Not long after it first rolled off the Ford Assembly Line in 1948, the Ford F-150 established itself as America’s favorite pick-up truck. Renown for its quality and durability, this truck remains the top-seller four decades running.
After so much time as the reigning king of American made pick-up trucks, you may wonder how the 2021 Ford F-150 stacks up. Is it a worthy successor to the previous 72 years of quality? Does it have what it takes to remain at the top?
The new Ford F-150 is full of new features and interesting upgrades. Continue reading to learn all about them.
The first Ford Hybrid truck, the 2021 F-150 boasts a full hybrid drivetrain called PowerBoost Hybrid. While Ford offers a mild-hybrid version of the F-150 with the Ford EcoBoost engine, PowerBoost is the full hybrid F-150 debut.
Mild hybrid offerings like the Ford EcoBoost store energy pulled from coasting and braking. This energy powers the car while idling or coasting, allowing the vehicle’s fossil fuel-powered internal combustion engine to shut off.
These types of hybrid vehicles reduce fuel usage and cut emissions.
The Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid is a full hybrid. While the 2021 Ford F-150 Truck still features the Ford EcoBoost engine, the PowerBoost powertrain harnesses battery power to offer increased horsepower, torque, and towing capability.
Here’s how it works. The PowerBoost Hybrid is a 35-kW battery that doesn’t only store and distribute power when the vehicle idles, it assists in the forward motion of the vehicle.
One of the most interesting aspects of this Ford Hybrid truck review is the new ProPower OnBoard system featured on the new F-150 trucks.
ProPower is the name for Ford’s generator system featured on new F-150 trucks with the 2.7L V6 EcoBoost, the 3.5L V6 EcoBoost, or the 5.0L V8.
This built-in generator consists of a 2.0-kW battery that generates enough power to run your worksite for up to 32 hours on a single tank of gas. It’s enough to power important home appliances should you experience a power outage.
2021 F-150s equipped with the PowerBoost powertrain system feature a standard 2.4-kW generator battery that can upgrade to a 7.2-kW should you need the extra power.
Interior Office Space
Technology is an ever-increasing part of our lives. Most people who use a pick-up truck for work, also have to use a computer at some point.
Whether you’re a contractor answering emails from clients, calculating an estimate, or ordering materials, odds are you use a laptop or other portable device to do it. If you do, you know truck cabs make a less than ideal office.
Ford thought of that. The 2021 Ford F-150 has a fold-out center console top that covers the gear shift and gives you a flat, desk-like space to work from.
This built-in workspace allows you the maneuverability to get your digital work done and also provides a great space to eat a meal on the go.
Max Recline Seats
Have you ever slept in a car or truck? If you have, you know how uncomfortable a night can be in seats that keep you upright.
Now you can sleep comfortably in your truck. One of the most discussed Ford F-150 review features is the Max Recline seats. These front seats recline a full 180-degrees with a 10-degree rise near your feet.
With these new reclining seats featured on the King Ranch, Limited, and Platnum series, an onboard generator, and folding center console workspace, you can turn your F-150 into a two-person camper for long road trips.
Tailgate Work Surface
If you’re in the market for a new pick-up truck, odds are you are a contractor or some kind of construction worker. You need a powerful truck with superior hauling and towing capability.
If you’re awaiting the Ford F-150 release date, you want to know how the new truck will aid your work. So often, these pick-up trucks aren’t used only for hauling and towing, but as a workspace too.
Ford knows this, and on this year’s model, they introduce a fully functional worksite tailgate.
Standard on every new F-150 are tailgate cleats meant to secure long items during transport. Every new tailgate has two clamp pockets on either side that aid on-sight sawing and other woodwork.
This new functional tailgate option also contains a tablet or phone holder, a ruler, a pencil holder, and a cupholder.
This year Ford has gone the extra mile to make sure your F-150 functions in the best way possible for your work.
Before you run to your nearest Ford Dealership, let’s talk about all the new gadgets and toys on the 2021 Ford F-150.
You might be old enough to remember when standard vehicles were utilitarian. They had crank windows, an AM/FM radio, and a cassette player if you were lucky. If you’re familiar with those old trucks, this new F-150 will feel like you drive a spaceship.
Every 2021 F-150 comes with Ford’s Sync 4 software that displays on an eight-inch screen. This Sync 4 system offers Bluetooth capability as well as cloud connection. With this cloud connection, you can access your music library from your truck.
Sync 4 also accesses your smartphone apps without the need for a wired connection. You can use apps like Google Maps or Waze directly on the 8-inch screen.
Your Ford truck’s software system will learn about you, too. The Sync 4 system keeps data on the most frequent places you visit, your favorite radio stations and music, and will offer options based on that. Think of the 2021 F-150 as a “smart car.”
Why You Should Buy a 2021 Ford F-150
With the release of the 2021 Ford F-150, Ford maintains its pick-up truck supremacy. This best-selling truck line amps up the technology with the first full hybrid powertrain on the market and its superior dashboard software.
If you’re a worker, this is still the truck for you. With its powerful towing and hauling capabilities aided by PowerBoost, its ProPower Onboard generator, and new tailgate features, this truck will transform your worksite.
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