Ford offers the 2021 F-150 with no fewer than six powertrains–including a hybrid for the first time–plus three cab configurations and both long and short bed lengths. Do you need something to impress the family members? The most expensive models provide more than a hint of luxurious. Are you towing something that is weighty? We’re assuming that the half-ton models have a maximum towing capacity of 14,000 pounds. A dedicated off-road Tremor model is also available in addition, and don’t overlook the powerful F-150 Raptor (reviewed separately) Ford’s high-performance powerhouse.
What’s New for 2021?
Although its design might appear to suggest the opposite, Ford’s top-selling vehicle has been updated from grille to tailgate in 2021. It is believed the possibility that an electric F-150 could be in the works but we’re guessing that it won’t be available in the next few years or so.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The F-150 can be found with various designs and lengths of bed. The XLT model is an upgrade from the base XL working truck, we would prefer the extra features of the Lariat. It’s priced higher by more than $10,000 than the XLT which could make it beyond the reach of those who want to buy it, but it offers the greatest mix of features and price.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Similar to the model of 2020 the 2021 F-150 comes with a range of engines, including a 300-hp 3.3-liter V-6 as well as 400-hp 5.0-liter V-8 and a 325-hp twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 as well as a 400-hp twin turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 as well as 250 horsepower 3.0-liter diesel engine. Whatever engine you select the F-150 is equipped with a 10-speed auto. It is the first time it is the first time that the F-150 comes with a hybrid engine. Ford states that the new hybrid powertrain, which is comprised of an 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6, electric motor of 35 kW, and a 10-speed auto transmission — will give up 700 miles of driving distance for each tank. It also has the ability to be a generator on the truck to ensure power is running at work locations or during power outages. The buyers will be able select between rear- or four-wheel drive options with any of the F-150’s powertrains. On our test track the Lariat with four wheels with the hybrid engine went up to 60mph in quick 5.4 seconds. In our test we noticed a smooth riding experience and comfortable handling. premium models such as the King Ranch include an adjustable-assist steering system which improves response at low speeds for a smoother feel. We haven’t tested it yet but the Tremor model has the highest off-road performance; it has 33-inch all-terrain tires, upgraded suspension and the rear differential is locked and the transfer case with four wheels taken from the legendary F-150 Raptor.
Towing and Payload Capacity
Although the standard 3.3-liter V-6 engine’s capacity to tow is 8200 pounds. Models with the 400 horsepower twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 engine can carry upwards of 14,000 pounds. The venerable 5.0-liter V-8 means the maximum towing power is just 13,000 pounds. The diesel V-6 can tow up to 12,100 pounds . The hybrid version can tow up to 12,700 pounds. Payload capacities range from 1840 – 3250 pounds. The towing capacity and payload capacity ensure that the latest F-150 competitive with major rivals such as those of Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500 as well as the Ram 1500.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA estimates that the 2021 F-150 equipped with Turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 engine could earn 20 mpg in the city as well as 26 highway. Its twin turbo 3.5-liter V-6 engine is claimed to get as high as 18 mpg in cities and up to 24 highway. The hybrid version can be estimated up to 25 mpg in city traffic along with 26 highway. If we can test the brand new F-150 on our highway route of 75 mph fuel economy as part of our comprehensive test program, we’ll be able to assess its actual mileage.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Interior amenities are upgraded in 2021. This is something Ford had to make to keep up against the RAM 1500’s luxurious cabin. There are more premium materials in the interior while the inside is lined with storage bins. Other features that are convenient features are designed to ease the lives of users who utilize the F-150 as a portable workspace. For instance the shift lever can fold flat along with the console in the middle to create an enormous flat work area. In the same way, the F-150 is available with fold-flat front seats which offer a room to sleep. Space for passengers is similar to the model that was previously released and the body design with four doors is the largest and comfortable of the lot. In the rear, the F-150’s bed has seen a number of improvements that begin with powered running boards that extend to the sides of the truck, providing the ability to step into the cargo space. A generator onboard can provide as much as 7.2-kW of power to meet power requirements at the site of work or during tailgate events.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Ford offers the 8.0-inch infotainment display in its standard version with an upgraded version of the company’s Sync 4 software, while the bigger 12.0-inch display is available. It’s similar to the Ram 1500’s available 12.0-inch vertically oriented screen, which is larger than the 8.0-inch screens on each of the Chevy Silverado as well as the GMC Sierra. Apple CarPlay along with Android Auto are both standard and also an internet hotspot, Wi-Fi, SiriusXM radio, and an integrated Bang & Olufsen stereo are available as an option. The new Sync 4 software offers on-the-air updates for upcoming software updates, traffic and weather updates through the optional navigation system and onboard telematics to fleet customers, which helps monitor the location of vehicles and their use.