2018 Ford F-150 Long-Term Road Test - New Updates

2018 Ford F-150 Long-Term Road Test

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2018 Ford F-150: Wrap-Up

by Travis Langness, Reviews Editor

2018 Ford F-150

What We Got
The Ford F-150 was redesigned in 2015. And we bought one. We towed, hauled and tested that blue crew-cab Lariat F-150 for 16 months. We were impressed with the 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 under the hood and enjoyed the spacious cabin. After a year of testing, though, we were disappointed with its fuel economy and the performance of its second-generation Ford Sync system.

Then in 2018, Ford seemed to address our biggest complaints. This refreshed F-150 added a new 10-speed transmission and updated third-generation Sync software. We knew it was time to roll up our sleeves and start shopping for a new F-150. Again.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for September 2019

by Travis Langness, Reviews Editor

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
After a busy August, it was a relatively low-key September for our long-term 2018 Ford F-150. It made a few runs to the dump last month and a few trips to the hardware store this month, but it was mostly morning commutes and highway cruising in September. The Ford remains a capable gear-hauling pickup, with lots of nice features and a strong performance thanks to the 2.7-liter V6 engine. But fuel economy is still middling, and the 10-speed transmission is still getting on our nerves.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for September 2019

by Travis Langness, Reviews Editor

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
After a busy August, it was a relatively low-key September for our long-term 2018 Ford F-150. It made a few runs to the dump last month and a few trips to the hardware store this month, but it was mostly morning commutes and highway cruising in September. The Ford remains a capable gear-hauling pickup, with lots of nice features and a strong performance thanks to the 2.7-liter V6 engine. But fuel economy is still middling, and the 10-speed transmission is still getting on our nerves.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for August 2019

by Travis Langness, Reviews Editor

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2018 Ford F-150 did some serious truck duty this month. It hauled loads of rotten lumber to the dump and pulled a boat for several hundred miles. We'll cover more of the everyday impressions in next month's update, but this month we're going to dedicate to Dan's lake trip and his extensive towing impressions — enjoy. 

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for July 2019

by Travis Langness, Reviews Editor

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2018 Ford F-150 is in the middle of an epic towing trip right now, and we'll have more on that next month, but there are a few other items to address first. In July, the F-150 had a maintenance visit, a long road trip across the western United States, and a few fuel economy milestones worth noting, on top of hauling lots of boxes up and down a mountain. We set a new personal best for range, but towing for a few thousand miles brought our lifetime fuel economy average down.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for June 2019

by Travis Langness, Reviews Editor

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
There weren't any special road trips or amazing destinations on the docket for our long-term 2018 Ford F-150 this month, but there was a pretty apparent theme. Everywhere we went, we noticed clunks, clanks or just harsh downshifts from the transmission of our F-150.

The 10-speed automatic has been irksome in the past, with audible thumps from the transmission when you're slowing down (particularly coming to a stop and downshifting into second or first gear), but it appears to be getting worse. I took a straw poll of the half-dozen or so staff members who drove it this month, and there was definitely a consensus among them. A dealer visit might be on the horizon.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for May 2019

by Travis Langness, Reviews Editor

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
We drove our long-term 2018 Ford F-150 all around Los Angeles, up and down the central California corridor, and to grocery stores galore in May. After nearly two years, the Ford has proven to be a great commuter, adept grocery-getter, and a truck that can do it all, even in the absence of towing or hauling tasks.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for April 2019

by Travis Langness, Reviews Editor

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
Another month, another 1,500 miles in our long-term 2018 Ford F-150, and it's just as useful as ever. In April, we used the F-150 for local commuting and freeway drives but also for moving big plants by throwing them in the bed and scooting along just like any truck should. The Ford didn't even flinch at the bed full of shrubbery. We did, however, experience some problems with audio quality and clunky shifts from the transmission.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for March 2019

by Travis Langness, Reviews Editor

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
Every vehicle in our fleet has its busy months and its slow months. For our long-term 2018 Ford F-150, March was one of the slow months. It only got into the hands of a few Edmunds drivers and was used for pretty basic commuting services. That might seem like a bad thing, but it highlights just how useful big trucks like the F-150 have become. They're no longer only utilitarian; they're real, everyday rigs with all kinds of use-cases. For many drivers, there's no need for a second vehicle.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for February 2019

by Travis Langness, Reviews Editor

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2018 Ford F-150 remains as utilitarian as ever.

