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2021 Ford F-150 Review: Expected Release Date, Prices, MPG, And Performance

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Bhavik Sreenath

Automotive Journalist

August 13, 2020 at 12:30 PM

The F-150 is America’s favorite pickup truck and has the stats to back this claim as well as its been the best-selling vehicle in America for years on end. The 14th generation model is all set to hit the market on the 25th of June and for the first time ever, comes with an electric powertrain.

The outgoing 13th generation of the Ford F-150 was launched back in 2015 and was an instant success, but now it's starting to show its age and lacks some of the top-shelf features that we have come to expect from trucks in this price point. With this all-new generation, Ford plans to make the F-150 better in every aspect be it driving dynamics, efficiency, or interior features and comfort, the 14th generation of the F-150 promises to be a step forward in the right direction.

What to expect in the engine department?

The all-new 2021 F-150 is expected to arrive with two conventional gasoline engines to start with but the biggest and somewhat controversial highlight has to be the all-electric power train that promises to compete with upcoming electric trucks like the Tesla Cybertruck, the Rivian and even the new Hummer from GMC. This marks an all-new era for American motoring as pickup-trucks are the vehicle of choice for millions and a trend in this segment marks a shift in consumer behavior. 

2021 Ford F-150 gets massive LED DRLs

Not a lot of details are out regarding the engines but the entry-level offering is expected to be a turbocharged V6 which could borrow some of the elements from the outgoing F-150 Raptor but it will most likely be a single turbo unit for improved fuel efficiency. The other engine option which will be catering to the higher trims will be a naturally aspirated V8 which should provide plenty of grunts and low-end torque.

There is no news on a possible hybrid or diesel powertrain for the F-150 but they could be made available in the future. The gasoline-powered truck just like its predecessor is expected to boast class-leading towing capacity which should be around the 13,000 lbs ballpark. The electric truck should be far superior to the gasoline versions in terms of towing capacity courtesy the electric motors instant torque. 

Models

2021 Ford-150 Regular Cab

(expected)

2020 Nissan Titan S

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS

2020 Toyota Tundra SR

Base MSRP

$30,000

$29,580

$29,610

$30,500

Engine

Turbocharged V6/ Naturally Aspirated V8

5.6L V8

4.3L V6

4.6L V8

Transmission

10-speed Automatic

7-speed Automatic

6-speed Automatic

6-speed Automatic

Horsepower

N/A

390-hp @ 5,800 rpm

285-hp @ 5,300 rpm

310-hp @ 5,600 rpm

Torque

N/A

394 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

305 lbs.-ft. @ 3,900 rpm

327 lbs.-ft. @ 3,400 rpm

The 2021 F-150 is expected to be very closely priced to the Chevy Silverado and the Dodge RAM but it will be interesting to see how Ford decides to price the electric F-150 as its unchartered territory for both Ford as well as their loyal customer base and the pricing for a product like this can make or break its success. 

How many miles to the gallon will the Ford F-150 deliver?

While the exact fuel economy numbers are yet to be released by Ford, we can safely assume that they’re going to be better than the outgoing version. This can be determined by the fact that the all-new V6 engine that carries Ford's trusty "Ecoboost" branding was introduced for better fuel efficiency and in light of the latest emissions norms we expect it to be ahead of its competition.

Model

2021 Ford-150 Regular Cab (expected)

2020 Nissan Titan S

2020 Chevrolet Silverado-1500 LS

2020 Toyota Tundra SR

MPG (city)

20

15

16

15

MPG (highway)

25

21

21

19

MPG (combined)

22

18

18

17

*2020 Figures used for reference

The outgoing model is already on par with the competition in terms of the fuel economy and we do not expect major changes in the fuel efficiency department in case of the V8 power plant. The Silverado with the V8 manages around 17 mpg overall and it is safe to say the Ford V8 will be in the same ballpark.

What to expect from the Ford F-150’s interior?

There isn’t much we know about the 2021 F-150’s interior but based on the outgoing model, it is safe to assume that the upcoming F-150 will have a lot of space on the inside. Two people in the second row should be no problem, while three might be just a slight squeeze. The seats are extremely comfortable, and not only does the Ford is known to offer a lot of space, but a lot of equipment as standard as well, so features like Collision Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System should be standard fitment.

