2018 Best Half-Ton Truck Challenge Preview: 2018 Ford F-150 Lariat

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By Brian Normile

After introducing you to the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country, we're here to show you the next competitor in our upcoming 2018 Best Half-Ton Truck Challenge, the 2018 Ford F-150 Lariat. Unlike the competitors from GM and Ram, the Ford hasn't undergone a recent major redesign, although it was refreshed for the 2018 model year.

You may also note that unlike some other Challenge competitors, this F-150 is not the top trim level available for purchase. We specified that manufacturers send us their best, according to their definition of best, and the popular 4x4 SuperCrew Lariat trim is what Ford sent.

Our test F-150 had a Ruby Red Metallic exterior paint job to complement a Camel leather interior (that's camel color, not material, to be clear) and had a 145-inch wheelbase. Power came from the optional twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 ($1,600), mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission with 3.55:1 axle gears and had a base price of $46,970.

Optional equipment on the F-150 included Ford's Equipment Group 502A ($7,335), which added a ton of features like blind spot warning with trailer tow monitoring, leather front bucket seats, a Bang & Olufsen sound system and LED head- and taillights.

The F-150 also came equipped with the Max Trailer Tow Package ($1,295), which added Ford's Pro Trailer Backup Assist, extra cooling and a 36-gallon fuel tank. Interestingly, towing mirrors are not part of the towing package and must be ordered separately ($250). Ours had them.

The last major option on our test truck was the Technology Package ($1,395), which gave the F-150 a 360-degree-view camera, Ford's Dynamic Hitch Assist feature (intended to make hooking up a trailer easier and a one-person operation) and lane-keeping assist. The only feature we wish the F-150 had included was the tailgate step for easier access (offered as a $375 option). It also had a spray-in bedliner ($495).

All told, a truck that started at $46,970 (before destination fees) and added more than $12,000 in optional equipment, had an total MSRP of $61,030 (including the $1,295 destination charge), which made the Ford F-150 one of the least expensive competitors in our Challenge. Wednesday's preview: the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT.

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Comments

Today we present the oldest tech in our competition.

Aluminum body turbo V6 is oldest tech. You are smoking crack.

F-150 exterior is starting to show it's age, and I can't stand the new front end. Interior looks slightly better than the Silverado to me, especially on the passenger side of the dash. Great powertrain options! Ram interior is much nicer though, and I like the exterior of the Silverado better, but I hate the front end on the Silverado that they showed here...but at least there are 10 other front end treatments to choose from...for that matter Ford has 10 other front end treatments as well..

Winner winner, chicken dinner.


Today we present a sigh of relief for the gm shills that a 2019 F150 Limited is not featured here......

Eco I NEED A Boost v6
ford wanted to win for biggest mirrors,
this truck has almost 11000 miles on it

@ Fullsize

Your bragging about a truck that isn't released yet and we don't know performance numbers on it?

Plus, since 1990's Chevy has dominated in acceleration and performance. Do you remember the 5.4 against the 5.3 let alone the 6.0 and 6.2 During the late 90's to 2010??? Well we all do and it wasn't good.

So now you have a twin turbo charged V6 that is supposedly "class leading", but its not and you guys brag about it up in the mountains where turbo's rule. But, down at sea level or below, GM's small block's continue to dominate and their reliability is unprecedented! BTW...over 70% of population in United States lives at or below sea level. So you lose

Talk about who's late to the party, 2019 and Ford MIGHT have an engine to out accelerate and out-perform the 6.2L. Great job.

And don't talk about the Raptor bc its a specially made vehicle. I'm talking a half ton truck

Today we present a sigh of relief for the gm shills that a 2019 F150 Limited is not featured here......


Posted by: FullSize_only | Nov 6, 2018 7:48:51 AM

Please post test data on the 2019 Limited.


@tnt


The 2019 F150 Limited is released with trucks for sale as of now, so know what you are talking about please.

So when you got nothing to say about the fact that this comparison of Gm's best is not against Fords best what you resort to is "but but but do you remember that 8 to 18 years ago....."

