With so many options and features, the F-150 can be customized to fulfill almost any truck need.
Ford’s F-150 has long been on top of the sales charts here in Canada. It’s clear that Canadians love their trucks, and they love the F-150, in particular.
For 2018, F-150 buyers will have even more reasons to love their trucks, especially since this perennial favourite is available with a full spectrum of engine choices, including a diesel (coming soon).
For our test drive, we borrowed an F-150 equipped with the 2.7-litre turbo V6, which boasts 325 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque for 2018. Coupled to a 10-speed automatic transmission, this engine does particularly well in the fuel economy arena.
Technically, it’s rated at 12.6 L/100 km city, 9.8 L/100 km hwy and 11.3 L/100 km combined. We averaged a bit over 12.5 L/100 km combined, which is excellent, especially for a vehicle this capable.
The engine is incredibly well behaved, the 10-speed shifts seamlessly, and the ride is refined and quiet. You almost have to keep reminding yourself that you’re behind the wheel of a pick-up, and not a family sedan.
Then again, with many using their trucks as mobile offices, it’s a welcome environment that makes many hours on the road, and in the field, almost painless.
Adding to the coziness factor is the availability of many creature comforts including heated seats, an excellent infotainment system, complete with navigation and satellite radio, numerous USB plugs, and a 120 volt outlet for charging whatever electric devices you might need for work or play.
Our SuperCrew was particularly spacious, with generous legroom for all passengers. The rear seats fold up and out of the way effortlessly when not in use, allowing for extra cargo room (and lots of it), should you need to transport anything valuable or anything that should not be exposed to the elements.
Although the F-150 is a pleasure to drive, most fleets are looking at this truck as a workhorse. So what can it do? It can tow up to 5,987 kg, and boasts a max payload of 1,483 kg.
You can get it with a 5.5, 6.5 or 8.0 ft. box, and it’s available with a Regular Cab, SuperCab or SuperCrew.
It’s also available as a 4×2 or 4×4, and with either a 6-speed or 10-speed transmission. Currently, customers have five gasoline engine options to choose from (with a diesel on the way), including a 3.3L V6 (290 hp / 265 lb. ft. of torque), a 5.0L V8 (395 hp / 400 lb. ft. of torque), a 3.5L EcoBoost (375 hp / 470 lb. ft. of torque), a High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost (450 hp / 510 lb. ft. of torque), and the fabulous engine on our test vehicle, a 2.7L EcoBoost (325 hp / 400 lb. ft. of torque).
With so many ways to customize an F-150, and with each package offering the right mix of power, comfort, performance and technology, little wonder the mighty F-150 continues to dominate the sales charts here in Canada.
- VEHICLE 2018 Ford F-150 4×4 SuperCrew
- BASE MSRP $57,199
- PRICE As Tested $70,364
- ENGINE 2.7 L EcoBoost
- POWER/TORQUE 325 hp / 400 lb-ft
- TRANSMISSION 10-speed automatic
- FUEL ECONOMY 12.6 L/100 km city / 9.8 L/100 km hwy / 11.3 L/100 km combined