F150 is a truck people look up to when it comes to utility. With best in class fuel economy and a reputation for bulletproof reliability reinforced over the years, you just can’t go wrong with this workhorse. The 2018 Ford F150 has carried over the same revolutionary aluminum body that helps it stay light weight for delivering excellent fuel economy and high payload rating.
The base XL trim at $27,380 is your entry ticket to the F150 club. And then is the F150 Raptor with high output 3.5 liters Eco-boost V6 and off-road spec drivetrain. For the cowboys among you, Ford has an old school 5.0 liter V8 and an aptly named “King Ranch” trim to go with it. And now, the latest addition is the 3.0L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel V6. Frequent haulers, get your cheques ready.
The F150 in Platinum and Limited trim is good enough to make the Lincoln driver jealous. However, Competition in this segment is tough. The Chevy Silverado is almost as capable and offers a full range of throaty V8s. And the Ram 1500 is indisputably the most comfortable full-size truck around with its class-exclusive air suspension.
“Considering the F-150 is the crown jewel of the Ford lineup and its most successful product, we doubt they’d launch it without full confidence in its reliability. And as far as the driving experience, prepare to be surprised. All of our expectations were exceeded behind the wheel. There are some real, tangible benefits to the 10-speed in real-world use.” – Truck Trend
- The standard 3.5 L V6 is replaced with more powerful and more efficient 3.3 L V6
- Revised 2.7 L EcoBoost V6 gains a bit more power
- Revised 5.0 L V8 is more powerful now
- Fords 10-speed automatic is also available with 2.7 L V6 and 5.0 L V8
- All the F150s engine now gets standard auto start stop
- Front and rear end of F150 gets minor cosmetic revision
- Ford has improved Forward collision mitigation system for 2018
- New Powerstroke Diesel V6 for 2018 Ford F150 will go on sale soon
Things we like
- Excellent towing capacity and payload rating
- Impressive fuel economy
- Cabin is comfortable and loaded with technology
- A diverse array of engine can meet your exact need
- Great driving position
- Reputation of bulletproof reliability
Things we don’t like
- Ride quality is compromised without load
- Real world economy differs significantly from claimed economy
- Aluminum construction attracts high repair cost
2018 Ford F150 Pricing and Options
|Trim||Price||Engines||Transmission||Key Standard Features|
|XL||$27,380||3.3L V6 (2.7L V6, 3.5L V6 and 5.0L V8 optional)||6-speed Automatic (10-speed Automatic optional)||Rear View Camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist|
|XLT||$32,970||3.3L V6 (2.7L V6, 3.5L V6 and 5.0L V8 optional)||6-speed Automatic (10-speed Automatic optional)||SYNC with Applink|
|Lariat||$40,685||2.7L V6 (3.5L V6 and 5.0L V8 optional)||10-speed Automatic||SYNC 3 and Sirius XM Satellite Radio|
|Raptor||$49,785||High Output 3.5L V6||10-speed Automatic||FOX Racing Shox|
|King Ranch||$51,600||5.0L V8 (3.5L V6 optional)||10-speed Automatic||B & O PLAY Premium Audio System with Single CD and HD Radio|
|Platinum||$54,155||5.0L V8 (3.5L V6 optional)||10-speed Automatic||BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) and Cross-Traffic Alert|
|Limited||$60,520||3.5L V6||10-speed Automatic||Twin Panel MoonRoof (SuperCrew)|
Too many to choose from? We help you find the best trim
- For most of us, the Lariat trim offers the best value for money. For just $8000 over the XLT trim, you get the more efficient, more powerful and more refined 2.7L Ecoboost engine as standard along with class-exclusive 10 – speed automatic. On infotainment front, Lariat has SYNC 3 and Sirius XM Satellite Radio as standard.
- Those in need of a workhorse for their business can go for the XL trim that comes with 3.3L V6. However, we recommend you to get the 2.7L Ecoboost V6 as it delivers exceptional fuel efficiency (best in class). 2.7 L V6 also has higher power and torque specifications that make them more productive.
