Earning the Motor Trend Truck of the Year award is not exactly something new or surprising for Ford; the Ford F-150 has earned the title four times, but this year’s win, it’s fifth, has generated even bigger bragging rights for Ford because it marks consecutive wins for the Ford F-Series.
“This year’s competition was fierce, but the vote was unanimous,” said Ed Loh, Motor Trend editor in chief. ”The newly redesigned 2018 F-150 exceeded our expectations in every category — powertrain, performance, technology and overall execution.”
The editors scrutinized the 2018 Ford F-150 XL, F-150 Lariat, F-150 Platinum and F-150 Raptor.
According to Ford, the new F-150 boasts a restyled interior for the XLT Sport, XLT Special Edition, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited trim levels, a nice compliment to the eye-catching and redesigned Built Ford Tough exterior, which sports new bumpers, headlights, grilles, tailgate outers, wheels and taillamps.
The award-winning truck also boasts a “best-in-class fuel economy” distinction. The EPA-estimated and ultimately best-in-class rating of 20 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg combined* is made possible by a 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine.
“Wow, I thought this was the V8 when I first hopped in,” said one of the Motor Trend editors. “Power delivery is excellent, with no perceivable lag. This 2.7-liter turbo is all the engine most folks will ever need.”
The “best-in-class towing capacity of 13,200 pounds” results when the F-150 is equipped with the powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine.
The all-new 3.3-liter V6 engine in the F-150 XL was also lauded for its towing prowess.
“The 3.3-liter has zero trouble towing a 5,000-pound trailer,” said one judge. “Tow/Haul mode keeps the gears low and the engine roaring, with no shift shock. This powertrain is more than adequate to get F-150 down the road quickly.”
Not to be outshined, the Platinum trim’s 5.0-liter V8 engine definitely got the editors talking, especially since it is mated to the segment trailblazing 10-speed Ford SelectShift™ automatic transmission. This engineering marvel features four modes for drivers to choose from — normal, tow/haul, snow/wet and sport — and also pairs perfectly with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 2.7-liter engines.
“It cruises oh so well, and tows like a champ,” one editor remarked about the 5.0-liter V8 engine. “It didn’t seem to struggle at all with a 9,000-pound trailer attached. This truck is happy to be put to work.”
According to Ford, the Motor Trend editors were particularly awed by the F-150 SuperCab’s rear-hinged doors; technology upgrades such as Apple Car Play™ , SYNC 3, and available B&O PLAY™ audio system by HARMAN; the available twin-panel power moonroof; and the advanced towing assistance technologies including the multi-angle 360-degree camera system and Pro Trailer Backup Assist.
The 2018 Ford F-150 is available at seven trim levels: XL, XLT, Lariat, Raptor, King Ranch®, Platinum, and Limited. The 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor is 4x4 only. The rest of the models are offered in either 4x2 or 4x4.
*EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.
This article is presented by Rich Ford in Albuquerque, New Mexico.