2018 Powerstroke Diesel Ford F150 Official Review, Dyno, and Walkaround – The Haul


I’m Justin with americantrucks.com and on
this episode of The Haul, we’re gonna Dyno and drive Ford’s new diesel-powered F-150. Well, here it is guys. Finally, right? After so much anticipation and waiting, Ford
has finally decided to drop a diesel power plant into their extremely popular F-150 pickup. But does it make sense? Well, we’ll talk about what I mean about that
later on in the video. Also who this might appeal to, but for now,
we got a beautiful brand new truck from our friends at Garnet Ford in West Chester, Pennsylvania
so, what do you say we dive into this thing. Our subject today, this absolutely gorgeous
shadow black 2018 Lariat, of course, equipped with Ford’s new Power Stroke 3-liter turbo
diesel. Now, this is the first time we’re getting
our hands on a Lariat truck with the Sport trim, as you can see, color match bumpers
and color match grille. Now we do have a lead foot grey STX 5-liter
truck here in the shop and as you can see, the differences between those two front ends
is pretty substantial. You’re getting the two-bar grille here with
the Lariat, more kind of reminiscent of the rest of the lineup. The STX is kind of the rarity in the lineup,
if you will, in regards to grille design and you’re also getting the color match bumpers
and some other goodies as well, the biggest of which are these beautiful LED headlights. Now, my one small gripe with these headlights
is that the LED trim ring on the previous years, basically ’15 to ’17, was a little
bit more diffused, meaning you don’t see the individual diodes kind of like you do here
with the 2018 and newer trucks. Not a deal breaker but certainly more of a
fan of the previous model. But working our way back a little bit here,
guys, of course, you can see the brand new 20-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in the Hankook
all-terrain tires. Really nice tire, very quiet and capable off-road. Obviously our Lariat badging and last but
not least, that Power Stroke badge letting everybody know what’s under the hood of this
SuperCrew with the five and a half foot box. Now keep in mind, guys, this is a Lariat and
that is a big thing to point out here. Ford only decided to outfit the 3-liter diesel
in a Lariat, King Ranch, or Platinum trim truck which basically means if you want to
get into this new 3-liter turbo diesel, you have to spend at least $46,000 and it’s only
gonna go up from there. Case in point, our truck right here, outfitted
rather nicely, is coming in at a cool 63 grand. So not cheap by any stretch of the imagination
and more food for thought, you can get a nicely optioned 250 Super Duty truck and its whopping
900 pound-feet of torque or more for around the same price. So just something to consider there if you’re
gonna be doing a lot of towing. Now if you have fleet access, well, it’s a
whole ‘nother story, right? You can grab that 3-liter diesel in an XL
or XLT, which will save you roughly 20 to 30 grand. However, for Joe Consumer out there like you
or myself, you’re gonna have to dig pretty deep to get your hands on one of these new
3-liter diesels. But this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the
2018 so let’s stop beating around the bush talking about appearance and let’s dive headfirst
under the hood of that 3-liter diesel. Well, here it is, guys, the star of the show,
Ford’s brand new Power Stroke 3-liter turbodiesel V6. Now yes, this is a variation of the Lion or
Duratorq diesel found overseas in trucks like the Land Rover and it is a variation of the
same engine originally co-developed by Ford, Jaguar, and also Land Rover. However, it is far more worthy of the Power
Stroke badge now because it was co-developed by the same team of engineers that worked
on the mighty 6.7-liter Power Stroke. So those guys went in, changed a bunch of
things, and made it worthy of the blue oval and dedicated truck use. This does include, of course, using a couple
key ingredients from the original 3-liter like the CGI or compacted graphite iron block,
along with the 16:1 compression ratio. But from there it’s a totally new ballgame. We’re talking new forged steel crankshaft,
new crank and rod bolts, new turbocharger, new crossover pipe, and new fuel injection
system, which altogether is good for 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque at the crank
at 1700 RPM using about 20 to 22 pounds of boost. Now, what’s that mean at the tires? Well, let’s find out. Well, as someone who usually Dyno’s high horsepower
Mustangs and gas powered trucks, I will say Dynoing a diesel F-150 for the very first
time is certainly a very unique experience. Now your usable power band, it’s basically
from 1500 RPM to about 4 grand where it runs out of breath. But overall, the results are very healthy
and pretty much as advertised from Ford. The truck made 224 horsepower and 392 pound-feet
of torque to the rear tires. Now compare that to the advertised crank numbers
of 250 horsepower 440 pound-feet and factor in 10% to 15% of drivetrain loss and you’re
right on the money here. So, guys, this thing is performing as advertised,
making a boatload of torque down low. Now full disclosure, guys, since this thing
is speed limited to a certain mile an hour, we can’t pull it in seventh gear which is
1:1 here with the 10R80 transmission. So we did kick that down to fifth in order
to get a nice clean pull in. Now before we close this thing out, I do wanna
