What’s new with the 2018 F-150?
Ford has made plenty of improvements to the 2018 F-150, including upgrades to the powertrain, styling, and technology. But the feature that we here at CPT are most excited about is that the F-150 can finally be ordered with diesel power, which up till now was only available in 3/4 and 1-ton trucks.
The F-150’s new optional 3.0 Power Stroke Diesel V6 motor gets up to 30 MPG in rear-wheel drive on the highway. And with the right package setup its max tow rating is 11,400 pounds (also in rear wheel drive). This diesel motor will be available in Lariat models and up. Fleet customers will have the option of the 3.0 Diesel Power Stroke in the entry-level XL and XLT models.
Ford was generous enough to send CPT a 2018 F-150 Platinum loaded with every option available, including the max-tow package and the somewhat creepy but strangely relaxing massaging seats. During our time with the truck we hooked up a skid steer and trailer (approximately 10,000-lbs.) to really test out the engine’s power. After driving up a handful of hills, all at a grade of no less than 7 percent, the diesel engine’s throttle response was still incredibly accurate and showed very little lag.
Normally when climbing a hill while driving a diesel, you have to hammer the throttle down to the floor. But that wasn’t the case with this F-150. Instead, the pedal was just 3/4 down to the floor, all while gaining speed.
This F-150 was also incredibly quiet for a truck with a diesel motor. The motor is 250 horsepower, 440 ft./pounds of torque, and has been paired with Ford’s 10-speed transmission, which has been altered specifically for this diesel motor.
The upgrade to the Power Stroke Diesel V6 motor package is an additional $4,000 above the price of the Lariat model. But we feel the extra cost is worth it for those of us who haul heavy stuff and love the power and great gas mileage of a diesel, but also prefer driving a truck that’s quiet, rides smooth and can be used as a family vehicle on the weekend.