Turbos are better up in elevation? Sure they are, whats stopping Gm from being better in elevation?? Oh yeah they have a sorry 4 banger that cant keep up! LMFAO!!

"But, down at sea level or below, GM's small block's continue to dominate" They havent dominated at or above sea level for years and now that the top Ford engine is available in regular half tons you must be happy that PUTC wont show it embarrasing the "all-new" gm offerings.

All of these interiors will look pretty good until the 2019 Ram 1500's preview. Ram really knocked it out of the park with their new interior, the rest of these look outdated now.

All of these interiors will look pretty good until the 2019 Ram 1500's preview. Ram really knocked it out of the park with their new interior, the rest of these look outdated now.

And the Ford guys on here are complaining about the Silverado?
That front end is a mess and the interior screams 1970's.

And the Ford guys on here are complaining about the Silverado?
That front end is a mess and the interior screams 1970's.

@ FullSize_only

The 2019 Limited has sad payload and towing numbers thanks to those 22's. It'd be out of payload with a cabin full of grown men.

2019 F-150 Limited 4x4:
Payload: 1,270 pounds
Towing: 9,300 pounds

......, GM's small block's continue to dominate" They havent dominated at or above sea level for years ......

Posted by: FullSize_only | Nov 6, 2018 8:40:44 AM

You once again confirm that you are living in an alternate world. Maybe time to get your meds adjusted.

If Ford (or GM or RAM or Nissan or Toyota) offered a 450 cubic inch push-rod V8 as an option, it would be VERY popular. People would quickly discover (re-discover?) the satisfying feeling of a solid engine-trans combo.

A driver with a sensible right foot would also soon discover that the big motor really does not use that much more 87 octane regular than their previous pickup, simply because it's the weight of the vehicle---and its payload & passengers---that matters to the FE calculation much more than cubic inches.

Facts are hard to handle sometimes.

@ Fullsize

Do we know any performance specs on your limited truck. Why doesn't Ford offer one up to PUTC?

About the past, it scares you I can tell, bc for 20+ years you have been completely dominated by GM's V8's and Ford had nothing to show for it.

GM doesn't need a turbo motor to compete with Ford. DUH!! 70% of population doesn't live in elevation. Do you not read? and the GM V8's outperform your 'class leading' nonsense truck at or below sea level, which is very embarrassing!

BTW, have you sen Fords new commercial where they brag about building cars and only show trucks and suv's?? WOW, shows how ST$p!d they are....they aren't making cars anymore except a mustang......but you Ford guys wouldn't realize that bc you are drawn into Mr. Bryan Cranston talking in his rough tough voice...LOL

3.5 TT ?? GAME OVER for Chevy. I'm predicting second place behind Ram for this terrific truck!

LOVE
FORD!


@tnt

First off its not my Limited truck, its Fords. We know its the same engine in the Raptor and we know the performance from the Raptor right?

Scare me? Not at all, it does amuse me however when you bring up the past as a way to deflect the fact that how can the "best half-ton challenge" not feature the best from Ford? Sure PUTC says Ford didnt send one, i can go with that. Nonetheless who can honestly be proud of a potential win when you are not up against the best competitor??

'GM doesn't need a turbo motor to compete with Ford. DUH!!"
Well according to your constant crying about turbos being better in elevation then it would seem like gm does need turbos then since the puny "30%" that do live in elevation could use more power since they are going up hills and that's when you would need it most right??

About percentages? Do 70% of Gm trucks have 6.2L V8's?? I would take a guess and say NO. So your constant bragging about the 70% of population is irrelevant. Odds are that 70% of gm fans can easily be shown Ford Ecoboost tail lights....

@jack

"The 2019 Limited has sad payload and towing numbers thanks to those 22's. It'd be out of payload with a cabin full of grown men.

