Ford F-150 2021 – Review, Photos/Pictures Gallery

Pickup trucks have morphed into luxury cruise machines, and the 2021 Ford F-150 has not fallen behind the curve. Sure, Ford will still build you a work truck with a regular cab and an 8.0-foot bed, but the most popular versions are the family-friendly four-door trucks with shorter beds. There’s an extended cab, too, for the folks who blend work and play. With a wide range of engines and driveline combinations, there is an new Ford F-150 2021 for nearly any budget. Unlike the competition that uses mostly steel in its construction, Ford fashions all of its pickup body panels out of aluminum. Ford even makes an in-house desert proto-racer called the Raptor (reviewed separately).

New Ford F-150 2021

A plastic surgeon would call this a maintenance year for the F-150. Not too much has changed; the biggest news is the availability of the Power Stroke turbo-diesel V-6 on the more affordable XLT trims. Lariat trucks, one level up from the XLT, now come standard with Ford’s suite of advanced driver-assistance technologies that it calls Co-Pilot360. Base XL trucks can be dressed up with an STX Sport Appearance package, XLT and Lariat models now have an optional Black Appearance package, and three new colors—Iconic Silver, Rapid Red Tinted Clearcoat, and Star White Metallic Tri-Coat—are available.

Interior

Yesterday’s luxury sedan is today’s full-size pickup, and the F-150 has the space and equipment to prove it. It seduces with options that range from massaging seats to a panoramic sunroof.

All that holds it back is its lazy reaction to user inputs.

There’s plenty of storage space in the F-150—it is a pickup, after all.

The F-150 pickup can be equipped with almost every advanced safety system that is available on passenger cars, plus a clever driver aid that makes the confusing work of backing up a trailer as easy as twisting a knob. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has rated the F-150 as one of the safest pickups on the market with its 2017 Top Safety Pick rating. Key safety features include:

  • Available automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology
  • Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist

Fuel economy

The F-150 offers a pair of twin-turbo V-6 engines in the quest for V-8 power coupled with better-than-V-8 fuel economy. The 375-hp V-6 model achieved 19 mpg in our real-world highway fuel-economy test, 4 mpg below its official EPA estimate.

Horsepower and Technical specifications

The strongest engine isn’t a red-blooded V-8 but a powerful twin-turbo V-6 that is capable of towing a class-leading 13,200 pounds. An F-150 without the Trailer Tow package can tug up to 7000 pounds with either the V-8 or the top-tier V-6.

Price

  • XL: $30,090
  • XLT: $36,105
  • Lariat: $44,095
  • King Ranch: $54,335
  • Platinum: $56,865
  • Limited: $69,080

While the nostalgia of a regular-cab, two-door truck tugs at our feels, there is no denying the excellent versatility and value of a Lariat SuperCrew 4×4 with the 6.5-foot cargo box. This model starts at $51,630 and you can upgrade to an EcoBoost V-6 for $600 or the Power Stroke turbo-diesel for $3000, but we say stick with the standard 5.0-liter V-8. It makes plenty of power to be comfortable hauling any of your toys and the cabin comes fitted with an 8.0-inch touchscreen equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, two-zone climate control, and heated and ventilated front seats. The Trailer Tow package and integrated trailer-brake controller are must-have options if you plan to haul, but they will also help with resale if you ever plan to sell.

Motors

The F-150 has an excellent selection of sophisticated engines including a 3.0-liter diesel that is good for 440 lb-ft of torque. Most engines pair with Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission. The King Ranch model we tested with the 375-hp V-6 finished among the best in all categories against the competition’s largest V-8 engines. The V-8 F-150 was slower to 60 mph at 6.3 seconds, but its 50-to-70-mph time was nearly identical to that of the V-6. The V-6 model’s 10-speed automatic was slow to react under hard acceleration, but otherwise operated without issue.

The F-150 doesn’t reach the level of comfort of the Ram 1500’s available air-spring suspension offers. The ride is composed on smoother surfaces but not over harsh bumps, where jittering can be felt in the rear.

Configurations

In recent years, appearance packages have become increasingly popular among customers of all segments. Surprisingly, that’s especially true in the truck sector where people want their workhorses not only to do all the job but also to look good when not at work. That’s why Ford expanded the stylish packages for the F-150, America’s favorite model for decades, for the 2021 model year. A new comprehensive video from Long McArthur on YouTube details all the trims and packages available for the 2021 F-150.

There are a few new additions to the pickup’s range for this year but we’ll let the video explain everything in detail. It’s important to note that not all trim levels can be ordered with all trim packages as there are some equipment restrictions. Again, it’s best to watch the entire video and let the folks over at Long McArthur walk you through what’s possible and what’s not possible.

The F-150 has competitive limited and powertrain warranties that are only bettered by the Nissan Titan (five years or 100,000 miles). Unlike the Toyota Tundra and the GM pickups, Ford doesn’t offer complimentary scheduled maintenance.

  • Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

Of course, you could always skip the appearance packages and go for a pure back-to-basics pickup, like the 2021 Ford F-150 Cattleman Edition. The good thing is you can order the package for any F-150 – new, used, or ordered from the factory. It includes vinyl 40/20/40 seats, vinyl floor, manual windows and locks, AM/FM radio, and a Class-4 receiver hitch, plus a rear-view camera as standard equipment.

