2018 Ford F-150: America’s Leading Pickup Gets Even Better

The 2018 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck is a refreshed version of the F-150’s thirteenth generation, which has been in production since the 2015 model year. This was the first generation of the aluminum-bodied F-150. Ford took a big gamble on what the pickup future would look like, and committed to doing what no one else in the pickup truck world had done before or since. 

The aluminum F-150 dropped 750 pounds of weight compared to its all-steel predecessor, and has kept its place as the best-selling pickup of them all. The 2018 F-150 continues and improves upon this newly established tradition.

What’s New On The 2018 F-150

The 2018 F-150 arrives with bolder front and rear styling. All new F-150 models get new grilles, headlamps and bumpers. This provides a wider look, and with design variations for each model, it is now easier to tell them apart. On the Lariat model with the Sport package, the signature horizontal grille bars are painted the body color. 

At the rear, new a new taillight design frames the new sculpted tailgate, which has “F-150” stamped into it. The King Ranch, Platinum and Limited models get a special tailgate applique as well. Also enhancing the 2018 F-150’s rugged looks are six new wheel designs. These range from 17” to 22” in size.

Inside, there are two new seating colors. Dark Marsala makes its first appearance on the F-150 Platinum, while the top-of-the-line F-150 Limited offers a Navy Pier interior color scheme. Carbon fiber-look trim now comes on F-150 XLT Sport and Lariat Sport models, and the F-150 King Ranch has new Kingsville appointed seats.

Lots Of News In The Engine Compartment

The previous model’s 3.5L V6 is replaced by a new 3.3L high efficiency direct-injected V6 that has the same 282 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque as the 3.5.  The new second-generation 2.7L EcoBoost engine features improved levels of output, efficiency, quality and durability. The powerful 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine returns unchanged.

The 5.0L V8 has received many improvements, resulting in improvements in power and torque. The big news, engine-wise, for the 2018 F-150 is the available all-new 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engine, the first-ever diesel engine offered for F-150.

A brand new 10-speed automatic transmission is the first of its kind in the full-size pickup segment. It is paired with the 2.7L and 3.5L EcoBoost engines, the 5.0L V8, and the new 3.0L Power Stroke diesel. And here’s another first: Ford F-150 is the first full-size pickup to add automatic start/stop as standard equipment on all models and engines.

2018 F-150 Has The Latest Driver Assistance Systems

There are several high-tech driver assistance systems available on the 2018 F-150. These make driving safer, more relaxing, and less stressful:

  • Available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality allows drivers to set a cruising speed. The system monitors traffic ahead to maintain a set distance between vehicles, even following a vehicle down to a complete stop.
  • Available pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection helps the driver avoid or mitigate collisions with vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Available 360-degree camera technology helps improve driver confidence when parking and can help drivers to see more during tasks such as lining up a hitch.
  • Available lane-keeping system helps reduce unintentional drifting outside of your lane
  • Available blind spot information system with trailer tow technology is optimized to include a trailer up to 33 feet long.

2018 Ford F-150 Is Still The King Of The Pickups

The 2018 Ford F-150 is the standard by which all full-size pickups are measured. It has been the best-selling vehicle of any kind in the United States since 1981. For its design, its aluminum-body construction, its advanced engines, its driver assistance technology, and its overall capability, it has raised the bar for what a pickup truck should be. 


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Stephen Fogel

Stephen follows the global automotive industry on a daily basis, including new model announcements, new technologies, sales trends, and the latest in "green" cars.