No Surprise: The Ford F-150 Is the 2018 Truck of the Year
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The Ford F-150 is America’s favorite pickup truck – it’s earned the distinction of “Motor Trend Truck of the Year” and it’s also the country’s best-selling truck. For 40 years, no other pickup on the market has been able to top the F-150. Cars can’t compete with this tough truck either, as the F-150 has been America’s best selling car for three decades. Ford’s top truck outsells all of its competition, but that hasn’t stopped the automaker from continuing to improve this beloved truck.
And for 2018, the F-150 is even better. Thanks to upgraded engines, fuel efficiency, and a host of innovative safety features, you’re going to want to get your hands on the all new 2018 model. Here are the updates, upgrades, and new features that make the 2018 Ford F-150 the truck of the year:
More Power, Better Performance
In 2015, the Ford F-150 underwent a big change: the truck’s build changed. Now, all F-150 models feature a body built with a military-grade aluminum alloy and a boxed steel frame. That’s what you’ll find under the paint of the 2018 trucks, giving the F-150 more power and a lighter weight that makes this truck agile and easy to drive.
A big improvement for 2018 is the F-150’s performance and power. The lighter truck body gives the pickup better acceleration – you can go 0 to 60 in 5.6 seconds – and feels like you’re behind the wheel of a muscle car. The addition of a new twin-injection system also helps increase the F-150’s output. A more powerful 3.3-liter, V6 engine comes standard on all 2018 models, developing a healthy 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque.
The engine isn’t the only performance boosting update. The new F-150 is also a beast in terms of towing. When called upon, the F-150 can now tow a class-leading 13,200 pounds. No other truck on the market can do the same.
Great Gas Mileage
A lightweight body means the F-150 is also easier on fuel. With fewer tons bearing down on the truck’s engine, it’s able to save you a few bucks at the pump.
To promote even better efficiency, Ford has equipped every 2018 trim with an auto stop/start feature. When idling at stop lights, the system turns off the pickup's engine to save fuel. Want even better mileage? Drivers who choose the optional 2.7L EcoBoost engine can return a combined 22 mpg. Choose the top-of-the-line EcoBoost engine, and you can anticipate a combined 21 mpg. Fortunately, all versions of the 2018 F-150 are engineered to use regular unleaded gas.
Fantastic New Features
If you want the top truck with the best, newest features, you’ll love the changes made to the F-150. A ton of innovative technology is available for the new F-150 – you can enjoy Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone app integration, Ford’s tablet-style Sync 3 infotainment system (the best on the market) and a high-clarity Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Want to make it easier than ever before to drive your F-150? Ford has included an automated parallel parking system that does the hard work for you. There’s also a helpful backup camera included and an optional surround-view camera to make the F-150 easier to maneuver in congested areas. If you come across an obstacle in the road, the Pre-Collision Assist system prepares you to take action. A lane departure warning prevents you from accidentally wandering out of your lane, and other notable innovations include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and pedestrian detection.
Ford didn’t skimp on safety either. When the 2018 F-150 was crash tested by the NHTSA, it earned a five-star overall safety rating. Furthermore, the F-150 was chosen as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.
The 2018 F-150 Annihilates The Competition
It’s easy to see why the 2018 Ford F-150 is America’s favorite vehicle. No other pickup trucks can match its versatility. Whether you’re pulling a fishing boat to your favorite lake or going camping in the mountains, the F-150 will keep you happy. New advanced driving aids and a spacious cabin make the F-150 an even better vehicle for 2018.
If you want the best car – the best truck – on the road, you need the 2018 Ford F-150. Backed by an acclaimed history, strong traditions, and reliable quality, this is the top truck for so many reasons. And it’s a clear choice over the rest of its competition.
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