The 10 best and worst things about the 2018 Ford F-150

Here's what the popular truck gets right — and what needs work.

2018 Ford F-150
2018 Ford F-150. –Ford

Ford F-Series trucks are the best-selling in the U.S., and there’s plenty to like about the F-150. It’s capable and luxurious with lots of possible configurations and a wide price range. There are even multiple engines, beds, and cab styles to suit every truck buyer’s needs.

While there are lots of reasons to like the F-150, there are some things that aren’t so great, too. Here are the 10 best and worst things about the 2018 Ford F-150.

The best:

1. Wide Range of Trims

There are no less than seven F-150 trim levels, providing choices to suit a variety of buyers. This includes the base XL, luxurious Limited and Platinum trims, and the off-road worthy Raptor for those who plan to have extra fun on the weekends. All of these options make for a truck that ranges from basic to straight-up luxurious.

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2. Multiple Engines

Take your choice of five different engines, depending on which trim you choose and just how much power you need. There are four V6 choices with anywhere from 290 to 450 horsepower and a single V8 with 395 horsepower.

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3. Updated Styling

Ford gave the F-150 an update inside and out for this model year. Inside, there are new interior colors and finishes that give it a more modern look. Outside, the F-150 shows off a new grille, new hood, and drop-down windows that offer better visibility.

4.Towing

A large part of a truck’s appeal is its capability. The F-150 hits the mark with a maximum tow rating of up to 13,200 pounds. Inside, there’s a rearview camera with dynamic hitch assist that makes it easier to hook up a trailer. The standard gridlines that help you see which direction your truck is pointing when you backing up are enhanced with a dashed line down the center so you can more easily get that hitch to line up with the trailer on the first try.

5. Payload

In addition to impressive towing, there’s also plenty of room for additional cargo in the bed of the F-150. It has a maximum payload of 3,270 pounds with helpful features like four cargo tie-downs, LED box lighting, a tailgate LED, and a remote release tailgate with power lock.

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6. Safety

Safety ratings are strong for the 2018 Ford F-150. It was rated an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2017 Top Safety Pick with its highest rating of Good in all crash test performed. It also received a Superior for front crash prevention technologies.

Ford F-150s at a Ford dealership in Weatherford, Texas. —JENNIFER BOOMER

The worst:

7. Handling

Trucks aren’t known for having great handling, and the F-150 does nothing to change that perception. It’s solid and controlled for the most part, but on rougher roads there’s lots of bounce and sway. At highway speeds, too, quick maneuvers make the truck unwieldy.

8. Loud Interior

The higher trims of the F-150 offer beautiful interiors with leather and wood accents. Seating is comfortable and spacious, but it isn’t a quiet space. Road and wind noise are intrusive, especially during rainy weather. Engine noise also makes its way into the cabin and is particularly harsh under hard acceleration.

9. Waiting on a Diesel

There are five engines, which is great, but Ford is holding out for a bit on the diesel option. A 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V6 is set to appear in the 2018 F-150, but it won’t be available until summer. With maximum towing of 11,400 pounds, 250 horsepower, and 440 pound-feet of torque, this is the choice for those who tow and haul often. If that’s you, then you’ll have to wait.

10. Price Climbs Quickly

The base F-150 XL has a starting price of $27,705, making it an affordable truck. That price climbs rather quickly with the top four trims all priced over $50K and the Limited coming in at $60,850. The higher trims do come with more features, but the price is still steep. Add on options, and the price climbs even higher into luxury car territory.