In February, we used it to transport 12-foot pieces of shelving, drove it to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and commuted in it daily. That added 1,400 miles to the odometer of a vehicle that's been in our fleet for more than 15 months. Sure, we normally keep vehicles in our long-term fleet for just 12 months, but we tend to hang on to trucks a bit longer since they're so useful. Clearly, the F-150 meets that standard.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for January 2019

by Travis Langness, Reviews Editor

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
This month, our long-term 2018 Ford F-150 spent most of its time at our Fresno, California, office in the hands of Brent Romans. It did pickup duty by hauling loads of donations to Goodwill, as well as typical commuting duty. Thankfully, there were no flat-tire kerfuffles this month, so things are looking up.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for December 2018

by Travis Langness, Reviews Editor

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
Other than a road trip to Arizona and back, our long-term 2018 Ford F-150 stayed local during December. Part of that was because of the busy holiday season, with many editors out of the office and traveling. But also contributing to the low mileage were two separate service appointments: one to replace a tire, the other a standard 20,000-mile oil change. The aforementioned road trip got us a new fuel economy record, though, courtesy of Kurt Niebuhr.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for November 2018

by Travis Langness, Reviews Editor

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
This month, our long-term 2018 Ford F-150 added some serious miles to the odometer. Road Test Engineer Calvin Kim took it to Arizona and back in just a few short days while Consumer Advice Editor Matt Jones put nearly 600 miles on one tank of fuel. What do the two of them have in common? Neither of them was able to crack the EPA's estimate of 21 mpg combined.

Even 12 months and 20,000 miles into our test of the F-150, we're still unable to reach the EPA's highway estimate. It's going to take a seriously light foot, an epic road trip and no changes in elevation to crack this egg.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for October 2018

by Travis Langness, Reviews Editor

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
We put 1,100 miles on the odometer of our 2018 Ford F-150 in October, driving up and down California and scooting around town during our daily commutes. We hit a new fuel economy milestone and hauled away a bed full of plant trimmings from a local wetlands preserve. As I've mentioned before, the new-kid-on-the-block Ram 1500 is getting a lot of attention, but the F-150 still fits nicely as a go-to workhorse in our fleet.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for September 2018

by Travis Langness, Reviews Editor

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2018 Ford F-150 needs a road trip and I have a few on the horizon that should be perfect. Why the need for mileage? Well, the big Ford isn't exactly suited to swift cityscape driving, so the miles aren't racking up. Most of the driving our editors do involves in-town commuting, and that's what the Ford did in September: 1,288 miles of in-town commuting.

What's more, we got an exciting new Ram 1500 just a few months ago, and with editors eager to try that one out, the Ford often sits dormant. So while it gave us a perfectly serviceable month, we'll expect a bit more out of it over the next few weeks.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for August 2018

by Travis Langness, Staff Writer

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
With the arrival of the new long-term Ram 1500, our 2018 Ford F-150 has fallen out of favor. It's not that the Ford is unlikable or incapable; it's just that the Ram has that new-car smell. It's got a big center-console screen and fancy tech features to try out. So there weren't any big road trips for the F-150 in August, just normal commuting duty, a few trips to the hardware store, and time spent as a backup rig during our three-truck comparison test.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for July 2018

by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
After a busy June during which editor Travis Langness loaded the bed with motorcycles for a trip to Northern California, our 2018 Ford F-150 enjoyed a relatively relaxed July. We only added about 1,200 miles to its odometer, which is kind of strange when you consider the F-150 has ventilated seats that expertly combat the sweltering summer heat. I expect to see more editors signing it out as we get deeper into summer for this very reason. Still, it handled city duties nicely and helped one of our editors pick up house supplies.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for June 2018

by Travis Langness, Staff Writer

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
I hogged our long-term 2018 Ford F-150 a bit in June. I needed it for a big trip and it was the only candidate in our fleet suited to hauling two motorcycles more than 1,200 miles. I'd also be loading up on all sorts of parts from an old Chevy on the return leg. This is what full-size trucks are made for, right?

It was no surprise that the Ford excelled at hauling all this gear, but it was very surprising to see how close we came to its payload limit when weighing the rig. After loading up some spare wheels, a few bucket seats and two toolboxes, the truck was 300 pounds over its payload limit.

The most surprising part? It pulled its highest mpg number yet while hauling all that stuff.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for May 2018

by Will Kaufman, Associate Staff Writer

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
After an eventful month in our last update, where our 2018 Ford F-150 moved exciting things like race cars and books for our editors, this month it didn't do much of anything but commute. Like the old saying goes, "Sometimes it rains, and other times it doesn't rain."

