2018 Ford F-150 Review
Pros & Cons
- 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
List Price Range
$17,946 - $24,900
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Which F-150 does Edmunds recommend?
The F-150 offers several engines, but one stands out: the 3.5-liter V6 rated at either 375 hp or 450 hp in high-output configuration. Paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, it's an appealing combination of power and fuel efficiency. And with six trim levels to choose from, we think the Lariat offers the best balance between luxury and everyday pickup usability. It doesn't cost much more than the XLT equipped with the 302A package, with which it shares most of its features. We'd also opt for the cavernous space of a SuperCrew cab length.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The F-150 is a strong performer, even without the range-topping engine. The turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 is punchy, and the smooth-shifting 10-speed gearbox makes the most of it. This truck steers and handles about as well as anything in the class. It has confidence-inspiring brakes, too.
There's a lot to like about the F-150. All seats provide both appropriate support and all-day comfort, and the climate control system is a model of effectiveness. Plus the cabin environment is quiet and calm. The optional FX4 Off-Road package doesn't make the ride objectionable at all.
The F-150 gets high marks for everyday ease of use and interior quality. Combined with the ratings for comfort, it's simply a pleasant place to spend a full day on the road.
Lots of storage options inside and out make the F-150 one of the most capable utility vehicles you can buy. Even without sliding tie-downs, the cargo bed is versatile. The tailgate works great, too.
Sync 3 is a capable system that's improved through maturity. It's not the quickest system out there, but its intuitive screen flow helps its standing. Connecting a phone via CarPlay or Bluetooth sometimes requires repeated attempts. Many driver assistance features are available.
|Overall||8.1 / 10|
Most helpful consumer reviews
XLT 4dr SuperCrew 4WD 6.5 ft. SB (5.0L 8cyl 10A)
*To clarify, Edmunds did not offer the EXACT description of my truck to review. I picked the closest one to mine. I have the 2018 Ford Supercrew XLT 4 door 5.5' bed 5.0L V8 with the 10 speed automatic (no 4WD on mine) Let me start by saying "I love my truck". The Lightning Blue is beautiful and turns heads(that's not an exaggeration, when I first bought it I was actually uncomfortable because of the strangers looking at me as I drove it until I figured out why). Comfortable. Powerful. And it was fun to drive for about the first month or so. When my truck had about 2,800 miles on it and I wrote my original review in March of 2018, my truck had spent approximately 5 weeks of my first 4 months in the dealership. Despite the fact it didn't do this when it was new, it started having weird shifting issues. This is the first year they paired the 10 speed transmission with the 5.0 liter engine and now - after a few years of living with what Ford calls a "characteristic of the vehicle" - I've come to the conclusion they did a bad job of laying out the shift points. In traffic, it shifts at odd and inappropriate times that make it feel like the engine has skipped timing or something. It's annoying but Ford says it's normal. If you put the truck in Sport or Towing mode, it goes away. I had the module that controls the radio go out at 35,500 miles and Ford replaced it. What happened is everything on the display went out. It wouldn't "see" radio, XM, phone, etc, when switching modes and the backup camera went black. Took them 4 days to get the part and they replaced it while I waited, and was covered by warranty up to 36k miles. While they had it for the radio problem, they said they thought the weird ridge in my dash was a distortion, so they ordered a new dash and after it came in 3 weeks later they brought me in, gave me a loaner, and 2 days later gave me my truck with a brand new dash... Exactly like the old one. Apparently that's just how it's shaped! Haha. Lastly, I LOATHE the autostart/shutoff feature. I think it's a great idea in theory, but when you pull up to turn left across oncoming traffic and it shuts off, when your opening comes to go, you let off the brake, the truck starts, and SOMETIMES the power steering doesn't come up immediately. So you're trying to steer a tank across traffic. Ford says that's normal. I've complained that if someone driving isn't very strong or prepared, it could cause an accident. If it shuts off while you're facing uphill at a stoplight, when you let off the brake and it autostarts, it can stall. When that happens, I found out (while having cars honking at me) that you have to put it in park, turn the key all the way off, restart it, wait a second for it to come online, and then shift back into drive. I turn the feature off every time I drive it now, and it's the biggest reason I can't give 5 stars. Overall I would recommend it after owning it a couple of years. I was irate about the shifting issues, but it's a minor annoyance now. For the price I paid, it's a great truck for the money.
