New 2018 Ford F150 Regular Cab Pickup
Ford F150 Regular Cab Pickup
Powerful, efficient engines, innovative tech and class-leading towing capacity give the impressive Ford F-150 even more of an edge for 2018.
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When it comes to the battle for truck supremacy, it's down to Ford, Chevy and Ram, which are also the three top-selling vehicles in America. Ford stays at the top of the heap thanks to constant innovation that makes it easier to get work done while increasing luxury and comfort. With the F-150, Ford has advanced the design of a full-size truck beyond what its competitors are doing, including use of an aluminum body, a 10-speed transmission and tech features that make it easier to tow a trailer. For the 2018 Ford F-150, there are plenty of engine choices: a traditional V8, a new base V6, and three EcoBoost engines that deliver plenty of power for towing and hauling as well as respectable fuel economy. A forthcoming a turbodiesel V6 will round out the power offerings.
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The Ford F-150's best-in-class towing capacity is now up to 13,200 pounds. With the F-150, variety is the name of the game: three cabs and beds, a variety of engines (including a diesel coming later in the model year), and trims that run the gamut from a simple work truck to the luxurious Limited to the off-road-ready Raptor.
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Cool options make it easier to tow or go off-road, and make the F-150 downright luxurious. But they come at a price, and the F-150 can have a sticker price over $65,000. If you only need light towing and hauling capability, a midsize truck may be a better value.
What's New for 2018
For 2018, the F-150 receives a more powerful, more efficient base engine; a turbodiesel option; new exterior styling; more power and more efficiency; expanded availability of a 10-speed automatic transmission; new safety features; and an increased towing capacity (now 13,200 pounds), still the highest in its class.
The new 3.3-liter base engine is lighter than the 3.5-liter it replaces, has more horsepower and torque -- and better fuel economy, too. It's a good base engine with enough get-up-and-go for the daily drive and carrying payload. It's not blazing fast, but it's easy to get to and stay at freeway speeds. The 2nd-gen 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 has 25 lb-ft more torque, so it's even quicker off the line. Its combination of speed, efficiency and capability makes it our favorite of the lineup. With the 5.0-liter V8, acceleration is natural and linear. The 3.5-liter makes the F-150 fast when unloaded and a capable, stout hard worker. Towing is effortless. The F-150's SuperCrew cabin is roomy, offering excellent legroom and a comfortable ride. Suspension and brakes were designed so that whether the truck is loaded or unloaded, the ride doesn't suffer and brakes feel confident and strong.
2.7-LITER ECOBOOST ENGINE
The 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine has as much torque as the available 5.0-liter V8, has the best fuel economy of the gas engines, and has the power to tow up to 8,500 pounds, plenty for a boat or RV. It's the sweet spot in the lineup and the best-selling engine.
When parking a trailer, Pro Trailer Backup Assist allows the driver to input left or right commands via a knob, watching on a screen as the F-150 handles steering and braking. The Blind Spot Information System covers truck and trailer. The 360-degree camera eases the task of connecting a trailer.
The 2018 F-150's interior is rugged and attractive, but above all, it's easy to use. There are new interior colors for 2018, and plenty of available cool features like 3-prong power outlets, adaptive cruise control that can bring the truck to a full stop, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, active park assist, and the ability to have the Sync 3 infotainment system read text messages to you while you drive. The SuperCrew (crew cab) is extremely roomy, with rear-seat legroom that bests some full-size sedans. Because the F-150's floor is flat, even the dreaded middle rear seat is comfortable.
Ford's full-size pickup continues to use a military-grade aluminum body, but for 2018 that body has been restyled to emulate the looks of the big-brother Super Duty lineup. New grilles, headlights and wheel designs help differentiate the different trim levels. Aside from the truck's new look, much about the design was born from necessity. The tailgate is available with a pull-out step that makes it much easier to get into the bed to manage payload. There are also pop-out steps on the sides that help with the same purpose.
Notable Standard Equipment
The base-model F-150 is a regular-cab, 2-wheel-drive (2WD) XL, which comes with enough standard equipment that makes it possible to buy a decent truck to get work done at a reasonable price. Even trucks equipped with the new 3.3-liter base engine and 6-speed automatic transmission come standard with auto start/stop, and all F-150s get the same ultra-strong hydroformed, fully boxed frame. Hill-start assist and Trailer Sway Control are standard, as are Curve Control, 17-inch wheels and air conditioning.
