You can have one or the other, but not both.

Ford is keen to keep its title of having the best-selling pickup truck for four decades. In 2017 America, that means having a tough-to-find combination of features, comfort, performance, and something that’s always been elusive in the full-size truck genre, fuel economy. To that end, Ford says its two-wheel drive 2018 F-150 with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 and all-new 10-speed automatic can achieve a combined 22 miles per gallon. Broken down, that translates to an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city, with an impressive 26 mpg highway.

 Those figures are good enough to give the F-150 best-in-class honors for fuel economy from a gas engine. That’s not bad considering the small mill makes an even 400 pound-feet of torque – 25 more than last year – while still offering 325 horsepower. If you want four-wheel drive, subtract a single mpg from the city and combined ratings. Highway mpg drops to 24.

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Ford also claims the title for best-in-class towing and cargo capacity. Trucks equipped with either the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 or 5.0-liter V8 are rated to pull 13,200 pounds or carry 3,270 pounds in the bed. Such capability doesn’t come without a hit to fuel mileage, however – four-wheel drive models with the V8 can expect 16 mpg in the city and 22 highway, while the big V6 returns 17 city mpg and 23 mpg highway.

There’s also the new 3.3-liter naturally aspirated V6 that will serve as the base engine for the F-150 lineup. With 290 horsepower and only 265 pound-feet of twist it’s not much of a workhorse option, but it’s reasonably frugal with EPA estimates of 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway for two-wheel drive models.

Ford has made quite a few powertrain changes to both the F-150 and Expedition SUV to keep them current in these incredibly competitive segments. On the pickup side, competition from the Ram 1500 has been building all year, with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles posting sales gains for the brand strong enough to eclipse the Chevrolet Silverado as the number two truck in America. Furthermore, when Ram's certified EcoDiesel goes on sale, the manufacturer says it will return a combined mpg rating of 24, with 22 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway for two-wheel drive trucks. Subtract a couple points for four-wheel drive models.

“Our new F-150 highlights Ford’s commitment to its hardworking truck customers and how we listen to their demands for their new F-150 to be even tougher, even smarter and even more capable for work and play," said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. 

Be sure to check out the press release below to see Ford’s complete breakdown of engine and driveline combinations as well as fuel economy estimates for the full 2018 F-150 lineup.

Source: Ford Motor Company

2018 Ford F-150

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NEW FORD F-150: MOST ADVANCED F-150 POWERTRAIN LINEUP EVER ENABLES BEST-IN-CLASS PAYLOAD, TOWING AND GAS MILEAGE

  • With more engine choices, the 2018 F-150 is even more fuel-efficient; its second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost has an EPA estimated rating of 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined which is best-in-class.
  • New F-150 debuts with new, best-in-class 13,200-pound tow rating – thanks to more powerful, efficient engine offerings featuring standard Auto Start-Stop and expanded availability of segment-first 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission
  • New truck sports a tougher design with bolder Built Ford Tough styling and its high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and box
  • Using available class-exclusive Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, the 2018 F-150 can assist drivers in congested traffic – even applying brakes to help prevent a collision; available Wi-Fi hotspot helps occupants stay connected on the go

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 9, 2017 – Ford’s new F-150 debuts for 2018 even tougher, even smarter, and even more capable than ever – with the most advanced F-150 powertrain lineup ever that delivers best-in-class towing, payload and efficiency for America’s pickup drivers.

The new F-150 has an EPA estimated rating of 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined which is best-in-class from the second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, plus best-in-class towing (13,200 lbs.) and payload capacity (3,270 lbs.) from the 3.5-liter EcoBoost and enhanced 5.0-liter V8, respectively.  

“The Ford F-150 lineup again delivers on its promise to give full-size truck customers even more value, functionality and smart technology innovations, with engines with best-in-class towing, payload and fuel economy,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Our new F-150 highlights Ford’s commitment to its hardworking truck customers and how we listen to their demands for their new F-150 to be even tougher, even smarter and even more capable for work and play.”

Three years after introducing a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy-bodied F-150, a new truck arrives with bold new styling, advanced technologies, a segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission and F-150’s most advanced engine lineup yet, which includes the first available diesel ever for F-150. F-150 is part of Ford’s F-Series truck lineup – America’s best-selling truck for 40 consecutive years and its best-selling vehicle for 35 years.

New powertrain lineup for available best-in-class payload, towing and gas mileage

The new F-150 offers the F-150’s most advanced engine offerings ever – all to offer the right engine for every hardworking truck customer.

An second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 with segment-exclusive SelectShift® 10-speed automatic transmission  has an EPA-estimated  rating of 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined which is best-in-class. With advanced dual port and direct-injection technology, the second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine delivers a 25 lb.-ft. increase in torque – and at lower engine speeds compared to a traditional V8. Like the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost, this 2.7-liter EcoBoost will be paired with Ford’s segment-exclusive 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.

