2018 Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCrew: Yep–It’s all that and more

20 Mar 2018 | 1,100 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds There's a reason for everything, they say. That sure applies to the popularity of Ford's storied and favored Ford F-150.It is well-built. Rugged as hell. In some models, it's so plush it would make a limousine embarrassed. It's reasonably economical, considering the steadily building rep for Ford's EcoBoost engines.  And given the turbocharging you get with that engine, the F-150 is responsive and ready to roar when it needs to. And thanks to improvements, it rides better than ever. And the power tailgate is a joy to behold. Ford is of course, quite aware of the need to continually update its products, particularly when you compete in what is arguably the most popular, fastest growing and most profitable segment of the industry--the truck and sport utility market. So 2018 brings some quite significant changes, additions and improvements. New features include standard Auto Start-Stop for all engines, all-new 3.3-liter V6 with port and direct-injection technology and flex-fuel capability (late availability), and electronic six-speed automatic transmission with selectable drive modes – normal, tow/haul and sport. Electronic 10-speed automatic features selectable drive modes – normal, tow/haul, snow/wet, eco-select and sport (standard with all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost®, 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter V8 engines). Second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost now has advanced dual port and direct-injection technology. Enhanced 5.0-liter V8 brings significant upgrades including advanced dual port and direct-injection technology, plus spray-on bore liner technology. Major exterior freshening across lineup includes new grilles, bumpers, lighting, tailgate outer, appliqués and wheels. Interior freshening on XLT Sport, XLT Special Edition, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited includes color and material changes for seats, instrument panel and console trim. King Ranch interior leather color changed to Kingsville, Platinum changed to Dark Marsala, while Limited now gets Navy Pier. Leather-trimmed buckets with flow-through console are available on base Lariat. An all-new B&O PLAY™ Premium Audio System by HARMAN is available. SYNC® Connect is optional on XLT and Lariat, and standard on King Ranch, Platinum and Limited; it includes a Wi-Fi hotspot for connecting up to 10 devices. Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection are available. A Technology Package is now available with 2.7-liter EcoBoost. Gas mileage varies overall, and fuel economy ratings were not available. But other sources on the Internet claim about 22 miles per gallon overall, with a bit more for those equipped with EcoBoost engines. Towing capacity? Up to 10,000 pounds, depending on the model. And you  do get a lot for your money. Ford F-150 prices are all over the map, but reasonable. Base XLs go for between about $28,000 and around $48,000 to $50,000 base price for the Lariat model we drove. But bear in mind that a lot depends upon what you want. Standard features include 23.0-gal. fuel tank capacity; Two-speed automatic 4WD (4x4 LARIAT and above); Auto Start-Stop; Black vinyl floor covering (XL); Cargo box tie-downs (four); Configurable daytime running lamps; electronic shift-on-the-fly (4x4 XL, XLT);  3.3L Ti-VCT V63Engine; 2.7L EcoBoost®V63 Engine – 5.0L Ti-VCTV8 FFV3;   Power sideview (XL and above) mirrors; power windows and door locks (XL and above); quick-release tailgate with lock;  4.2-inch color LCD screen (XL, XLT); SYNC 3 with eight-inch color LCD capacitive touch screen with AppLink; 911 Assist® and two smart-charging USB ports (LARIAT and above);   six-speed SelectShift automatic with selectable drive modes (3.3L engine);and  10-speed SelectShift automatic with selectable drive modes  with 2.7 liter, 5.0 liter and 3.5 liter engine. Standard safety features include:
  • AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ and Curve Control
  • Airbags – Dual-stage driver and rightfront-passenger
  • Airbags – Front-seat side
  • Airbags – Safety Canopy® System with side-curtain airbags and rollover sensor
  • Brakes – Four-wheel vented disc with Anti-Lock Brake System MyKey® (XL and above)
  • Personal Safety System™ for driver and right-front passenger Remote keyless entry system (XL and above)
  • SecuriLock® Passive Anti-Theft System SOS Post-Crash Alert System™
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (excludes spare)
  • There's also a wealth of optional features as you might expect:
  • Trailer sway control
  • 36.0-gallon extended-range fuel tank
  • Black vinyl floor covering (XLT)
  • BoxLink™ with four premium locking cleats
  • Class IV Trailer Hitch
  • Engine – 2.7L EcoBoost V63
  • Engine – 3.5L EcoBoost V6
  • Engine – 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 FFV3
  • Fog lamps
  • Ford Telematics™ powered by Telogis®4
  • Integrated trailer brake controller
  • Plastic drop-in bedliner
  • Rearview camera with dynamic hitch assist
  • Reverse sensing system
  • Snow plow prep
  • Spray-in bedliner
  • Stowable bed extender
  • SYNC
  • SYNC Connect
  • Tailgate step
  • There are also lots of optional packages you can choose from to make your F-150 all your very own:
  • 5 2.7L EcoBoost Payload Package
  • CNG/Propane Gaseous Engine Prep Package (requires 5.0L engine)
  • FX4 Off-Road Package
  • Heavy-Duty Payload Package
  • Maximum Trailer Tow Package
  • Snow Plow Prep Package
  • Technology Package
  • Trailer Tow Package
  • STX Appearance Package XL
  • Chrome Package XL
  • Power Equipment Group XL
  • Sport Package XLT
  • Chrome Package XLT
  • Power Equipment Group
  • XLT Sport Package Our test model was a handsome black F-0150 4x4 Supercrew built on a 145 inch wheelbase and equipped with the 2.7 liter V-6 EcoBoost, and the all new electric 10 speed automatic transmission with a tow mode.
  • For as large as this truck was, it was pretty maneuverable in most city settings. Ford has made a lot of improvements in recent years in ride quality too.  Given the opulence of the interior, its spaciousness and equipment that tended to our every need, you might close your eyes and think you've entered into a large limo. It's that good.  It's that comfortable. And it's that lavish. And remember, this isn't, as far as I know, Ford's most expensive top of the line model either!
  • Other things really got us raving about the F-150. Hill Start Assist. Second row leather heated seats.  Power tailgate lock. Trailer sway control. Adjustable pedals. Ambient lighting. And more.
  • The fact is that Ford is absolutely at the top of its game when it comes to interior design, layout and use of materials.  No other truck manufacturer--including General Motors--comes close. Drawbacks?  Not many.  But...the 10 speed transmission, while generally smooth, hunted a bit for the right gear from time to time.  Getting in and out of the F-150 is still a chore even with an exterior board to help out--but that's true of just about any full size truck and even some mid-sized trucks. And it still can be a real feat to park one of these babies--especially on a narrow residential street packed with other vehicles.
  • But, short of that, we really cannot think of anything that would stop us from buying one of these if we were in the market for a new truck.

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