Ford's F-150 has been the best-selling pickup truck in its class for over four decades now. The 2021 models will likely continue this trend. The F-150 is a full-sized, light-duty pickup with some impressive capabilities. This is a tough and reliable truck with exceptionally high towing and payload capacities. It's quite the off-road performer too, especially with the right setup and trim level.
What’s New for 2021?
This will be the 14th generation of the F-150. The new models have a fully-boxed steel frame that's wider than before. The bodywork has been shaken up with new designs all around. The changes aren't just for cosmetic purposes either. There was a lot of thought about aerodynamics behind the design changes.
The interior gets some redesigns as well. There's a new, upgraded infotainment system with larger touchscreen displays at every trim level. This system is now capable of over-the-air updates. This means that bugs and outdated software can easily be fixed through patches sent directly from Ford.
Body Styles and Configurations
The 2021 Ford F-150 comes in three major body styles and with three different possible bed lengths. The Regular Cab has two doors and room for up to three people. The Super Cab offers two full-sized doors and two smaller rear doors. It can accommodate up to six people. Then there's the Super Crew with four full-sized doors, room for six and a spacious backseat area.
The F-150 can be purchased with bed lengths of 5.5 feet, 6.5 feet or 8 feet. Most trim level are available in both 4X2 and 4X4 configurations. There are six different powertrain options including an available hybrid model. All models come stock with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The base trim level comes with basic climate control. Driver-assist technology includes Trailer Reverse Guidance, a Reverse Sensing System and a rear camera. The seats have premium cloth interior. The driver's seat can have 8-way power adjustments. You get Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen display and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot.
Moving up to the XLT trim gets you a larger 12-inch touchscreen. The audio system gets upgraded to a B&O Sound System. The seats now have a heated feature. At the highest trim levels like the Platinum and Limited, you get 10-way adjustable seats and real leather upholstery. There is also a navigation system for the infotainment console.
The available hybrid V6 engine produces 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque. That's enough power for towing up to 12,700 pounds and hauling a payload of up to 2,120 pounds. Ford also offers a turbo-diesel that produces 250 horses with 440 pound-feet of torque. This gets you a maximum towing capacity of 12,100 pounds. A 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 offers 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.
The EcoBoost V6 provides best-in-class towing with a maximum capacity of up to 14,000 pounds. Ford also offers a big 5.0-liter 400 horsepower V8 and a 2.7-liter 325 horsepower V6. No matter which choice you go with, there's plenty of power and torque on hand to tackle some tough jobs.
A 2021 Ford F-150 powered with the PowerBoost Hybrid powertrain may be the most enjoyable version of this truck to drive. It has exceptional acceleration and doesn't feel like a hybrid engine at all. This may be important for some buyers as electric and hybrid engines aren't always as popular on trucks as they are on other vehicle types. Here, the F-150 benefits greatly from this type of powertrain with its massive amounts of torque.
No matter what powertrain you choose, the steering and handling are always excellent. Every version of this truck feels powerful. There is plenty of stopping power from the brake system. The suspension system is great whether you're on the road or driving over rough terrain.
The hybrid models of the F-150 will have a combined fuel-economy rating of 24 miles-per-gallon (mpg). The 3.5-liter V6 will get around 20 mpg. The 2.7-liter engine offers a rating of 21 mpg. The big V8 is rated at 20 mpg. Unfortunately, the EPA does not yet have estimates on the fuel-economy numbers for the turbo-diesel engine.
The two front seats are covered with front and side airbags. All models get Ford's Roll Stability Control and Anti-Lock Brakes. Ford's Co-Pilot360 Technology helps to increase driver awareness and makes it easier to tow a trailer. This suite of features also includes Cross-Traffic Alert and Trailer Tow Coverage. There's also a system that keeps track of your tire pressure.
Automatic Emergency Braking kicks in when needed. Advanced sensors warn the driver of impending front or rear collisions. The F-150 also has Lane-Keep Assist and Adaptive Steering. Your F-150 is kept safe from would-be thieves thanks to an advanced security alarm.The 2021 Ford F-150 is looking to be the best version to date of an already fantastic truck. It's more powerful than ever before with impressive towing and hauling capabilities. It also offers an extremely comfortable, luxurious interior at the higher trim levels. The myriad of body styles, powertrains and customization options make it suitable for just about any needs. The F-150 is superb as a work vehicle or for daily driving and family hauling.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here)
Note: All Ford F-150 MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.