2018 Ford F-150 Expert Review

4.5 Overall Score
Performance 4.2 Comfort 4.1 Styling 4.5 Value 4.3

Editor's Overview

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.

What's New

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.

Interior Features

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.

Exterior Features

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.

Driving Impressions

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.

Pricing Notes

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.



Notable Equipment

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.

Notable Options

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.

Favorite Features

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.


TOWING-ASSIST SYSTEMS

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.


3.3-liter V6

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)


5.0-liter V8

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

Editors' Notes

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.

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My 2018 F150 always pulls to the left

This is my fourth F150, loved every one of them, except this one and the first one I really don't like. I bought this 2018 XLT 3.5 L, V6 Ecoboost Supercrew new in Feb of 2018. On the second day I noticed it always pulled to the left no matter whether the road crowns or is super flat. Took it back to the Ford dealership, they had it for a full day, did a test drive, and told me they did an alignment and rotated the tires, and they said there was nothing actually wrong with the truck, and that it will pull some because of these 275/55R All Terrain tires. Really !!?? Ok then it should pull to the right as often as to the left, but it doesn't do that, it always pulls to the left. A few weeks later I got so fed up with this pulling so I took it back again. And again same story, nothing wrong with the car. I need the truck for my daily work, so several months later I took the truck back again to the dealership, and this time I insisted on a test drive with the head mechanic before any work stated. He agreed that it pulled to the left much more than it should. This time the repair resulted in less pulling to the left but now there is a nasty vibration at 70-90 kms speed. Back to the dealer again, and again a test drive with the head mechanic, he said he did not feel any vibration. Really!!?? What does it take? He said that because of the government's directive to make cars and trucks more fuel efficient Ford came out with the 10-speed gearbox and that it will shift into a higher gear than it should at low speeds resulting in a "bit" of vibration "but that is normal". Really!!?? So why was there no vibration earlier with the pulling but now there is a vibration. Very Frustrated. Ok, now about that 10-speed gear box, I love the speed with which it excellerates, but it NEVER uses 2nd and 4th gears (unless you put it in Manual drive) so what is the benefit? Ok and don't get me started on the automatic engine shut-off at intersections, not my favorite> This has become a long rant, but I so loved my 2010, 2013 and my 2015 F150's that I am so surprised that this 2018 model is not "what it used to be". My advise? Wait untill Ford finally goes back to a 6-speed gearbox or maybe an 8-speed but the 10-speed is useless in my opinion. So there, I feel so much better now. :) My advice: don't buy

- Michael Lensen

Transmission leaking oil

On January 14, 2019, I bought a brand new 2018 f 150 drove it home from the dealership and there was a puddle of oil under the truck,the next day I returned the truck to the dealer . I waited over a week to have the seal replaced.When I got the vehicle home finally, the next day there is another puddle of transmission oil under the truck again. I returned it again to the dealer to have them try and determine why it was still leaking fluid. After the dealership having my truck for 2 weeks could not really determine why the transmission was leaking. They thought it was some valve but weren’t sure and didn’t know the cause. After a lengthy discussion the sales manager intially said they would just replace the truck with another unit which was exactly the same because the MacLin Ford dealership stands behind there customer. Then, at the last minute , just prior to transferring my personal item from first truck to the replacement truck the sales manager said they needed $14,000 difference. I had paid cash for the initial purchase. After getting lead down the garden path and him trying to shock me into writing him a cheque we had words and I was not to polite to say the least. It has been a month since the initial purchase ( paid cash) of my new Ford F-150 and it is still sitting in the dealership supposedly awaiting on Ford parts. They are saying it could take a couple more weeks. After buy 19 new ford vehicles throughout my life . Dealing at MacLin Ford in Calgary has been the worst vehicle purchasing experience ever, bar none! The limited miles/kilometres I have driven it back and for to the dealership to try and get it fix doesn’t really give the true driving experience one should hope for. But other than these issues with this particular truck I think Ford still builds a decent truck.

- James wietzel

Great truck for someone who drives a lot, or hauls around the family a lot.

I love my F-150 so far. I purchased the sport version because I locked the look of less chrome on the body and grill. Plus I love the feel of the shifter in the middle and the center console is huge and nice for storing things. There is tons of space in the back seat for hauling all of our belongings as well as our kids. Plenty of legroom for adults too! I have been very happy with the fuel economy as well. I averaged about 22 mpg last summer and around 18.5 this winter. The twin turbo ecoboost helps the truck still have great power with the added mpgs. Biggest downside of the truck so far is that I haven't owned it for a year yet and it's already had 3 recalls, but at least the issues are getting fixed. Also the antenna sits pretty high on the truck and my garage door only sits at 7 feet tall, so it always rubs on the door when I head in or out of the garage, causing the foam insulation to gouge out in places. Overall, great truck. I love the comfort and space provided by the vehicle, the sync system and voice activated GPS are awesome to have as well.

- Kevin S

Smooth ride with lots of room and a feeling of safety!

