MotorWeek Tests the 2018 Ford F-150

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Taking a 2.7-liter EcoBoost F-150 to the drag strip reveals something surprising.

The competition is coming and Ford knows it. Ram’s all-new 2019 model of the 1500 is out. Chevrolet and GMC have completely overhauled their light duty models for 2019. Ford’s current version of the F-150 is only a few years old, so it can’t pump out a totally new version of it just yet. That means extensive updates for 2018. It’s facelifted its perennially desired F-150, from the restyled grille to the stamped tailgate. A new 3.3-liter V6 replaces the old 3.5. The 10-speed automatic is available on every engine except the 3.3. And we can’t forget the eagerly awaited 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6. It’s gotten so much attention that it’s taken a lot of spotlight from the revised 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6.

Luckily, MotorWeek showcases it in the video review above. The channel gets the keys to a Lariat SuperCrew powered by the entry-level EcoBoost. It finds the truck as a whole pleasant. Ride quality is gentle, although it is not quite as plush as that offered by Ram. MotorWeek thinks the F-150’s steering is sharp and its braking performance is outstanding. Thanks to the addition of port fuel injection, the 2018 version of the already stout 2.7-liter EcoBoost makes 325 horsepower (no change relative to 2017) and 400 lb-ft of torque (25 more than 2017).

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That’s enough to make the four-door F-150 a quick truck. How quick? Lightning fast. Literally. At the drag strip, the 2.7 gets the F-150 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and to the end of a quarter mile in 14.3 seconds. The Ford F-150 SVT Lightning that MotorWeek tested back in 2001 was 0.1 seconds slower to 60 and that was a performance-focused two-door with a supercharged V8. Track times may not be the most important measures of a modern light duty four-door pickup, but it’s safe to say the 2018 F-150 with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 can haul lumber, bricks, and plenty of ass when it needs to.

Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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