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2018 Ford F-150 Review

In a very competitive class, the 2018 Ford F-150 stands out as one of the best and most well-rounded full-size trucks. It's a stout workhorse with good crash test ratings, compelling engine choices, and roomy cab options.

Pros & Cons

  • Class-leading towing and hauling capacity
  • Comfortable, adult-friendly seats in both rows
  • Good fuel economy
  • Compelling lineup of powertrains
  • Standard six-speed transmission can be slow to respond

Rankings & Research

The 2018 Ford F-150 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Full Size Pickup Trucks category. Currently the Ford F-150 has a score of 8.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 48 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 8.3
Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.6
Reliability:
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Is the 2018 Ford F-150 a Good Used Truck?

Yes, the 2018 Ford F-150 is one of the best used full-size trucks you can buy. Part of its charm lies with the numerous configurations available. Whether you're looking for a hard working half-ton, a family-friendly vehicle, or a new companion for your weekend antics, you'll find an F-150 that works for you.

The 2018 F-150 has a lot to offer:

  • Great crash test ratings
  • Projected five-year ownership costs lower than most rivals
  • Robust towing and hauling capacities
  • Comfortable seating for up to six adults
  • Alluring powertrain lineup
  • Several fuel-efficient engines

And only marginal weaknesses:

  • The base transmission isn't as polished as the optional 10-speed automatic
Why You Can Trust Us

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Ford F-150 in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 48 professional Ford F-150 reviews.

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2018 Ford F-150?

Based on listings for the 2018 Ford F-150 on our site, the average price is $34,200, which is a little below average for the class. Prices range from $24,900 to $59,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Ford F-150 Cost to Own?

The 2018 F-150’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $26,200, or $5,240 per year. This is the lowest estimate in the full-size pickup truck class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New F-150?

The F-150 saw only minor updates for 2019: upgraded shocks and a Trail Control system were added to the Raptor, and a high-output EcoBoost V6 engine became standard in the Limited trim. Unless these changes are compelling to you, stick with a used 2018 model, which will likely cost you several thousand dollars less. Retail prices for a new 2019 Ford F-150 XL start at around $28,000. In comparison, prices for a used 2018 F-150 on our site start in the high $24,000s.

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The current F-150 generation was launched for 2015. The following year, the upgraded SYNC 3 system became available. The Raptor edition joined the lineup for 2017. For the 2018 model year, the F-150 received numerous performance enhancements. Depending on the model and powertrain, improvements included a boost in horsepower and better fuel economy. Additionally, the maximum towing rating surged from 12,200 to 13,200 pounds, and the polished 10-speed automatic transmission was offered for more trim levels.

Beyond these updates, the 2015 to 2018 F-150s are largely alike. You may be able to save money by opting for an older model in this generation.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Ford F-150?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 F-150 a predicted reliability rating of three out of five. That's about average for the industry but worse than most vehicles in the class.

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2018 Ford F-150 Recalls

At the time of writing, there are eight recalls for the 2018 Ford F-150:

  • Block heater cable splice connector may corrode
  • A fire may result after seat belt pretensioner deployment
  • Fuel pump assembly welds may fracture, causing a leak
  • Missing roll pin may cause loss of parking function
  • Shifter may indicate "Park" when it may be in a different gear
  • Cylinder heads may be incorrectly machined
  • There may be unintended vehicle movement in some models
  • Roof braces may be missing rivets

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Ford F-150 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Ford F-150 comes in a bevy of configurations. Dozens of possibilities exist, with six engines, three cab styles (Regular, SuperCab, and SuperCrew), three box sizes (5.5 feet, 6.5 feet, and 8 feet), and seven trim levels (XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited, and Raptor) in the mix. While deliberating over your perfect truck, first select the cab style, bed length, and engine you want. These choices will then narrow down the list of trim levels to consider.