My truck is a dream for me as it rides like a Cadillac, excusing the cliche, but it does! People who ride in it via streets or highway always comment on the comfort and smooth ride. It is quite roomy, and I have had little problems with it. The full-length sunroof is an asset for the cloudy weather as it lights up the cab in the dreary weather, and when it is sunny and bright, it provides fresh air that does not mess up passengers' hair. It also has signal on the mirrors for the driver's blind spot that let's one know if there is another car in a lane. I love the backup camera as it is sometimes hard to judge how close one is to other vehicles. The technology is another great feature as it syncs with my phone allowing me hands-free conversations. The exterior is sleek to me, and I absolutely adore the blue denim color! The front seats are adjustable and supply seat warmers if wanted. As far as gas mileage, I am impressed how many miles per gallon I get doing a lot of driving in town. I love my truck!

- Holly M

2018 Ford F-150 Platinum in Black

I've had this vehicle for approximately 7 months. It's been rather enjoyable with the interior space available for the family. Comfort is high in this vehicle. For utility, it comes in handy for carrying kids supplies (bikes, fishing gear, toys, etc). What it's the most useful is the camera system considering the vehicles size. The camera system makes reverse parking an ease. The vehicle comes with the automatic parallel parking feature which comes in handy. It's only difficult when traffic isn't understanding to allow me to park. Surprisingly, being a truck, gas mileage has been manageable. It gets a little getting used to with the autostop function for gas economy but it works well. Cons: the tailgate could use improvement. It would be good to have more functionality like the GMC version. This model has the step on the tailgate which is helpful but upgraded tailgate would be nicer.

- Hector O

Ford F-150 XLT Ecoboost Review: Highlight is the Ecoboost engine.

The 2018 Ford F-150 XLT Supercab 3.5L V6 with Ecoboost performs beyond my expectations. The Ecoboost engine delivers solid fuel savings and the optional auto off/on option allows the engine to shut off when idling for extended periods but automatically restarts when the driver takes their foot off the brake. This saves gas and energy and results in fewer trips to the pump and better trip mileage per tank of gas. The Ecoboost offers several drive modes at the click of a button and delivers a rapid response with the turbo injection while still delivering fuel efficiency. This option seats 6 comfortably, and provides a modern interior styled more like a sport car than a truck. The F-150 has a towing capacity of 10,000 lbs and comes pre-equipped with a towing package. It drives and turns like a smaller vehicle and drives quietly on the highway with no noticeable road noise.

- Mark G

Believe it or not, the best vehicle out there for a family!

I do not actually like the auto-start and stop feature for the engine. I feel like it is going to wear out the starter and wish it was not the default option, but rather it was default to off and could be turned on if desired. The space of the SuperCrew is AMAZING. We actually purchased the F-150 because of the space and working well for kids and car seats! My wife wants to consider buying a second because of how convenient the vehicle is for kids and groceries and everyday life. Easily one of our best purchases ever. The display system does have some glitches to it every now and then but nothing major. Not the greatest UI navigation, but I understand it and use it with ease after time. It could be more intuitive as to where to find different options and information you are looking for.

- Garrison Y

Safe and confident behind the wheel.

I really don't have any complaints about the Ford F-150. It drives very well and is very comfortable. When you're driving you feel very safe and confident. There are no blind spots, and backing up towards anything or in a spot is a breeze. It has an amazing crash rating, and having a newborn that is very important to me. In California a lot of people aren't paying attention on the road and knowing I'm in a bigger truck that the cabin is safe during impact is reassuring. It drives and handles very well. I have the 3.3 liter( not the ecoboost options) and it still gets great power and moves when you hit the pedal. As for looks it's really clean, the chrome gives great accents to the truck. Overall the truck is amazing and I feel very confident and safe behind the wheel of the F 150.

- Ryan G

Ford pickup review for new buyers.

I love my vehicle. The only problems I have had were with the computer system. The GPS broke and it wouldn't find the right location. I also couldn't use my voice commands either. However, my truck was on warranty and they fixed it pretty easily, but if weren't on warranty it would have cost me $1,000. My truck performs great and I love my 8 cylinder engine. It is very reliable and I have driven it on long trips with no complaints. My truck is also the most comfortable car I have ever owned. I have an XLT trim with power everything. I have never owned a vehicle before with power everything, and I must say my pickup is nicely equipped. This is the first car that I have had Bluetooth and GPS, and I must say that ford does make a good pickup. My car also has Sirius XM radio as well.

- Carl W

Great value for the money, excellent reliability and quality so far.

My truck is extremely versatile, has many great features, and is fantastic to take on long trips! It is also very full fuel-efficient especially for a truck of the size! I love the eco-boost engine which has tremendous power and propels the vehicle to speed very quickly! I also love the features such as the heated and cooled seats, the radar guided cruise control, sunroof, leather interior, and power deployable running boards. The backseat has a great deal of room and is even very comfortable for long trips. There are some aspects of the interior that could use better materials to avoid giving a cheap appearance. Otherwise I absolutely love this vehicle. At this point I have over 25,000 miles on my vehicle

- Jim B

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