The Ford F-150 has a lot going for it. The flagship pickup truck of Ford consistently receives rave reviews and top safety ratings. Consumers simply can't get enough of this truck. Year after year, it continues to be the best-selling truck and one of the bestselling vehicles around the world. You would think Ford would get complacent thanks to this success, but the engineers are always looking for an edge when it comes to the Ford F-150. This year, the Ford once again uses an aluminum body, and it also has been slightly redesigned.
New tech features and engines are also being implemented regularly by Ford. The F-150 will be around for many years to come. The chances that it'll remain the #1 pickup choice for consumers also remains quite high. GM, Toyota, Honda, and Chrysler always seem to be playing catch-up, and it looks less likely that Tesla will ever enter the segment. Here's a look at 17 things you need to know about the new Ford F-150.
17 It’s made mostly of aluminum, not steel.
Would you be surprised to learn that Ford’s flagship pickup truck isn’t made of steel? In fact, it’s made of aluminum instead. Ford started making the F-150 out of mostly aluminum three years ago, and the idea was that the consumer would benefit greatly.
For starters, the truck is now a staggering 700 pounds lighter, which drastically improves fuel economy and gives drivers the option of using a V6 engine instead of the V8, which uses way more fuel.
It’s costing Ford more money to use lightweight aluminum, but in the long run, the automaker hopes it'll increase sales and turn out to be profitable in the end. Sales have increased, but so far, not enough to offset the higher costs of making the truck. Another downside is that the truck boxes are now more susceptible to scratching. Still, it’s likely Ford made the right choice here. The more eco-friendly they can get, the better. That leads us to the next point…
16 There'll be a hybrid version in 2020.
Tesla seems to be dragging its heels when it comes to making a pickup truck. Well, Ford must've realized they needed to beat Tesla to the market with an electric truck. The 2020 Ford F-150 won’t be fully electric, but a hybrid is the next best thing.
Ford's plans for a hybrid F-150 is the first step in its massive plan to push electric vehicles and compete with the likes of Tesla.
Ford is investing $11 billion USD to bring as many as 40 different electric models to the market by 2022. Along with the F-150, Ford will also introduce a hybrid Mustang in 2020. The hybrid F-150 may be the ultimate camping truck. The electric motor can power your electric saw, drink cooler, and electric camping stove. You won’t need a generator anymore when you go camping.
15 There's a police responder version.
The F-150 can do pretty much anything, and now, it can even be used to chase down criminals, thugs, and other ne'er-do-wells. The police responder F-150 is now available, and who better to make a police responder than Ford? Ford has plenty of experience making vehicles for law enforcement, so an F-150 police truck seems like a natural choice.
The F-150 may soon be as synonymous with police vehicles as the Crown Victoria.
The police responder F-150 is actually the first-ever pursuit-rated pickup truck on the market, and the 4x4 includes purpose-tuned suspension, electronic-locking rear axle, and under-body skid plates. This truck will be perfect for catching speeders or chasing down gun and drug smugglers off-road.
14 The V6 Eco-boost engine is powerful and fuel-efficient.
The standard engine in the Ford F-150 is an eco-friendly and fuel-efficient V6. It might come as a surprise to hear that you can get an F-150 with a V6 instead of a V8, which is the standard engine in many other pickups. Ford has always gone the extra mile to give consumers plenty of choices, and nowhere is that more evident in the sheer number of different engines available in the new F-150.
There are three different V6 engines to choose from, not to mention the V8 and the upcoming diesel engine.
You can have your F-150 equipped with a 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6, a 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6, or a brand-new 3.3-liter TI-VCT V6. Even though they're still popular, having a pickup truck with a V8 is no longer a requirement. The V6 is more eco-friendly, fuel-efficient, and completely adequate for towing and hauling.
13 You'll be able to get a new F-150 with a diesel engine.
Ford announced that they would be giving consumers what they wanted for years at last year’s Detroit Auto Show, and now, the dream is finally a reality. If you're going to buy a new F-150, you can now get one with a diesel engine. The 3.0-liter 250 hp, 440 lb-ft Power Stroke turbodiesel V6 is capable of hauling a staggering 2,020 pounds.
The new turbo diesel engine was influenced by the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 and the Ford Duratorq engine, which was used in Jaguar and Land Rover models.
You'll be paying a premium for this engine, though. It'll add $2,400 to $4,000 USD to the sticker price of your F-150, depending on which package you choose. The turbo diesel is now available in Super Crew cabs and Lariat Super Cab Versions of the F-150. This turbo diesel engine is Ford’s secret weapon when it comes to competing with the Dodge Ram.
12 You can get an off-road version (the Raptor).
Pickup trucks aren’t just made for driving on the highway, and that’s where the Ford Raptor comes in. Ford introduced this special edition of the F-150 all the way back in 2010, and since then, it's been a popular choice for those who want to take their truck off-road and over rugged terrain.
Since 2017, the Raptor has been made with the same aluminum as the standard F-150, and it's equipped with a twin-turbo inter-cooled DOHC 24-valve 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6. This engine is capable of generating astonishing amounts of power, which allows it to traverse rough terrain but still maintain a smooth and comfortable ride on pavement.
11 The 2018 model has been redesigned to resemble Ford’s super duty models.
For the 2018 model year, the Ford engineering team decided to give the classic Ford F-150 a slight redesign. The new body look is heavily influenced by Ford’s super duty lineup, and the pickup now has what Ford describes as a tougher and more capable look.
The 2018 redesign is the first time Ford has changed the body styling of the bestselling F-150 since 2015. The thing that stands out the most about the redesign is the brand-new twin-bar grille design, which makes the F-150 look similar to the super duty line. According to Ford, the point of the new grille is to accentuate the width of the F-150.
