The 2018 Ford F-150 might only be a mid-cycle refresh, but Ford held back no punches as it swung its way to the front of its class.
Theis not on sale just yet, but ahead of its release, Ford dropped a bit more information about the latest version of its money-printing pickup truck. The automaker let slip that, with its 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine, the F-150 packs a best-in-class tow rating of 13,200 pounds. With the 5.0-liter V8, its payload rating of 3,270 pounds is yet another best-in-class figure.
Buyers have a choice of five different engines. The base offering is a 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V6, followed by a 325-hp 2.7-liter turbo V6. In the middle of the range is the 5.0-liter V8 with 395 horsepower. The top two engine choices are both 3.5-liter turbocharged V6s -- one putting out 375 horsepower, and the other putting out 450.
With these new engines comes better fuel economy. And once again, Ford gets to claim best-in-class, thanks to the 2.7-liter V6, which achieves 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway in 2WD. The 3.3-liter V6 isn't very far behind it at 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. The thirstiest engine of the bunch is the high-output 3.5-liter turbo V6, which still isn't too bad at 15 mpg city and 18 mpg highway.
Diesel fans, you'll have to wait until next spring to pick up the 2018 F-150 with its new 3.0-liter diesel V6. Fuel economy figures for that truck won't be out for a little while still.
The 2018 F-150 isn't just about engines, though. It packs a bunch of new tech, including adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, automatic emergency braking, and a 4G LTE modem with a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 devices. There's a 360-degree camera system, and even a dial on the dashboard that removes the mental gymnastics from backing up a trailer. The truck goes on sale this fall.