2018 Ford F 150 Gets Slightly Better Fuel Economy Towing Capacity 2018 Ford F150 5.0 Mpg
2018 Ford F 150 Gets Slightly Better Fuel Economy Towing Capacity 2018 Ford F150 5.0 Mpg

2018 Ford F150 5.0 Mpg Colors, Release Date, Redesign, Price

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I’m Justin with americantrucks.com, and on
this episode of The Haul, we take a closer look at what’s new with the 2018 F-150 and
answer the always important question, "Will it do a burnout?" Spoiler alert, it does. This is the 2018 F-150, and in typical mid-cycle
refresh fashion, there’s some subtle and not so subtle changes found throughout the exterior
and interior along with a few changes made to the rather expansive powertrain lineup. So, hang out with me for a little bit as we
go over the latest addition to Ford’s legendary and extremely popular F-Series pickup. And let’s start up front here, because the
most noticeable changes to the 2018 F-150 can be found from that A-pillar forward.

This does include a brand-new grille design
for 2018 in addition to a brand-new front bumper and a new headlight design. Now, just like previous model years, your
trim level will ultimately determine what your front grille will look like.

Even though this is a base XL model truck,
we did opt for that STX package, which delivered this very cool and very unique honeycomb shape,
a design I really like with these new 2018 trucks. Now, if you didn’t opt for the STX package,
then chances are you’re getting a variation of that two-bar grille design running the
entire length of the grille into those new C-clamp headlights. Now, you’re still getting fleet-level halogen
headlights even on a moderately equipped $50,000 truck, which is a small little gripe of mine. But that aside, I really do enjoy the 2018
front end refresh. And STX grille aside, that two-bar look gives
off a very powerful, super duty type of vibe and keeps with the design consistency Ford
likes to achieve within their lineup. Walking along the side of the truck, not much
has changed here. However, you are looking at one of 6 new wheel
options, the STX-specific 20-inch machined aluminum wheel wrapped in the Hankook all-terrain
tires. Ford has even introduced a 22-inch wheel this
year on that big baller Limited truck. You’re also looking at one of four new colors
for 2018, the lead foot gray, which I absolutely love. There’s also a stone gray, a magma red, and,
finally, guard makes its return to the F-150 lineup after a couple of years off. Now, the STX truck that we have here does
include color-matched bumpers in addition to that unique grille and wheels we just talked
about and, finally, some bedside graphics. A nice little package that kicks up the otherwise
boring look of the base XL and XLT. Out back, some more noticeable changes as
well, including the tail light and tailgate area.

The tail light itself is pretty much the same
shape as those 2015 through 2017 tail lights. However, the illuminated portion has now been
divided into an upper and lower section. The tailgate, well, looks pretty familiar
but with one big exception, that F-150 logo has now been stamped into the tailgate itself,
very reminiscent of the Toyota Tacoma, of course, but a welcomed change here to the
2018 truck. Now, all together, guys, these exterior changes
are pretty much what you’d expect from a mid-cycle refresh, subtle enough not to really anger
your fan base, but with enough new features and bits to keep things interesting. But what do you say we talk power plants? Now, the 2018 F-150, arguably one of the most
expansive engine lineups within the half-ton market with five, yes, five different engines
to choose from. This does include a brand-new, for 2018, base
engine, a 3.3-liter naturally aspirated, high-compression, dual-injected V6, making 290 horsepower and
265 foot-pounds of torque, and that’s gonna be the only engine mated to the 6-speed automatic
transmission.

Every other engine for 2018 does receive the
new 10-speed automatic trans. Aside from that, every single engine out of
the five does receive the auto start, auto stop feature, aimed to save you a few bucks
at the pump, but, to be honest, it’s a little bit annoying, and I wish there was a way to
permanently disable it. Up next, you have the baby EcoBoost, right? That little 2.7-liter, twin-turbo V6, small
on displacement, but big on output, this time around making 325 horsepower and 400 foot-pounds
of torque. That’s up 25 foot-pounds from the 2017 model
year while horsepower does remain the same. Of course, the great-sounding 5-liter V8 is
back for 2018, this time boasting more compression, dual-injection, and more power, 395 horsepower
and 400 foot-pounds of torque at the crank, and it absolutely rips. As you can tell, it is the engine choice for
our lead foot gray truck here in this review, and, honestly, guys, it sounds better than
ever. We did throw this truck on the dyno here,
because we do have one at the shop, and we wanted to compare the power output to the
tires compared to a 2015 5-liter truck. And, honestly, we were blown away by the results. The 2018 truck made 341 horsepower and 355
foot-pounds of torque to the tire. Compare that to the 2015 5-liter truck, which
made 278 horsepower and 316 foot-pounds of torque to the tire, and, honestly, the 2018
is making a lot more everywhere throughout the band. Great news for 5-liter fans here for the 2018
truck. But if I can talk a little bit more about
that Coyote, it’s only been eight short years since that thing has been around but in that
amount of time easily cemented itself amongst other Ford great engines in the lineage, like
the 427 and the 351, and is definitely a crowd favorite with both Mustang and truck owners
alike. But, with all that being said, the Coyote
is still not the premium power plant in the F-150 lineup. No, sir. That title does belong to the mighty 3.5-liter,
twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, back unchanged from the 2017 model year.

