The 2018 Ford F-150 Limited We Wheeled to King of the HammersPosted in News on February 22, 2018
King of the Hammers isn’t really the ideal place to test out a nearly $70,000 truck, or is it? When Ford said they were loaning us a truck to take out to Hammertown we were surprised when this fully loaded 2018 F-150 Limited with a pristine Blue Jean paintjob showed up on our doorstep. After a week off-road with Jean (that’s what we named her) we were pleasantly surprised with how well she did in out the desert; and after experiencing luxury like no other 1/2-ton has shown us, the transporter practically had to pry the keys out of our hands. This F-150 is the sixth 2018 Limited off the line, proudly displayed on the center console with the VIN on a chrome Limited badge. The beautiful Navy Pier leather inside and 22-inch aluminum wheels perfectly complement the sparkly Blue Jean exterior. The truck looks so good that we felt bad about how dusty it got at KOH and gave it a hand wash before we returned it. At the same time though, nothing is more fun than getting dirty off-road in a luxury 4x4.
Despite the posh interior and funny looks we got wheeling the Limited on 22s from obstacle to obstacle at King of the Hammers, the F-150 Limited is a true 4x4 at heart. We tested both the 4-Hi and 4-Lo in the truck and found that it’s every bit as capable as other F-150 models, with the exception of the outrageously fun to drive Raptor. At one point our editors were headed from Backdoor to Chocolate Thunder, two KOH obstacles a short drive apart across a soft, sandy desert lake bed, then uphill to a viewpoint. At the hill we sat in line behind two lifted heavy duty pickups on mud tires attempting to get up the sandy embankment. After the first HD failed twice we shifted into 4-Lo, pulled around the 3/4- tons, and slowly but steadily powered up the hill without issue, on Pirelli all-seasons. Plus, even though it sits at stock ride height, the power-retractable side steps help give the Limited a little extra clearance, perfect for the occasional 4x4 trail.
The F-150 Limited really did impress us in Johnson Valley during KOH week. Like a true F-150 it’s capable and comfortable, and the 3.5L V-6 EcoBoost engine continues to impress us. The Limited came with a handful features that the standard F-150 doesn’t have, however. One of our favorite options was the recessed LED lighting in the bed, it sure came in handy when we had to load our dirt bikes up at night. Some of the more notable options of the Limited are the twin-panel moonroof; 22-inch polished aluminum wheels; front 10-way power heated and ventilated driver and passenger seats; heated rear seats; Bang & Olufsen premium audio system with Sirius XM, SYNC Connect Wi-Fi Hotspot, and Apple CarPlay; 360-degree camera with split-view display; and a 110V, 400-watt power inverter with outlets front and rear. Like most F-150s the Limited also features an Electronic 10-speed transmission with Tow/Haul, Snow/Wet, EcoSelect, and Sport Modes, and Auto Start/Stop Engine Technology to save fuel. This truck has been one of our favorite road-trippers to date, so good on ya, Ford. Jean sure is a keeper!