The Best Year for the Ford F-150

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The best year for the Ford F-150 was the 2018 model. It has the least amount of complaints and recalls of all the most recent F-150 models. Also, it has plenty of trim models, engine choices, and configurations, leaving you with many options.

One always has to wonder what *kind* of mileage is on the car when looking at the odometer. Did the truck live a hard life in a short period of time, or was the truck babied, taken care of, maintenance properly, and so on? That’s up to you to determine, but if you’re looking for a used truck that will last you a long time no matter what someone has put it through, we believe the F-150 is a good choice.

How Much Will I Save Buying a Used F-150

A 2018 F-150 is around $10,000 if you go through a dealership and approximately $15,000 if you go through a private owner. And yes, it’s tough to roll the dice with a truck that has a lot of miles on it but don’t shy away from a good deal based solely on that. Ford trucks are known to stay running and moving for a long time.


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Powertrain/Gas Mileage/Towing

For the die-hard, have-to-have-a-V8 engine truck shoppers, the F-150 still has a 5.0-liter Cotoye option with reduced weight and putting out 395 horsepower and 400 lb.-feet of torque. There are also two EcoBoost engines to choose from: a 2.7-liter V6 and a 3.5-liter V6 engine. However, the biggest advancement for the 2018 Ford F-150 is the 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V6 that puts out 325 horsepower and 400 lb.-feet of torque. 

Two of those engines are the 10-speed automatic transmission or depending on the option a 6-speed automatic. Now there have been some complaints about the 10-speed automatic floating around trying to find the right gear, but all-and-all, most would say the 10-speed automatic is the better of the two especially if you plan on doing some towing.

Fuel economy is up about one mpg in all categories from the previous year on four-wheel-drive models and up about two mpg on rear-wheel-drive models. Four-wheel-drive gas mileage comes in at an EPA-Estimated 16 city / 22 highwy / 18 combined, and rear-wheel-drive gets an EPA-Estimated 18 city / 24 highwy / 19 combined.

Towing capacity comes in at 9,100 pounds and payload capacity at 3,250 pounds. And of course, if you need more, there are always the F-250 and the F-350 you can shop for, but they are considerably bigger trucks and they drive like it too.

2018 Ford F-150 Compared to its Competition

Like the past decades and the decades to come, there is a lot of competition in the truck department. Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Ram, Toyota Tundra, and the Nissan Titan are the closest match to the Ford F-150. 

The 2018 does have a slight edge on its competitors with a new redesign. Its new cool look is backed by some new features that the other trucks don’t offer yet. The most significant element you’lll notice on the Ford F-150 is the bold new front-end. Other features include adaptive cruise control and a forward-collision warning system with automatic braking, turbo diesel engine option, and aluminum construction that Ford says improves durability while dropping 700 pounds.

2018 Ford F-150 Safety

If you want safety, then safety is what you get in a 2018 Ford F-150. Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Accoation (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institution of Highway Safety (IIHS) give the F-150 outstanding ratings in all but one category. It seems the headlight visibility isn’t the greatest for some F-150 models.

Safety features include:

  •  Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Automatic high beams
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Lane departure warning

Some of these features only come standard on the top models.


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2018 Ford F-150 Recalls

Recall Number: 18V214000

Recall Date: 04/04/2018

Component: Powertrain: Automatic Transmission - Gear Position Indicator (PRNDL)

 Recall Number: 17V672000

Recall Date: 10/23/2017

Component: Engine 

Recall Number: 18V392000

Recall Date: 06/12/2018

Component: Fuel System - Gasoline Delivery: Fuel Pump

 Recall Number: 20V097000

Recall Date: 02/21/2020

Component: Exterior Lighting: Headlights

Recall Number: 19V633000

Recall Date: 08/28/2019

Component: Seats: Front Assembly - Recliner

The Best Year for the Ford F-150: Reliability

Well, Ford has been around for over 100 years, and they’re not going anywhere soon. One of the things that made them who they are today is simply their reliability. Nothing says American toughness better than a Ford truck. With no major recalls or complaints, you should feel pretty confident in knowing that the 2018 F-150 will last you for a long time if taken care of properly.

You should still try to warranty the F-150. If you buy one from the dealership, it might still have some warranties left that you can extend, or you can purchase more. Even if you buy from a private owner, ensuring you have some security is relieving to know.


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Why Should You Buy A Used 2018 Ford F-150

There are a few reasons you might opt to buy a used F-150 instead of going brand new. The first thing that comes to my mind is money. You can not only save on the bottom line price, but you can also save on insurance costs.

Another reason to go for a used F-150 is that you know what kind of problems you will most likely encounter because other people have experienced them. With a new truck, especially if it’s a new redesign, you have no idea what it might throw at you, and the dealer’s technicians haven’t seen every problem yet either. That’s why our choice for the best year for the Ford F-150 goes to the 2018 model because we know what’s good about it and what issues we may encounter.

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