AR­RIVAL 2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 4X4 (Su­per­cab)

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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.”

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