This does include horsepower figures of 375
at the crank and a whopping 470 foot-pounds at the crank as well. And, just like the Coyote, the 3.5 EcoBoost
was also born in 2011. And while it doesn’t share that same awesome
exhaust note, it does boast best-in-class towing at just over 13,000 pounds in addition
to best-in-class payload at just over 3,000 pounds, so, obviously, the workhorse of the
lineup. But, if you’re keeping track at home, you’re
probably thinking to yourself, "Well, that’s four engines. What about this fifth?" Well, I’m happy to say for the first time
ever coming spring of 2018 there will be a diesel engine under the hood of an F-150,
and that is just huge news. F-150 fans, rejoice. You’ve been asking for it for a long time. Well, it’s finally happening. We don’t really know too much about this 3-liter
turbo diesel code-named Lion, but we can expect it’s gonna pool pretty well with torque figures
in the mid to low 400s, if I were to guess, while getting the economy gas guys can only
dream about. [00:07:32]
[music] [00:07:58] The 2018 truck does still deliver that high-strength,
military grade aluminum body, as Ford likes to call it, married to the high-strength box
steel frame and eight different crossmembers. The 2018 truck does actually deliver a slightly
thicker gauge metal for that frame this year, increasing your payload capabilities, like
we talked about a little bit earlier, but also strengthening things up a little bit
more over that previous year. Suspension-wise, pretty much everything has
been carried over from the ’15 through ’17 trucks, so not a lot to talk about there. However, if you do wanna go off-road without
forking out Raptor money, the FX4 package is still gonna be the way to go as it’s been
for years past. This does include off-road-tuned shocks, skid
plates, locking diffs, better rubber, and a 360 camera, just to name a few. And while our STX truck doesn’t have all of
that, we do have the slightly better all-terrain tires and that locking 355 rear diff on our
truck, which, honestly, guys, is gonna be more than enough for most owners out there
to get some kicks off-road but without donating a kidney to get into a Raptor, which, if I
can be completely honest, wouldn’t be that bad of a deal. Now, Ford does kick things up a little bit
for the 2018 interiors, including four new interior packages, none of which really apply
to the truck we have here. But since that’s what I’m sitting in, let’s
talk about it a little bit more. This is a 101A Equipment Group truck, guys,
so essentially as bare-boned as they come.

However, we do have the XL Sport package going
on for us in addition to that STX package we talked about a little bit earlier. So, that gives us things like SYNC 3, the
touchscreen navigation system, and the sport cloth here. However, it’s still nearly a $49,000 truck,
and, honestly, it feels a little bit sparse for the money. However, if you do kick things up a little
bit, here’s some of the new stuff you can expect. The XLT truck does get a new sport cloth interior
and carbon fiber accent package. The King Ranch gets a new Kingsville leather
interior, which is similar to previous years but features a new richer brown leather, very
masculine and very fitting of a King Ranch. The Platinum truck gets this new dark wine
red interior known as Dark Masala. And then, last but not least, you have the
navy pier interior on the Limited, very dark blue navy interior, very sharp, all leather,
heated console, heated shift knob, and heated steering wheel, but you are paying top dollar
to get that package. Now, one thing that Ford does and does really
well is give buyers endless amounts of options to create their ideal rig. This includes seven different trim levels,
the XL, the XLT, the Lariat, the King Ranch, the Platinum, the Limited, and, oh, yes, that
Raptor. On top of that, you’re looking at different
appearance packages within those trim levels, like the STX that we have right here, and,
on top of that, five different engines to choose from, including the new diesel coming
to the F-150 lineup for the first time ever in 2018. For all these reasons and more, the F-150
continues to be the most popular truck in the country. In fact, 2017 marks 40 consecutive years that
this is the most sold truck in America. And, oh, yeah, by the way, you’re also looking
at the 2017 Motor Trend Truck of the Year. Guys, we hope you enjoyed this brief look
into the 2018 F-150. And don’t forget to get involved in the discussion. What do you think of that new front end? How about the lead foot gray color? Get involved. Drop us a comment wherever you’re reading
this. And also don’t forget to comment to our
YouTube channel for more great truck content. I’m Justin. Thanks for reading. And, for all things F-150, keep it right here
at americantrucks.com.

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