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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 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 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: 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: 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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