KBB Names F-150 the ‘Best Pickup Money Can Buy,’ Again

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As the authority in new-car reviews and used-car values, KBB is impressed by the F-150’s versatility for the fourth year in a row.

“It’s good to be the king,” most folks would say, and Ford executives would certainly agree with that. The F-150 has been America’s best-selling half-ton truck for 40 years straight, and you can bet your lunch money Ford doesn’t plan giving up that title anytime soon.

Every year the Kelley Blue Book (KBB) releases their Best Buy Awards, and for the last four years it’s included a certain Blue Oval truck as the “top dog” of pickups. While test driving these vehicles is crucial, and KBB staff does so for weeks at a time,┬áresale value and “5-Year Cost to Own” calculations play a large role in selecting one specific vehicle out of two fierce and evenly matched competitors.

Unlike most enthusiast-focused publications, KBB does not rate one vehicle higher than other due to driving satisfaction or enjoyment alone. After all, the famous little book is a consumer’s most used guide when buy or selling a car, so, therefore, it must focus on depreciation, cost-to-own, and maintenance.


Perhaps this makes us even more proud that the Ford F-150 managed to split clear from its competitors and be the outright winner (again) in the pickup truck segment. Furthermore, the 2018 Expedition also conquered the full-size SUV segment. If you’re wondering which other cars made the cut, here they are:

  • Pickup: 2018 Ford F-150
  • Overall: 2018 Honda Accord
  • Small car: 2018 Honda Civic
  • Midsize car: 2018 Honda Accord
  • Full-size car: 2018 Chevy Impala
  • Small SUV: 2018 Honda CR-V
  • Midsize SUV: 2018 Honda Pilot
  • Full-size SUV: 2018 Ford Expedition
  • Minivan: 2018 Honda Odyssey
  • Electric/Hybrid car: 2018 Honda Clarity PHEV
  • Performance car: 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster
  • Luxury car: 2018 Audi A5 Sportback
  • Luxury SUV: 2018 Audi Q5

Kudos to Ford!

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Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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