The Ford F-150 has been the best selling truck in America for years, and some tweaks to the 2018 model may help keep it there. This will be the 40th anniversary of this mid-sized truck that can be a workhorse or a powerful recreational asset, The engine was already strong, but it is even stronger in the 2018 edition, and a heavy-duty transmission is now available on most of the models. While the drive train gets stronger, there are several other tweaks that make this a truck that should be popular again. Even the base engine is pretty good, reviewers say.
One new technology feature that many will appreciate is a backup assist system that will help you back up a trailer that is being towed. There are four engine options, and they all received upgrades to have even more power in 2018. The new standard engine is a 3.3-liter V6 that replaces a 3.3 version, and this one has more power and better fuel economy. The automatic stop and start feature has also been added this year. A strong 10-speed transmission is now available throughout the lineup. A diesel V6 is also planned for release next spring. The front and rear design have been tweaked as well, giving it a fresh look. the forward collision mitigation has also been improved for 2018.
With seven trim levels and four engines to choose from, there are a lot of combinations possible with the F-150. The model starts with the XL, then goes to the XLT and Lariat. From there we have the Raptor, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited. There are different cab sizes too, from an extended cab to a full two rows of seat cab. Various bed lengths are also options.
The engines start with a 3.3-liter V6 that has 290 horsepower and 265-foot pounds of torque. Above that is a 2.7-liter V6 turbocharged engine that cranks out 325 horsepower and 400 foot-pounds of torque. A 3.5-liter V6 has 375 horsepower and 475 foot-pounds of torque. The biggest engine is a 5.0-liter V8 that can deliver 400 horsepower and 400 foot-pounds of torque. The lowest level has the six-speed transmission. All other models have the 10-speed automatic. At the highest level, its towing capacity can reach 10,700 pounds. Even with all this, it can still get to 60 in six seconds at the higher levels. Combined fuel economy ranges from 17 to 26 miles per gallon.
This can be a very strong work truck, but safety is not forgotten. Its adaptive cruise control can bring the truck to a complete stop and start it going again. The F-150 also has forward collision warning and pedestrian detection both front and back. Automatic emergency braking is also added for 2018. The Sync-3 infotainment system that Ford in known for is also now standard on mid-level and higher trims. This includes navigation and is compatible with Iphones and Andriod. The 2018 version can also stop from 60 in 132 feet, which is good considering the size of this truck. Four wheel drive is also available, and with some modifications, it can be a strong off road truck as well.