Lariat 4dr SuperCrew 4WD 5.5 ft. SB (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 10A)
This is my first ever 4WD truck (and only my 2nd full sized pickup) and I'm very impressed by the ride, handling, and quietness. I traded a 2015 F-150 XLT 2WD SuperCab because I wanted more space in the cabin. I was very impressed with the cabin noise and ride in the 2WD truck and didn't think that a 4WD would be quite as smooth or quiet, especially with the FX4 package and AT tires. I was wrong. I'm totally blown away by the lack of noise that intrudes into the cabin and how quiet the ride is, even at highway speeds. The B&O stereo has great sound, but is lacking a bit when it comes to sound settings. Ford only gives the ability to adjust Treble, Midrange, and Bass. In a high end system like this, which includes 10 speakers and a sub woofer, at least a 5-channel graphic equalizer should have been included. Another area that is a tad disappointing is gas mileage. So far, I'm not getting anywhere near what the sticker says I should get. Combined city/highway mileage is coming in between 16.5 and 17 mpg. I expect better from the 2.7L Ecoboost engine. As for the overall quality of the vehicle, I have absolutely no complaints. To date, I've only put 3500 miles on the truck so it's really a bit early to tell. However, the 2015 F150 had over 64000 miles before I traded it and it never needed any repairs. None. Zilch. No warranty work or anything else. All I ever had to do was maintain it. I expect the same from this 2018 model. Overall, extremely happy with this truck.
Lariat 4dr SuperCrew 4WD 6.5 ft. SB (5.0L 8cyl 10A)
Soon after purchased (about 400 miles) Truck started running rough when cursing between 40 and 60 mph. Initially thought the engine was missing but the service tech said it was the transmission hunting for gears. Surprisingly it isn't shifting gears when rough running happens. It Usually happens when cruse control increases power slightly while driving on relatively flat road. Service Said to drive it a 1000 miles and it would straiten itself out. Didn't happen. After the 3rd trip to service they said it is just how it shifts get use to it. A 50K vehicle shouldn't feel continually missing or hesitating.
Platinum 4dr SuperCrew 4WD 5.5 ft. SB (5.0L 8cyl 10A)
I just purchased a 2018 Platinum with the 3.5l Ecoboost and rolled over the 1,000 mile mark this week. Let me start by saying there’s a lot to like about this truck. I’ve been a longtime Toyota fan but have to say the initial build quality appears to be on par with anything they make. We’ll see how it holds up over time. There are also so many cool features on this truck it takes awhile to learn all of its capabilities. My favorite things are the awesome sound system, the large moonroof and the feeling of blastoff when you stomp on the accelerator especially at higher speeds. A couple of not so fun things are the turbo lag - yes it’s noticeable from a standstill start and the stupid auto-stop feature that’s now on all Fords. It’s a pain to hit the disable button every time you get in the truck but someone figured out if you put a trailer test light in the rear it won’t activate. You can avoid the turbo lag by going with the V8 version. On the positive side again are the that handling and ride feel really solid and it’s a downright pleasure at highway speeds. Some of the paved roads I drive are pretty rough but the truck absorbs the shocks pretty well (but not as well as my Mercedes SUV). It won’t let you forget that this is still a truck that’s capable of towing over 12,000 lbs for goodness sake. As far as mileage it’s averaging around 20 mpg in mixed use so far. Overall I’d say I’m very happy with the first thousand miles and would buy the same truck again. My primary advice to you as a buyer is to make sure you compare the V8 feel and Ecoboost feel and capabilities before buying so that you’re making an informed purchase.
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.