In serving our customers of Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte, PA, we’ve met drivers with many different tastes in Fords. Ford drivers love the reliability, durability, and power of these classic trucks. However, choosing one often comes down to more specific questions. One question our customers often ask revolves around towing capability. We’ve checked into the 2018 Ford F-150 towing capacity to help you decide whether it will suit your needs.
Ford F-150 Towing Capacity
Simply put, towing capacity is your truck’s ability to carry, or tow, large burdens across long roads and distances. The average Ford F-150, including the 2018 model, can tow from 5,000-8,000 pounds, although recent trim levels have outstripped this capacity. Some can tow up to 12,100 pounds or more.
Overall, the F-150 offers impressive towing capacity. For the best towing, we recommend investing in the 3.5L V6 turbo engine, which boasts 470 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, we love that the 2018 Ford F-150’s body is about 700 pounds lighter than its previous incarnations. This weight loss has improved the quality and ease of towing, and the body’s military-grade alloy makes the truck state of the art and environmentally friendly.
Towing Capacity by Trim Level
While the general towing capacity of the Ford F-150 is unmatched, many drivers have specific needs that can be met within one of its seven trim levels. Available trim levels include the XL and XLT, Lariat, Raptor, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited, and each offers a little different driving and towing experience.
The XL, XLT, and Lariat are cited as Ford’s best workhorses, ideal for job sites, everyday commutes, and hauling supplies for home projects. If you are in construction, masonry, or a similar heavy-duty field, one of these trim levels may be best for you. These trim levels have a towing capacity ranging from 7,700-8,500 pounds, which may add ease of maneuvering on rough or rural roads.
Are you a driver who loves towing major poundage while enjoying luxury and tech? While all Ford F-150 trim levels come with an app link, touchscreen, and other tech features, the King Ranch and Platinum outdo themselves in this category. Features like voice-controlled navigation help tremendously while you’re focused on hauling large loads. Real-time access to navigation will let you know which roads and routes are best or worst for your cargo. The Platinum’s trailer brake controller and Limited’s 360-degree camera add an extra measure of safety. Both the King Ranch and Platinum have towing capacities of about 11,100 pounds.
Perhaps you want a Ford F-150 with a sleek, yet tough reputation, a name that inspires awe, and a configuration that tows your heaviest burdens with ease. If this is you, consider the Raptor. This truck carries many of the same features as its counterparts, plus all-terrain tires, racing shocks, Hill Descent Control, and Torque On-Demand transfer, wrapped up in a twin turbocharged, Eco-Boost® environmentally conscious engine. At 12,100 pounds towing capacity, the Raptor ties with the Ford F-150 Limited for the most towing capability in a user- and environmentally-friendly package.
Visit The Lake Dealerships Today
If you have further questions about towing capacity or simply want to know more about our dealership, please visit The Lake Dealerships in person or online. We take great pleasure in serving our Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte, PA, customers, and would be glad to set you up with a test drive today!