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Ford F-150 Diesel: 2019 Motor Trend Truck of the Year Finalist

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/12/2018 Motor Trend Staff
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WE LIKE Good fuel economy, quiet ride

WE DON'T LIKE Poor towing performance, ponderous acceleration

Fresh off last year's TOTY win, the Ford F-150 returns with a diesel engine and a few surprises up its sleeve.

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This year marks the first time Ford has offered a diesel variant of the F-150. Under the sheetmetal sits a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 making 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. As impressive as those numbers sound, sometimes it still isn't quite enough juice.

"It feels fine at city speeds, but there's nothing there at highway speeds," Christian Seabaugh said.

We can forgive its leisurely gait on the highway because of its superior fuel economy. In our Real MPG tests, this truck creamed competitors by returning 20.9/28.5/23.7 mpg city/highway/combined. It performed better than its EPA rating of 20/25/22 mpg, as well.

The truck benefits from a surprisingly quiet ride and nice handling unladen, though we took note of its rough edges, including its firm ride and body roll. "If you want a truck that drives like a truck, this is it," Scott Evans said. "In the age of adaptive dampers, air springs, and coil springs, it's definitely the busiest ride here."

Unfortunately, this truck failed in a key area where it was meant to excel: towing. Handling suffered when attached to a trailer, and drivers can feel plenty of turbo lag off the line. It took 22.0 seconds to reach 60 mph under load—4.3 seconds slower than the next-slowest truck. What's more, when Kim Reynolds was climbing the Davis Dam grade, the F-150 would hang at 53 mph for a while before getting the gumption to accelerate again. In addition to the uncompetitive acceleration, our tester's dated interior doesn't really befit its $64,935 price tag.

READ ABOUT 2019 TRUCK OF THE YEAR FINALISTS:

• 2019 Truck of the Year Introduction
• Chevrolet Silverado
• Ford F-150 Diesel
• GMC Sierra
• Ram 1500

READ ABOUT 2019 SUV OF THE YEAR CONTENDERS:

• 2019 SUV of the Year Introduction
• BMW X2
• BMW X3
• BMW X4
• Cadillac XT4
• Ford EcoSport
• Ford Edge
• Hyundai Santa Fe
• Infiniti QX50
• Jaguar E-Pace
• Jeep Cherokee
• Lexus RX L
• Mercedes-Benz G-Class
• Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
• Nissan Kicks
• Subaru Ascent
• Toyota RAV4

READ ABOUT 2019 SUV OF THE YEAR FINALISTS:

• Acura RDX
• Ford Expedition
• Hyundai Kona
• Jaguar I-Pace
• Jeep Wrangler
• Lincoln Navigator
• Range Rover Velar
• Subaru Forester
• Volvo XC40

READ ABOUT 2019 CAR OF THE YEAR CONTENDERS:

• 2019 Car of the Year introduction
• Buick Regal
• Ford Mustang
• Ford Transit Connect
• Honda Clarity
• Hyundai Accent
• Hyundai Elantra
• Kia Forte
• Lexus ES
• Lexus LS
• Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
• Nissan Altima
• Toyota Avalon
• Toyota Corolla Hatchback
• Volkswagen Jetta

READ ABOUT 2019 CAR OF THE YEAR FINALISTS:

• Audi A6
• Audi A7
• Genesis G70
• Honda Insight
• Hyundai Veloster
• Volvo S60 and V60

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2018 Ford F-150 4X4 Lariat (Crew)
BASE PRICE $48,195
PRICE AS TESTED $64,935
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door truck
ENGINE 3.0L/250-hp/440-lb-ft turbodiesel DOHC 24-valve V-6
TRANSMISSION 10-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 5,579 lb (59/41%)
WHEELBASE 145.0 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 231.9 x 79.9 x 77.2 in
0-60 MPH 7.7 sec
QUARTER MILE 16.1 sec @ 84.4 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 121 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.74 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 28.3 sec @ 0.60 g (avg)
REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 20.9/28.5/23.7 mpg
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 20/25/22 mpg
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 189/151 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.01 lb/mile

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