So our F-150 basically did the same job as a Kia Rio for the last 30 days — a very large, very thirsty Kia Rio with the world's loudest horn.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for April 2018

by Jason Kavanagh, Senior Road Test Engineer

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
In April, our long-term 2018 Ford F-150 towed a crummy race car, helped an editor clean out a storage space, and served commute duty. It's this versatility that defines the F-150.

But the big pickup also nearly drove one of our editors insane, resulting in a maintenance visit to see if the issues that led to said editor's psychological state of affairs could be identified. The service team found nothing and the insanity triggers remain unresolved.

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2018 Ford F-150: 360 Split-View Display

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

2018 Ford F-150

When you see an F-150 from the early to mid-'90s, you realize how insanely massive today's truck is. When I cross the bow of our 2018 Ford F-150 on my way to the driver's seat, the hoodline nearly reaches my shoulder. If this truck hit me, I don't think I'd go cartwheeling over the hood like you see in videos. I'm sure I'd just be inhaled into the engine compartment.

The truck's mass makes it hard to get a real sense of space around the bumpers and fenders, and it makes me approach tight quarters with a craned neck and a murmur of prayer. A bird's-eye surround-view camera would help here.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for March 2018

by Will Kaufman, Associate Staff Writer

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2018 Ford F-150 continues to be much in demand, both for its ability to do truckish things such as move large objects and its general comfort and ease as a daily commuter. It's certainly easier to enjoy the plush seats in a traffic jam when you're not personally footing the bill for gas.

In March, the big Ford didn't venture far from home base. It handled some light hauling, moved some furniture, and got a visit from a not-too-distant cousin, the new 2018 Lincoln Navigator. Look to see mostly more praise this month, although we did find a few quirks we dislike.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for February 2018

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Manager

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
February was a busy month for our 2018 Ford F-150 workhorse. We made multiple trips to the inland and coastal regions of Northern California, picking up car parts in Sacramento and transporting a two-wheeled hitchhiker to a weekend track gathering in Monterey.

Our F-150 is cut out for such work, with its quiet, spacious, well-appointed cabin and ride quality that's softer and less taxing than that of your typical full-size truck. And with 36 gallons of fuel onboard, you can cover a lot of ground between pit stops.

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2018 Ford F-150: Monthly Update for January 2018

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

2018 Ford F-150

Where Did We Drive It?
Ah, new love. I've heard that the brain activity of those who are newly smitten with a mate resembles psychosis. We're just in the getting-to-know-you phase with our 2018 Ford F-150 Lariat FX4, and while I don't think any of us are clinical, we're enamored with our new addition. I mean, we can transport a massive flat-screen television — upright! — in the crew cab right before the Super Bowl. How can you not love something that will do that for you?

We started driving the F-150 during the last week of November, while December served as a good break-in month of mostly local driving, and the extended miles started piling on in January. We're already sold on the new 10-speed automatic transmission, the truck's ride comfort, the comfortable seats, and the convenient storage nooks. And the big crew cab's easy driving demeanor means it'll be a popular choice among our editors whether they live in the wide-street world of the 'burbs or the narrower lanes of dense Los Angeles.

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2018 Ford F-150: Introduction

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2018 Ford F-150

What Did We Buy?
The 2018 Ford F-150 does not represent a complete redesign, even though it does look slightly different behind its handsome new grille and headlights. Normally, that alone is not enough to provoke a second look at a vehicle we've already hosted in our long-term fleet. But the truck segment is no longer as stagnant as it once was, and the 2018 F-150 offers a collection of unseen improvements and new features we wish we'd had access to when we bought our 2015 Ford F-150 long-term test vehicle.

Since then, the 2017 F-150 debuted an improved turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 — two versions, in fact, because the off-road Raptor variant received a high-output version — and a 10-speed automatic transmission. This year Ford has made similar upgrades to the turbocharged 2.7-liter V6, and the 10-speed is now standard on everything except the 3.3-liter V6 base engine (which is also brand-new this year). Fuel economy ratings are up, as are power, torque and maximum towing capacity.

Except for disappointing real-world fuel economy, we were big fans of the original direct-injected turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 we had in our first truck. It made a healthy 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque and was rated at 20 mpg combined (18 city/23 highway). This revised 2018 version uses port and direct fuel injection, and the turbochargers are made from alloys that can resist higher temperatures. The upshot is 325 hp, a full 400 lb-ft of torque, and a rated fuel economy that's 1 mpg higher across the board. We had to have one.

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