2018 MotorTrend Truck of the Year Title Goes to the Potent Ford F-150


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Acclaim in the hearts and minds of its owners isn’t a new concept as far as Ford’s half-ton truck is concerned. However, winning MotorTrend’s prestigious 2018 “Truck of the Year” title after a mid-cycle update is a new trick for the 2018 F-150. But with the updates the Blue Oval has supplied, this aluminum-bodied half-ton offering rises to the occasion in a way that still has the competition scrambling to catch up three years later.

And they certainly have their work cut out for them. The 2018 refresh touched every engine in some way, resulting in best-in-class nods in three crucial categories. With the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, the F-150 offers best-in-class 470 lb-ft of torque, and best-in-class 13,200 lbs. maximum towing when appropriately equipped. The upgrades to the TI-VCT V8 and optional suspension provides the best-in-class 3,270 lbs max payload.

Yet, were the criteria for “Truck of the Year” met by simply being the best at everything truck buyers require, the F-150 would have snatched the 2015 title. But the details are also important, and have been refined to “home run” status this year. In fact, many of the highlights MotorTrend mentions in their write-up don’t mention the class-topping abilities at all!

The base engine, for example, is all-new. A 3.3-liter TI-VCT V6, it provides 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque—modest stuff compared to what’s on tap higher in the range. But even the entry-level mill proved impressively competent. Towing a 5,000 lbs. trailer behind a base XL model felt effortless, and the smooth acceleration and brakes also got high marks. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost—the smallest engine in the range by liter-age—offered plenty of gusto in Lariat guise. With 325 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque on tap, it’s just as impressive on paper, too.

It would seem that the F-150’s decades of innovation have won it more acclaim. But is this half-ton truck destined to win your heart and mind? Whether that’s in question or not, our Ford dealership in Dandridge, TN is here to make the introductions. Contact us at your convenience to learn more, and schedule your test drive!

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