The 2019 Ford F 650 First Drive
Ford has been offering a true medium duty commercial truck since 1980 with the F-600, F-700, and F-800. Over the last 35 years, plenty has changed about the trucks, including different joint ventures with other commercial truckmakers and various contracts with engine and transmission suppliers. Well that trend continues with the all-new 2016 F-650 and F-750 trucks, but Ford is now leaving the joint ventures and partnerships behind.
The new F-650 and F-750 are all Ford – even down to the powertrain. Gone is the Cummins 6.7-liter inline-six ISB turbodiesel and Allison automatic transmission, replaced by Ford’s own 6.7-liter V-8 Power Stroke turbodiesel and six-speed automatic gear box.
Ford is also touting a more driver-friendly cab, thanks to the Power Stroke’s quieter operation over the outgoing powerplant, and an upgraded warranty that boosts its position in the industry.
Aside from the mechanical bits, the new F-650 and F-750 boast a new exterior design that moves the trucks into the current decade and mirrors some of the cues found on the F-250 through F-550 Super Duty trucks. Even the interiors match that of the smaller trucks.
Ford’s improvements to its medium duty trucks come just in time, as rumors swirl around General Motors possibly announcing a partnership with Navistar International – Ford’s most recently divorced partner – to re-enter the medium duty truck market. Though there haven’t been formal announcements as of this writing, GM would likely re-enter the market with its Chevy Kodiak and GMC TopKick trucks brands.
So let’s see what Ford has worked up with its new 2016 F-650 and F-750 Super Duty.
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The question of why you’d buy a 2019 Ford F 650 isn’t at issue here and now. Rather, why would you buy the 2019 Ford F 650 with a manual transmission? The price is probably the easiest answer, which we’ll get to in a minute.
You’re a tough as nails off-roader? Well, you’d also need to be happy knowing that your mates in automatic 4WDs are going to be more capable and more effortless in the rough stuff too, so your ego had better not be fragile. The good news is that if you’re buying one just because you love manual gearboxes, the Fortuner has one of the better examples in the rough and tumble off-road world of ‘proper’ 4WDs.
2019 Ford F 650 Spesification
Standard equipment for this base model includes: 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, LED tail-lights, cruise control, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, seven seats, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, cloth trim and rubber floor mats. There’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which again begs the question why 2019 Ford F 650 would provide older-style infotainment systems in lieu of a dumb screen that delivered smartphone integration – especially at $40K plus.
The cabin, the seating, the dash design and comfort levels all exceed the HiLux regardless of specification. There are some hard plastics and touch surfaces, but that’s par for the course on much more expensive 4WDs, let alone at this end of the pricing spectrum. You’d be more inclined to take the 2019 Ford F 650 bush bashing than a vastly more expensive vehicle, let’s put it that way.
2019 Ford F 650 owners will probably head off-road, they will almost certainly do some touring, and that means long stints behind the wheel with partners or family in tow. The front seats are comfortable, but the base infotainment and driver’s gauges are pretty average with very little in the way of information or inherent quality.
You’ll be able to crawl around town in traffic in second gear most of the time too, minimising the amount of rowing you need to do on the shifter in traffic. There’s an Eco mode available, but we didn’t find it made any kind of discernible difference to fuel usage, so don’t bother with it. The brakes feel solid too, with better pedal feel than the Prado we tested back-to-back with the 2019 Ford F 650.