Video

Features

  • 3.3L V-6 Engine
  • 6-spd w/OD Transmission
  • 290 @ 6,500 rpm Horsepower
  • 265 @ 4,000 rpm Torque
  • rear-wheel Drive type
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • 17″ silver steel Wheels
  • front air conditioning, manual
  • AM/FM stereo, seek-scan Radio
  • 2 – 1st row LCD monitor
  • cloth Seat trim

Additional or replacing features on XL

  • 17″ silver aluminum Wheels
  • keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
  • front Fog/driving lights
  • driver and passenger Lumbar support

XLT 4×2 Regular Cab Styleside 6.5 ft. box 122 in. WB

MSRP $34,760

XLT 4×2 Regular Cab Styleside 8 ft. box 141 in. WB

MSRP $35,060

XLT 4×2 SuperCab Styleside 6.5 ft. box 145 in. WB

MSRP $37,670

XLT 4×4 Regular Cab Styleside 6.5 ft. box 122 in. WB

MSRP $38,185

XLT 4×4 Regular Cab Styleside 8 ft. box 141 in. WB

MSRP $38,485

XLT 4×2 SuperCab Styleside 8 ft. box 163 in. WB

MSRP $38,975

XLT 4×2 SuperCrew Cab Styleside 5.5 ft. box 145 in. WB

MSRP $40,020

XLT 4×4 SuperCab Styleside 6.5 ft. box 145 in. WB

MSRP $41,095

XLT 4×2 SuperCrew Cab Styleside 6.5 ft. box 157 in. WB

MSRP $41,325

XLT 4×4 SuperCab Styleside 8 ft. box 163 in. WB

MSRP $43,350

XLT 4×4 SuperCrew Cab Styleside 5.5 ft. box 145 in. WB

MSRP $43,515

XLT 4×4 SuperCrew Cab Styleside 6.5 ft. box 157 in. WB

MSRP $45,770

Additional or replacing features on XLT

  • 2.7L V-6 Engine
  • 10-spd w/OD Transmission
  • 325 @ 5,000 rpm Horsepower
  • 400 @ 2,750 rpm Torque
  • 18″ machined w/painted accents aluminum Wheels
  • front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
  • driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback Heated front seats
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan Radio
  • keyfob (front doors) Remote keyless entry
  • Heated mirrors
  • leather Seat trim

Lariat 4×2 SuperCab Styleside 6.5 ft. box 145 in. WB

MSRP $43,250

Lariat 4×2 SuperCab Styleside 8 ft. box 163 in. WB

MSRP $43,550

Lariat 4×2 SuperCrew Cab Styleside 5.5 ft. box 145 in. WB

MSRP $45,610

Lariat 4×2 SuperCrew Cab Styleside 6.5 ft. box 157 in. WB

MSRP $45,910

Lariat 4×4 SuperCab Styleside 6.5 ft. box 145 in. WB

MSRP $46,675

Lariat 4×4 SuperCab Styleside 8 ft. box 163 in. WB

MSRP $47,925

Lariat 4×4 SuperCrew Cab Styleside 5.5 ft. box 145 in. WB

MSRP $49,035

Lariat 4×4 SuperCrew Cab Styleside 6.5 ft. box 157 in. WB

MSRP $50,285

Additional or replacing features on Lariat

  • 5.0L V-8 Engine
  • 395 @ 5,750 rpm Horsepower
  • 400 @ 4,500 rpm Torque
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, seek-scan Radio
  • keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
  • Windshield wipers – rain sensing
  • Navigation system
  • Parking assist

King Ranch 4×2 SuperCrew Cab Styleside 5.5 ft. box 145 in. WB

MSRP $52,990

King Ranch 4×2 SuperCrew Cab Styleside 6.5 ft. box 157 in. WB

MSRP $53,290

King Ranch 4×4 SuperCrew Cab Styleside 5.5 ft. box 145 in. WB

MSRP $56,415

King Ranch 4×4 SuperCrew Cab Styleside 6.5 ft. box 157 in. WB

MSRP $56,715

Additional or replacing features on King Ranch

  • 3.5L V-6 Engine
  • 450 @ 5,000 rpm Horsepower
  • 510 @ 3,500 rpm Torque
  • four-wheel Drive type
  • 17″ silver aluminum Wheels
  • front air conditioning, manual
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan Radio
  • keyfob (front doors) Remote keyless entry
  • cloth Seat trim

Raptor 4×4 SuperCab Styleside 5.5 ft. box 133 in. WB

MSRP $53,455

Raptor 4×4 SuperCrew Cab Styleside 5.5 ft. box 145 in. WB

MSRP $56,440

Additional or replacing features on Raptor

  • 5.0L V-8 Engine
  • 395 @ 5,750 rpm Horsepower
  • 400 @ 4,500 rpm Torque
  • rear-wheel Drive type
  • 20″ polished aluminum Wheels
  • front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
  • driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback Heated front seats
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, seek-scan Radio
  • keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
  • Heated mirrors
  • Windshield wipers – rain sensing
  • leather Seat trim
  • Navigation system

Platinum 4×2 SuperCrew Cab Styleside 5.5 ft. box 145 in. WB

MSRP $55,520

Platinum 4×2 SuperCrew Cab Styleside 6.5 ft. box 157 in. WB

MSRP $55,820

Platinum 4×4 SuperCrew Cab Styleside 5.5 ft. box 145 in. WB

MSRP $58,945

Platinum 4×4 SuperCrew Cab Styleside 6.5 ft. box 157 in. WB

MSRP $59,245

Additional or replacing features on Platinum

  • 3.5L V-6 Engine
  • 450 @ 5,000 rpm Horsepower
  • 510 @ 3,500 rpm Torque
  • 1st and 2nd row regular express open/close sliding and tilting glass Sunroof
  • 22″ polished aluminum Wheels
  • Active Park Assist Parking assist

Limited 4×2 SuperCrew Cab Styleside 5.5 ft. box 145 in. WB

MSRP $67,735

Limited 4×4 SuperCrew Cab Styleside 5.5 ft. box 145 in. WB

MSRP $71,160

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