2018 Ford F-150 Trim Levels Explained

2018 Ford F-150 LARIAT SuperCrew 

With many updates and best-in-class features, the 2018 Ford F-150 has more ways to entertain, pamper, and protect. It definitely has the top capability at every level.

For work, your first priority is probably how hard the truck can work. For the V6, standard on the XL and XLT, Ford has increased outlay to 290 horsepower and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. The Lariat has the 2.7 Ecoboost engine, which is available on the lower trims. It kicks out 325 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. A new V8 is available on the three lower trims and standard on the King Ranch and Platinum. V8 drivers command 395 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. Stepping up to the Limited, drivers command 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. This Ecoboost is a twin turbo V6, and it’s offered on all trims.

The F-150 offers specific payload and tow ratings change with each combination of bed and engine. Trailer sway control is standard, and the available tow hitch comes factory-installed on Lariat and higher models. A Tow-Haul mode and a ten-speed automatic transmission improve the truck's ability to provide low-speed torque. All models offer the Pro Trailer Backup Assist for better parking maneuvers.

The short 5.5-footbeds are universally available. The medium 6.5-footbeds are available on all but the Raptor. For the long 8-foot bed, you will need to choose the XL, XLT or Lariat. Maximizing interior hauling space, two-row cabins provide a cargo hold when the seats are folded. SuperCrew models have an attachment which creates a flat floor.

For shoppers focused on hauling people as well as cargo, the SuperCab and SuperCrew cabs seat five or six. These are offered as an alternative to the three-person regular cab on the XL and XLT trims. After that, all trims either offer both two-rows or just the SuperCrew. Generous backseat space gives adults enough legroom and headroom. LATCH attachments secure child car seats.

If dash tech is important to you, Ford has made Sync available on the XL and standard on the XLT. You also get the rearview camera which has Ford’s exclusive Hitch Assist. Shoppers only have to step up to the Lariat to get the full Sync touchscreen Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Stepping up once more to the King Ranch, Sync Connect adds the option of a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Comfort is certainly the concern of many shoppers. XL models may be basic, but they feature ergonomic layouts and big, cushy seating. Power accessories are standard on the XLT, and many Lariat standards are offered as options. Lariats and King Ranch models have 10-way power chairs and power-adjustable pedals. These seats can be ventilated or heated. Leather upholstery adds to the upscale vibe. Platinum and Limited models take the upscale cabin far into luxury territory. The Multi-Contour seats have Active Motion massage capability.

You'll have peace of mind knowing the 2018 Ford F-150 has earned good marks from federal safety inspections. Platinum models have an active blind spot monitor while Limited editions add an active forward collision warning system with pedestrian watch.

Adventure is easier with any F-150. The high ground clearance and helpful low-end torque make it ready for challenges. If you choose a 4x4, you may want the off-road package with skid plates. Conquering the trail is easiest in the 2018 Ford Raptor. Its exclusive High-Output engine kicks out 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque. High-tech tools include a Torque On Demand transfer case and an electronic locking rear differential.

To learn more about trims, talk to the knowledgeable staff at Camelback Ford. A test drive hints at excitement to come.

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