For the best value and a decent set of features, we recommend the F-150 XLT. This trim level, along with the base XL, is the only one available with all three cabs and all three bed lengths. For a little more money than the entry-level edition, you get essentials such as power windows and locks, as well as a basic infotainment system (all of which are only optional in the base trim). For a high dose of luxury in a midrange trim, look to the Lariat and King Ranch. The Raptor is the clear choice for thrill seekers who want brag-worthy performance while tearing it up on the highway or down an off-road trail.

  • Ford F-150 XL: Starting off the lineup is the XL. This modest work truck comes standard with cloth seats, a rearview camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist, an AM/FM radio, and basic climate controls.
  • Ford F-150 XLT: The XLT adds power windows and locks, a USB port, smartphone app integration, MyKey, and the SYNC infotainment system.
  • Ford F-150 Lariat: Standard features of the Lariat trim include the smaller EcoBoost engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission, leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, satellite radio, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system.
  • Ford F-150 Raptor: The Ford Raptor boasts the most powerful engine in the F-150 lineup: a 450-horsepower turbocharged V6. It also features a number of performance- and off-road-related standard features like four-wheel drive, an off-road racing suspension, and a locking rear differential.
  • Ford F-150 King Ranch: Notable features of the luxury-grade King Ranch include a V8 engine, a Bang & Olufsen audio system, a voice-activated touch-screen navigation system, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.
  • Ford F-150 Platinum: The Platinum trim builds on the King Ranch by adding standard wood trim accents, a Wi-Fi hot spot, power-deployable running boards, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.
  • Ford F-150 Limited: The top-of-the-line Limited is the most upscale trim. It's outfitted with the larger EcoBoost V6 engine, a twin-panel moonroof, a 360-degree parking camera, and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection.

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What Does Ford's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Each Ford CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

Ford does not have one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Chevy, GMC, Honda, Kia, and Mazda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the F-150?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named extended cab and crew cab models of the F-150 as Top Safety Picks for 2018. When outfitted with the optional pre-collision assist and pedestrian detection system, these trucks provide a Superior level of front crash prevention, which is the highest rating available. However, the F-150 received the lowest rating of Poor for its headlights.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave F-150 SuperCrew pickups five out of five stars for overall safety. Regular Cab and SuperCab models received a four-star overall safety rating.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist

Available advanced safety features:

  • pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection
  • forward collision warning
  • adaptive cruise control with full stop-and-go capability
  • 360-degree camera system
  • lane keep assist
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • rear parking sensors
  • active park assist
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers

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2018 Ford F-150 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Ford F-150 or 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

Like the F-150, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a good pickup truck. It has powerful engine choices, upscale trim levels, and a decently equipped base infotainment system. Except for this last item, though, the F-150 is either on par with or beats the Silverado. This is especially true when it comes to towing and payload, as the Ford owns class-leading ratings for both. Each truck is a good choice, but most shoppers will be happier with the blue oval.

Which Is Better: 2018 Ford F-150 or 2018 Ram 1500?

The 2018 Ram 1500 has a few advantages over the Ford F-150. Its average price is about $4,700 less, it has a better predicted reliability rating, and it feels more upscale, partly because of the high-quality interior materials and partly because of its superb ride quality. Unless you need the Ford's towing and hauling abilities, go with the Ram.

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2018 F-150 Performance

How Does the 2018 Ford F-150 Drive?

With six different powertrains on the menu, used truck shoppers have the ability to decide what matters most: fuel efficiency, towing and hauling, or everyday driving performance. The base powertrain delivers ample power, but it's held back by an unresponsive six-speed transmission. The turbocharged EcoBoost engines are a particularly appealing choice, blending good fuel economy ratings with lively acceleration; it's mated to a silky 10-speed automatic. Models equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 also have the highest tow rating of the group. For maximum payload capacity, pick the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8. The Raptor's High-Output EcoBoost V6 is the most fun to brag about, with its 450-horsepower and 510-pound feet of torque.

