It is no secret that people love the Ford F-150—it is one of the most popular trucks on the market right now. Indeed, the US News and World Report notes that it has been the best-selling truck in the US for 40 years, “and it’s been the best-selling vehicle of any kind for only a few years less than that.”

Why do people love the F-150 so much? Let us count the ways:

· It has excellent towing and hauling capacities.

· It has good fuel economy.

· Its bed has a bunch of upgrades and accessories, including Ford F150 bed cover options.

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What is so special about the latest F-150? Here is a little info:

Under the Hood

With the 2018 Ford F-150, consumers have six different engines to choose from:

1) 2.7L EcoBoost® V6

This engine has features like Ford’s unique port fuel and direct injection (PFDI), which has two injectors in each cylinder. Also, the cylinders and upper block of the 2.7L EcoBoost® V6 are made of the same high-strength, compacted graphite iron that Ford uses to make the SuperDuty® 6.7 Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel. The engine has 325 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

2) 3.3L Ti-VCT V6

This new engine has 290 horsepower and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. The Ti-VCT (twin independent variable cam timing) optimizes power output by opening and closing its valves in precise duration.

3) 3.5L EcoBoost®

This second generation of the EcoBoost® delivers 375 horsepower and an impressive 470 lb.-ft. of torque.

4) 5.0L Ti-VCT V8

This famous Ford V8 delivers best-in-class towing capacity for Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. It has 395 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. People who get a new F-150 with this engine can also purchase a CNG/Propane Gaseous Engine Prep Package as well as a Snow Plow Prep Package.

5) Raptor DOHC 24-Valve, High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost®

Made in Baja, this twin-turbo V6 engine can do fine on paved roads and outstanding on rough terrain. It has 450 horsepower and a whopping 510 lb.-ft of torque.

6) 3.0L Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel V6

This new diesel engine builds upon the design of the Super Duty diesel. It is rated at 22 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined. It has 250 horsepower and 440 lb.-ft. of torque.

Driving the New F-150

True to form, the 2018 Ford F-150 handles well for a Full-Size Pickup, delivering a smooth ride and accurate steering.

PickupTrucks.com contributor Aaron Bragman found that a two-wheel F-150 with a 3.0L Power Stroke did well as a commuter and for hauling loads. “A snowy, slippery, twisty drive up a mountain with a load of mulch in the bed revealed a well-balanced truck with plenty of power and easy acceleration when needed,” he wrote. Putting a pickup bed cover on the bed should keep any cargo from bouncing or flying out on any bumps or sharp turns.

Towing with the New F-150

However, Bragman found that the 3.0L Power Stroke—which has a maximum towing capacity of 11,400 lbs.—did not fare as well when towing a 6,240-lb. box trailer or a 5,500-lb. horse trailer. Although it did fine moving loads uphill at speeds below 40 mph, it lost speed when Bragman tried to tow up a 3-4% grade hill at 55-60 mph.

On the other hand, Bragman found that the 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 towed a 3,500-lb. camper trailer up a 6-7% grade incline with no problems at all. Bottom line: The Ford 2018 F-150 is a very solid vehicle, but it may take some consideration and research to find the one that best meets your needs.

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