Notable Optional Equipment
There are plenty of appealing upscale trim levels, including the King Ranch, Platinum and Limited. Available options make the interior luxury plush, such as heated leather front and rear seats (10-way-power, cooled and massaging front seats), Sync 3 and Bang & Olufsen Play or Sony audio systems. A variety of towing assist and safety systems are offered, as are adaptive cruise control and side steps that deploy when a door is opened and retract when the door closes. On the safety front, the 2018 Ford F-150 is offered with inflatable rear seatbelts and a blind-spot information system. Four-wheel drive (4WD) is available.
Under the Hood
The 2018 Ford F-150 will be available with six engines, one of which is a new 3.0-liter turbodiesel set for release later in the model year. The new base engine is a 290-horsepower, 3.3-liter V6 -- more powerful and more efficient than the engine it replaces -- and the only one in the line with a 6-speed automatic. The rest use a 10-speed automatic, including the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, now with 25 lb-ft more torque than last year and the best fuel economy of all the gas engines. The 5.0-liter V8 gains horsepower and torque, and both versions of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost remain unchanged. However, thanks to a new towing package and other changes, you can now tow up to 13,200 pounds with a 3.5-liter-equipped F-150.
290 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
265 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/25 mpg (2WD), 18/23 mpg (4WD)
2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6
325 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
400 lb-ft of torque @ 2,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26 mpg (2WD), 19/24 mpg (4WD)
3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6
375 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
470 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (2WD), 17/23 mpg (4WD)
395 horsepower @ 5,750 rpm
400 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/high fuel economy: 17/23 mpg (2WD), 16/22 mpg (4WD)
3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (Raptor)
450 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
510 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/18 mpg
For 2018, the Ford F-150 Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price starts at just under $30,000 for a regular cab XL (all prices include $1,295 destination). XLT pricing begins at $34,265. The Lariat starts at nearly $42,000, which sounds like a bigger price jump than it actually is, because every model above the XLT comes as a SuperCab (extended cab) or larger, while the XL and XLT prices are for regular cabs. The Raptor begins at $51,080, the King Ranch at nearly $53,000 and the Platinum is $55,450. Pricing is comparable to trucks like the Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado, but as is the case with many full-size trucks, F-150s can get pricey. The top-line Limited starts at $61,815 and with every option it can cost around $67,000. To see what people in your area are paying for their new trucks, check out the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price. As far as resale value goes, the 2018 Ford F-150 holds its own among its competitors, with the Toyota Tundra being the standard bearer of the bunch.
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Ford F150 Regular Cab Consumer Reviews
January 14, 2019
We wanted a 1/2 ton capable of pulling a 10,000 lb 5th wheel camper with plenty of power on reserve and we found it. We equipped the...
January 11, 2019
I Love It!!!!
Great power, torque and quality! I bought it new in 2015 and have had no problems! Very comfortable on long or short drives!!
December 12, 2018
Replacing an old friend.
I traded my 2002 red XLT Supercrew 4X4 for a 2018 red XL Supercrew 4X4 in March of 2018. No buyers remorse here! I get so many...
October 17, 2018
Love the truck. Lots of nice touches. Roomy. Back seat folds up for incredible hauling room. Lots of passenger room. Exceptional gas...
October 13, 2018
The Best F150 Yet !
I bought this truck from a local dealer used at a great price a year ago and I cannot say anything bad about it. It looks, runs, and...
October 03, 2018
Love my f150
Best vehicle I've ever owned.
September 05, 2018
I have owned a four pickups and a couple of Jeeps in my life, no production vehicle comes close to the capabilities off road of this...
August 31, 2018
Truck has been great so far!
Truck is quick with the 2.7 ecoboost and gas mileage is fairly good for a full sized pickup. Truck rides great and nearly handles like a...
July 19, 2018
Amazing value... a great truck
Great truck, handles well in snow and off-roading. Great with trailers the 2.7L turbo engine is great, it really does get 23/24mpg, even...
June 17, 2018
Great Truck Built Ford Tough!
This is a great super-cab. Love the power of the ecoboost engine.
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