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2018 Ford F-150 Trim Level Comparisons

By Modessa Mamuri on

Trim Package - EdmontonA common question we get from customers buying a new 2018 F-150 is which trim level they should buy. The most popular trim levels are the XLT, Lariat, Platinum, Limited, and King Ranch. But what sets them apart from each other? Let’s talk about it below.


What are the differences of each trim?

The main differences between each trim level are the price, engine type, technological features, and visual aesthetics. For example, the King Ranch is popular for its western stylings, from its logo down to the details of its interior. With each elevation in trim level, there is a corresponding increase in price.



XLT

Lariat

King Ranch

Platinum

Limited

Price

$44,254

$56,278

$67,011

$62,533

$65,131

Engine/HP

3.3L V6/ 290 HP

2.7L V6/ 325 HP

5.0L V8/ 395 HP

5.0L V8/ 395 HP

3.5L V6/ 325 HP


XLT

Trim Package - EdmontonThe XLT includes everything that the most basic trim level, the XL, offers as well as a few added features such as chrome details and SYNC, which uses Bluetooth to connect your phone with your navigation system. It comes with basic technological features like power side mirrors, windows, and locking tailgate. If you’re looking for a no fuss, all-around good truck, the XLT is the trim level for you.


Lariat

Trim Package - EdmontonThe Lariat trim level includes an engine upgrade to a 2.7L V6 capable of 325 HP and 400 lb.-ft torque. It also comes with a 10-speed transmission, a step up from the XLT’s 6-speed transmission. The Lariat’s interior is characterized by its wood grain style and leather-trimmed seats and steering wheel. Another feature is the 10-way power, heated/ventilated front seats that ensure comfort in any season. If you are considering an F-150 that is a step-up from the no frills of the XLT, then the Lariat is the perfect option for you.

King Ranch

Trim Package - EdmontonThe King Ranch is a luxury F-150 with a strong engine and a plethora of technological features. This trim level comes with a 5.0L V8 engine that is capable of 395 HP and 400 lb.-ft of torque. It also includes SYNC 3, which allows your F-150 to connect to WiFi hotspot networks. Heated/ventilated front and rear seats provide comfort to all passengers during Alberta’s extreme seasons. Remote start, push-button start, and voice-activated navigation frees you to multitask and program destinations just by talking to your GPS. The King Ranch offers a western-styled interior that is perfect for the Albertan country lifestyle. If you are looking for an F-150 that offers an extravagant interior and features with more power, the King Ranch is the trim level for you.


Platinum

Trim Package - EdmontonThe Platinum’s luxury is more contemporary and has smarter features. Rain-sensing wipers, automatic high beams, and LED security side mirror approach lamps allow your F-150 to have more control and increase safety. Another safety enhancing feature is the Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, which also helps with your towing. When it comes to interior, the Platinum comes with a unique genuine wood interior trim accents and black carpet flooring. If you are looking for a smarter and premium F-150, the Platinum is the perfect trim level option for you.


Limited

Trim Package - EdmontonThe Limited comes with all the features that the Platinum has to offer, except that the engine is upgraded to a 3.5L V6 that is capable of 375 HP and 470 lb.-ft of torque. The Limited is the most luxurious trim level that the F-150 has to offer. It comes with a 360-degree camera with split-view display, providing you visibility all around your F-150. Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane keeping system, and pre-collision assist allows you to navigate traffic with more safety, for pedestrians as well as passengers. An optional feature of the Limited is the twin panel moon roof that offers a panoramic view for every drive. This is the perfect truck to match with your 5th-wheel or to tow your boat to the lake. If you are looking for a luxury truck that is loaded with all the technology features, the Limited is the perfect trim level for you.


Which trim level should I get?

The question is not about which is the better trim level but what is right for you. The trim levels are made for different types of lifestyle. The first thing you need to consider is why you need a new truck, and then your budget. That will determine which technology and safety features you desire in a new F-150. Each feature upgrade should be weighed against purpose and budget. Whether you use your truck for work, for daily use, or for off-roading, there is a trim that fits your needs! Need more advice? Come visit us or contact us at (780) 434-8411, and talk with one of our Ford specialists to find out which F-150 is right for you.

By Modessa Mamuri on