2019 Ford F-150 Platinum Diesel Review - By: Kyle Edward
Leading The Pack of Full Size Trucks:
Surprisingly enough, the F-150 hasn't seen a diesel engine until now. But good things come to those who wait. I for one, was very excited when I heard about the 3.0L Power Stroke Diesel getting dropped into the engine bay on the F-150. With diesel you know you'll be getting a ton of low-end torque and excellent fuel economy which is ideal for towing. In fact, it's class-leading in every diesel category; with 11,400 lbs. towing; 1,940 lbs. payload; 250 horsepower at 3,250 rpm and 440 lb.-ft. of torque at just 1,750 rpm, not to mention 30 highway MPG!
Whisper Quiet Diesel - Huh?:
People don't often associate diesel engines with quiet, but the 3.0L Power Stroke in the F-150 will leave you scratching your head. Even on a cold start, it's still very quiet and once it hits optimal operating temperature you can barely tell it's on. When driving down the road, the quiet, refined ride continues; at times you would even think you're driving a hybrid.
Incredibly Smooth Power Delivery:
I'm personally a big fan of diesel engines. They offer a lot of low-end torque which is great for towing, they are more efficient than a gasoline engine and last longer. So even with just 250 horses under the hood, it still feels more than quick with 440 lb.-ft. of torque at just 1,750 rpm. All that torque makes for smooth power delivery even at just 1,100 rpm's, which is very impressive considering its heavy weight.
Best-In-Class Fuel Economy:
It's extremely exciting to me when a full-size truck like the F-150 can hit 30 MPG highway! It's now the industry benchmark for fuel economy within the full-size pickup truck segment. I was even seeing 32 MPG on the highway on a flat road at 70 MPH. City fuel economy is also very good rated at 22 in the city but our numbers were around 17 which is still exceptional.
2019 F-150 Diesel - Making The Best Truck Even Better:
In my eyes, the Diesel engine is the best powertrain option available on the F-150 (unless you do a lot of heavy towing) as consumers often use the F-150 as a daily driver, and might do a little towing on the weekends with a jet ski, boat or trailer. It's still more than able to handle those jobs with a towing capacity of 11,400 lbs. The other major advantage is fuel economy, it just doesn't get any better. If your average truck is getting 18 MPG on the highway, and you step up to 30 it's a big savings. Couple that with the refined powertrain and all of that low-end torque, it makes for a great everyday driver.