The 2018 Ford F-150 is one of the most exciting trucks to come along in some time, featuring some nice upgrades and a mid-generation refresh that leaves it feeling like it’s a brand new truck. It still has the familiar undertones of America’s longest-lasting, top-selling truck, but with improved engine specs, updated interior materials, and a high level of customization, it’s unlike any other pickup on the road. Whether you’re cruising the city streets of San Antonio or navigating I-10, I-35, or US Highway 281, the F-150 is your way to come alive and enjoy the drive.
The New Engines
Sometimes it feels good to hear the power of your engine course through the muffler, and other times, it’s nice to see some savings at the gas pump in San Antonio. In other situations, it’s awesome to see the F-150 effortlessly move another object or tow a heavy load. Whatever your favorite scenario, the F-150 delivers thanks to an array of new engine options. This includes a new 3.3-liter base engine, minor changes to the 2.7-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter V-8, and talk of a diesel to join the family later in 2018.
Standard on the XL and XLT, but absent on all other trims, is a brand new 3.3-liter V-6 that’s good for 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. The 2.7-liter, EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 churns out more power with boosts up to 325 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, while the 5.0-liter V-8 gets bumped up to 395 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. A 3.5-liter V-6 remains untouched at 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.
A 3.0-liter, Lion diesel V-6 is expected to join the F-150 options later, but details are still scant.
While it doesn’t come standard, tech gurus and those who value convenience will almost certainly want to upgrade to the Ford Sync 3 infotainment system. This system allows you to use your music library, navigation, apps, and other functions with ease thanks to a large touch-screen display. A 4G LTE Wi-Fi system keeps you connected on the go so you’re always ready for work or play. If you have to go back into work or someone has Spurs tickets for the evening, you won’t miss out either way.
The exterior of the F-150 appears similar to last year’s model, but it has several key differences. The tailgate boasts a new design that makes it more attractive and aggressive from the rear, along with fresh taillights that combine form with function. Wheels range from 17 inches to 22 inches, providing either larger wheels for off-roading or bigger wheels for some head-turning bling while you’re cruising through the Alamo City.
If you opt for four-wheel drive, the F-150 get underbody skid plates to protect the vital engine components from the rugged terrain below. Fog lights come standard on all trims except the XL, giving you even more versatility when you’re hitting the off-road instead of the pavement.
Feature-laden, sleek, and stylish, the 2018 F-150 proves that Ford is still the king of the pickup world in San Antonio and beyond.