F-150 King Ranch

Family Fun in the 2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch

Disclosure: We were loaned the Ford F-150 King Ranch for 7 days in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are 100% my own.

Driving around in a pick-up truck has always been exhilarating for me. My dad has forever owned a truck and as a teenager I would beg to drive them. There is just something about driving a truck that is way too much fun… especially here in Texas. In fact, currently my dad owns a 2010 Ford F-150 Lariat, so we put it up beside the 2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch® just to show them both off.

Ford King Ranch vs Lariat

2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch

I  guess my dad raised me well enough to appreciate a good truck. (Did you know Ford just recently sold their 33 millionth truck? So it’s not just me that thinks so). And now that I have my own family, it is important to find a truck we can enjoy together. So we had a bit of family fun in the 2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch.

2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch

Family Functionality

Considering that our teens do not always ride with us anymore… it is apparently not cool to ride with mom and dad… Colby and I can actually enjoy the comforts of an extended cab pick-up truck. And the King Ranch has more than enough space for just us two and the girls. With 43.5″ of leg space in the rear seat, this truck even has plenty of room for our 16 year old son who is the tallest person in the house (when he decides to ride along).

Not to mention, the rear seats are in no way second class to the front seats. They still feature heated seats, 60/40 flip-up split rear seat, rear door cupholders, power point, and the King Ranch® Chaparral leather. All that in addition to the power sliding rear window with privacy glass. One of the girls favorite features, I might add.

King Ranch backseat

Even with two car seats across the back, we were still able to fit a whole day’s worth of lake supplies into the backseat of the truck… plus have room for the girls.

King Ranch loaded up

And that was not even fully loaded. I think we could have put plenty more in there but we had all we needed for the day.

supplies loaded

Using the bed of the King Ranch was also a great option for us. The optional tailgate step made climbing in and out of the bed quick and easy. Even the girls could do it with ease and that meant less stress on my back trying to lift them up into the back of the truck. They could sit and eat their lunch while we parked at the lake for a bit and climb up and down on their own.

KR tailgate

Plus, we could throw our bikes, wagon, and more in the bed of the truck and know everything was secure with the stowable bed extender. It is an optional choice but one we found very useful in our short time with the truck.

KR tailgate extender

While driving, I could appreciate the 4.2″ LCD cluster screen, rearview camera system, and air-conditioned and heated seats.

King Ranch steering wheel

The power moonroof is one luxury I always like to have, and the ambient lighting is fun for the girls. There is, of course, no doubt that the SYNC features with MyFord Touch are both functional and practical to have nowadays. Moreover, I felt empowered and guarded every time I looked at the side mirrors on the King Ranch. I am sure it was all about the size of the truck, but it made me feel safe and secure inside the cab. Silly, I know, but sometimes it can really be about the “little” things.

King Ranch mirror

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed driving the 2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch. Even as a big truck, it offered a smooth ride and easy handling. It was a pleasure to drive and Colby was pretty sad to let this one go. I was particularly fond of the Kodiak Brown Metallic color and Colby appreciated the innovative EcoBoost® 3.5L V6 engine. The 365 horsepower engine has a fuel economy of 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway, which means you get 20% better fuel economy without sacrificing any of the power.

F-150 King Ranch

The luxury features throughout the King Ranch almost make you forget you are driving a pick-up truck. The connotation of the word truck is taken to a higher level with the red and black full-grain, leather-trimmed seats and interior aluminum trims. The 2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch mixes indulgence with practicality and gives you plenty of family-size enjoyment within a four-door pick-up truck cab.

Family fun in Ford

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