2021 Ford F-150 gets a luxurious interior

In-cabin storage should not be a problem as ford is known to put plenty of cubby holes around as well, and the doors have bottle holding spaces too. Overall, the cabin should be a lot more modern but just as rugged. Features like interior lighting and lighting for the bed behind as well, which are some neat practical touches should be standard as well.

Model

2021 Ford-150 (expected)

2020 Nissan Titan S

2020 Chevrolet Silverado-1500 LS

2020 Toyota Tundra SR

Passenger Capacity

3

3

3

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

40.8/66.7/43.9

41.0/63.3/41.8

42.40/66.73/45.27

39.7/66.7/42.5

*2020 Model used for reference

The 2020 Ford F-150 offers more overall space than any of the competitors. It especially shines in the rear seat department which is often overlooked in pickup trucks, we expect the same with the upcoming F-150 and with its upgraded platform, the in-cab space should also see a noticeable improvement.

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The 2020 model of the F-150 as standard, gets a 4.2-inch LCD display in the center console, and a 2.3-inch screen in between the dials in the driver's console but the upcoming 14th generation will have a lot more modern Infotainment based on Ford’s sync system and is expected to offer features like Apple Car Play and Android Auto as standard.

Ford will also get rid of the current analog gauges for the instrument cluster at least in the higher trim level in favor of a fully digitized LCD display which should be able to do a plethora of tasks such as monitoring vehicles statistics, display navigation, and phone-related info and it could even act as a display for the cameras to make towing and maneuvering heavy loads easier.

2021 Ford F-150 gets a fully digital gauge cluster

Having said that, not everyone likes the reduced buttons. People still prefer old school buttons and knobs for certain features such as volume control and Air Conditioning. The new model will also feature an updated safety system with a wide-angle camera on offer and 8 sonar sensors all around the car.

Some of the expected features are as follows:

  • AM/FM Stereo with seek/scan
  • Sirius XM Satellite Radio (6-month trial)
  • 4-speaker sound system
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Voice Recognition System
  • USB Port
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility
  • 12V front power-point

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the Ford F-150?

Yes, the 2021 F-150 has been caught testing over the past few months and though the changes might not appear significant at first, they are significant nonetheless. Ford has officially announced the release date of 25th June along with the teaser trailer which is live on their website. From the teaser, it is clear that the front facia is going to dominated by the huge LED DRLS that start at the top of the headlamp and extend all the way to the base of the fog lamps giving it a huge wrap-around design that dominates the front of the vehicle and accentuates the proportions and the squared out design.

2021 F-150 will get redesigned rear taillamps

The recent spy shots have revealed that the headlamps themselves are a single unit unlike the split ones as seen in the outgoing model but these headlamps house dual-projector setups inside them. The grille is also all-new and features chrome studded accents for a more upmarket finish. The overall profile is very sharp and squared with not a curve in sight on the entire truck, this gives it a somewhat old school look and a brawny appeal on the streets.

Model

2021 Ford-150 (expected) 

Nissan Titan Long Box

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Long box

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,069

5,247

4,257

Length (in.)

209.3

228.1

229.5

Width (in.)

79.9

79.5

81.1

Height (in.)

75.5

74.5

73.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.9

9.6

8.2

Wheelbase (in.)

122

139.8

119.0

*2020 Figures used for reference

The Ford F-series has always been a looker, even back in the 50s. Fast forward a few decades, and we have ourselves the modern iteration of this vehicle, in its glorious fourteenth generation and Ford has done a commendable job in reshaping the truck while retaining the F-150’s charm which is what a loyal customer base would want. When compared to its rivals from Nissan and Chevy, the F-150 looks modern and familiar at the same time, and this timeless look should help it age well with time.

Will the 2021 Ford F-150 be worth my money and time?

The 2021 Ford F-150 is going to be unveiled real soon in all its glory and with the introduction of the electric drivetrain, it is safe to say that the truck of the future is here and that the F-150 is planning to retain its bestseller status with its fourteenth generation.

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