For the second year in a row, the Ford F-Series has been named Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year, with the 2018 F-150 following in the footsteps of last year’s winner, the 2017 Super Duty, and it’s also the third back-to-back win in succession (with the Chevrolet Colorado taking top honours in 2015 and 2016, and the Ram 1500 in 2013 and 2014).
“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 best-selling trucks,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and president, North America. “The Ford Truck team stretched further than ever to deliver our toughest, most capable and smartest trucks.”
This marks the fifth win for the F-150 in the award’s 31-year history, with the light duty pickup previously taking top honours in 1997, 2004, 2009 and 2012.
In awarding Ford’s top selling vehicle the 2018 Motor Trend Truck of the Year award, judges cited overall towing capability, advanced technology and powertrain among their exemplary F-150 attributes. They also noted on- and off-road driving performance, best-in-class fuel economy and innovative cab design as plusses.
“This year’s competition was fierce, but the vote was unanimous,” said Ed Loh, Motor Trend editor in chief. “The newly redesigned 2018 F-150 exceeded our expectations in every category – powertrain, performance, technology and overall execution.”
The magazine editors tested four versions of the F-150 — the XL, with an all-new 3.3-litre V-6; Lariat with an all-new 2.7-litre EcoBoost V-6; and the Platinum and high-performance Raptor, both with the 5.0-litre V-8.
To quote one judge: “The 3.3-litre has zero trouble towing a 5,000-pound trailer. Tow/Haul mode keeps the gears low and the engine roaring, with no shift shock,” while another praised the EcoBoost: ““Wow, I thought this was the V8 when I first hopped in. Power delivery is excellent, with no perceivable lag.”
And while the 5.0-litre engine was praised for its workhorse capabilities by one judge — “It cruises oh so well, and tows like a champ. It didn’t seem to struggle at all with a 9,000-pound trailer attached. This truck is happy to be put to work” — another liked the way it enhanced the overall performance of the Raptor.
But it wasn’t just engines that won one of the industry’s most recognized and prestigious awards, the overall packaging was also noted, especially in SuperCab (extended cab) bodystyle.
“Ford deserves a lot of credit for how the extended cab is designed,” said one judge. “Unlike its rivals with B-pillars and normal opening doors, the nearly 180-degree-opening rear doors and flat load floor allow owners to maximize utility in the back, and make it easier for passengers to get in and out.”
And then there was the overall presentation of one of truckdom’s most iconic vehicles … “As great as this thing is off-road, it’s shocking how good it is on pavement,” said one judge of the F-150 Raptor. “It’s more than happy to carve corners with precise steering, good brakes, great power and a suspension that hunkers down and leans into corners.”