2019 F-150 Limited 4x4:
Payload: 1,270 pounds
Towing: 9,300 pounds
Posted by: Jack | Nov 6, 2018 8:48:33 AM"


That is the same sad towing number for a "mighty" 6.2L equipped chevy with no tow pkg. Payload seems to be a mystery gm has hidden somewhere....

https://my.chevrolet.com/content/dam/gmownercenter/gmna/dynamic/manuals/2019/Chevrolet/silverado-1500/19CHSL_Trailering%20Chart_FINAL.pdf

The "old man" of the group is brining the most advanced engine, a full body made of modern materials, and the most advanced camera, trailering, towing, safety, tech of anyone. No wonder its the best seller in the country for over 4 decades straight. Certainly not the likely winner this time as in these contests its the newest truck that MUST win or all is lost. Looking forward to seeing how things go.

When asking for "the best" Ford should have sent a Raptor and a GT. Fiat and GM have never built a thing that can touch either.

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Odds are that 70% of gm fans can easily be shown Ford Ecoboost tail lights....


Posted by: FullSize_only | Nov 6, 2018 9:36:42 AM


OWNED!

"A driver with a sensible right foot would also soon discover that the big motor really does not use that much more 87 octane regular than their previous pickup, simply because it's the weight of the vehicle---and its payload & passengers---that matters to the FE calculation much more than cubic inches."

Posted by: papajim

Sheese papa! If that were true the auto industry wouldn't've embarked on a multi-billion dollar journey toward fuel-efficient engine alternatives.

It must be tiring fitting everything neatly into those boxes.

Papajim's 6.2 requires premium.

Today we present a sigh of relief for the gm shills that a 2019 F150 Limited is not featured here......


Posted by: FullSize_only | Nov 6, 2018 7:48:51 AM

You know I have called you a hypocrite before and for good reason. You are the one who says GM,s top drivetrain isn't widely available. Yet, you support FORD top drivetrains which is to be installed in a truck with "limited" written on it. Do you see how stupid you look to the rest of us.

"Today we present the oldest tech in our competition."

Posted by: GMSRGREAT

Said the Gemmer who thinks pushrods and bumper steps are a new idea.

full size

You are truly hopeless

GMs V8 perform overall better than ecobusts, that's why they dont need to turbo charge. Take that in for a minute, breath, and the truth really does hurt. Ouch!
Good day!

@ redblood

This old pushrod of mine outperforms any new tech gerbil motor ford puts out. Chew on that!

GM small block being developed for 60 years. Give GM time they may still get it right.


@gms

"You know I have called you a hypocrite before and for good reason. You are the one who says GM,s top drivetrain isn't widely available. Yet, you support FORD top drivetrains which is to be installed in a truck with "limited" written on it. Do you see how stupid you look to the rest of us.
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Nov 6, 2018 11:47:52 AM"

Nice try there great one, but only a blind gm fan would question the validity of the question i have posed for everyone here: How can a truck be considered for winning "best half-ton challenge" when one opponent (gm) has the the top drivetrain available (limited to certain trims) versus the competition (Ford) who does not come equipped with the top drivetrain available (also limited to certain trims). Can you now see how this has nothing to do with hypocrisy and everything to do with wanting an apples to apples comparison??

Hopefully i didnt use too big of words for you....

tntOnline TFL just tested and the 6.2 lost to a Ecoboost. Yes the 6.2 LOST.

Ram #1
Ford #2
GM #3

This is my prediction.

@tnt

"GMs V8 perform overall better than ecobusts, that's why they dont need to turbo charge. Take that in for a minute, breath, and the truth really does hurt. Ouch!
Good day!
Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 6, 2018 12:07:40 PM"


The only Ecoboost ANY gm V8 can outperform is the 2.7L and that's with the top-line 6.2L after that you are neck and neck (3.5) and after that you are breathing Ecoboost exhaust fumes (3.5 HO).... Yeah i'm sure you don't like that hurtful truth.

show me where a 3.5L at or below sea level has beaten a 6.2L. Show me where they get better FE. Show me where a new half ton HO 3.5L beats a 6.2L in half ton.....u dont have proof yet. Your a funny guy who lives in a dream world of "class leading" nonsense. Keep drinking it up. U sound like that new ford commercial that ford only builds cars...... Very sad and pathetic

TINYGMC: Does that come with or without piston slap?

