I'm pretty new in this vicinity, but, if you don't mind, my two cents.
I bought a 2013 Plat two months ago. It's a maxed out (save the max towing package), long-box, 5.0, 3.55. Must say, I've never owned a vehicle like this before. Yeah, I'm new to pickups.
I've had more than a couple say it's like a limo. Right, a limo that can haul and haul ***.
I'm also pretty big into technology, and was quite surprised at "what's out there now". My first little excursion using the NAV had me within 15-feet before the destination "announcement" (which I subsequently turned off) ... and that's in rural southwestern Idaho. I've already gone through one download and update of NAV (free, and you need a semblance of know-how with USBs and SD cards).
On the return trip, I purposely "violated" the prescribed route, which I believe, by default, is set on "freeway" (there are a bunch of settings; gotta look in the book). Every mile of the way that NAV "knew" right where I was ... within 75-100 yards. Plotted to shortest route back to the barn, too. Pretty amazing, I guess. Good thing I'm not a bootlegger.
The whole SYNC thing (somewhat misunderstood; people and their bluetooths) seems to work very well. Never have had a problem sending or receiving via the iPhone 4. Maybe it was the earlier SYNC systems that caused concern. My truck hasn't. I have not explored all SYNC features (because I'm still reading the F-150 manual for this computer that thinks it's a truck).
With these new F-B-W trucks, you have to be connected with the Official Ford Owner Site (https://owner.ford.com
) and SYNC Owner (www.syncmyride.com
The Sony sound system is great and I love my tunes. No, it doesn't have twin 10-inchers in back.
Quietest vehicle I've ever experienced. $50k total (after $5k in rebates/discounts, and $2k in trade-in), including 7yr/75,000m extended service and maintenance. Pay for virtually nothing more than tires and gas. Essentially $47k plus the security.
Does not include the 7 mods/addons after purchase. Welcome to the money pit.
Buy a new Platinum and I doubt that you'd regret it. Moonroof required. Manual on hand-washing to follow.