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2018 Ford F-150 Review: Small Improvements Are Actually Big Ones
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By: Cars.com On: 01-02-2018 Model(s): The 2018 Ford F-150 is preparing for an assault from its fiercest rivals, the soon-to-be-redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500. 2018 Ford F-150
Author Experience: Expert review

The 2018 Ford F-150 is preparing for an assault from its fiercest rivals, the soon-to-be-redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500. Somewhat out of cycle from its competitors, the F-150 was last fully redesigned for 2015, when it got an aluminum body and steel frame and became one of the most civilized and high-tech trucks around. It also got some unique features, such as adaptive cruise control and a forward collision warning system with automatic braking, that other trucks lack. Will the F-150 instantly be outdated as soon as there's a new Silverado and Ram? Doubtful, given its updates for 2018. 

For 2018, the F-150 gets more power, more torque, more gears and more mpg to better compete with a crop of new trucks on its way — trucks that have undoubtedly benchmarked the impressive F-150. Despite not accelerating as fast as the 6.2-liter-powered Chevrolet or GMC trucks in our previous testing, the F-150 still takes the crown for drivability.

For this review, I drove a 2018 F-150 Platinum (the second-most-expensive trim level) with the updated 5.0-liter V-8 and its new 10-speed automatic transmission. You can read about the full engine lineup, including a new base 3.3-liter V-6, in our First Drive of the 2018 Ford F-150. Half-ton truck shoppers are no doubt familiar with sticker shock, so we'll just mention our test truck's $63,800 price tag and move right along.

The 5.0-liter V-8 isn't the flashiest engine in the F-150 lineup (the 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V-6s get that nod). In previous years, the V-8 felt more like a courtesy engine for die-hard V-8 truck buyers. Why? Because it was matched in our acceleration and towing tests by the less-expensive turbo 2.7-liter, and it was easily outperformed by the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine.

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