2018 Ford F150 gets even better with updates
By Jerry Robbin
Just when you thought the F150 couldn’t get any better, the 2018 arrives at your local Ford dealer. The F150 gets three new or updated engines, a more handsome face and more available active-safety technologies.
The 2018 F-150 truck receives a styling update for its grille, headlights, tailgate and bumpers. More significantly, a 3.0-liter turbo diesel V-6 is offered for the first time, which gives the F150 greater towing and hauling ability.
Ford’s powertrain updates are available for 2018. They include the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, which has more torque and the wider ratio spread of the 10-speed transmission. Ford continues to offer the 5.0-liter V-8, naturally aspirated engine with marginal improvements to its performance.
Shifts from the 10-speed are quick and responsive. The steering is excellent, considering the size of the F150. Driving is effortless, and maneuvering through small spaces and dragging large trailers are an easy task, especially with the turbocharged motor.
The biggest news in F-150 land for 2018 is the arrival of a diesel engine.
The refreshed 2018 Ford F-150 offers a new engine, more horsepower and torque from existing engines, and more gears in its transmissions.
The F150’s interior carries over for 2018, with a few new color schemes.
There are a host of new tech and infotainment options, such as an enhanced adaptive cruise control and a new pre-collision-assist system with pedestrian detection.
An available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot lets users connect up to 10 wireless devices, and there is also a Bang & Olufsen audio system.
Continued options include Blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, a 360-degree camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Convenience and comfort
• Backup camera.
• Cruise control.
• Vehicle anti-theft system.
• Fog lamps.
• Auto-off headlights.
• Keyless start and entry.
• Rear parking aid.
• Remote engine start.
• Adjustable steering wheel.
• Steering wheel controls.
• Leather-wrapped steering wheel.
• Trip computer.
• Universal garage door opener.
• Intermittent wipers.
• Rain-sensing wipers.
• Variable-speed intermittent wipers.
• Front floor mats.
• Power door locks.
• Electrochromic rearview mirror.
• Heated mirrors.
• Mirror memory.
• Power driver mirror.
• Power folding mirrors.
• Driver vanity.
• Wireless cellphone hookup.
• Leather seats.
• Cooled and heated driver’s seat.
• Heated rear seat.
• Seat memory.
• Power driver and passenger seat.
• Second-row bench seat.
• Bucket seats.
• Bang & Olufsen audio system.
• AM/FM/CD stereo.
• Auxiliary audio input.
• Satellite radio.
• HD radio.
• MP3 player.
The F150’s more-horizontal headlights and two-bar grille design are some of the styling cues that distinguish the 2018 from the 2017.
There are six new grilles total, with varying degrees of “C-clamp” headlights, and mesh and stretched front bars.
These are for the basic cab style.
• Width: 79.9 in.
• Height: 75.5 in.
• Length: 209.3 in.
• Wheelbase: 122.4 in.
• Minimum ground clearance, 8.8 in.
• Front head room: 40.8 in.
• Front leg room: 43.9 in.
• Front hip room: 62.5 in.
• Front shoulder room: 66.7 in.
• Second head room: 40.4 in.
• Second hip room: 64.7 in.
• Second leg room: 43.6 in.
• Second shoulder room: 65.9 in.
• Cargo volume, cu. ft.: 62.3.
The 2018 F150 is arriving at your local Ford dealer. If you are in the market for a unique truck, visit your local Ford dealer for a test drive today.