The 2018 Ford F-150 is stronger than ever

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Instead, it has doubled down on technology to boast best-in-class towing and payload ratings, and fuel-economy figures for the 2018 Ford F-150.

An updated Ford F-150 will be hitting showrooms in a few weeks, and will be hauling more than ever before.

Ford has announced that the 2018 F-150 has best-in-class payload, towing, and gas mileage.

By incorporating it's segment-first 10-speed automatic, Ford has managed to increase fuel economy throughout its lineup, starting with the all-new, 3.3-liter V6, which gets 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined with the 4x2 system or 18 mpg, 23 mpg and 20 mpg in the 4x4. The base offering is a 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V6, followed by a 325-hp 2.7-liter turbo V6.

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With the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 on one end making 20 mpg during city driving and an all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost that can pull 13,200 pounds on the other, the new F Series will now lead its competitive set in more than just sales. It has now confirmed, per EPA estimation, that those three engines will deliver gains over the 2017 model year in terms of fuel economy. When combined with the 10-speed automatic transmission (y'know, then only available combination in 2018), the truck is rated at 19 mpg city and 24 mpg highway with four-wheel-drive, and 20/26 mpg with two-wheel-drive. Whatever the real-world numbers turn out to be, getting almost 20 mpg in the city with 325 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque is something of a blessing. It's nearly 1,000 pounds more towing ability compared to the outgoing model, indeed, though there are no economy improvements unlike with the smaller EcoBoost.

Ford will counter in spring 2018 with the introduction of its all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V6 engine, also mated to the 10-speed transmission. No word on power or economy for the new engine, mind. Ford has yet to release specs about that powertrain.

Meanwhile, 2018 also brings some added extras for the pickup. Highlights include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.

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