Ford F350 King Ranch
Let’s just start by allowing that this is one big truck. The F350 is Ford’s Super Duty, ¾ ton work vehicle. It is so big, the big ford logo on the front can be used as a dinner plate. OK, I made that part up, but it is immense.
But ours was also the King Ranch Edition, which has one of the nicest interiors ever, in anything. I have long held that the leather in the King Ranch trucks is the prettiest anywhere. Whether you’re talking pickups or Ferraris, the deep grained, sort of orangy tan leather is just plain elegant. It looks like the binding of a rare book, or a well-worn saddle, and is my favorite of any vehicle regardless of price.
Under the hood is the big 6.4-liter, twin-turbo Powerstroke diesel with 350 horsepower. More importantly for diesel buyers, it has 650 foot pounds of stump-pulling torque, which is enough to pull asteroids out of orbit.
The truck is so tall and wide, two features are very welcome. The folding and extending side mirrors that only slightly smaller than a Toyota Corolla are very welcome. They allow you to see around whatever you’re hauling and fold in so you can pay the lady for your hamburger.
And the step and hand hold built into the rear tailgate is absolute genius. You young punks can ignore it while you clamber up into the bed, but we geezers welcome this as another example of what separates us from the lower animals.
At anywhere from $26,000 for a bare base model to $43,000 for a loaded 4x4 beast, the F350 is there to do it all for you. And frankly, if you need something bigger, you’re working too hard.