2018 Ford F-150 XLT vs 2018 Ford F-150 Lariat

Specs at a Glance

2018 Ford F-150 XLT

2018 Ford F-150 XLT

  • Standard Engine3.3L V6
  • Horsepower290hp
  • MPG (city/hwy) *19 / 25
  • Transmission6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

2018 Ford F-150 Lariat

2018 Ford F-150 Lariat

  • Standard Engine2.7L V6
  • Horsepower325hp
  • MPG (city/hwy) *20 / 26
  • Transmission10-Speed Shiftable Automatic

2018 Ford F-150 XLT vs 2018 Ford F-150 Lariat

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The Ford F-150 has been America’s top-selling pickup truck for over forty years due its timeless quality, rock-solid dependability and proven performance. It is no wonder this iconic full-sized pickup truck earned 2018’s Motor Trend Truck of the Year honors. While the XLT and the Lariat trims of the 2018 F-150 share many great qualities, the latter is equipped with more premium features, as well as a higher sticker price.

Performance

Both the XLT and Lariat versions are of the 2018 F-150 deliver best in class towing rating of 13,200 pounds, as well as a best in class payload capacity of 3,270 pounds. The XLT comes standard equipped with the 3.3-liter TI-VCT V6 engine, rated at 290 horsepower and 253 lbs-ft of torque, with a 6-speed automatic transmission and 19/25 city/highway MPG fuel economy. The highly efficient, technologically advanced, turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 Ecoboost engine comes standard in the Lariat. The more than capable motor pumps out 325 horsepower and 400 lbs-ft of torque, utilizing a cutting-edge 10-speed automatic transmission while garnering 20/26 city/highway MPG fuel economy. The 5.0-liter 395 horsepower V8 engine, as well as the 3.5-liter turbocharged Ecoboost V6 rated at 375 horsepower 470 lbs-ft torque round out the powertrain options available for the 2018 Lariat and XLT. All available F-150 engines are available with in an optional 4x4 configuration.

Appearance

Both the XLT and Lariat utilize the same body exterior with a look inspired by their bigger brother the F-250 Super Duty, exemplified by the chrome two-bar style front grill. Sporting a classic yet contemporary exterior, the 2018 F-150 chassis supported by a full-boxed high-strength steel frame and a military-grade lightweight aluminum alloy body that provide both F-150 trims with toughness, innovative performance along with rugged good looks. Stepping up to the Lariat will add LED lighting throughout the truck, opposed to the halogen lighting the XLT offers. The Lariat also offers a little more style options such as body colored bezels and wheel moldings, and heated mirrors that include integrated turn signals, memory and driver’s side auto-dimming. A variety of available wheel options are available for both options, with the 17-inch aluminum alloy silver painted wheels coming standard on the XLT and 18-inch machined aluminum alloy wheels with flash gray pockets standard-equipped on the Lariat.

Features

The biggest difference between the 2018 XLT and Lariat comes down premium standard features, with the latter offering a noticeably more comfortable and luxurious driving experience. While the XLT comes nicely equipped with standard features like rear-view camera and sensors, Dynamic Hitch Assist, digital tire pressure monitoring, automatic stop/start capability and Ford’s all-new Sync 3, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integrated infotainment system. Stepping into the Lariat feels more like the inside of luxury sedan than a hardy full-sized pickup with leather trim adorned throughout the cabin. The 10-way adjustable powered front seats that feature memory foam as well as a heating and ventilation system to provide maximum comfort along with the dual-zone auto climate control system and upgraded 8-inch LED touchscreen monitor. The Lariat also comes standard with Ford’s array of highly advanced driver-assist blind spot monitors, collision avoidance and steering-assist technologies that helped the 2018 F-150 NHTSA’s 5-star safety rating for not only crash protection but avoidance as well.

At the end of the day, The F-150 is not only America’s top-selling pickup truck; it has also been the best-selling overall vehicle for 35 plus years. So what are you waiting for? Contact us today for more information, or to test-drive an all-new 2018 Ford-150 XLT or Lariat.


* EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.

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