To learn about the safety features on the 2019 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Lariat Diesel please visit

2019 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Lariat Diesel Overall

There’s no getting around the fact that with an as- tested price of $68,100, that this F-150 costs a lot of money. The diesel, for instance, is a $4,000 option, the twin-panel moonroof is $1,495, and the Lariat Sport Package is another $1,995. So while all these extras are nice, the fact is, you can get into a diesel F-150 for quite a bit less if you so choose. The nice part, regardless of options, is that a 2019 Ford F-150, when equipped with the 3.0-liter diesel, makes for one heck of a great pickup truck.Drop by your local AutoNation Ford dealer today to check one out!*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.**Vehicle MSRP of $68,100.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.
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