ARRIVAL 2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 4X4 (Supercab)
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 19/24/21 MPG BASE PRICE $46,335 PRICE AS TESTED $57,910
Measure twice, cut once. My predecessor (Hi, Benson!) left me with those words before he passed me the baton of managing Motor Trend’s vehicle fleet. I should’ve been more mindful of that advice when I ordered our long-term 2018 Ford F-150, our current Truck of the Year champ.
“Umm, I think this is the wrong truck,” I told the driver who delivered the F-150 to our office. “This is a Supercab. We ordered a Supercrew.”
“You’ll need to talk to Ford,” he said as he tossed me the keys. “This is what they gave us.”
There would be no need to talk to Ford. After marching back to my desk and digging through my emails, I found the build sheet I sent off months before—“2018 Ford F-150 Lariat Supercab.” Deng it. My bad. And now, my truck.
As you’ve probably noticed at your local Home Depot, crew cabs—with their full-sized rear passenger area and doors—dominate the truck world. In the case of the F-150, Supercrews account for approximately 80 percent of sales. (Ford couldn’t provide a breakdown of regular and Supercab trucks.) But why so little love for the Supercab? Like the Supercrew, it also seats five passengers. Rear legroom is cut by quite a bit (33.5 versus 43.6 inches), but it’s tolerable for quick runs around the city. Road trips? We’ll find out. And the rear suicide-style doors are kind of cool, too.
Another benefit of the Supercab? We were able to order the 6.5-foot bed and keep our truck’s overall length at a little over 19 feet. A Supercrew with the same bed would be about a foot longer. That’s a big deal in L.A.
We opted for the popular 2.7-liter twin-turbo Ecoboost V-6 mated to a 10-speed automatic and making 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. “The 2.7 is all the engine most folks will ever need,” we said during Truck of the Year evaluations. And it’s even more of a no-brainer when you consider it’s just a $995 premium over the base 3.3-liter V-6. We’ll test its mettle and towing performance and see how close we get to its EPA rating of 19/24/21 mpg city/ highway/combined.
We opted for the Lariat trim, right in the middle of the F-150 lineup, which includes the F-150 XL at the bottom and the F-150 Limited up top. Base price for our truck is $46,335, about $4,000 more than a similarly configured XLT that sits below it. We consider it money well spent thanks to the 18-inch wheels, leather seats, Sync 3 infotainment with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, heated and cooled front seats, trailer hitch, power-sliding rear window, and bed with LED lighting and the Boxlink modular cargo management system.
“The F-150 is ready for camping trips, hauling kitchen appliances, and towing tasks. We’ve also begun praying to the L.A. parking gods.”
Our attempt to remain frugal with the options list proved difficult. Many checked boxes later, we faced $11,575 worth of added goodies, the bulk of which went to the Equipment Group 502A package ($5,835), which includes premium audio, navigation, LED side-mirror spotlights, blindspot monitoring, step bars, LED headlights, and numerous exterior chrome trim pieces. Total tally comes to $57,910. There are plenty of things to admire about our new truck. Will the Supercab setup be one of them?
We opted for the popular 2.7-liter twin-turbo Ecoboost V-6, which is “all the engine most folks will ever need.”