Ford F-150 Lariat and XL: All Refreshed and Rejuvenated

by Editorial Staff

The Ford F-150 is regarded as one of the best multi-utility vehicle in the US and counted among the America’s best-selling vehicles.  Embarking upon a rich heritage spanning over half a century, the F-series line-up has been a market-trendsetter since 1948. The 2018 F-150 is a rejuvenated model which is all set to be the next ultra-modern truck of the current generation. Featuring an all-aluminium body, it not only saves weight but also improves the overall efficiency.

Thanks to the mid-cycle update, the F-150 now comes loaded with the goodness of a brushed up exterior design, a state-of-the-art engine lineup, refreshing interior colors, high-tech active safety features, and a brand new Sync 3 multimedia system. So, let’s unveil how do all these premium changes strengthen this solid line-up of trucks? We got hold of two F-150s, an XL and a Lariat, for a spin to find out.

Our test featured the new base engine: 3.3 litre V6 against the updated 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6. The turbocharged engine comes loaded with the goodness of a new 10-speed automatic transmission which is developed in association with General Motors, whereas the 3.3-liter V-6 is paired with an archaic six-speed automatic. What marks the major upgrade to the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 is 400 lb-ft. of torque which is witness to a boost from 375 lb-ft. Even though, it only generates power equivalent to 325 horses, the generous amount of torque works wonders to steer the truck smoothly. The 10-speed automatic delivers great results while working complimentary to the turbocharged mill, which helps greatly to skip multiple gears when up- or downshifting.

The 3.3-liter V-6 in F-150 XL simply lacks the power and the thrust a truck should exhibit but it’s somewhat acceptable, considering it generates 290 hp and 265 lb-ft. on the go. You’ll also observe the lesser delivery of torque as compared to the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6. But it makes up for its ill-performance by giving a smooth and responsive answer when on the go.

When taken on the track, the F-150 Lariat 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 clocks 60 mph in merely 7.0 seconds while surpassing the quarter-mile mark in merely 15.5 seconds at 89.5 mph.  On the other hand, the lesser powerful F-150 XL finished the 0-60-mph run in 7.6 seconds whereas it finished the quarter mile run in 15.9 seconds at 88.2 mph, which is not as bad for the base engine.

Interiors in the F-150 Lariat could easily compete with that of a luxury car, as the makers have blessed the car with a plethora of soft-touch padding and plastics everywhere, including the dash. Almost every place your arms rest is padded with something cushy and nice. The front seats cater to you a lot of adjustability, so it makes you comfortable within no time. The doors and dash feature real wood trim to induce an up-scale ambience to the cabin.

F-150 XL, on the other hand, features the interior that is all vinyl, suggesting the truck’s main function is work. It has rear small doors with broad opening, making it easy and convenient to get inside the car. If one observes carefully, one could sense that the truck features a number of small storage spaces and cubbies, indicating its major utility as a work-truck. The XL’s material quality isn’t at par with the Lariat, which is reflected at the doors and the dash panels, which are mainly made of the hard plastic and lacking the delicacy found in the expensive trim. Furthermore, the seats in the XL also lack the comfort and adjustability of the seats found in the lariat.

The 2018 Ford F-150 has got you covered no matter what your requirements are, be it work truck or luxury truck. It delivers a solid choice for all of your needs. No doubts, the Lariat might be a lower-level luxury version, but thanks to its superb interiors and comfort quality, it deserves a premium badge.

On the other hand, The XL work truck is designed to deliver more on the utility front as it is loaded with a plethora of useful features that could work wonders to assist you at a work site (from folding front and center seats, a plethora of small cubbies, and rear doors that open wide apart).  That being said, the smooth and user-friendly multimedia system takes the truck’s utility to newer heights and makes it an even stronger proposition.

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