Ford F-150 wins 2018 Motor Trend Truck of the Year

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 01:00:52 AM. Motor Trend again named the Ford F-150 its 2018 Truck of the Year and by unanimous vote in a 'fierce competition.' Exceeded performance expectations.

LOS ANGELES — The Ford F-150 continued its dominance of the truck segment by winning the 2018 Motor Trend Truck of the Year.

“This year’s competition was fierce,” said Ed Loh, Motor Trend editor in chief. "The newly redesigned 2018 F-150 exceeded our expectations in every category – powertrain, on- and off-road performance, technology and overall execution.”

Editors at Motor Trend evaluated the 2018 F-150 XL, Lariat, Platinum and Raptor trucks against competitors based on design, engineering, safety, value and efficiency. In 2017, the all-new Super Duty was honored.

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“Back-to-back wins for F-150 and Super Duty reflect what we’re also seeing and hearing from customers as we celebrate 40 straight years as America’s favorite and bestselling trucks,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and president, North America.

Motor Trend editors tested four vehicles from the Ford pickup lineup: the 2018 F-150 XL with the all-new 3.3-liter V6 engine, F-150 Lariat with the all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost®, F-150 Platinum with an enhanced 5.0-liter V8, and the high-performance off-road F-150 Raptor.

Judges said “shockingly precise," "fantastic" and, “This truck is happy to be put to work.” The award was announced at the LA auto show.

With an EPA-estimated rating of 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined, the second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost-equipped F-150 delivers best-in-class fuel economy. Powered by the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, F-150 offers best-in-class towing capacity of 13,200 pounds.

Erich Merkle, U.S. sales analyst for Ford, said, “F-Series sales are growing at almost twice the rate of the overall industry this year. We’re honored to receive this award. Motor Trend is a trusted source and a big deal to our truck buyers.”

The 2018 F-150 is built in Dearborn and Kansas City.  

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