The F-150 rides smoothly over most road surfaces, and unlike some rivals, ride quality doesn't drop off with larger wheels. It handles reasonably well. This Ford is a decent off-roader, but adventurers will want the Raptor trim, which is something of an off-road specialist.

  • Base engine: 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V6
  • Available engines:
    • 325-horsepower turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6
    • 395-horsepower 5.0-liter V8
    • 375-horsepower turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6
    • 450-horsepower turbocharged 3.5-liter High-Output EcoBoost V6 (Raptor only)
    • 250-horsepower 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V6
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available four-wheel drive.
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic with 3.3-liter base engine; 10-speed automatic with all other engines
Does the 2018 Ford F-150 Get Good Gas Mileage?

Among the F-150's many engine options, the turbodiesel V6 has the best fuel economy rating, followed closely by the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 and then the base 3.3-liter V6. Although the base engine's mpg rating ranks third in this lineup, it's still the most efficient standard engine in the class. Plus, its EPA-estimated annual fuel costs are nearly equivalent to those of the turbodiesel.

  • 3.3-liter V6, RWD: 20/25 mpg city/highway
  • 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, RWD: 20/26 mpg
  • 5.0-liter V8, RWD: 17/23 mpg
  • 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, RWD: 18/25 mpg
  • High-output 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, 4WD: 15/18 mpg
  • 3.0-liter Power Stroke Turbodiesel V6, RWD: 22/30 mpg
2018 Ford F-150 Towing Capacity

The F-150 has a class-leading maximum tow rating of 13,200 pounds. Select models outfitted with the Heavy-Duty Payload package have a maximum payload capacity of 3,270 pounds, which is also a best-in-class rating for a half-ton pickup.

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2018 F-150 Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 F-150 Seat?

The 2018 F-150 Regular Cab seats three people. SuperCab and SuperCrew models have a back seat and can hold five or six people. A group of grown-ups will have no problem riding in this truck. The front seats are spacious, with enough adjustments to accommodate a wide variety of sizes. The SuperCrew is especially roomy in the back seat, granting more rear-seat legroom than most four-door pickups.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • flip-up rear seats (SuperCab and SuperCrew)

Available seating features:

  • vinyl and leather upholstery
  • front bucket seats
  • power-adjustable front seats
  • heated and ventilated front seats
  • heated rear seats
  • massaging front seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Ford F-150?

In models with a back seat, the 2018 F-150 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. A car seat can also be installed in the middle seat by borrowing lower anchors from the adjacent seats. The lower anchors are readily accessible and easy to use. It's trickier to track down the tether anchors, though, as they are hard to find and may be confused with other hardware. For this reason, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the F-150's LATCH system a second-worst rating of Marginal for its ease of use.

2018 Ford F-150 Features

The base F-150 comes only with a radio, but all other models have a version of the SYNC infotainment system. The best is the upgraded SYNC 3 interface, which is standard in most trims from the Lariat and up and available in the XLT. It features a straightforward menu layout, a responsive 8-inch touch screen, and effortless integration with your smartphone via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

  • Standard infotainment features: AM/FM radio
  • Available infotainment features: satellite radio, a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, MyKey, Bluetooth, a USB port, a navigation system, the voice-activated SYNC system a 4.2-inch display, the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, AppLink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and two smart-charging USB ports
  • Other available features: a twin-panel moonroof, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control

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2018 Ford F-150 Dimensions

Ford F-150 Cargo Space

At 5.5 feet, 6.5 feet, and 8 feet, the F-150's three possible bed sizes are typical for a full-size pickup. Less common are this Ford's many available bed features. The BoxLink system – which provides moveable tie-downs to make it easier to secure cargo – stowable loading ramps, an LED bed lighting system, and an integrated tailgate step are among the options. Inside, the SuperCab and SuperCrew models have a flat floor underneath the rear seat for convenient in-cabin hauling.

2018 Ford F-150 Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet, 5 inches to 20 feet, 10.5 inches
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 6,070 to 7,850 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Ford F-150 Built?

Ford built the F-150 in Michigan and Missouri.

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