Ford Motor Company’s 2021 Model Year is stuffed with new vans, crossovers, and SUVs. The 100 and seventeen-year-old firm has a renewed concentrate on these worthwhile classes whereas now not providing a sedan in North America. The Bronco, Bronco Sport, and Mustang Mach-E broaden Ford’s automobile portfolio whereas including new segments for the model. These are all crucial merchandise for the way forward for Ford Motor Company. However, none of these automobiles present the corporate with the identical degree of income as the opposite new automobile within the 2021 lineup; the 2021 Ford F-150.
It’s protected to say that the F-150 is Ford’s most necessary product. It has been the best-selling automobile in America since 1977 and is in a section the place common transaction costs are close to $50,000. In 2014, so as to create a extra succesful and extra fuel-efficient truck, Ford moved the thirteenth-generation F-150 to an all-aluminum exterior. But between that launch and at the moment, the full-sized truck section has develop into much more aggressive. General Motors launched an all-new Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 and FCA launched a model new RAM 1500.
The RAM 1500 has attacked the full-sized market with a big touchscreen, extra luxurious options, and a unbelievable inside. RAM has even develop into America’s fastest-growing model. The 2021 F-150 provides Ford a possibility to catch as much as the competitors and presumably move them. The new truck comes with quite a few new options, a brand new engine, a brand new inside, and a model new design. But is it a greater truck than the GM twins or the RAM? Ford invited The Truth About Cars to take the brand new 2021 Ford F-150 for a socially-distanced drive close to their Michigan Proving Grounds to search out out.
Walking as much as the 2021 F-150, the outside appears extra evolutionary than revolutionary. The outgoing truck appeared nice so there isn’t any must deviate from success and heritage. It’s onerous to inform, however Ford says that each exterior panel has been redesigned. The 2021 Ford F150 options an up to date headlamp design, new hood, and new bumpers. In order to distinguish trims, there at the moment are jedanaest grille choices plus new tailgates. There are quite a few useful exterior upgrades as nicely. LED headlamps, LED rear lights, an non-obligatory onboard generator, and prolonged energy operating boards that enable for higher mattress entry are essentially the most notable additions. Ford additionally spend vital assets on aerodynamics. The 2021 F-150 has new lively grille shutters, an lively air dam, and an up to date cab and tailgate that every one work collectively to enhance gasoline consumption.
The new hotness continues contained in the cabin with a totally designed inside. There are new supplies, shade decisions, and extra storage. Sync4 is now commonplace as nicely. XL and a few XLT trimmed F-150s obtain the 8-inch touchscreen. XLT excessive collection and above obtain the all-new 12-inch heart touchscreen. There can be an obtainable 12-inch digital gauge cluster. Ford has additionally added extra commonplace driver-assist applied sciences in addition to an non-obligatory hands-free driving suite known as Active Drive Assist. Other options embrace an inside work floor, built-in 4G LTE modem for over-the-air updates, and a hotspot.
Ford wished me to drive a high-end F-150 Limited with the model new PowerIncrease engine first. However, I wished to spend a while with the amount trim. So first up was an F-150 XLT SuperCrew with four-wheel drive and the two.7-liter turbocharged V6 in 302A spec.
302A is Ford bundle lingo for XLT High; higher often known as the truck the seller desires to lease you. This explicit truck had an eye-watering MSRP of $60,311 that features a $1,695 vacation spot and supply charge. The extra necessary quantity; the thirty-six-month crimson carpet lease cost with $2,000 down and 10,500 miles a 12 months, is but to be decided. I used to be advised that this trim degree accounts for 40 % of F-150 quantity. It’s no shock as a result of this bundle provides a major quantity of content material that’s discovered on larger trim vans. Most notably are heated entrance seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone local weather management, a twelve-inch heart display, LED field lighting, a 400W exterior outlet, Class IV trailer hitch, and distant begin.
The 2.7-liter turbocharged powertrain is unchanged from the earlier technology, nonetheless making 325 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. All that energy is shipped by means of Ford’s ten-speed automated transmission. The inside is nice but fundamental. It is a step up from the outgoing truck, however don’t anticipate a wild shade palette. There are higher supplies used all through the cabin, and the format is intuitive. While the truck has a distinguished twelve-inch touchscreen, the buttons and knobs are straightforward to make use of and in the suitable locations. I additionally discovered it very straightforward to get comfy within the driver’s seat.
Heading out onto rural Michigan roads, the 2021 F-150 appears quieter than the earlier technology truck. The turbocharged engine has ample energy and the suspension soaks up the bumps and potholes littering Michigan’s uncared for roads. This truck doesn’t carve canyons, however that isn’t the purpose. It is made for the roads of America. The F-150 excels when the cruise management is ready and the driving force is navigating the wide-open expanses of North America. I might be comfy driving this truck cross nation or to the grocery retailer. This isn’t only a work truck anymore. While the F-150 can actually be used for work and has hundreds of thousands of models in fleets, this truck is now our full-sized Ford sedan.
In this trim, the Ford F-150 makes a case that you’d be silly to lease one other automobile. Ford spends appreciable money and time ensuring truck prospects will probably be pleased. There is room for a household of 5, even when that household is throughout six toes tall. The inside has each cup holder and energy port you might ever want. It additionally has a rear seat that flips up with a flat load ground. This truck additionally got here outfitted with the Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0 driver help suite that provides adaptive cruise, evasive steering help, intersection help, and navigation. It has each function and possibility a household may need whereas prioritizing area and luxury.
Next, I used to be capable of get some seat time in a 2021 Ford F-150 King Ranch SuperCrew with the model new 3.5-liter PowerIncrease engine. This engine is now essentially the most highly effective engine within the F-150 lineup. It generates 430 horsepower and 570 lb.-ft. or torque. That is essentially the most torque ever provided on an F-150. This is a full hybrid engine that pairs the three.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6, a 35-kilowatt electrical motor, and a modular hybrid transmission built-in into Ford’s 10-speed automated transmission.
Selecting this powertrain additionally provides a 2.4-kilowatt or 7.2 kilowatt Pro Power Onboard energy supply. Pro Power Onboard brings generator ranges of energy to wherever you are taking your truck. Our King Ranch tester featured the 7.2-kilowatt system that’s accessible by means of in-cabin retailers, 4 120-volt 20-amp mattress retailers, and a 240-volt 30-amp mattress outlet. This degree of energy will enable an F-150 proprietor to run a number of instruments on the identical time with regular energy with out surges or unstable voltage. I’ve requested Ford in the event that they plan to supply a drop-in scorching tub accent, however they don’t touch upon future truck mattress spa equipment.
On the highway, the PowerIncrease powered F-150 King Ranch is a luxurious automobile with a mattress. The powertrain is extraordinarily clean and quiet, with energy everytime you want it. It doesn’t have the audible burble of GM’s 6.2-liter V8 or the Hemi powered RAM, however it’s extra linear and direct. It is what you’ve come to anticipate from Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, however now with 14 % extra torque! I owned a hybrid for seven years so I desire the braking on the PowerIncrease outfitted vans to these with extra typical powertrains. They are much less sensitive than some typical brakes whereas offering wonderful stopping energy. Regenerative braking additionally captures power whereas extending the lifetime of pads and rotors.
The F-150 King Ranch options a way more luxurious inside crammed with brown and tan leather-based with darkish wooden. King Ranch badging will be present in quite a few locations, together with the middle arm relaxation. That heart arm relaxation folds down right into a flat floor that can be utilized for doing work or consuming a bowl of soup. This explicit truck was painted within the fetching Rapid Red metallic. The solely enchancment Ford may have made to the outside was including the 2 tone paint with the colour keyed wheels. All of this luxurious, energy, and badging comes with a worth. The take a look at automobile had an MSRP of $75,740, which features a vacation spot & supply cost of $1,695. That is greater than two 2021 F-150 XLs with the common cab, quick mattress, and 5.0-liter V-8 engine. Ford isn’t struggling to search out consumers although. The F-150 is America’s best-selling automobile over $50,000.
The 2021 Ford F-150 is an evolutionary step from the earlier technology truck. It seems to be related, it options many of the identical powertrains, and it options the identical aluminum exterior development. That alone wouldn’t leap frog among the vans RAM is constructing. However, Ford took its current formulation, and made it higher. The interiors, which was the thirteenth technology F-150’s greatest hole to the present RAM 1500, have been considerably improved. I discover the inside sprint to be higher laid out than the rivals.
Ford has additionally added quite a few options to the F-150; an onboard generator, extra commonplace driver-assist applied sciences, work surfaces on the tailgate and inside, over-the-air-updates, and zone lighting to distinguish it from its rivals. Ford additionally provides you extra decisions in the case of engine, cab, mattress, and trim configurations than GM or RAM. While I want extra seat time to declare it the brand new king of Truck Mountain, if I have been shopping for a full-sized truck, the 2021 Ford F-150 is the place I might begin my search.
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