just show you compared to a stock 2016 EcoBoost 3.5-liter truck and obviously, it’s a lot
different, right? You get a little bit more power band or usable
RPM range with the 3.5 but overall, this little 3-liter diesel is making a bunch more torque. So it’s been fun to Dyno this thing but now
let’s get it out on the street and see how all this torque feels on the road. The noise is definitely there. I mean, you hear it, it’s extremely muted. It’s a baby Power Stroke by design and in
regards to the sound as well. On the road, the Power Stroke 3-liter diesel
feels great. I mean, it’s a very comfortable ride, that’s
no surprise. The engine isn’t gonna change the fact that
this is the 2018 truck of the year because of all the great stuff we’ve come to know
and love about the F-Series pickup. Now towing figures for the 3-liter diesel
are pretty stout for what you’d imagine out of a diesel, right? I mean, that’s basically what these things
are designed for. Now with that being said, it’s still not that
great and I’m just being blatantly honest here. Sure, best in class payload in towing for
a half-ton diesel truck, which right now, there’s really not a lot of class out there
but those figures are gonna be 11,400 pounds of towing and just around 2,000 pounds of
payload. However, there is always that fine print and
these numbers are only achieved when using the two-wheel drive Lariat with the 3.55 gears
and the tow package. Four-wheel drive truck like this, a lot more
weight, those numbers are gonna drop and the reality is both the 3.5 EcoBoost and even
that 5-liter V8 will tow a little bit more than the diesel truck here when outfitted
properly. Now the clear victor of towing in the half-ton
F-150 is still the 3.5 EcoBoost, that hasn’t changed. In fact, that thing, again, when equipped
properly will tow roughly 2,000 pounds more than this thing. So if you’re buying a diesel just simply based
on towing alone, it’s not a clear cut winner in that regard. However, one area where the diesel F-150 is
the clear victor and it’s not even close is fuel economy right. And that really doesn’t come as much of a
surprise to anyone or it shouldn’t because diesels just do a little bit better in that
regard. Now the two-wheel drive truck, again, it’s
gonna claim 22 for the city, 30 for the highway and for the four-wheel drive truck here, we’re
looking at 20 for the city and 25 miles per gallon for the highway. And as someone who has owned a 2.7-liter EcoBoost
and now a high output 3.5 EcoBoost in my Raptor, I can tell you with 100% certainty that those
trucks never even came close to sniffing the claimed miles per gallon from Ford. The diesel here, on the other hand, I have
been driving around all day, I’m averaging right now 21.2 miles, which is right in line
with what Ford claims. Well, what do you say we take a small chunk
out of that miles per gallon rating real quick and put it to the wood? All right. Well, again, for a diesel that makes only
250 horsepower, it gets up out of its own way pretty easily, I will say that and tests
have shown 0 to 60, this thing is no slouch off the line, in fact, a lot of testing has
shown mid to high 7 seconds 0 to 60 which is slightly quicker than the base 3.3-liter
engine for the F-150 and only a little bit slower than the 2.7-liter EcoBoost F-150. So while, yes, traditionally diesels don’t
pack a huge punch as far as top speed or performance, this thing, again, it’s really no slouch. But, guys, we’ve talked towing, we’ve talked
fuel economy, we’ve even talked performance, but we’re still left with that burning question
right? And that is is this engine necessary in the
half-ton F-150 lineup? And stay with me here because here’s where
I’m going with this. You already have a total of five, five engines
in the F-150 lineup, not including the 3-liter diesel which would make six. Run them down, 3.3-liter your base engine,
your 2.7-liter EcoBoost, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, the 3.5-liter high output EcoBoost, the 5-liter
V8, and now the 3.0-liter diesel engine. So six engines. Listen, I’m a Ford homer through and through,
there’s no denying that but if there’s ever a time where I think something is a little
oversaturated, this might be it. Furthermore, this engine, the 3-liter diesel,
I think would make perfect sense if that 3.5-liter EcoBoost didn’t exist. If you’re buying this thing to tow, the 3.5
EcoBoost will tow more for less money or if you really wanna tow, you can spend similar
money to the truck that we’re in right now and get a pretty nice diesel 6.7 250 which
will more than double the towing capacity of this truck. So again, I just come back to that question,
is this engine necessary for the F-150? That is yet to be determined. We want to know what you guys think though,
are you with me on this one? Are you not totally sold yet on the 3-liter
diesel as Ford has presented it or are you all in? Do you love this thing? Listen, I mean, it is, again, a great truck,
great platform, I just think Ford has outpriced the market for this particular configuration. Well, guys, we hope you enjoyed this look
into the Power Stroke F-150. Big thanks again to our friends at Garnet
Ford for lending us their beautiful Lariat for the day. It really is a nice truck, there’s no denying
that. Thanks again for watching. We hope you appreciate the video and remember,
for all things F-150, be sure to keep it right here at americantrucks.com.

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