10 It’s still the best-selling pickup truck.
Ford famously boasts that the F-150 is the bestselling pickup. They have a lot to be proud of because the F-150 has been the #1-selling pickup all the way back to its launch in 1977. That’s 40 years of being on top.
Not only has the F-150 been the bestselling pickup for 40 years, but it's also been the bestselling auto of any kind in North America for the last 35 years.
That’s a track record that unprecedented. As of last year, Ford has sold an estimated 26 million F-150s since 1977. That’s a lot of pickup trucks!
9 It costs as little as 27k.
With so many different models and trim packages, the cost of the Ford F-150 can vary greatly. A fully loaded Raptor can cost upwards of $60,000 USD. In fact, Shelby made a limited-edition Ford Raptor that put out 500 hp and cost a staggering $117,460 USD.
However, you won’t have to shell out 100k for a base model Ford F-150. You can take home one of these pickup trucks for a little as $27,000 USD. That’s a great deal and one of the most affordable pickup trucks that’s available on the market today.
8 It has near-perfect crash-test ratings.
Ford has always made sure its vehicles are safe, and they put a lot of work into making sure consumers feel relaxed when driving a Ford product. You might think that the aluminum body of the Ford pickup would make it more susceptible to major damage and make it unsafe, but that’s actually not the case. Ford’s competitors criticized the aluminum body, and many said it'd be a safety concern. However, the same year Ford introduced the aluminum body, it scored a near-perfect crash rating of "good" by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. In fact, the test showed that Ford was safer than GM, Toyota, and other competitors in front-quarter collisions, which are the most dangerous types of collisions for pickup trucks. In 2018, Ford once again was awarded the top safety pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
7 You can get a 5.0-liter V8 instead of the standard V6.
One thing people like about the ford F-150 is the choice of engines, but just because the diesel and the V6 engines are popular, don’t think that Ford has abandoned the classic V8. The current V8 engine in the Ford F-150 is more powerful than ever and capable of tremendous towing capacity.
Thanks to twin independent variable cam timing and direct injection, the F-150’s V8 is capable of outputting 395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.
You'll be able to get all your hauling done quite easily with the V6, but if you want extra towing capacity and more power, then the 5.0-liter TI-VCT engine is a very good choice.
6 There are regular-cab, super-cab, and super-crew versions.
The Ford F-150 is often used on worksites and is more than just a daily driver for many people. If you have a large family or work crew, you should be able to fit them all in the F-150 as long as you choose the right model. The regular cab can haul only up to three people, but the super crew and the super cab are capable of seating many more people. Both the super crew and the super cab can fit six people, but the super crew offers a more spacious interior with more leg room.
Don’t worry about losing box space—even with the super crew and the super cab, you can still get a large truck box that’s eight feet in length. That’s more than enough space for your lumber, fence posts, hay bales, or groceries.
5 It has stellar reviews.
Would the F-150 sell so well if it didn’t have stellar reviews? Probably not. Auto magazines and car journalists have been raving about the F-150 for decades. The power, styling, and safety usually garner near-perfect reviews on various websites. The innovative tech in the Ford F-150 has also garnered it rave reviews and awards.
Edmunds named the F-150 the most innovate pickup of 2018, thanks to the truck's driver-assistance features and collision-warning system.
The infotainment system and the premium audio system also got a lot of journalists talking. It seems like Ford did just about everything right for the 2018 model year. Motor Trend once again named the F-150 the top pickup for 2018, and the organization called the truck dominant against its competitors from Toyota, Chrysler, and General Motors.
4 It has plenty of cargo space and storage
If you’re on the farm, on a work site, or just using the F-150 as an everyday driver, you can be sure you'll be able to fit all your materials in the pickup. The body styling of the truck gives it a sleek look, but don’t let that fool you. The storage and the cargo space are still plentiful.
You can get a box that’s 6.5-feet, 6.75-feet or 8-feet long.
Inside the cab, you'll feel comfortable in just a regular cab, but if you need more space for groceries, the super cab and the super crew, with their folding seats, will come in quite handy for all your shopping bags.
3 It has Sync connect.
Ford has always had very high tech in its vehicles. Connecting your Bluetooth device to the truck’s entertainment system is very easy thanks to Ford’s Sync connect. You can easily text with voice commands and easily choose the music you want to listen to when your iPhone is connected to Ford Sync.
You can even listen to audiobooks from audible.com through Ford Sync, and of course, you can control playback using only your voice. Ford Sync is very easy to use and set up. Convenience is the key when it comes to this tech feature of the Ford F-150.
2 It comes with its own Wi-Fi hotspot.
The Ford F-150 has its very own Wi-Fi hotspot. It’s easy to turn your new F-150 into a Wi-Fi hotspot using the Sync system. Your passengers can surf the Internet with ease and not have to worry about eating up their data.
Turning the truck into a Wi-Fi hotspot also doesn’t interrupt the other Sync features you may be using, like voice command and audio playback.
These types of tech features really make the F-150 stand out and make it look very high tech compared to other autos that are on the market. This will keep your kids busy if you're traveling with your family.
1 It has a safety feature that'll brake for you.
The F-150’s award-winning safety features are second to none. The automatic braking system is one of the reasons the F-150 was awarded a top rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The safety feature will alert you if it there's a potential collision ahead of you.
If you fail to react and slow down, then the truck will automatically implement the safety feature to prevent the collision from occurring. The truck will increase the brake-assist sensitivity, so even the slightest touch will cause you to brake hard and avoid having a collision with the vehicle that’s in front of you.