The All-New 2021 Ford F-150
When the most popular vehicle sold in the country gets a redesign, it’s big news. That’s the case of this weeks ride – the all-new 2021 Ford F-150. The outgoing model came out in 2014 as a 2015 model, and it was revolutionary in the truck world as Ford began using aluminum body panels on the F-150. This approach reduced its weight by nearly 750 pounds, but its footprint, power and towing capabilities increased. The all-new 2021 F-150 isn’t as historic, but Ford has added plenty of enhancements that many new truck buyers will appreciate.
Even though the 2021 Ford F-150 shares a strong resemblance to previous F-150, 92% of its parts have been redesigned. What has remained the same are most of the truck’s physical dimensions and its size. To easily spot the new F-150 on the road, focus on the front fenders and the new vent there.
One of appealing features of the F-150 has always been its seemingly endless range of configurations, and that carries on with the new model. There are six trim levels: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited, three cab styles — regular, SuperCab (extended) and SuperCrew (crew cab) and three bed lengths, depending on cab style. The five powertrains carry over from last year: a 290-hp 3.3-liter V-6; a 400-hp 5.0-liter V-8; a 325-hp twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6; a 400-hp twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6;
and a 250-hp 3.0-liter diesel V-6. Arriving soon will be a hybrid motor called PowerBoost All use a ten-speed automatic – the six-speed automatic has been dropped. And of course, four-wheel drive is available.
The tester arrived in the Platinum trim level with four-wheel drive and the 5.0 liter V8 engine.
While exterior changes to the F-150 are subtle, that is not the case with the interior. Ford upgraded the cabin a notch (probably to better compete with the Ram) and it certainly shows. Along with premium materials used, there is larger 12-inch infotainment display available (an 8-inch display is standard). Behind the steering wheel is a 12.4 inch digital gauge cluster that incorporates high-resolution graphics and a bold interface that sets it apart from other pickups. The gauges are very easy to read, but I must say, the speedometer and tachometer numbers are so big, they are almost cartoonish.
But probably the most interesting part of the new F-150s interior are the convenience features it now offers. For example, at the touch of a button, the gear shift lever can be folded flat into the center console to create a large flat workspace- almost like having your own desk at your side. Or if you find yourself working too hard and need to take a nap, the new F-150 can be ordered with fold-flat front seats to be used for sleeping.
Those conveniences are not just in the cabin, either. In the bed, there is an optional onboard generator that provides up to 7.2-kW of power to support electricity needs at the job site – or for tailgate parties. And that tailgate – power opening and closing of it is now available.
As I drove the 2021 F-150, I noticed a smooth and compliant ride and agreeable handling. The Platinum, along with other high-spec models such as the King Ranch and Limited, come with a variable-assist steering system that sharpens responses at low speeds for a more agile feeling. I also forgot just how smooth the power delivery is of the 5.0 liter V8. The 5.0 V8 isn’t new to the F-150, but this year it receives a new cylinder deactivation system, called Variable Displacement Engine (VDE).
Prices for the new F-150 start at around $30,000 for the base XL and can easily top $80,000 for the Limited.
Just as every new F-150 has done in the past, this new model picks up where the last one left of. By adding more features it should make new F-150 owners work lives a little easier. One thing that is almost nearly certain – with this new F-150, Ford will retain its title as being the bestselling vehicle in the country.
– Christopher A. Randazzo
By The Numbers:
2021 Ford F-150 4×4 Platinum SuperCrew
Base Price: $62,835.00 (est)
Price as Tested: $68,830.00 (est)
Layout: front-engine / four-wheel drive
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 10 – speed automatic
Horsepower: 400 hp
Torque: 410 lb-ft
EPA Fuel Economy: N/A
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