Ford F-150 boasts best-in-class towing rating, improved fuel economy

2018 Ford F-150

Ford is pushing fuel economy and towing capabilities with the 2018 F-150, insisting that the aluminum-bodied truck can offer the best of both worlds.

Improvements to the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8, including an advanced dual port and direct-injection technology, helped it add 10 horsepower and 13 lb. -ft. of torque and post a best-in-class payload rating of 3,270 lbs. As standard, it's paired with Ford's 10-speed automatic transmission.

Ford's 4x2 5.0-liter V8 saw gas mileage increase by two points in city driving and one point in highway and overall fuel economy, while the 4x4 version picked up one point across the board, averaging 16 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg combined. When four-wheel drive is selected, the fuel economy numbers drop slightly to 19 mpg city / 24 mpg highway / 21 mpg combined. The 3.5-liter Ecoboost V-6 provides the 2018 F-150 enough gusto to tow up to 13,200 pounds-figures that best the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Ram 1500. "Our new F-150 highlights Ford's commitment to its hardworking truck customers and how we listen to their demands for their new F-150 to be even tougher, even smarter, and even more capable for work and play". Its EPA ratings improved to 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined.


The entry-level 3.3-liter V6 has been updated, with torque up 12 lb-ft. over previous year to 265 lb-ft. In terms of efficiency, owners can expect to get 18 mpg city / 23 mpg highway / 20 mpg combined. The F-150 4x4's 16/22/18 mpg are similarly class-leading compared to other V-8 pickups. The twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost engine delivers 375-horsepower and 470 lb-ft. of torque.

A high-output version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 comes in the F-150 Raptor off-road performance truck with 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. Four-wheel-drive models are rated 18/23/20 mpg, up 1 mpg combined from the 2017 model. The 10-speed will be included on the 2.7-liter V6, 3.5-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8.

Ford will counter in spring 2018 with the introduction of its all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V6 engine, also mated to the 10-speed transmission.

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