The Ford F-150 is updated for 2018 with a long list of new features. This includes new engines, new drive modes, and even a new exterior. There’s a lot that’s new and improved, but what hasn’t changed is this truck’s ability to be all things to all people.
If you’re configuring a sedan, then you might have your choice of a few trim levels, maybe a couple of engines, and several options packages. When you configure a truck, sit down, grab some coffee, and settle in because the number of possibilities is huge.
It’s a daunting thought, but that’s exactly the way it needs to be for today’s trucks. Gone are the days when trucks were only for people doing work. Not everyone who buys a truck has a ranch or a construction job. Ford offers versions of the F-150 to suit everyone from the guy looking for the bare minimum at the worksite to the guy who wants his truck to make a luxury car look minimalist.
We spent some time with the 2018 Ford F-150 Limited 4×4 Supercrew, which sits at the top of seven trim levels. Although you can get into an F-150 for as little as $27,705, the Limited starts at $60,850 putting it right up there in luxury car territory. It has all the trappings of a luxury car with the added bonus of being able to help you get some work done.
The interior is cavernous with room for five passengers and plenty of creature comforts. The front bucket seats are heated, ventilated, and 10-way power adjustable. The 60/40 split rear seats are heated, too, and fold up to provide extra room for cargo you don’t want exposed to the elements. Infotainment features SYNC 3 with SiriusXM satellite radio, navigation, and a B&O premium audio system.
There are leather seating surfaces with matching leather trims on the doors, gear shift, and steering wheel. Accents include real wood and there’s a twin pane moonroof that makes the cab feel even bigger. Storage abounds with a deep center console and numerous pockets and cubbies for stashing necessities. It’s a beautiful interior that will make you forget you’re in a truck.
Power comes from a 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine with 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. It easily moves the F-150 into high speed traffic with smooth shifts, although it’s not exactly quiet. The interior might make you forget this is a truck, but the road, wind, and engine noise will kindly remind you of what you’re driving.
The ride is generally smooth, yet there is a lot of bounce on rougher road surfaces. It’s better on the highway, but you still won’t forget you’re driving a truck. Now, it’s fair to say you don’t expect a truck to drive like a sedan, but today’s trucks are much smoother than those of years ago and other automakers offer smoother, quieter rides.
When it comes to capability, it depends very much on your truck’s configuration. Maximum towing is 13,200 pounds and maximum payload is 3,270 pounds. That makes the F-150 plenty capable of helping out with serious work even while it coddles its passengers.
The Ford F-150 isn’t just the best-selling truck in the country, it’s the best-selling vehicle overall. Die hard F-150 fans come back to this truck again and again for its features and capability at the same time new fans are drawn into the fold. The latest updates ensure that the F-150 will continue to hold its place at the top.