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2018 Ford F-150 OVERVIEW

The 2018 Ford F-150 pickup receives a significant refresh to bolster its position as America's bestselling vehicle. With its plethora of available trims and equipment, the F-150 has something to offer just about every type of truck buyer.

What's New for 2018

All versions of the F-150 get new head lights, grilles, and front bumpers. Rear ends feature a more sculpted tailgate with different designs for different trims and redesigned tail lights. A new 3.3-liter V6 serves as the base engine, replacing the old 3.5-liter, while the 2.7-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 and 5.0-liter V8 improve in power and efficiency. A 10-speed automatic transmission is new on all but the base V6 (which sticks with a six-speed auto) and high-performance Raptor. The available adaptive cruise control system gains collision-mitigation functionality. A premium B&O Play sound system joins the option list.

2018 Ford F-150

Choosing Your Ford F-150

The F-150 comes in three main configurations: the three-person Regular Cab, the Super Cab with a backseat and rear-hinged back doors, and the Super Crew, which features full-size rear doors and additional rear legroom.

The Regular Cab comes standard with 6.5-foot bed, but an eight-footer is optional. The Super Cab and Super Crew get a 6.5-foot bed, and the SuperCrew can get a 5.5-foot bed as a credit option.

The engine roster starts with the new 3.3-liter V6, which puts out 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, and delivers an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, or 20 mpg with four-wheel drive.

Next up is a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 that produces 325 hp and 400 lb-fit of torque. EPA ratings for 2.7-liter are 22 mpg combined with rear-drive, and 21 mpg with four-wheel drive. The available 5.0-liter V8 also musters 400 lb-ft of torque, but horsepower jumps to 395. With the V8 installed, efficiency drops to 19 mpg combined, or 18 mpg with four-wheel drive.

The top choice is a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 with 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, which enables the F-150 to tow up to 13,200 pounds. (The high-output version of this engine used in the Raptor makes 450 hp and 510 lb-ft or torque.) According to EPA estimates, the 3.5-liter delivers 21 mpg combined, or 19 mpg when paired with four-wheel drive.

The three optional engines come with a 10-speed automatic transmission, introduced last year on the Raptor. All F-150 engines feature auto stop-start technology for enhanced efficiency.

All F-150s come with a wide range of cargo management features from common stuff like tonneau covers and access steps, to the more specific, like stowable cargo ramps that are perfect for loading up dirtbikes or ATVs.

Cab and engine availability varies by trim level:


Starting at $27,380 for the Regular Cab (including $1,295 destination fee), the XL comes with the 3.3-liter V6 engine and essentials like air conditioning, a four-speaker AM/FM stereo, a 4.2-inch central display, and a rearview camera. Interiors carry cloth seats and vinyl flooring. The Super Cab ($31,465) and SuperCrew ($33,920) have split-folding rear seats and two additional audio speakers. The optional 101A Package ($2,055) tacks on power windows and locks, power mirrors, cruise control, keyless entry, Bluetooth, smartphone integration, a CD player, and Ford's Sync voice control system. The Chrome Appearance Package ($775) spruces up the outside with chrome bumpers, silver aluminum wheels, fog lights, and a body-color front fascia. The Sport Appearance Package, also $775, provides the same upgrades, except the bumpers are body color instead of chrome. The $995 Trailer Tow Package includes a wiring harness, Class IV hitch receiver, an auxiliary transmission oil cooler, and a beefier front stabilizer bar. Individual options for the XL include an eight-eight-foot bed for the Regular Cab ($300), a trailer brake controller ($275), no-charge vinyl seats, and Pro Trailer Backup Assist ($350), which allows the driver to steer a trailer independently using a rotary knob. All cab styles are available with the 2.7-liter V6 ($995), 5.0-liter V8 ($1,995), and 3.5-liter V6 ($2,595). Four-wheel drive adds $4,645 to the XL.