An enhanced 5.0-liter V8 boasts a best-in-class payload capacity of 3,270 pounds. This normally aspirated engine features significant upgrades for 2018 including advanced dual port and direct-injection technology for 10 more horsepower and an additional 13 lb.-ft. of torque. Spray-on bore liner technology also featured in the Shelby GT350® Mustang has been added to squeeze out even more weight from the aluminum block. For the first time, the V8 is paired with the 10-speed SelectShift automatic.

For best-in-class towing, the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 delivers 13,200 pounds of towing capacity, thanks to its 470 lb.-ft. of torque that beats all diesel- and gasoline-powered competitors, including V8 engines with nearly twice its displacement. With dual port and direct-injection technology, the 375-horsepower twin-turbo engine provides ideal low-end and peak engine performance for hauling heavy payloads and towing heavy trailers.

Even the all-new 3.3-liter V6 engine is more efficient, more powerful and delivers more torque to get the job done, compared to the previously standard 3.5-liter V6. Plus, the now standard 3.3-liter provides a 5 percent power-to-weight ratio improvement versus the 2014 F-150 featuring steel body and 3.7-liter V6 – with better fuel economy and performance  based on EPA-estimated ratings.

Designed, engineered and tested in-house, an all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke® turbo diesel V6 paired with 10-speed SelectShift automatic joins the F-150 engine lineup for 2018. The first diesel engine offered for F-150 will be available next spring.

F-150’s new powertrain lineup

New F-150 offers the most advanced engine offerings ever, including standard Auto Start-Stop. Specifically:

 

3.3-liter PFDI V6

2.7-liter EcoBoost V6

5.0-liter
PFDI V8

3.5-liter EcoBoost V6

3.5-liter
high-output EcoBoost V6

Horsepower

290 @ 6,500 rpm

325 @ 5,000 rpm

395 @ 5,750 rpm

375 @ 5,000 rpm

450 @ 5,000 rpm

Versus 2017

+8

No change

+10

 

 

Torque (lb.-ft.)

265 @ 4,000 rpm

400 @ 2,750 rpm

400 @ 4,500 rpm

470 @ 3,500 rpm

510 @ 3,500 rpm

Versus 2017

+12

+25

+13

 

 

EPA fuel economy

4x2

19 mpg city,

25 mpg highway,

22 mpg combined

 

4x4

18 mpg city,

23 mpg highway,

20 mpg combined

4x2

20 mpg city,

26 mpg highway,

22 mpg combined

 

4x4

19 mpg city,

24 mpg highway,

21 mpg combined

4x2

17 mpg city,

23 mpg highway,

19 mpg combined

 

4x4

16 mpg city,

22 mpg highway,

18 mpg combined

4x2

18 mpg city,

25 mpg highway, 21 mpg combined

 

 

4x4

17 mpg city, 

23 mpg highway, 19 mpg combined

4x4

15 mpg city,

18 mpg highway,

16 mpg combined

 

 

 

 

Versus 2017

4x2

+1 mpg city,

 +1 mpg highway,

+2 mpg combined

 

4x4

+1 mpg city,

+1 mpg combined

4x2

+1 mpg city

 

 

 

 

4x4

+1 mpg city,

+1 mpg highway,

+1 mpg combined

4x2

+2 mpg city,

 +1 mpg highway,

+1 mpg combined

 

4x4

+1 mpg city,

+1 mpg highway,

+1 mpg combined

 

 


Raising the bar through segment-exclusive materials and technologies

More than just styling that creates visually bolder and more planted stance, the new F-150 continues to offer a segment-exclusive combination of advanced materials that have proven durability through extensive real-world performance and inhibit corrosion. A high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy body and box that saves weight and adds capability coupled with a high-strength steel fully boxed ladder frame.

The new Ford F-150 further advances the light-duty pickup truck market with segment-first and class-exclusive technologies that improve productivity, efficiency and driver confidence, while keeping occupants connected to the world around them. Technologies include:

  • New segment-first enhanced adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality is available to allow drivers to set a cruising speed. The system then uses radar and camera technology to monitor traffic ahead to maintain a set distance between vehicles – even following a vehicle down to a complete stop
  • New segment-first Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection is available to help drivers avoid or mitigate collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians
  • An available new embedded 4G LTE modem with Wi-Fi hotspot enables customers to connect up to 10 mobile devices at one time, virtually anywhere
  • New B&O PLAY audio system is available, offering high-end speakers, sound and tuning for a richer, more engaging listening experience

Existing segment-exclusive driver-assist and convenience features include:

  • Available Pro Trailer Backup Assist allows F-150 drivers of various skill levels to steer a trailer instinctively using a center console-mounted dial to back-up a boat launch or park in a driveway
  • Available Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage technology is optimized for F-150 to include up to 33 feet of trailer length; BLIS® uses radar sensors in the taillamps to monitor areas that may not be visible to the driver around the truck and trailer
  • Available 360-degree camera technology helps improve driver confidence when parking and can help reduce stress when connecting a trailer – allowing customers to see more so they can focus on specific tasks such as lining up a hitch
  • Available lane-keeping system is designed to help reduce drifting of the truck outside its intended lane

The new 2018 Ford F-150 goes on sale this fall. It will be built at Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.