2018 Ford F-150 Review
Which F-150 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
- High towing and payload ratings are ideal for work or play
- Comfort and safety tech spans blue-collar basic to luxury living
- Multiple engines deliver exceptional balance of power and fuel economy
- Raptor model's gonzo off-road ability
- Ride can be rough with an unladen bed
- Fell short of some fuel economy estimates in our real-world testing
- Aluminum body panels tend to carry higher repair costs
- New, more powerful and efficient engines
- New 10-speed automatic transmission
- Refreshed exterior styling
- Part of the 13th F-150 generation introduced for 2015
Overall rating8.1 / 10
Today's Ford F-150 offers the performance and power that personal and professional truck buyers require. Under the hood, the F-150 offers a choice of four different engine options, fuel economy of up to 22 mpg combined, and towing capacity rated up to 10,800 pounds. The F-150 also boasts a refined, modern touch with a well-crafted interior and helpful tech such as the Pro Trailer Backup Assist system, which allows you to control trailer direction via a dial on the dashboard. There's also the F-150's impressively quick Sync 3 infotainment system and amenities that range from utilitarian to luxury. Aluminum body panels and an aluminum bed (rather than traditional steel) help make the 2018 F-150 the lightest truck in its class, too.
With hundreds of available configurations, you'll have an easy time finding a 2018 Ford F-150 that meets your needs. Overall it's a comprehensive package that makes the F-150 one of our favorite trucks on the road.
What's it like to live with?
The F-150 has been the truck sales leader for decades, so every new F-150 is massively important. That's why we bought a bright blue Lariat for our long-term fleet when this generation launched in 2015. While we liked the truck overall, we were unimpressed by the new 2.7-liter engine's real-world fuel economy compared to its EPA numbers. When the 2018 model bowed with a new transmission, we decided to buy another F-150 in nearly the exact same configuration, in part to see if the fuel economy improved. To read about how economy improved — or didn't — read our long-term F-150 test, where we also covered everything from performance to long-distance seat comfort.
2018 Ford F-150 models
There's a deep catalog of features, options, packages, engines and bed configurations for the 2018 Ford F-150, starting with six main trim levels: base XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited. There's also the high-performance off-road Raptor variant that exists outside the standard lineup. The XL with the 101A package makes for a decent work truck, but upgrading to the XLT with the 301A package makes for a more passenger-friendly pickup. The Lariat is the gateway to the luxury truck you've been saving for.
The Ford F-150 offers three cab styles — regular, SuperCab (extended) and SuperCrew (crew cab) — and three bed lengths, depending on cab style. A standard bed (6 feet 6 inches) or a long bed (8 feet) is available on regular and SuperCab styles, while the SuperCrew offers either a short bed (5 feet 6 inches) or the standard bed.
Several engines are also available, starting with a new 3.3-liter V6 engine that makes 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. It pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission.
A turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 is next (325 hp, 400 lb-ft), followed by a 5.0-liter V8 (395 hp, 400 lb-ft), then a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 (375 hp, 470 lb-ft) available in two power grades: 375 hp and 470 lb-ft or 450 hp and 510 lb-ft. These three engines all pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Standard features on the base XL trim level include 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, trailer sway control, pre-wired trailer connections, manual mirrors and windows, vinyl flooring, a cloth-upholstered 40/20/40-split front bench, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a driver information display, air-conditioning, a 4.2-inch central display screen and a four-speaker radio with an auxiliary jack. SuperCab and SuperCrew models come with 60/40-split folding rear seats and two additional speakers, and four-wheel-drive models get front tow hooks.
The 3.3-liter engine is standard on most XL configurations, but some RWD extended- and crew-cab models require the 2.7-liter V6, and the V8 comes on 4WD versions of those models.
An optional 101A package adds power windows and locks (including the tailgate), power mirrors, remote locking and unlocking, cruise control, Ford's MyKey vehicle control feature, a larger driver information screen, Sync voice controls, Bluetooth, smartphone app integration, a USB port and a CD player.
Other XL add-ons include chrome and sport appearance packages, the FX4 Off-Road package, side steps, a tailgate assist step, drop-in or spray-in bedliners, remote vehicle tracking and trailer tow packages with Ford's Pro Trailer Backup Assist system (essentially a self-steering system to simplify backing up with a trailer).
