20/22  CITY/HWY
EPA-Estimated MPG
7.0  Sec.
0-60 MPH
5.5', 6.5' or 8'  cu ft
Bed Length

What's New for the 2018 Ford F-150?

There are so many reasons why the Ford F-150 is America's best-selling vehicle. Top among them is that it offers everything a personal or professional driver might want. It has graced our roads for four decades now, and Ford gives it a mid-cycle fortieth birthday refresh for the 2018 model year. It's almost surprising that the guys at Ford managed to find new options for an already fully-loaded truck, but we are not complaining. There are few significant tweaks and a ton of small ones. There are six new grilles, two automatic transmissions, four unique interiors, and six new wheel choices. All five engines are revamped for the new model year, but the spotlight is on the new standard 3.3-liter V6 engine that replaces the previous 3.5-liter V6. All but the base engine, which comes with a six-speed auto, get a new 10-speed transmission. New tech features are also in abundance. They include integrated ramps, Wi-Fi, blind-spot indicators, pre-collision alert, adaptive cruise control, and pedestrian detection. Trailer backup assist also makes a full comeback.

2018 Ford F-150

Trims & Features

The Ford F-150 offers a broader catalog of features, packages, and options than the average luxury sedan. There are six primary trim levels: the XL, the XLT, the Lariat, the King Ranch, the Platinum, and the Limited. The performance-oriented off-road Raptor exists outside the standard lineup. The XL makes for an excellent work truck, but going for the XLT makes for a more passenger-friendly truck. The Lariat opens the gates to the world of luxury, and the rest is pure bliss. The F-150 is available in three cab styles: Regular, SuperCab (extended), and SuperCrew (crew cab). Bed length is dependent on cab style - standard (6'6") or long (8") beds are found in Regular and SuperCab styles, while the SuperCrew gets standard or short (5'6") beds. The base XL consists of 17-inch steel wheels, trailer sway control, automatic headlights, manual mirrors and windows, pre-wired trailer connections, vinyl flooring, a driver information display, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The dashboard gets a 4.2-inch central display screen, a four-speaker radio, air-conditioning, and an auxiliary jack. SuperCab and SuperCrew models receive two additional speakers, and 4WD models get front tow hooks. Features, options, and packages increase as you go up the ladder, and the Limited is as luxurious as most high-end crossovers.

2018 Ford F-150 Exterior


Ford updates the F-150's engines for the new year. The engine lineup starts with a new 3.3-liter V6 that mates with a six-speed automatic transmission to produce 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. Next up is a new second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. It ups output to 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque thanks to a new twin-injection system. Third in line is a 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 delivering 395 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. The most potent engine is a second-generation twin-injection 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 mill with 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque that carries over from the previous year. The 2.7, the 5.0, and the 3.5 employ the new 10-speed automatic. The Ford F-150 Raptor carry over unchanged with a combination of a 450-hp, 510 lb-ft 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and a 10-speed automatic transmission.


2018 Ford F-150 InteriorThe 2018 Ford F-150 pickup earned NHTSA's coveted five-star (out of a possible five stars) for overall safety. It is also considered a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS. It also received a "Good" for Collision Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control. The F-150 is lauded for its pre-collision assist feature with pedestrian detection which warns the driver and hits the brakes in case there is someone on the way. The adaptive cruise control now includes a stop-and-go element for eased traffic-jam cruising. Additionally, most trims come standard with a comprehensive list of standard safety equipment including a surround airbag system, automatic braking, a rear-view camera, and lane assist.

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