5.0L V8 F-150: Would You Buy the 2017 or 2018 Model?

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The new and improved 5.0L V8 makes the 2018 F-150 a strong choice, but a 2017 model can save you big bucks.

We’ve reached that time of the year when the 2017 Ford F-150 is still available at dealerships, even though the incoming 2018 model is making its debut. Although this happens every year, there are significant improvements on the new truck that might make future buyers scratch their heads as they shop for a good deal.

Ford Motor Company has announced the official power, payload, towing and pricing figures for the upcoming F-150. The 5.0L V8 has 10 horsepower and 13 lb-ft of torque more than its V8-powered predecessor, totaling at 395 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque for 2018. More importantly, the same combination offers best-in-class payload capacity of 3,270 lbs – which beats any gasoline or diesel-powered half-ton truck in America. Lastly, the new 10-speed automatic transmission yields EPA figures of 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined. That’s a respective two, one, and one mpg better than the outgoing V8-powered truck.

That leads us to our “Question of the Week.”

If you were in the market for a Ford F-150 with the 5.0L V8, would you opt for the more capable 2018 model and pay a little more, or stick with the slightly less powerful 2017 F-150 and save some coin?

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