No other pickup truck on the market outsells the iconic Ford F-150. Not only does the new 2018 model deliver stronger fuel economy, but it also packs more technology. Revised exterior styling also helps keep the F-150 a step ahead of the competition. Luxuries, such as massaging front seats and adaptive cruise control, come standard on the feature-packed Limited model. With a starting MSRP of around $27,400, even the base F-150 deserves some serious consideration.
Aside from the base engine, all of the other available power sources come equipped with a new 10-speed transmission. The additional gears certainly help promote better overall fuel efficiency. Of course, you can’t ignore the F-150’s impressive performance capabilities.
For the 2018 model year, the F-150 welcomes a new base engine into the lineup. Direct injection helps it to develop a healthy 290 horsepower. While the optional 2.7L EcoBoost engine develops 325 horsepower, Ford’s popular V8 engine was tweaked to produce 395 horsepower. If you demand the most pulling power, look no further than the top-of-the-line 3.5L EcoBoost engine. It churns out 375 horsepower and a sensational 470 pound-feet of torque. The extra torque and a beefier frame help increase the F-150’s towing capacity to a class-leading 13,200 pounds. A 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds also puts it among the quickest pickups on the street.
Off-road enthusiasts should check out the adventurous F-150 Raptor model. Its high-performance engine produces a monstrous 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. Aside from its abundance of power, the F-150 Raptor boasts a number of special upgrades. When traveling on rough terrain, high-performance shock absorbers and an aggressive 4WD system enable the F-150 Raptor to topple obstacles.
Safety and Entertainment Features
While the base F-150 also provides basic features such as a radio and manual windows, the higher trim levels offer a top-notch level of luxury.
Among the most popular upgrades is Ford’s highly recommended Sync 3 infotainment system. The system’s sharp graphics and easy-to-use design make it especially rewarding. Since Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now come with the Sync 3 interface, smartphone users will have no issues accessing their favorite apps. Music fans are urged to check out the high-powered Sony audio system. Automotive journalists give the system high marks for it distortion-free sound quality.
Every driver is bound to fall in love with the F-150’s useful backup camera. When attaching a trailer, the camera’s Dynamic Hitch Assist feature makes the task a lot easier. However, an available 360-degree parking camera gives you even better outward visibility. Some of the other notable upgrades include a high-resolution driver information display, navigation, and remote start.
Expect the new Ford F-150 to boast yet another five-star overall safety rating. Great crash protection makes it a more than worthy family vehicle. Ford also provides a plethora of cutting-edge driving aids. The Blind Spot Information system is a safety technology that promises to give you an extra peace of mind. It effectively detects oncoming traffic in the next lane and warns you of potential obstacles from the rear. Meanwhile, Pro Trailer Backup Assist helps make life easier when pulling a load. Ford also offers innovations like Pre-Collision Assist, which constantly scans the road ahead for other vehicles and pedestrians.
How It Stacks Up to the Competition
Today’s full-size pickup segment remains extremely competitive. As usual, the 2018 Ford F-150 faces off against the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Dodge Ram 1500. While these rivals bring a lot to the table, the F-150 has some key advantages.
The F-150’s new towing package enables it to pull more weight than any other truck in its class. Plus, the F-150 has a more extensive list of advanced safety technologies, such as lane-keep assist and rear cross-traffic alert, than its competitors.
The 2018 Ford F-150 delivers superb fuel efficiency for a full-size truck. Aluminum body panels help significantly reduce its overall weight. You can also take advantage of Ford’s new 10-speed transmission. When equipped with the base V6 engine, the F-150 can return an EPA-estimated 25 mpg on the highway. Meanwhile, the available 2.7L EcoBoost engine remains your most efficient option. It is rated to return a solid 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the open road. Amazingly, even the Mustang-based V8 engine will deliver up to 23 mpg.
In terms of overall performance, the 2018 Ford F-150 promises to leave you satisfied. Even the base engine feels strong enough for light-duty hauling and towing. A smooth ride makes the F-150 even more appealing. Whether you are cruising along a country road or navigating through rush-hour traffic, expect this truck to provide a relaxing environment. World-class safety features give you another reason to love the new F-150.
While the F-150 is arguably the top full-size truck on the market, it does have a few cons. Opting for the more luxurious trims will force you to spend a hefty sum. The top-of-the-line Limited model demands more than $61,000. Furthermore, some drivers may not like the F-150’s aluminum body. As you may know, damaged aluminum panels can be extremely difficult and costly to repair.