The XLT trim includes features from the XL's optional 101A package along with alloy wheels, chrome bumpers and exterior trim, foglights, a keypad entry system, rear privacy glass, carpeting, driver and passenger seat lumbar adjustments, and additional interior storage bins and pockets.
There are a few options for the XLT. The Mid 301A option package adds heated mirrors, an auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirror, a trailer hitch, a cargo management system with four tie-down cleats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat (with power lumbar adjustment), power-adjustable pedals, rear under-seat storage, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rearview camera, and a seven-speaker sound system with satellite radio.
The Luxury 302A package builds on the above features with rear parking sensors, remote ignition, heated and 10-way power-adjustable front seats (with power lumbar adjustment), an 8-inch touchscreen (with Sync 3, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) and an additional USB port. Notable stand-alone options include box side steps, a regular sunroof (SuperCab), a panoramic sunroof (SuperCrew), blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, inflatable rear seat belts, and a navigation system.
When you step up to the F-150 Lariat, many of the XLT's Luxury 302A features come standard, as do the turbocharged 2.7-liter engine and 10-speed transmission. Also included are 18-inch wheels, keyless entry and ignition, power-adjustable pedals, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver-seat memory settings, ambient lighting, leather upholstery and ventilated front seats.
In addition to many of the options offered on the XLT, the Lariat also offers the Mid 501A package and Luxury 502A packages. The Mid 501A package adds upgraded mirrors, remote tailgate release and front-facing spotlights to the features listed above in the XLT's Luxury 302A package. The Luxury 502A package, meanwhile, adds LED headlights, automatic wipers, a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, front bucket seats, heated rear outboard seats (SuperCrew), a navigation system, Sync Connect and an 11-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system with HD radio. Other options include lane departure warning, power-deployable running boards, a surround-view camera system, an automated parallel parking system, and adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning and mitigation.
F-150 King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited
The King Ranch trim is only offered as a SuperCrew and builds on the Luxury 502A package with a Western styling theme inside and out and with the 5.0-liter V8 underhood. With a bit more conventional luxury equipment, the Platinum trim adds 20-inch wheels, power-deployable running boards, and wood and aluminum interior trim. Essentially at the top of the range is the F-150 Limited, which comes with the turbocharged 3.5-liter engine, 22-inch wheels, upgraded leather upholstery in the front, unique styling details and many of the F-150's optional features as standard.
The off-road-focused F-150 Raptor uses a high-output version of the turbocharged 3.5-liter engine (450 hp, 510 lb-ft) and shares many of the same features as the XLT, but it offers a reinforced frame, a special four-wheel-drive system, a modified long-travel suspension, flared fenders, skid plates, 17-inch wheels with upgraded off-road tires, and special interior trim with leather and cloth upholstery. The Raptor offers many of the same options as the XLT and Lariat as well as a few exterior styling packages, a Torsen limited-slip front differential and forged, bead-lock capable wheels.
|Overall||8.1 / 10|
Noise & vibration9.0
Ease of use7.5
Getting in/getting out7.5
Child safety seat accommodation8.5
Audio & navigation8.0
Most helpful consumer reviews
Features & Specs
Our experts like the F-150 models:
- Active Park Assist
- Helps park the F-150 by identifying available parallel parking spots and automatically guiding the truck into the spot.
- Dynamic Hitch Assist
- Helps attach a trailer by displaying a central black line on the backup camera to denote the position of the F-150's hitch.
- Pre Collision Assist
- Warns you about an imminent forward collision and can automatically apply the brakes.
