The best-selling Ford F-150 stays at the top of the heap thanks to constant innovation that makes it easier to get work done while increasing luxury and comfort. Class-exclusive features, advanced powertrains and smart technology make the F-150 highly appealing, and a wide spectrum of trim levels and options (including a turbodiesel) gives buyers the right combination for their needs.
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The Ford F-150's best-in-class towing capacity is now up to 13,200 pounds. With the F-150, variety is the name of the game: three cabs and beds, a variety of engines (including a diesel coming later in the model year), and trims that run the gamut from a simple work truck to the luxurious Limited to the off-road-ready Raptor.
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Cool options make it easier to tow or go off-road, and make the F-150 downright luxurious. But they come at a price, and the F-150 can have a sticker price over $65,000. If you only need light towing and hauling capability, a midsize truck may be a better value.
For 2018, the F-150 receives a more powerful, more efficient base engine; a turbodiesel option; new exterior styling; more power and more efficiency; expanded availability of a 10-speed automatic transmission; new safety features; and an increased towing capacity (now 13,200 pounds), still the highest in its class.
The 2018 F-150's interior is rugged and attractive, but above all, it's easy to use. There are new interior colors for 2018, and plenty of available cool features like 3-prong power outlets, adaptive cruise control that can bring the truck to a full stop, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, active park assist, and the ability to have the Sync 3 infotainment system read text messages to you while you drive. The SuperCrew (crew cab) is extremely roomy, with rear-seat legroom that bests some full-size sedans. Because the F-150's floor is flat, even the dreaded middle rear seat is comfortable.
Ford's full-size pickup continues to use a military-grade aluminum body, but for 2018 that body has been restyled to emulate the looks of the big-brother Super Duty lineup. New grilles, headlights and wheel designs help differentiate the different trim levels. Aside from the truck's new look, much about the design was born from necessity. The tailgate is available with a pull-out step that makes it much easier to get into the bed to manage payload. There are also pop-out steps on the sides that help with the same purpose.
The new 3.3-liter base engine is lighter than the 3.5-liter it replaces, has more horsepower and torque -- and better fuel economy, too. It's a good base engine with enough get-up-and-go for the daily drive and carrying payload. It's not blazing fast, but it's easy to get to and stay at freeway speeds. The 2nd-gen 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 has 25 lb-ft more torque, so it's even quicker off the line. Its combination of speed, efficiency and capability makes it our favorite of the lineup. With the 5.0-liter V8, acceleration is natural and linear. The 3.5-liter makes the F-150 fast when unloaded and a capable, stout hard worker. Towing is effortless. The F-150's SuperCrew cabin is roomy, offering excellent legroom and a comfortable ride. Suspension and brakes were designed so that whether the truck is loaded or unloaded, the ride doesn't suffer and brakes feel confident and strong.
For 2018, the Ford F-150 Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price starts at just under $30,000 for a regular cab XL (all prices include $1,295 destination). XLT pricing begins at $34,265. The Lariat starts at nearly $42,000, which sounds like a bigger price jump than it actually is, because every model above the XLT comes as a SuperCab (extended cab) or larger, while the XL and XLT prices are for regular cabs. The Raptor begins at $51,080, the King Ranch at nearly $53,000 and the Platinum is $55,450. Pricing is comparable to trucks like the Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado, but as is the case with many full-size trucks, F-150s can get pricey. The top-line Limited starts at $61,815 and with every option it can cost around $67,000. To see what people in your area are paying for their new trucks, check out the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price. As far as resale value goes, the 2018 Ford F-150 holds its own among its competitors, with the Toyota Tundra being the standard bearer of the bunch.
The base-model F-150 is a regular-cab, 2-wheel-drive (2WD) XL, which comes with enough standard equipment that makes it possible to buy a decent truck to get work done at a reasonable price. Even trucks equipped with the new 3.3-liter base engine and 6-speed automatic transmission come standard with auto start/stop, and all F-150s get the same ultra-strong hydroformed, fully boxed frame. Hill-start assist and Trailer Sway Control are standard, as are Curve Control, 17-inch wheels and air conditioning.
There are plenty of appealing upscale trim levels, including the King Ranch, Platinum and Limited. Available options make the interior luxury plush, such as heated leather front and rear seats (10-way-power, cooled and massaging front seats), Sync 3 and Bang & Olufsen Play or Sony audio systems. A variety of towing assist and safety systems are offered, as are adaptive cruise control and side steps that deploy when a door is opened and retract when the door closes. On the safety front, the 2018 Ford F-150 is offered with inflatable rear seatbelts and a blind-spot information system. Four-wheel drive (4WD) is available.
2.7-LITER ECOBOOST ENGINE
The 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine has as much torque as the available 5.0-liter V8, has the best fuel economy of the gas engines, and has the power to tow up to 8,500 pounds, plenty for a boat or RV. It's the sweet spot in the lineup and the best-selling engine.
When parking a trailer, Pro Trailer Backup Assist allows the driver to input left or right commands via a knob, watching on a screen as the F-150 handles steering and braking. The Blind Spot Information System covers truck and trailer. The 360-degree camera eases the task of connecting a trailer.
Under the Hood
The 2018 Ford F-150 will be available with six engines, one of which is a new 3.0-liter turbodiesel set for release later in the model year. The new base engine is a 290-horsepower, 3.3-liter V6 -- more powerful and more efficient than the engine it replaces -- and the only one in the line with a 6-speed automatic. The rest use a 10-speed automatic, including the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, now with 25 lb-ft more torque than last year and the best fuel economy of all the gas engines. The 5.0-liter V8 gains horsepower and torque, and both versions of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost remain unchanged. However, thanks to a new towing package and other changes, you can now tow up to 13,200 pounds with a 3.5-liter-equipped F-150.
290 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
265 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/25 mpg (2WD), 18/23 mpg (4WD)
2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6
325 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
400 lb-ft of torque @ 2,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26 mpg (2WD), 19/24 mpg (4WD)
3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6
375 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
470 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (2WD), 17/23 mpg (4WD)
395 horsepower @ 5,750 rpm
400 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/high fuel economy: 17/23 mpg (2WD), 16/22 mpg (4WD)
3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (Raptor)
450 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
510 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/18 mpg
When it comes to the battle for truck supremacy, it's down to Ford, Chevy and Ram, which are also the three top-selling vehicles in America. Ford stays at the top of the heap thanks to constant innovation that makes it easier to get work done while increasing luxury and comfort. With the F-150, Ford has advanced the design of a full-size truck beyond what its competitors are doing, including use of an aluminum body, a 10-speed transmission and tech features that make it easier to tow a trailer. For the 2018 Ford F-150, there are plenty of engine choices: a traditional V8, a new base V6, and three EcoBoost engines that deliver plenty of power for towing and hauling as well as respectable fuel economy. A forthcoming a turbodiesel V6 will round out the power offerings.