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Ford F-150: 2018 Motor Trend Truck of the Year Finalist

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/20/2017 Motor Trend Staff

We Like: The breadth of range from work truck to Raptor, 10-speed auto, and Pro Trailer Backup Assist

We Don't Like: The aging six-speed auto and placement of off-road button on Raptor steering wheel

Ford ushered in the aluminum-bodied F-150 for the 2015 model year and said, "Patience please." The remake of the best-selling pickup was just getting started.

Fast-forward to today. The 2018 F-150 lineup runs the gamut from base 4x2 SuperCab XL work truck with a 3.3-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission capable of towing more than its weight to the performance desert Raptor with a high-output 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 that can do a burnout with a trailer attached (but be careful not to accidentally hit the ill-placed off-road button on the steering wheel).

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In between is the 4x4 SuperCrew Lariat with the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 EcoBoost and the new 10-speed automatic transmission developed with GM. "I can't believe that such a tiny engine can produce this much power," Miguel Cortina said. "This is probably the one that I would get if it were my own money." The truck is also available with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, which arrived in time for 2017 TOTY. But for the 2018 competition we also tested the SuperCrew Platinum with the 5.0-liter V-8, which challenged the performance of the Raptor.

We were impressed with the breadth of the changes under the hood. And in the interim, the interiors have gotten nicer, there is a different grille and wheel-tire combo for every taste, the infotainment system is more intuitive, the steering is better, the chassis is stupendous, it has a five-star safety rating, and Pro Trailer Backup Assist makes you look competent at the boat launch.

2018 Ford F 150 Platinum front three quarter in motion 00© Motor Trend Staff 2018 Ford F 150 Platinum front three quarter in motion 00

Read about other 2018 Truck of the Year Finalists:

2018 Ford F-150 XL (4x2 Supercab 3.3L)2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 4x4 (2.7 EcoBoost Supercrew)2018 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 (5.0L Supercrew)2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Supercab
BASE PRICE $32,760$48,265$58,875$51,080
PRICE AS TESTED $36,285$60,475$63,205$64,745
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 6-pass, 4-door truckFront-engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door truckFront-engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door truckFront-engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door truck
ENGINE 3.3L/290-hp/265-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve V-62.7L/325-hp/400-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V-65.0L/395-hp/400-lb-ft DOHC 32-valve V-83.5L/450-hp/510-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6
TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic10-speed automatic10-speed automatic10-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 4,564 lb (57/43%)5,265 lb (59/41%)5,371 lb (58/42%)5,711 lb (55/45%)
WHEELBASE 145.0 in145.0 in145.0 in134.2 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 231.9 x 79.9 x 75.5 in231.9 x 79.9 x 77.2 in231.9 x 79.9 x 77.2 in220.0 x 86.3 x 78.5 in
0-60 MPH 7.6 sec7.0 sec6.3 sec6.0 sec
QUARTER MILE 15.9 sec @ 88.2 mph15.5 sec @ 89.5 mph14.7 sec @ 96.6 mph14.7 sec @ 91.4 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 129 ft119 ft120 ft140 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.75 g (avg)0.76 g (avg)0.75 g (avg)0.70 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 28.6 sec @ 0.59 g (avg)28.4 sec @ 0.59 g (avg)28.0 sec @ 0.62 g (avg)29.2 sec @ 0.59 g (avg)
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 19/25/22 mpg19/24/21 mpg16/22/18 mpg15/18/16 mpg
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 177/135 kW-hrs/100 miles177/140 kW-hrs/100 miles211/153 kW-hrs/100 miles225/187 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.91 lb/mile0.93 lb/mile1.06 lb/mile1.20 lb/mile


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