- King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trims are more of a luxury item. They all come with cabin so well equipped with modern luxury amenities, a luxury sedans will melt in shame. Platinum has all the bells and whistles you expect from a luxury truck. However, they can cost you more but so what?
2018 Ford F150 Driving and Performance
Engines and Transmission
The biggest news this for 2018 Ford F150 is the addition of a 3.0L Turbo Diesel V6 developing 440 lb-ft torque as low as 1750 rpm. However, you have to wait until spring for it. Base 3.3 L V6 has sufficient grunt and can meet daily driving needs. However, the advanced 2.7 L turbocharged Ecoboost V6 delivers effortless performance (0 – 60 in 6.3 – 6.5 sec) and best in class fuel economy and it is the one to get.
The Eco boost is also available as a higher displacement 3.5 L V6 with 375 bhp @ 5000 RPM and a phenomenal 470 Nm of torque @ 3500 RPM. It can tow 10,500 Lbs. with standard axle ratio and you don’t have to compromise heavily on fuel efficiency either.
|Ford F150 XL||Ram 1500 tradesman||Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck||GMC Sierra 1500|
|Engine||3.3 L V6||3.6 L V6||4.3 L V6||4.3 L V6|
|Torque||265 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm||269 lb-ft @ 4175 rpm||305 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm||305 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm|
|Power||290 bhp @ 6500 rpm||305 bhp @ 6400||285 bhp @ 5300 rpm||285 bhp @ 5300 rpm|
|Transmission||6 Speed Automatic||8 Speed Automatic||6 Speed Automatic||6 Speed Automatic|
|Drivetrain||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
Cowboys worry not as your big bad rumbling V8 is still alive among all the environmental madness. Ford has a 5.0 L naturally aspirated V8 blaring out the noise you always crave for. This time, Ford has improved its fuel economy too. Perfect harmony of old-school romance and modern technical wizardry.
Fords class-exclusive 10 – speed automatic is hugely impressive when coupled to any of the available engines. It allows the engine to operate at its best, be it accelerating insanely in raptor or cruising down the highway with lower output engines.
Ride and Handling
The F150 has a compliant ride quality and it soaks up bumps with ease. However, the Ram 1500 still has the best ride quality by far in this segment – thanks to the air suspension. The F150 has Lack-luster steering feedback and it does not inspire confidence when diving into the corner. The Aluminum body of F150 definitely make it feel lighter and hence more maneuverable.
The F150 is equipped with vented disc brake in front and rear with the front rotor of 13.8 inches and rear rotor of 13.2 inches. The braking performance of the F150 is commendable even when loaded. The vehicle can stop from 60mph in 127 feet.
|Truck||60 mph to 0|
|Ford F150||127 feet|
|Ram 1500||126 feet|
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500||127 feet|
|GMC Sierra 1500||127 feet|
For those who need to take their F150 on the untrodden path, ford offers FX4 off-road package (available in 4×4 equipped F150 only). FX4 optioned F150 comes equipped with scuff plates, electronic limited slip differential, and hill decent control to keep things going when the going gets tuff.
Ford has 265/60 R18 BSW all-season tires as an option and serious mud pluggers can go for LT275/65 R18C OWL all-terrain tires. Options are available in between too, so you are never left compromising on this and that when optioning your F150.
Of course, if you want to go the whole hog (and ready to pay for it), Ford always has the off-road special, glistening F150 Raptor available for you. The high output 3.5 L V6 that does duty on F150 raptor produces 450 bhp @ 5000 rpm and 510 Nm of peak torque @ 3500 rpm, sufficient to accelerate all the hefty metal from 0 – 60 in 5.1 seconds flat.
The raptor has off-road specific hardware thrown in liberally. Equipped with off-road FOX racing shox and 315/70 R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires, this is the car you want to escape in when a nuclear war breaks out. Of course you have to shell out a handful of money to escape a nuclear war as this thing costs $49,785.
Hauling and Towing capacity
The base F150 with 3.3 L V6 under the bonnet and a wheelbase of 122.4 inches can tow up to 5000 pounds. Those in need of serious load-lugging capability can option F150 with 3.5L turbocharged Eco-boost V6 for a maximum towing capacity of 11,800 Lbs. That’s more than the tow capacity of much awaited F150 diesel V6 (11,400 pounds).
