Heavy duty pickup trucks continue to be a popular option for both personal and commercial purposes. With a quality super duty pickup truck, you will be able to drive in any weather condition and can tow and transport a heavy payload. When you are looking for a new pickup truck, a Ford F-350 continues to be a great option to consider. The 2021 Ford F-350 comes has a variety of features and amenities that will make it a popular option with consumers.
What is New in 2021?
The Ford F-350 has continued to build a reputation for quality and durability. While it has gone through improvements over the years, the 2021 model is not much different than the model released in the prior year. However, there are some interior features and tech upgrades that are now available with lower trim levels. Further, drivers will have three more exterior color options that they can choose from.
While interior tech features are not always considered the most important amenity for a heavy super duty truck, the F-350 offers many features. For all trim levels beyond the XL, the truck will come with a standard 8-inch display that can be used to control the infotainment system. Through this screen, you can also connect to either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and control the audio system.
The interior features tend to increase when upgrading to the higher trim levels. Those that get the Platinum or Limited trim will enjoy the full suite of upgrades including an impressive audio system, navigation, a wireless charging pad for your personal electronics and steering wheel knobs and buttons that can be used to comfortably and safely control the full audio system. The suite of features available is comparable to other trucks in the same class.
Quality and Comfort
The 2021 Ford F-350 Super Duty is considered a comfortable pickup truck to drive or ride in when compared to the competition. The base trim levels will come with cloth and have plenty of leg room for all passengers. Those that would like to have a more luxurious experience should consider upgrading to the Platinum trim. At this trim level you will enjoy heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel and leather interior.
While the cabin space is ample, there is also plenty of space in the truck bed. Those that choose the base option will receive a truck bed that is 6.75 feet in length. While this is large enough for many truck buyers, there is a larger option as well. The upgraded truck bed is about eight feet in length, which is more than sufficient to carry larger commercial payloads.
Engine Performance and Towing Capacity
One of the strongest selling points of the 2021 F-350 is the strong engine performance and towing capacity. The base engine option for this pickup truck will continue to the be the 6.2-liter V-8 that will produce around 390 horsepower. The next engine option available is 7.3-liter V-8, which operates off of traditional gasoline and produces around 425 horsepower. The most powerful engine is the diesel-powered V8 that produces around 475 horsepower. All three of these engine options can come matched with any of the available trim levels.
Beyond horsepower, those that choose a heavy duty pickup truck will want to ensure that they have ample towing capacity. The base engine option will provide you with a total payload capacity of around 8,000 pounds. Those that choose to upgrade to the most powerful engine option could see this increase to more than 35,000 pounds.
Due to the size and strength of the 2021 Ford F-350, fuel efficiency is not great. The 2021 Ford F-350 will provide a blended overall fuel efficiency of around 13 MPG. This is comparable to other large pickup trucks in the same class and is considered a good trade-off given the engine performance and towing capacity.
Safety Features and Ratings
When driving a pickup truck, you will want to know that you and your passengers are safe. The Ford F-350 Super Duty continues to get positive safety ratings with each model year. For the 2021 model, the NHTSA has provided positive overall safety scores. There are many standard features that help to ensure that this is safe to drive include a variety of airbags and a rearview camera. At some of the higher trim levels there are additional safety features including blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane keep assist. All of these are ideal when driving a large vehicle with a heavy payload.
Overall, for those that are looking for a powerful pickup truck that will provide good towing capacity, the 2021 Ford F-350 is a great option. This heavy duty pickup truck will continue to provide benefits to those that choose it over the rest of the vehicles in the same class.
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-350 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.