2018 Ford F-150 

The 2018 Ford F-150 comes in such a myriad of choices that it can be hard to sort out the best one for your needs. This guide may help as you zero in on the right truck for your lifestyle.

You have loads to move, and the F-150 is ready to move them. The lightweight high-strength aluminum build hides the high-strength steel frame. Capable of towing up to 7,700 pounds, the 3.3L V6 is a serious engine choice, even though it is the most affordable. Only the XL and XLT have it. However, these two models can have any of the engines listed here. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost can tow up to 9,000 pounds. It is the Lariat standard engine, but Ford lets shoppers choose from the two higher engine choices as well. King Ranch and Platinum can tow up to 11,100 pounds with the 5L Ti VCT V8. Topping out the list, the 3.5L Ecoboost can tow up to 11,900 or even 12,100 pounds when properly equipped.

If fuel economy is important to you, all Fords are made to maximize gas mileage, and EcoBoost V6 engines seek to provide V8 capability while consuming less fuel. There are active grille shutters for aerodynamics and a stop-start system to reduce fuel use in stop-and-go city driving.

Trailering is easier with a built-in Class IV Trailer Hitch, standard on all trims except the XL, XLT, and Raptor. Trailering packages add heavier axles, a trailer brake controller, and Ford's exclusive parking assistant. The Pro Trailer Backup Assist lets the driver use a simple dial to maneuver the trailer into a parking space. A Dynamic Hitch Assist is part of the truck's rearview camera system. For easier truck parking, higher trim levels offer the 360-degree camera with Split-view Display. This feature and Ford's Active Park Assist are Limited standards.

For off-roading, every regular trim can be equipped with four-wheel drive. With skid plates, these are ready for most challenges. The 2018 Ford Raptor stands alone, however, in terms of the amount of equipment. An exclusive engine generates 510 lb.-ft. of torque. It has 9.8 inches of ground clearance. Shoppers can choose either two-row cab with the 5.5-foot short bed.

Another consideration is seating. Regular three-person cabs are available only on the XL and XLT. These come with any of the three beds. Seating up to six, the SuperCab is available on all models but the Limited. Usually partnered with the short or long bed, it can be partnered with the regular bed on the Lariat. SuperCrew models seat five and are generally paired with the short bed. The two-row models have folding rear seats to provide an interior cargo hold.

Ford has made an effort to provide a true variety of luxury trucks to please different types of shoppers. The most affordable premium truck is the Lariat. Many shoppers are so pleased with its features they can't believe there are three more luxury choices. Standards include leather upholstery, ventilated/heated front seats, and power-adjustable pedals. Dash tech, which is more limited on XL and XLT models, includes the Sync 3 Touchscreen. King Ranch models add a premium audio system and a power-adjusting steering column. With the Platinum, shoppers get massaging seats and a blind spot monitor. The Limited adds a twin-panel moonroof and more crash avoidance technology.

The F-150 lineup offers a good fit, whether it's for your daily commute, your family, your busy workday, or your adventurous lifestyle. Find your match at our dealership. The staff can tell you more about payload and tow ratings.

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