The 2018 Ford F-150 maintains its status as a hard-working pickup truck that can do anything, but it also delivers the comforts and family-friendly features that everyday drivers look for in a truck. With the wide range of customization options from trims to packages to standalone options, there is an F-150 that will appeal to everyone. Between the seven trim levels, five engines, three-bed lengths, two transmissions, two drive options, and three cabin configurations, it is safe to say you do not have to sacrifice to find an F-150 you want.
Updated Styling for 2018
Compared to the previous model year, the 2018 Ford F-150 got some updates to its styling, with the front and rear parts of this pickup looking more like its Super Duty counterparts. The tailgates have become more expressive with more-aggressive grilles. All models also have a now-standard start/stop feature, reducing the amount of fuel you use while idling.
With so many powertrains on offer, it is impossible to concisely sum up the performance of the latest F-150, although it is safe to say you will appreciate what it can do. The base V6 powertrain is now 3.3 liters instead of 3.5 while actually increasing power to 290 horses and 265 pound-feet. The new direct injection enhances fuel economy, but this is the only F-150 that still uses the 6-speed automatic; all other models have the new 10-speed.
Many drivers will want to go straight to the 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 know as the EcoBoost, although you are unlikely to find the base V6 lacking. This engine was created to compete with V8s with small-displacements, towing as much as 8,500 pounds or carrying up to 2,500. Those who prefer a traditional V8 can go with the 5.0-liter which now has 400 pound-feet and 385 horsepower, showing an improvement for both figures. Those in search of a diesel can check out the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6, which is the first time this Ford has offered a turbodiesel.
Comfort and Features
One of the best things about the 2018 Ford F-150 is that it can be as bare bones or luxurious as you want. The base trims are perfect for a work truck, easy to wash and maintain, and with minimal thrills. However, if you want more, the F-150 can come with features like Bang & Olufsen audio, leather upholstery on everything, and active lane control. Configure your F-150 with rear heated seats, parking sensors, a dual-panel moonroof, LED exterior lights, and ambient lighting. Most models also include the latest Ford Sync3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, or at least offer it as an option.
In terms of interior space, the Regular Cab has two doors while the SuperCab adds rear-hinged doors and a shorter back seat; the SuperCrew has four doors and enough room for four or five adults. You can fit four adults in the SuperCab, but most would rather you didn’t for anything more than a quick drive; save the rear seat in that cabin for cargo.