However, the difference is not much and the diesel will be much more efficient owing to its massive low-down torque. So if you are a frequent hauler, we recommend waiting until spring 2018 for the F150 Power-stroke diesel V6. Beyond the big numbers, ford has clever and class-exclusive trailer backup assist and dynamic hitch that makes towing a breeze.
|Ford F150 XL ecoboost 3.5 V6||11,800 Lbs|
|Ram 1500 tradesman 5.7 L V8 Hemi||10,620 Lbs|
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck 6.2 L Ecotech V8||11,800 Lbs|
|GMC Sierra 1500||11,700 Lbs|
2018 Ford F150 Fuel Efficiency
The 2.7 L V6 equipped F150 is the most efficient vehicle in its class with its 4×2 iteration giving ~20 mpg in city and almost 26 mpg on highway with a combined EPA rating of 22 mpg. The 3.5 V6 is among the most powerful in the segment and still delivers an impressive 17 mpg in city confines and 23 mpg out on highway with a combined EPA rating of 19 mpg.
This time, even the huge naturally aspirated 5.0 L V8 has got some improved fuel consumption figures (almost 18 mpg in city and 25 mpg on highway for a combined EPA rating of 25 mpg). The long-awaited F150 Powerstroke Diesel is expected to deliver 30 mpg in EPA highway cycle. Also, the low down torque of the diesel makes them much more efficient than gas engines when towing.
|3.3L V6 (City/Highway/Combined)||2.7L V6 (City/Highway/Combined)||3.5L V6 (City/Highway/Combined)||5.0L V8 (City/Highway/Combined)|
Note: 2018 Ford F150 diesel Fuel efficiency figures are still not published. We will update when we have the data.
2018 Ford F150 Interior
The F150 The F150`s cabin is well appointed and has an impressive level of fit and finish. The quality of materials used does not disappoint either. The fit and finish in the F150 are better than luxury sedans from a few years ago. The driving position of F150 has been the best in the class and it does not disappoint this time either.
Seating and Comfort
The amount of space available inside is sufficient to accommodate 3 or 6 (based on cab size) tall adults in absolute comfort. The seats provide good support. The cabin also features plenty of small storage space to stow away your knick-knacks.
F-150 can be optioned with 5.5-foot, 6.5-foot, and 8-foot bed length. The bed length available depends on the chosen cabin style and you have to option it according to your need. Ford offers a lot of goodies for your tailgate like in-bed LED lights, a system of moveable tie-downs and tailgate step.
The F150 impresses on the ergonomics front too with thoughtfully positioned controls and perfectly positioned armrest for those long drives. However, the large shifter remains a fly in the ointment. Also, this big truck is not easy to climb on. Ford has thrown in much-needed running boards and large grab handles.
|Ford F150 XL (Regular Cab)||Ram 1500 tradesman (Regular Cab)
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (Regular Cab)||GMC Sierra 1500 (Regular Cab)|
|Front Head Room||40.8||39.9||42.40||42.40|
|Front Shoulder Room (in)||66.7||66||66.03||66.03|
|Front Leg Room||43.9||41||45.27||45.27|
|Front Hip Room||62.5||62.9
The F150 in base spec XL trim has nothing worth writing home about except an AM/FM radio to accompany you through those country road. However you can upgrade to SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Fords Sync 3 and AM/FM single-CD. XLT trim also has Kicker Subwoofer (only in SuperCab and SuperCrew) as an option.
The recommended Lariat trim has the said satellite radio and sync 3 as standard but the things get interesting when you are willing to shell out some extra cash. Ford has a high end 10 speaker B&O PLAY Premium Audio System with single-CD and HD Radio on offer.
