Starting at $27,380, the Ford F-150 XL comes with a variety of cab and engine options. The base engine is a 3.3-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine that has 290 horsepower and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. The XL comes standard with an automatic transmission, but few thrills. It doesn’t have Bluetooth connectivity, although the XL can include Sync for an extra cost. Thankfully, the 2018 Ford F-150 XL update includes new safety features like a rear-view camera with dynamic hitch assist and AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control.
The XLT is the next step up at $32,970. It's extra features make the upgrade worth it for some drivers. The addition of Sync makes all the difference since you can connect your phone through Bluetooth. It comes standard with the same 3.3-liter engine as the XL, so you can expect similar horsepower and torque. Additionally, the XLT comes with privacy tint in the rear window.
The Lariat has a significant price increase from the XLT to $40,685. It comes standard with a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that’s capable of 325 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. If that isn’t enough power, you can upgrade to the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost or a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine.
The Lariat comes with everything the XLT has plus LED box lighting, halogen Fog lamps, Sync 3, an eight-inch productivity screen, MyKey, and rear power sliding glass window with privacy tint. A defroster is also included when you have a SuperCab or SuperCrew cabin. The trim also comes with BoxLink, which can secure a wide variety of accessories such as ramps, storage bins, dividers, and more.
The Raptor has a starting MSRP of $49,785 and is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine. This makes it perfect whether you’re on a paved road or driving through rough terrain. Achieving 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque, this high-performing engine generates even more power than the previous 6.2-liter V8 offered.
Along with everything the Lariat comes equipped with, the Raptor also has quad-beam LED headlamps and LED taillamps with a black surrounding. The Raptor also has some exterior upgrades such as cast aluminum running boards, heavy duty front and engine skid plates, and a unique grille with Ford in block letters. The multimedia system for the Raptor is a little lacking due to the drop to Sync rather than Sync 3.
King Ranch increases slightly from the Raptor to $51,600, but the higher price brings with it more technological features and a strong engine. It has a remote tailgate release and 110-volt/400-watt power inverter on the instrument panel in addition to what comes with the Raptor.
The color touch-screen displays phone, audio, and available navigation functions. It’s capable of swipe features and even comes with Siri Eyes-Free for your iPhone. Sync 3 also allows your King Ranch to connect to Wi-Fi. Finally, the King Ranch comes with a powerful 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine that’s capable of 395 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.
The Platinum edition starts at $54,155 and works to out-do the King Ranch. The standard Platinum equipment includes automatic high beams, black carpet flooring with unique front and rear mats, rain-sensing wipers, and a black leather-wrapped steering wheel. The best improvement from any of the other trims is the Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert. This provides coverage while you’re driving and even encompasses the trailer you’re towing.
The Limited is the most expensive F-150 model offered by Ford at $60,520. Along with everything the Platinum comes with, it also has a 360-degree camera with a split-view display, adaptive cruise control and collision warnings with brake support. A lane-keeping system, black mesh grille insert, and satin chrome door handles with a boxy color bezel complete the trim. If you’re wondering about the engine, the Limited uses the high-power settings of the 3.5-liter V6 eco boost capable of 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque.