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1998 Ford F-150

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1998 Ford F-150 Review

This truck is ?Built Ford Tough.?

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The 1998 Ford F-150 marks one of the most popular pickup trucks on the market. The wide range of available models and options gives buyers a lot of room to customize the F-150 to fit their needs. At its core, it predominately serves as a work vehicle, with good power, a large truck bed, and solid performance on every model. However, drivers willing to pay extra can also get a fairly comfortable vehicle in the process, although even with optional equipment the interior remains fairly low key.

The 1998 Ford F-150 does not offer the same level of luxury possible with later models. Even fully loaded, the F-150 Lariat is only roughly equivalent to a mid-range passenger vehicle. However, the interior feels spacious and the equipment adds a good design, so, while the F-150 does not offer much variety, it does offer comfort.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 4.2-liter six-cylinder, 4.6-liter eight-cylinder, 5.4-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed manual, five-speed manual
Models: Ford F-150, Ford F-150 XL, Ford F-150 XLT, Ford F-150 Lariat

What's New

The 1998 Ford F-150 receives some minor changes to the standard and optional equipment for each model. The Silver Metallic and Light Denim Blue paint options get replaced with Silver Frost and Portofino Blue. A 50th Anniversary decal comes affixed to the windshield.


The Ford F-150 offers a regular cab or extended cab. The F-150 comes equipped with steel wheels and trailer wiring as standard equipment. The F-150 Lariat uses alloy wheels instead as the standard option. It also includes standard power mirrors.


The Ford F-150 remains a fairly utilitarian vehicle, so amenities do not mark a standard focus across the board. The 1998 Ford F-150 only includes an AM/FM radio in terms of standard amenities. The higher-end Ford F-150 Lariat has more amenities as standard equipment, such as leather trim, leather seating, power windows, and power locks. Even on the Lariat, air-conditioning remains optional.

Performance & Handling

The Ford F-150 delivers a solid performance, even with decent-size payloads. The acceleration gets better with the eight-cylinder models, but the six-cylinder base engine still provides good power output. Four-wheel drive comes standard, so the F-150 maintains solid traction, even in slippery conditions. The only weak point some drivers might find concerns the turning. The turning circle gets relatively large and the F-150 is a long vehicle on top of that. The turning performance seems pretty typical for a full-size truck, but it might feel more awkward for drivers not used to this kind of vehicle. The 1998 Ford F-150 performs adequately offroad, as well. It does not offer quite as smooth a ride as a dedicated off-road vehicle, but it works well enough for transporting equipment through relatively even terrain.


The 1998 Ford F-150 includes dual-front airbags and rear-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment on every model. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes come standard on the F-150 Lariat and remain available as an option for all other models.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford F-150 4.2-liter six-cylinder: 15/19 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 4.6-liter eight-cylinder: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Ford F-150 5.4-liter eight-cylinder: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Large range of models
  • Good all-around performance
  • All models available with extended cab option

You Won't Like

  • Weak fuel economy

Sum Up

This truck is ?Built Ford Tough.?

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