2018 Ford F-150 Platinum Specs & Facts
The 2018 Ford F-150 Platinum is Ford's latest entry into the full-sized pickup market, boasting an impressive set of features like the new rear-view backup camera and a restyled exterior that brings it a little bit closer to the Ford Super Duty line. But how does it stack up to the competition? We'll be covering all of that and more in this Ford F-150 Platinum review.
Power & Handling
Image credit: Dora Zett/ShutterstockThe new Ford F-150 Platinum comes standard with a 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine that delivers 395 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque, as reported on Ford's website. When compared to another similar full-size truck such as the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado, which can deliver up to 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque according to Chevrolet, the new F-150 holds its own but comes up just a little bit short. Ford's engine does provide a decent EPA estimated 17 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway, based on data provided by Ford. This doesn't necessarily outclass other similar trucks however, as a Silverado with the standard V6 Ecotec3 engine edges it out here by providing an EPA estimated MPG of 18 in the city and 24 on the highway – according to the specs from Chevrolet. As far as handling goes, the F-150 Platinum comes standard in 4x2 FWD with a fully boxed frame. The optional 4x4 package includes standard features such as Ford's trademarked Hill Descent Control and Electronic-Locking Rear Differential. Not a terrible lineup of features overall. Still, the fact remains that anyone looking for a truck to take off-roading probably isn't looking for an F-150.
New Interior Features
Image credit: beoplay.comThe Ford F-150 Platinum interior has almost everything you'd expect out of a modern truck without dramatically changing the style up from the previous 2015-2017 models. You've got your leather bucket seats with driver memory in the front, bench seats in the back, and a fairly spacious cabin. All of the seats are heated while the front is also ventilated. As far as media and entertainment go the F-150 Platinum comes standard with SiriusXM Satellite Radio, a B&O PLAY audio system with a single-CD and HD Radio and a Wi-Fi hotspot powered by SYNC. It also has innovative navigation features like voice-activated navigation and traffic information. These are fairly standard feature-sets for a modern truck.
New Exterior Features
Image credit: Zoran Karapancev/ShutterstockThe exterior of the F-150 Platinum remains largely the same as previous models, but has seen some restyling to bring it more in line with Ford's Super Duty line of trucks. Some of these changes include a two-bar front grille and slightly restyled rear tail lamps. The Ford also includes a capless fuel filler for ease of use.
Image credit: alexfan32/ShutterstockThe new 2018 F-150 Platinum has many of the safety features you would expect including a rear view camera, side curtain airbags, roll stability control and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. One of the most helpful and interesting safety features is Ford's blind spot information system that can detect and inform you of vehicles that enter your blind spot.
Towing Capacity: How Does It Stack Up?
Image credit: Brian A Jackson/ShutterstockWhen it comes to towing capacity the Ford F-150 is no slouch, but is it the best in the game? With a standard towing capacity of only 7,000 lbs. according to Cars.com, we simply can't grant it that title. You can coax more towing capacity out of it, but it will require some expensive optional packages. To give you some perspective, Chevrolet reports that the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD boasts a towing capacity of up to 14,600 lbs. with the standard V8 engine, and 23,300 with the turbo-diesel engine. So for someone looking for raw towing power, the Ford F-150 Platinum might not be the worst choice but it's certainly not the best either.
Bottom LineThe new Ford-F150 Platinum a fine truck, but whether it's the right one for you we can't say. In most areas the F-150 will hold its own, it's neither exceptional nor bad, so if you're looking for an all-around driving truck it could be a fair choice. To shop smart though, we would encourage anyone seeking a 2018 truck to research other options. There were many fine trucks released last year including the fantastic Chevrolet Silverado. To test drive a Silverado today, please locate the Chevrolet dealership closest to you.
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