The XLT vs. King Ranch has groomed itself as a worthy debate in the vehicle space, and people have been giving a whole different lot of points that met out the differences between the two. So stay on board to the last paragraph to discover the differences between the XLT and the King Ranch.
When it comes to big trucks, XLT is king! XLT truck is known for its large size and capability. It is perfect for those who need a lot of cargo space. Meanwhile, King Ranch is ideal for those who need a lot of luxury and convenience. It is known for its high-quality construction and features.
In general, the XLT and King Ranch have a lot of differences and a bit of similarity that makes them a real deal of efficient vehicles.
What is the Difference Between XLT and King Ranch?
Interiors And Features
Basic key, common navigation system, sixth seater seat, absence of 4A, etc.
Push-button start, heated steering wheel, moveable gear that moves up and down, presence of 4A, etc.
Three-and-half liter twin turbocharged V6, 10 speed, 430 horsepower, 570 ft-lbs engine torque.
Three-and-half liter twin turbocharged V6, 10 speed, 430 horsepower, 570 ft-lbs engine torque. The KR has an insulation cover attached to the top inside of the bonnet.
Has a towing capacity of 11000 lbs.
Has a towing capacity of 12400 lbs. It also has CCD (continuously controlled damping) shock type
The tailgate is controlled manually from the outside.
The tailgate can be controlled with the car keys, and also, from the navigation board.
7.2 kilowatt setup to plug things. Absence of cleat system such as the King Ranch.
Has space for camera hookup for trailer system, and also, yaw sensor for the backup assist feature. Also has the 7.2kilowatt setup where you can plug things. The King Ranch also has manually-switchable bed lights.
Presence of trailer systems that can be used to set up a vehicle for towing.
Different trailer types can be used in managing towing with the vehicle.
Presence of a more advanced towing technology that enables flexibility in towing, hitch weight differences can be set. The system also alerts the driver if the load in the bed is getting too much or still within range.
0-60Mph Speed Test
In Sport mode (4H), 5.7 seconds was needed to reach the 60mph mark.
In Sport mode, it took the King Ranch 6.22 seconds to reach 60mph.
The XLT (F-150) is a truck that costs around $51,000 (MSRP price). This price might get you wondering why it has got to be of that price; this is because the vehicle comes with a hybrid powertrain that costs a lot and other comforting goodies that make the truck cost that much. The truck is also an “FX4” model.
While the King Ranch costs a whopping $77,000… That’s a wow, right?
The King Ranch is a combination that suits your need of wanting luxury and also a truck. The King Ranch is a 4X4 vehicle with the same powertrain as the XLT. The King Ranch has many luxurious features that shoot its worth up to the price mentioned above.
Interiors And Features:
The XLT has a lot of standard basic features in the interior. For example, the steering is the classic circular, with the column shift attached to the right side. The vehicle also has a relatively small screen that displays the relevant details needed for driving.
There is also a foldable/workable “sixth seater” right between the primary two front seats made of cloth. The sixth seater seat, when folded, has on its rear two bottle spaces that can be used to hold water bottles or anything that seems to fit in whenever you don’t have someone to “squeeze” in.
The XLT also has fairly advanced climate control systems to take charge of as the situation demands in your driving course. But quite sadly, the vehicle doesn’t have the heated/ventilated seats and heated steering features.
The XLT has the wireless carplay feature, which is a nice feature for many truck users.
There is also a knob for switching modes to modes (2H, 4H, 4L), with a lockable rear differential option as usual. Among the available modes, however, the 4-Auto mode is NOT present in the XLT prototype.
A Hill descent control system is also available for the XLT vehicle.
While on the other hand, for the King Ranch, there is a major difference in the starting of the vehicle compared to the F-150 XLT vehicle. The car’s engine is started with a push button, unlike the XLT, which uses a primary key to begin its engine.
The King Ranch also has a massage seat feature, which you can use when trying to have a cool-down time. Also, the heated steering feature can prevent your fingers and palms from freezing in winter, making driving a bit hard for you.
There are also 2 different display screens for managing your car’s driving, one beyond the steering wheel and the other in the center of the two front seats.
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Another unique feature of the King Ranch is that its gear “carves” in and out of a predefined space that’s been provided along its center line (just like your car’s wiper that stands straight up and goes back lying horizontally). The pushing of a specified button initiates this movement.
The King Ranch, however, doesn’t have a sixth-seater space where a peasant or pet can sit next to you if you’re driving alone or perhaps where you can squeeze in some young lad when you’re going for a family holiday.
One superseding feature of the King Ranch against the XLT vehicle is that the 4A (4-Auto) drive mode is available. This drive mode is a drive mode that puts you in an All-Wheel Drive that senses where and when to apply power when you’re driving. This mode generally enables your vehicle to move with more authority on the road.
A button also allows for the brake and throttle pedals to be adjusted. This makes it easy for new/different drivers to have a comfortable ride when using the vehicle.
The King Ranch also has a wireless charging feature.
The seats of the King Ranch can also be heated, cooled, and used for massaging.
The side mirrors of the King Ranch are also “powered mirrors.” These mirrors are the ideal type of mirrors you can use for off-roading.