Priced from $34,265, the XLT comes standard with the XL's 101A Package, a keypad entry system, rear privacy glass, lumbar seat adjustments, carpeting, alloy wheels, additional interior storage, and chrome bumpers and exterior trim. The Super Cab and Super Crew start at $35,880 and $38,230, respectively. The 301A Package ($2,100) provides a power driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, a seven-speaker sound system with satellite radio, heated auto-dimming mirrors, a cargo management system, and a Class I trailer hitch. The 302A Package (not available with the Regular Cab) includes all of the 301A features, plus remote start, heated front seats with passenger power, rear parking sensors, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and Ford's Sync 3 infotainment interface with an eight-inch touchscreen. From there, buyers can add standalone options like blind spot monitoring ($590), navigation ($795), a single panel sunroof on the SuperCab ($995), and a panoramic sunroof for the SuperCrew ($1,295). The optional engines are priced the same as on the XL. From this trim forward, four-wheel drive adds $3,425.


Available in Super Cab ($41,980) and Super Crew ($44,640) configurations, the Lariat comes standard with the turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 and leather seats. Other additions include keyless ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver memory, ambient interior lighting, and ventilated front seats. The optional 501A Package ($1,585) adds remote tailgate release, spotlights embedded in the side mirrors, blind spot monitoring, and everything in the XLT's 302A Package that isn't already standard on the Lariat. The 502A Package ($7,335) includes all those features, along with front bucket seats, navigation, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, automatic wipers, LED headlights, heated rear seats (SuperCrew), a navigation system, a 10-speakers B&O Play sound system, and additional chrome exterior trim. On top of those features, buyers can add a $1,395 Technology Package with lane departure warning, surround-view cameras, and an automated parking system. Finally, there's a new $1,200 adaptive cruise control system with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. The 5.0-liter V8 costs $1,000 on the Lariat, and the 3.5-liter V6 adds $1,600.

King Ranch

The Western-themed King Ranch comes in SuperCrew form only, starting at $52,895. The 5.0-liter V8 is standard, and the 3.5-liter V6 is a $600 option. Exclusive touches include unique leather seats – in fact, high-quality hides dominate the King Ranch's cabin – a two-tone exterior, and unique wheels. Standard equipment is similar to the Lariat with the 502A Package. The 601A Package for the King Ranch adds power running boards, tailgate lift assist, rear seatbelt airbags, and 20-inch wheels for $3,780. The Technology Package and adaptive cruise control remain optional.


The Platinum SuperCrew ($55,450) gets more conventional luxury-truck styling and extras like genuine wood and aluminum interior trim, unique 20-inch wheels, and standard power running boards. Most remaining features are bundled into the 701A Package ($2,540), which includes all available safety technology plus a tailgate-mounted access step. Like the King Ranch, the Platinum comes standard with the 5.0-liter V8 engine. The 3.5-liter V6 is available for a worthwhile $600.


The Limited SuperCrew ($61,815) tops off the F-150 with 22-inch wheels, upgraded leather upholstery, and extra chrome detailing outside. Nearly everything available on the other trim comes standard, including the 3.5-liter V6 and panoramic sunroof. Four-wheel drive and the cargo management accessories represent the few remaining options.


Designed for off-road performance, the Raptor comes exclusively with the high-output, 450-hp version of the 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 and an enhanced four-wheel drive system. Other upgrades includes a reinforced framed, a long-travel suspension, skid plates, monstrous all-terrain tires, and more aggressive trim throughout. Other standard equipment is similar to the XLT. The Raptor Super Cab is priced from $51,080. The Super Crew starts at $54,065. The 801A Package ($3,280) equips the Raptor with heated front power seats, leather upholstery, and the Sync 3 infotainment system. Those features are included in the 802A Package ($9,770), which also adds ventilated front seats with memory, the B&O Play sound system, surround-view camera, and a limited-slip front differential. The Technology Package ($1,950) tops off the Raptor with lane departure warning, automatic high beams, automatic wipers, and the adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation system. Special Raptor graphics are available for the bed sides ($1,075) and hood ($900). The Interior Color Accent Package ($750) adds orange upholstery inserts and aluminium dash trim.

CarsDirect Tip

The Lariat is the best choice for mixed personal and work duty. It can be skewed toward either of those ends, and gives you access to every important safety feature.

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