Purchasing new 2018 F150 Diesel Lariat 4x4
My wife and I (we live in Madison, WI) are picking up a new 2018 Lariat tomorrow. It's been quite an adventure arriving at that decision. I had been out of the truck world for over 25 years until about two months ago, when we decided to buy a small travel trailer (a Little Guy Mini Max with a dry weight of 2000 lbs), which meant we first needed to get a truck to tow it. Based on specs and reviews, we went with a lightly used 2018 Honda Ridgeline. On paper (5000 lbs towing capacity), it should tow the trailer just fine. However, it is clearly not up to the task (tranny fluid was getting too hot) on our 300-mile tow to some land we own in the UP (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) and then again on the drive home. So we realized we needed to buy a half ton truck, but I had no idea that there would be some many choices--wow. We looked at and drove everything but a Nissan. We ultimately decided on the diesel F-150 because we will drive about 18,000 miles a year with 90% of that on the highway.
We are super excited to pick it up tomorrow. It is a loaded Lariat package--502A, towing package, technology package, power-deployable running boards, moon roof, and others. The price was $49,300.
I'll post a mileage report soon and will likely have some questions as well. Cheers.