Motor Trend 2018 Truck of the Year: Ford’s F-150

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    [​IMG] Drivetrain, technology and overall execution were the winning ingredients.

    James Davis – CleanMPG – Nov. 28, 2017

    2018 Ford F-150


    Los Angeles, California -- Ford was awarded the 2018 Motor Trend Truck of the Year honors for its new Ford F-150. This is the fifth win for F-150, and follows the all-new Super Duty capturing the award in 2017.

    It was just over a month ago when the Ford F-150 and F-150 Raptor took top owners for Truck of Texas and Off-Road Truck of Texas at the 2017 Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) Truck Rodeo (#TXTruckRodeo).

    The Ford F-150 lineup was judged against the latest competitive truck offerings combining empirical and real-world testing to find the truck that took the honor. Advancement in design, engineering excellence, safety, value, efficiency and performance were key. Motor Trend put to the test four vehicles from the Ford pickup lineup: the 2018 F-150 XL with the all-new 3.3L V6, F-150 Lariat with the 2.7L EcoBoost, F-150 Platinum with the 5.0L V8, and the off-road specialist, F-150 Raptor.

    MT cited towing capability, advanced technology functionality and powertrain performance among their favorite F-150 attributes. They also noted exemplary on- and off-road driving performance, best-in-class fuel economy and innovative cab design as F-150 strengths.

    2018 Ford F-150

    The 2018 F-150 features many design updates and technology enhancements across its powertrain, driver-assist and connectivity offerings, making it tougher, smarter and more capable than ever.

    Major exterior freshening across the lineup includes new grilles, bumpers, headlights, tail lamps, tailgate, wheels and more. Interior updates on XLT Sport, XLT Special Edition, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited trucks include color and material changes for seats, instrument panel and console trim. An all-new optional B&O PLAY audio system is also available.

    With a 20/26 mpg city/highway rating, the second-generation 2.7L EcoBoost delivers the segment best fuel economy not including the RAM 1500 equipped with the 3.0L EcoDiesel. The 3.5L V6 offers best-in-class towing capacity of an incredible 13,200 pounds.

    Rear-hinged doors on the SuperCab that ease access to the rear passenger compartment, an available twin-panel power moonroof, and new technology features like Apple CarPlay and SYNC 3 got high marks from MT.

    Motor Trend editors were impressed with the ease and accuracy of features such as Pro Trailer Backup Assist and a multi-angle 360-degree camera system, as well as F-150’s competent powertrains.

    2018 F-150 Raptor, a class of its own

    With 450 hp and 510 lb.-ft. of torque, the 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor impressed judges with the kick from its twin-turbocharged, high-output 3.5L EcoBoost V6 mated to a SelectShift 10-speed AT and industry-leading six-mode Terrain Management System. Raptor’s high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body saves 500 pounds over the previous model pays off in a stronger, more agile truck.

    Built at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri, the 2018 F-150 is available at Ford dealerships nationwide.
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