A 2.7 Ecoboost will out accelerate a 6.2.

@ redblood

I'll take piston slap over junk cam phasers, blown spark plugs, timing chain eating motors any day.

Piston slap won't leave u stranded like you Ford problems listed will. Poor guy. Good one though

My 6.0L SS had piston slap and ran strong for 100k miles before I traded it in. Munched turd rustangs all day long. Any questions

Any person who believes a 2.7L beats a 6.2L. Drives a car. Oh ya its only "it" that believes it. The split personality clown on here who ruins it for everyone else.

"IT" has been called out multiple times and never shows facts.

Go to car forum and talk about your super escort "IT"!

This here is a truck forum where " us" guys talk about trucks bc we actually own them.

BTW....dont come back at me with your spewed and twisted Michael Jackson Hodge podge bc we know u have issues and changed it around.

Have a great day "IT".

The EB 3.5 and 3.5HO are tremendously powerful engines....BUT after riding in and listening to my buddy's 6.2L Corvette engine in his Silverado High Country, I'll take the V8.

The pissing contest continues

The pissing contest continues


Posted by: Fordsarejunk | Nov 6, 2018 2:44:03 PM

yep it does, always started by the same "tard"

tntOnline You made a liar out of yourself again. And yes you are still.a Michael Jackson pervert. I will post whatever I want.

GMs V8 perform overall better than ecobusts, that's why they dont need to turbo charge. Take that in for a minute, breath, and the truth really does hurt. Ouch!
Good day!

Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 6, 2018 12:07:40 PM
@ redblood

This old pushrod of mine outperforms any new tech gerbil motor ford puts out. Chew on that!

Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 6, 2018 12:08:51 PM

I know it's in Colorado, but dang those Ecoboost are fast. Just gotta be honest......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y23Q74AhhuI&t=8s

Luckily the 2.7 wasn't in the above test. I'd probably need another shoulder to cry on.

TINYGMC's an angry GM owner.

Haha -- he's easily triggered and loves to over-explain his GM loving tendencies.

Wind him up -- watch him go !!! Hahahaha!!

"IT" has been called out multiple times and never shows facts.


Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 6, 2018 2:32:24 PM

https://www.tfltruck.com/tfltruck-hall-of-solo-0-60-mph/

Year Make Model 0-60 MPH (sec)
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCab 4×4 3.5L EB 6.17
2018 Ford F-150 Crew 4×4 3.5L EB 6.60
2015 Ford F-150 SuperCab 4×4 2.7L EB 6.99
2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 Crew 4×4 6.2L 7.03
2015 Chevrolet Silverado DoubleCab 4×4 6.2L 7.46

@tnt

I said a 3.5L is neck and neck (winning by 1 or 2 tenths is not dominating) with what a 6.2L gm delivers. See here: https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2017-ford-f-150-35l-ecoboost-10-speed-automatic-test-review

As for the 3.5L HO eating 6.2L chebys for breakfast just see what this article says about performance, read what the paragraph titled acceleration says and weep....

https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2018-ford-f-150-raptor-in-depth-model-review-2018-ford-f-150-raptor-performance-and-driving-impressions-review-car-and-driver-page-4

Guess your B S about gm v8's outperforming falls apart when facts are brought into the conversation. You hinge your Gm defense on the 1 top-of-line motor because the rest are as we all know are outperformed by the smallest out of 3 available Ecoboost's, now that right there is sad and pathetic.....

TINYGMC's an angry GM owner.

Haha -- he's easily triggered and loves to over-explain his GM loving tendencies.

Wind him up -- watch him go !!! Hahahaha!!


Posted by: redbloodedxy | Nov 6, 2018 3:11:34 PM

He's a f'ken l@me @$$ idiot.

NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! How can this be? Two links with proof that the 6.2 gets smoked by much smaller engines... How can the hoodwinks prevail with facts? Papa told me GM is the best. I'm outta here. Going to the lake house to drink some imported beer and sort this out. Peace!



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