The XLT is run by a three-and-half liter twin-turbocharged V6, 10 speed, 430 horsepower, and 570 ft-lbs engine torque. This hybrid powertrain is undoubtedly one of the best engines you can get your hands on out there.
The same powertrain is equipped in the King Ranch vehicle, only that the engine runs quieter compared to the XLT, as the hood has an insulation plate attached to its inside.
The XLT vehicle weighs 774kg/1308 pounds, which makes it a considerably heavy truck, while the King Ranch weighs 400 pounds less than the XLT F-150.
The King Ranch and XLT have identical gross vehicle weight ratings of about 73.50.
The XLT vehicle has a towing capacity of 11000 lbs, while the King Ranch has a towing capacity of 12400 lbs, which is a very significant number compared to the XLT.
The King Ranch’s towing is generally bettered by including more efficient tires and shocks.
The shock inculcated in the vehicle is the CCD (continuously controlled damping) type, where the car’s damping is not controlled by the pushing of a button or whatsoever and does not act separately but acts as a single entity, which in turn leads to more comfortable driving.
In contrast, once again, the King Ranch sits on 20-inches diameter rims, while the XLT rims are 17 inches in diameter.
The XLT tailgate is manually controlled by the regular push button assigned to most vehicles, making the tailgate fall on its axis and give a slightly disturbing sound as it will spoil.
When you want to get the tailgate closed, you have to push it up with your fingers, but this can be curbed with the inclusion of a little strut that will make the tailgate fall slowly.
This will prevent the normal slamming down of the tailgate and make you and your vehicle look more relaxed.
While the King Ranch tailgate is controlled with an automatic control system, where the gate can be even moved up or down at varying speeds, either up or down, there is also a push button at the central control system in the vehicle used for this feature.
The XLT has a 7.2-kilowatt setup to plug things, and there is an absence of a cleat system such as the King Ranch.
While the King Ranch has space for camera hookup for the trailer system and a yaw sensor for the backup assist feature. It also has a 7.2kilowatt setup where you can plug things. The King Ranch also has manually-switchable bed lights.
The XLT F-150 has the presence trailer systems that can be used to set up the vehicle for towing.
Different trailer types can be used to manage and carry out vehicle towing, such as Caboose, Spark-TownCharge, TFL-Empty, Tige22ve, Default Trailer, etc. Each of these also has different sub-settings that can be used and adjusted to any suitable settings you deem necessary in carrying out varied towing works.
While in the King Ranch, a more advanced towing technology enables flexibility in towing; alongside this, hitch weight differences can be set. The system also alerts the driver if the load in the bed is getting too much or still within the allowed range.
There is also the advanced towing technology named Smart Hitch.
In this option, there is the Connection Checklist. This tells you about the step-by-step guide you need to follow when connecting the load you are towing to your vehicle.
The feature shows the margin of load being added to the bed, and it shows this by using a bar range that goes up or down to indicate whether or not you’re adding the weight that’s still within range.
The XLT F-150 and the King Ranch were made to reach 2200 rpm at a stop and then throttled from 0 to 60mph. Surprisingly, the heavier car (XLT, while on Sport mode 4H) came out as the faster option, as it took 5.7 seconds to reach the 60mph mark, while it took the King Ranch 6.22 seconds to get the 60mph mark while on the same drive mode.
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Which is Better For You?
The question of which is better for you might be looming in your mind like a thick cloud in the sky looking to rain.
In general, choosing between the XLT and King Ranch, I’ll say, is majorly based on a budget of the buyer, as the price difference between the two can even get you a whole truck on its own.
The second most crucial factor is the luxury level. In the distinctions above, we can find out that the King Ranch defeats the XLT in all departments regarding luxury and efficiency levels.
The King Ranch can also consist of many more efficient design systems that foster a more comfortable and efficient driving experience compared to the XLT model.
It’s no secret that the XLT and King Ranch trucks are some of the most efficient trucks you can get your hands on in the market for off-roading and normal urban/rural usage.
Both trucks cost a whole treasury as the former costs $55,000 while the latter costs $77,000.
In general, the XLT, even when asked which has more luxurious features between itself and the King Ranch, would scream “King Ranch!!!” at the top of its voice (if only it could speak).
Also, when choosing between the XLT and King Ranch, you must consider the cost differences and the difference in luxury levels.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Is XLT the same as the XL?
Generally, the XLT has features that make it more costly than the XL, which tends to be more pocket-friendly.
What is the difference between f150 King Ranch and Limited?
Ford swaps the V8 for a 3.5-liter Twin-Turbocharged EcoBoost V6 capable of producing up to 375 horsepower and 470 lb when you hit the Limited.
Is King Ranch better than Lariat?
Lariat is made with wood grain-style interior trim accents, while the King Ranch has unique, genuine wood accents.
Is Ford Limited better than Platinum?
In the F-150 hierarchy, the Limited tops the Platinum, although both vehicles are coupled with more efficient and friendly features.
Which is better, XLT or Lariat?
The XLT has a 3.3L V6 engine, while the Lariat is powered with a 2.7L EcoBoost V6.
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