“Ford’s new F-150 offers a spacious, quiet cabin with firm seating and all controls within easy reach of the driver. Models like the King Ranch and Platinum feel luxury-car lavish.” – Kelley Blue Book
|Cargo Box Style||5.5 Feet Styleside||6.5 Feet Styleside||8 Feet Styleside||5.5 Feet Raptor|
2018 Ford F150 Exterior and Dimensions
- The F150 in regular cab and super cab is available in bed length of 6.5 feet and 8 feet. The SuperCrew is available with bed lengths of 5.5 feet and 6.5 feet. The F150 Raptor is only available in 5.5 feet bed length.
- The F150 has a width of 79.9 inch irrespective of the body style chosen (excluding mirrors). This is typical in this class of vehicle.
- The height of the F150 varies from 75.5 inch to sky scraping 78 inch for the off-road special raptor.
- The ground clearance is among the best in class. Depending on the body style chosen, the ground clearance of the F150 raptor varies from impressive 9.4 inch to a rather modest 8.6 inch. The ground clearance of the F150 is only second to the mountain goat of the segment – the Toyota Tundra.
- Likewise, the wheelbase varies from 122.2 inch to 141.1 inch. Couple this with short front and rear overhang and you get a truck that can scale mount Olympus when equipped appropriately.
|2017 Toyota Tundra CrewMax, AWD, Standard Box||228.9||79.9||76.2||10.6|
|2017 Ram 1500 Crew Cab, AWD, Standard Box||237.9||79.4||77.4||8.6|
|2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab, AWD, Standard Box||238.8||80.0||73.8||8.6|
|2017 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab, AWD, Standard Box||239.5||80.0||74.0||8.6|
|2017 Ford F150 Crew Cab, AWD, Standard Box||243.7||79.9||77.3||9.4|
2018 Ford F150 Safety Ratings and Reliability
Modern trucks are filled to the brim with active safety features and the Fords F150 has no dearth of clever electronic aids either. Ford offers Blind spot monitor, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and parking assist.
The crash worthiness of the 2018 Ford F150 ensure that you stay alive even if you do something foolish enough to break the electronic safety net. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given five star crash safety rating to this truck so you can munch on that big burger when out on highway with little worry.
|2018 Ford F150 IIHS Safety Rating|
|Small Overlap Front Driver Side||G|
|Small Overlap Front Passenger Side||–|
|Moderate Overlap Front||G|
|Head Restraint And Seats||G|
|Child Seat Anchors (Latch) Ease Of Use||M|
The Ford offers a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty for 2018 Ford F150. Over the years, the F150 has garnered a reputation for reliability that has contributed to its phenomenal success.
It is worth noting however that the NHTSA has issued a safety recall for the 2018 model year Ford F150. Not a thing to worry much about as these issues are common in today`s environment of rapidly evolving technology. However, we felt obliged to inform you.
2018 Ford F150 Competition Check
The Ram 1500 is priced less compared to F150 in comparable trim and has class leading ride comfort and cabin quality. However, F150 scores in fuel efficiency, power and towing capacity. F150 also depreciates less. All in all, Ram 1500 proves to be a better pick if cabin comfort is your top priority.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The Silverado 1500 has better materials in interior trim and it has excellent in cabin noise insulation. The Silverado looks menacing with high headlights but that’s about it. The F150 trumps the Silverado in pretty much everything else. Also, the Chevrolet vehicles (part of general motors) are known for having reliability issues.
GMC Sierra 1500
The GMC Sierra is same as the Silverado under the skin. However, it is more upscale. Compared to F150, the Sierra and Silverado suffers the same drawbacks.
2018 Ford F150 Final Verdict
The F150 performed flawlessly and impressed us in all of the important criteria. However, some of its rivals have better ride quality and more impressive interior appointments. Also, the much hyped 3.5 L V6 can be as thirsty as a V8 when used for heavy haul. But we are nitpicking here.
The F150 has been a favorite for the people looking for a vehicle that they can use productively on workdays and pack in for a weekend trip to the mountains with family. If you belong from the same clan, go ahead and feel safe with the new 2018 Ford F150 as it is the same vehicle millions of Americans have trusted their hard earned dollars on.
This time it is ever more refined, even more powerful, even more efficient and decidedly more luxurious. The addition of the new Power-Stroke Diesel V6 engine has just sweetened the deal. It’s all up to you what you want – the F150 can do it all.