2018 Ford F-150
See What's New With America's Best Selling Pick-up
You Just Might Be Amazed!
by Bill Flitter
Dad, Coffee Lover, Coach, First Car: '79 Camaro
The 2018 Ford F-150, Plenty of New Updates To Love
As I look forward to the 2018 Ford F-150, I can’t help remember my first experience with an F-150. My dad was a Ford man (let the Ford vs. Chevy jokes commence).
Growing up on a farm in Wisconsin a pickup truck is necessity. It’s as Americana as its gets. My first memory of riding in a pickup was my dad’s silver 1977 F-150. In the wide-open fields of Wisconsin, my dad would occasional let me drive it – by myself. If my mom knew she would have had a cow (pun intended). I could barely reach the pedals but I felt the safety and comfort of the F-150.
The 2018 Ford F-150 has plenty to talk about. And I am certain, if you drive the roads of Wisconsin today, you’ll see some young kid who can barely reach the pedals driving his dad’s truck in a wide-open field.
2018 Ford F-150 – Dramatic Changes Inside and Out
The 2018 Ford F-150 is completely updated after introducing the all aluminum truck 3 years ago. Ford went all out with redesigning the F-150. The engines are all brand new, the exterior has been upgraded and the interior technology was ratcheted up a few notches. The truck features new styling up front and in the rear. There’s a newly designed grill and headlights as well as newly designed taillights with a stamped “F-150” on the tailgate.
Ford Offers Two New Colors
In addition, you can choose from six all new wheel designs. For the interior, you have your pick of two new colors: masala and navy pier, which is a very dark blue and available for the Limited trim only. There’s also a carbon trim available.
This fully redesigned F-150 has six different trims, ranging in price from just under $30,000 for the XL; close to $33k for the XLT; the Lariat comes in at just over $40k; the King Ranch is close to $52k; the Platinum is around $54k; and finally the Limited edition comes in just over $60k.
5 New Features Of The 2018 Ford F-150 Worth Highlighting
4 Engine Variations
Under the hood you’ll find improved engines. There are four different variations to the engine, giving you plenty to choose from. Currently reviewed trucks showed the all new standard 3.3 liter V6 engine with direct injection (for increased efficiency) with 282 horsepower and 253 lb feet of torque. Higher end model trucks also offer Ecoboost as part of their advanced technology for improved levels of output and efficiency, quality and durability–they also have more powerful engines. Ford is also offering a 3 liter powerstroke diesel engine. This is the first diesel engine for for the F-150. Not only that, Ford designers are the brains behind this new engine.
4 Variations of The Engine Including a Diesel Option.
Fuel Efficiency Feature - A Ford First
All of the models come with a 10 speed automatic transmission. It’s the first full size truck to add automatic full start/stop as standard equipment across all models and engines. The start/stop functionality helps improve gas mileage as that features turns the engine off at Stop signs and red lights (or when you fully press the brake). This is a feature that you can turn off and on for your preference. The estimated mpg is 18 city and 23 highway.
4 Levels Of Towing Capacity
Many people use their trucks for towing, and the four different engines provide four different levels of towing capability, the 2018 F-150 offers: 12,000 lbs for the 3.3L V6; 13,300 lbs for the 2.7L Ecoboost; 16,900 lbs for the 5.0L V8; and 18,400 lbs for the 3.5L Ecoboost V6.
On The Fly 4-Wheel Drive
The Limited edition does provide the ability to shift-on-the-fly from two wheel drive to four wheel drive. This allows you to shift even while you’re driving. It’s worth mentioning that the Limited and Platinum trims include automatic all wheel drive, which means the truck will make the change when it detects a difference in driving conditions. Ford does offer an FX4 off road package for an extra $770; for the extra money, you get: an electronic locking rear differential, special shock absorbers, skid plates, a 360 degree camera and FX off road decals.
Reduced Cabin Noise
As for ride quality, when you compare it to the Toyota Tundra, the F-150 has the smoother ride. The cabin noise is kept to a minimum. The visibility is more than up to par than standard visibility out of a truck, meaning you can look out the rear window with no problem. The speed and acceleration (for when you’re entering the highway) is extremely quick and should not leave you disappointed (as reviewed for the 3.5L Ecoboost V6).
Suite of Technology
A new suite of technology is also offered. The new technology includes adaptive cruise control with the aforementioned stop and go functionality. There’s also a pre collision assist with pedestrian monitoring. It even has available a 4G LTE hotspot and a BNL audio system.
Over to You
This is our first look at the 2018 Ford F-150. We would love to hear you opinion. Love it? Hate it?