2018 Ford F-150 Lariat vs King Ranch

2018 Ford F-150 Lariat vs King Ranch

The Ford F-150, like most pickup trucks these days, comes in a variety of trim levels, everything from bare-bones workhorse to virtual luxury limo. For the F-150, the Lariat and King Ranch straddle the divide between near- and true luxury. What's the difference and how can you tell which one you need? In this comparison, we hope to help you make that decision.

The Takeaway

Any driver should be proud to own an F-150 Lariat. It's well-rounded, a definite step up from the engine-on-wheels XL and XLT but not quite a luxury liner. Meanwhile, the King Ranch has some definite personality which might be lacking in lower trims. The King Ranch also has comfort in mind and can be nice to have in the winter months.

Comfort & Tech Features

You might be equally comfortable in the Lariat as the King Ranch if you're from sunny climes. But if it gets cold in the winter for months on end, you might want to consider the King Ranch.

The Lariat boasts power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, satellite radio, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system, features that can also be found on the King Ranch. But only the King Ranch has heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. When you forget your gloves or have passengers in tow, those features can be life-savers in cold weather.

Power and Performance

There's a reason the King Ranch is called the king. It's all about what's under the hood.

The Lariat comes standard with a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It delivers 325 horsepower, 400 lb.-ft. torque, and tows up to 8,500 pounds. All that sounds pretty good, but starts to pale in comparison with the King Ranch's offering.

By comparison, the King Ranch sports the 5-liter Ti-VCT V-8 engine, with blistering 395 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. torque. It pulls up to 11,600 pounds. You get better fuel economy with the V-6 engine, but in terms of raw power, the engine of the King Ranch reigns supreme.


The final consideration is style. The King Ranch definitely has a western feel. Its colors focus on earthy browns. The stamped design on headrests and consoles looks lasso-like. By comparison, the Lariat is nice but not as nice. It offers leather upholstery but often sports just one predominant color in the cabin, such as gray. If you're looking for a truck and don't care about style, the Lariat might suit you fine. But if you're in the market for something with personality, check out the King Ranch which has personality in spades.