The 2018 Ford F-150 adds new features as it works to hold on to the title as the best-selling vehicle in the United States.
Ford sold almost 900,000 F-Series trucks in 2017, with the bulk of the sales being the F-150 model. The truck, by itself, outsells many other carmakers’ entire product lines here in the United States. The 2018 F-150 offers a wide variety of engine choices and a generous number of tech and comfort features. The 2018 model has been refreshed with a new grille, bumper and lighting and adds start-stop tech to all of the engines in the lineup.
Here’s an outline of the 2018 F-150’s specifications:
- The 2018 F-150 starts at $28,700 including a $995 destination charge.
- Limited models start at $62,100 with destination and can grow in price to well over $70,000 with options.
- The 2017 F-150 started at $28,105 including a $995 destination charge.
- The 2018 F-150 is available in multiple trims: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited and Raptor.
- The F-150’s length ranges from 209.3 inches to 243.7 inches, depending on cab and bed configurations.
- Wheelbase ranges from 122.4 inches to 156.8 inches, and width is 79.9 inches for all models.
- Several engines are available in the 2018 F-150: a 3.3-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque; a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with 325 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque; and a 5.0-liter V8 with 395 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. A fourth engine, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, is available in two configurations: one with 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, and a high-output version with 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.
- A 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel engine was added to the F-150 lineup in January 2018. It produces 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque.
- The 3.3-liter engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. All other engines get a 10-speed automatic gearbox.
- All engines have start-stop technology to help improve fuel economy.
- Rear-wheel drive is standard, with 4WD available as an option at every trim level.
- Maximum payload is 3,270 pounds and maximum towing weight is 13,200 pounds.
- Options packages are available that increase or change payload and towing capabilities.
- EPA fuel economy estimates for gas engine models range from 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway/22 mpg combined for trucks equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 and 2WD to 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway/22 mpg with the 3.3-liter V6 and 2WD.
- Diesel-equipped F-150s fare better, with up to 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway/25 mpg combined. Flex-fuel capable trucks do much worse when running on E85, achieving 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway/16 mpg combined.
- The F-150 comes standard with canopy airbags, roll and curve stability control, trailer sway control and a personal safety system that senses crash severity to determine appropriate airbag deployment.
- Blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, a lane-keep system, adaptive cruise control and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection are available.
- XL and XLT models get Ford’s SYNC system with a 4.2-inch screen.
- All other trims come with SYNC3 that includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen, AppLink, 911 Assist and two USB ports in Lariat models and above.
Comfort & Convenience
- Cargo box tie-downs, automatic engine start-stop tech, quick-release locking tailgate and power windows and door locks are standard equipment on the F-150 for 2018.
- Available features include a spray-in bed liner, fog lamps, a snow plow package and extended-range fuel tank.
- Equipment packages can be added that bring appearance and trim enhancements like larger or painted wheels and chrome to the F-150.Editor’s note: All photos courtesy of Ford.
- A Ford Telematics system is available for fleet-bound F-150s.