NHTSA Overall Rating4 out of 5 stars
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall4 / 5Driver4 / 5Passenger4 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5PassengerNot Rated
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back SeatNot Rated
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover19.1%
Used 2018 Ford F-150 Overview
The Used 2018 Ford F-150 is offered in the following submodels: F-150 SuperCab, F-150 Regular Cab, F-150 SuperCrew, F-150 Raptor. Available styles include XLT 4dr SuperCrew 4WD 5.5 ft. SB (3.3L 6cyl 6A), Lariat 4dr SuperCrew 4WD 5.5 ft. SB (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 10A), King Ranch 4dr SuperCrew 4WD 5.5 ft. SB (5.0L 8cyl 10A), XL 4dr SuperCrew 4WD 5.5 ft. SB (3.3L 6cyl 6A), Raptor 4dr SuperCrew 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), King Ranch 4dr SuperCrew 5.5 ft. SB (5.0L 8cyl 10A), XLT 4dr SuperCrew 5.5 ft. SB (3.3L 6cyl 6A), Platinum 4dr SuperCrew 4WD 5.5 ft. SB (5.0L 8cyl 10A), XLT 4dr SuperCab 4WD 6.5 ft. SB (3.3L 6cyl 6A), XLT 4dr SuperCrew 4WD 6.5 ft. SB (5.0L 8cyl 10A), XL 4dr SuperCab 4WD 6.5 ft. SB (3.3L 6cyl 6A), XL 2dr Regular Cab 6.5 ft. SB (3.3L 6cyl 6A), XL 4dr SuperCrew 5.5 ft. SB (3.3L 6cyl 6A), Lariat 4dr SuperCab 4WD 6.5 ft. SB (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Limited 4dr SuperCrew 4WD 5.5 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), XL 4dr SuperCab 6.5 ft. SB (3.3L 6cyl 6A), Lariat 4dr SuperCrew 4WD 6.5 ft. SB (5.0L 8cyl 10A), XL 2dr Regular Cab 4WD 6.5 ft. SB (3.3L 6cyl 6A), XLT 4dr SuperCab 6.5 ft. SB (3.3L 6cyl 6A), Lariat 4dr SuperCab 6.5 ft. SB (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 10A), XLT 4dr SuperCrew 6.5 ft. SB (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 10A), King Ranch 4dr SuperCrew 4WD 6.5 ft. SB (5.0L 8cyl 10A), XL 4dr SuperCrew 4WD 6.5 ft. SB (5.0L 8cyl 10A), XL 2dr Regular Cab 8 ft. LB (3.3L 6cyl 6A), Platinum 4dr SuperCrew 4WD 6.5 ft. SB (5.0L 8cyl 10A), XLT 4dr SuperCab 8 ft. LB (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Limited 4dr SuperCrew 5.5 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), XL 4dr SuperCab 8 ft. LB (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 10A), XLT 4dr SuperCab 4WD 8 ft. LB (5.0L 8cyl 10A), Platinum 4dr SuperCrew 5.5 ft. SB (5.0L 8cyl 10A), King Ranch 4dr SuperCrew 6.5 ft. SB (5.0L 8cyl 10A), Platinum 4dr SuperCrew 6.5 ft. SB (5.0L 8cyl 10A), Lariat 4dr SuperCrew 6.5 ft. SB (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Lariat 4dr SuperCab 4WD 8 ft. LB (5.0L 8cyl 10A), XLT 2dr Regular Cab 8 ft. LB (3.3L 6cyl 6A), XLT 2dr Regular Cab 6.5 ft. SB (3.3L 6cyl 6A), XL 4dr SuperCrew 6.5 ft. SB (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Raptor 4dr SuperCab 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), XL 2dr Regular Cab 4WD 8 ft. LB (3.3L 6cyl 6A), XL 4dr SuperCab 4WD 8 ft. LB (5.0L 8cyl 10A), XLT 2dr Regular Cab 4WD 8 ft. LB (3.3L 6cyl 6A), Lariat 4dr SuperCrew 5.5 ft. SB (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Lariat 4dr SuperCab 8 ft. LB (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 10A), and XLT 2dr Regular Cab 4WD 6.5 ft. SB (3.3L 6cyl 6A). Pre-owned Ford F-150 models are available with a 3.3 L-liter gas engine or a 2.7 L-liter gas engine or a 5.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 395 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2018 Ford F-150 comes with four wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic, 10-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2018 Ford F-150 comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2018 Ford F-150?
Price comparisons for Used 2018 Ford F-150 trim styles:
- The Used 2018 Ford F-150 XLT is priced between $29,300 and$55,998 with odometer readings between 6520 and125420 miles.
- The Used 2018 Ford F-150 XL is priced between $22,777 and$47,494 with odometer readings between 6198 and106781 miles.
- The Used 2018 Ford F-150 Lariat is priced between $36,000 and$52,998 with odometer readings between 13771 and100073 miles.
- The Used 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor is priced between $52,995 and$73,499 with odometer readings between 17170 and88301 miles.
- The Used 2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch is priced between $36,000 and$58,999 with odometer readings between 26508 and106404 miles.
- The Used 2018 Ford F-150 Platinum is priced between $39,999 and$56,998 with odometer readings between 15837 and96647 miles.
- The Used 2018 Ford F-150 Limited is priced between $42,995 and$53,998 with odometer readings between 28693 and83580 miles.
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Ford F-150?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.