If you're reading this, you're wondering if you should be the best or the best of the best. The F-150 Platinum is a feat of luxurious design while the Limited might make you forget you're driving a pickup, until you check your rearview mirror and see the trailer in tow.
Power and Performance
The Platinum trim comes standard with Ford's V8, 5-liter engine that produces 395 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. On lower trims, the V-8 is only available as an upgrade. The Platinum tows a hefty 11,600 pounds and gets 17 city and 23 highway miles per gallon.
The Limited holds the larger turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine, which delivers top-tier 470 pounds per foot of torque, with a max towing rate of 13,200 pounds. Not only is there more power in the Limited, its fuel economy beats that of the Platinum as well with 18/25 miles per gallon. There's nothing better in a Ford F-150 than this engine.
Comfort and Tech Features
You'll likely find the Platinum and Limited to be similar in terms of comfort. If that's why you're springing for a more expensive truck, you'll probably be perfectly content with either Platinum or Limited.
Either way you go, you get SiriusXM satellite radio, B&O Play premium audio, SYNC 3, Wi-Fi hotspot, voice-activated navigation with Sirius XM Traffic and Travel Link, keyless entry and ignition, power-adjustable pedals with memory, rear parking sensors, MyKey for teen safety, and 110-volt/400-watt Power Inverter in front and back.
Where the Limited shines is in its array of safety features. For details, read on.
Safety and Security
The Platinum checks off all the boxes for safety needs. Rear view camera. Blind-spot monitoring. Rear cross-traffic alert. Even inflatable safety belts for the backseat passengers. But it can't hold a candle to the safety powerhouse that is the F-150 Limited.
The Limited boasts a dizzying array of features to keep you and yours safe. They've pulled out all the stops on this top-trim beast. There's the 360-degree camera, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, active park assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, and a lane keeping system. All these safety features are on top of everything else a Ford F-150 can offer.
The Platinum looks ready for the future. On the face, you get a satin-aluminum-finish and three-bar-style grille with chrome accents and bright mesh insert. There are large 20-inch aluminum wheel. And inside you can get dark red over black leather seats. The sideview mirrors drip with chrome.
But if you're a collector and want to show off distinctive decals and branding, get the Limited. You'll be pleased to hear about the door-sill scuff plates with "Limited" lettering, the body color bumpers, an the body color mirror caps. All exclusive to the Limited. There's also a dual-pane moonroof on the crew cab version.
Both of these luxury limos have virtually all the options you might want on a pickup, but this particular battle is between which is safest. While the Platinum trim level gives you more safety features than all the lower trims, the Limited really blows it out of the water.