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Traditional wisdom has a single woman walking dogs, hanging out in the grocery store gourmet aisles, visiting art galleries and more to meet men. But recently I discovered a much easier way. I drove a Ford 150 King Ranch Truck and the men flocked around like flies.

I realized I would need to wear a cowboy hat so I would look more like a ranch girl than a city slicker. And that did turn a lot of heads. I am not sure if they were noticing the red cowgirl hat or the truck. But it must have been the truck.

I have never gotten that much attention for just wearing a red cowgirl hat. When I drove the Ford 150 King Ranch Truck, I felt the power and excitement of being the Queen of the Road. And I loved the way it was decked out. Here’s just a short shopping list of all the standard equipment included at no extra charge.

EXTERIOR

  • autolamp-auto on/off HDLMP
  • Front tow hooks
  • Fog Lamps
  • Locking removable tailgate with lift assist (in case you don’t have a cowboy around to give you a hand)
  • Spare tire and wheel lock

INTERIOR

  • Cruise control
  • Tilt wheel
  • Elect auto temp control
  • HTD cooled driver and passenger seats
  • Memory driver seat and pedals (so you can tell if someone else has been messing with your truck.
  • Power sliding rear window
  • Rear view camera
  • Sirius satellite radio (so you can listen to all your favorite country and western songs)
  • Sync voice activated system
  • Universal garage door opener

FUNCTIONAL

  • 2 speed transfer case
  • Easy fuel capless filler
  • Elect shift-on-fly 4×4 system
  • Fail-safe cooling system
  • Power rack and pinion steering
  • Power window locks
  • Reverse sensing system (with a truck this size, and city size parking spaces, this is really a great feature)
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Trailer Sway control Trailer towing package

SAFETY/SECURITY

  • 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS
  • Advancetrac with roll stability control
  • Airbags, front and side seat Safety canopy
  • Securicode keyless keypad.
  • Securilock anti theft ignition

WARRANTY

  • 3 year/36,000 bumper/bumper
  • 5 year/60,000 Powertrain
  • 5 year/60,000 roadside assist

EVERYTHING I WANT EXCEPT ONE THING

All this adds up to one tough truck. The only thing I’d want that isn’t included is a cowboy.

ROUND UP

But if you have to round up your own cowboy, the gas mileage is great. The city driving estimate is 11 to 17 miles a gallon. I got on the high end even though I did mostly city driving. The highway miles EPA fuel economy estimates is 14 to 20 miles per gallon so you can search far and wide until you find the right cowboy.

HOW DESIRABLE IS THIS CAR?

A happily married man told me, “My Texan wife insists on driving an F-150. However, I won’t let her drive a King Ranch edition because I don’t want her getting too much attention from other men. His wife contends that if she could get her unmarried sister to drive an F-150 Kind Ranch for a month, she would quickly find herself a husband. (But then maybe he would insist they keep it and live happily ever after).

SHOWING OFF

I confess to offering my friends rides all week just to show off the spiffy truck. This is a truck that I could take my hat off to, even my red cowboy hat.

Madelyn is a travel and food writer and proud member of the Texas Automotive Writers Association. Her website, www.carladynews.com won best website from TAWA in 2008. Read her stories on www.travellady.com, www.carladynews.com, www.yogayaya.com, www.chocolateatlas.com, www.cocktailatlas.com, www.teaAtlas.com, www.coffeeatlas.com

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