Contributing Author: Anne Fleming
$56,980 as tested
The redesigned 2021 Ford F-150 4×4 SuperCrew is top-class. Coming in at a curb weight of 5,014 lbs, this extraordinary powerhouse can manage towing up to 12,000 pounds. From its high-strength aluminum-alloy body to its torture-tested steel frame, the F-150 is tough to its core.
It’s available in both a diesel and a hybrid version. Our sample model features a bold 5.0L V8 with 400 horsepower; sheer force. Some writers prefer the available EcoBoost V6 versus the V8, which takes a little longer to gain traction.
No matter the powertrain, expect a 10-speed automatic transmission to be equipped, delivering timely and seamless precision. Handling is nimble and responsive for such a big pickup on the winding roads of Western Pennsylvania. We noted the ride was especially comfortable and handled uneven pavement well, like the many cobblestone streets within the city limits of Pittsburgh.
The wheelbase of our model is 157 inches and provides a more stable ride. Even with a wider turning radius, the handling of the new 2021 F-150 delivers superior comfort.
19 Overall/16 City/22 Highway mpg
Here’s another big surprise: Fuel economy!
The 2021 F-150 excels in fuel consumption with 22 mpg on the highway and 16 in the city. With all the amazing features and amenities of this truck, it’s the fuel economy that many buyers love best.
What’s new in this model year? A lot. In its 43rd year of production, the Ford 2021 F-150 does not disappoint. Whether for business, personal, or a cross function of both, buyers use these trucks for as many reasons as there are consumers. Women purchase around 16% of new F-150s. These, and all buyers, look to Ford and the F-150 to deliver in the full-size segment. Suffice to say, our test model did not disappoint.
Our truck stands on 18” silver aluminum wheels. The grill on this beast is super muscular and impressive, as is the 6” chrome extended running board. The headlights, LED, and fog lights work well in all driving conditions. There’s a lockable, secure tiedown system in the bed which Ford calls ‘Boxlink’. A power outlet, tailgate fold-out step, and stowable loading ramps are welcome additions.
In the cabin, additional storage has been added, and a center console with a flat work surface. Also, there is lockable storage underneath the rear seats. Even the rival Ram 1500 doesn’t have this (yet).
Parking a vehicle this big can be a major challenge and I recommend getting a good feel for this during your test drive. In the city I drove cautiously. I had the experience that my foot was resting on the brake continuously. What I mean is the speed limit within the city limits rests around 25 mph and the F-150 is eager to exceed that mark on the slightest decline or with the wind at its back. Be aware as 25 mph can go to 45 mph quickly in this behemoth.
Driver Air Bags, Passenger Air Bags, Side and Head Air Bags, Daytime Running Lights, Brake Assist, ABS, Traction Control, Blind Spot Monitor, Tire Pressure Monitor, Lane Departure Monitor, 4 Wheel Disc Brakes, Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors. Cross Traffic Alert. Rearview Camera, Forward Collision Warning, Pedestrian Detection, Forward Automatic Emergency Braking. Perimeter Alarm. SOS Post Crash Alert System.
5 Year/60,000 Roadside Assistance includes Fuel Delivery, Towing, Lock Out Assistance, and Flat Tire Change Battery Jump. So, if you purchase the Ford 150, you may want to weigh the pros and cons of this vs AAA. Personally, I am beholden to AAA, as they are always on time; for a few dollars a month, it’s worth the redundancy.
Daytime Running Lamps, Easy Fuel Capless Filler, Auto Start and Stop, Electronic Shift on the Fly (allows driver to choose between two different 4×4 modes and a 2WD at very high speeds), Power Tailgate Lock, FordPass Connect 4G Connect – allowing for an office on the go, Hotspot Modem, Lane Keeping System.
Post Collision Braking, Pre-Collision Assist w/ AEB, Reverse Brake Assist, Reverse Sensing and Rear-View Camera, Select Shift, Rear Privacy Glass. Trailer Sway Bar, Headlamps – Auto lamps, Manual Fold Power Mirrors, Keyless Entry & Ignition, Dual-Zone Climate Control for Passengers in Both Seats. Auto-High Beams (one of my all-time favorites). SiriusXM® Radio for all moods and listening styles. XLT Sport package includes FM/AM radio, SYNC infotainment system, and more.
Aesthetics & Styling
Two of Ford’s color and materials designers, Barb Whalen and Lindsey Grant, recently told Robb Report that their focus was “more on having those creature comforts of familiarity and to make the vehicle feel like a home away from home.” This high-grade hauler is luxe, and the colors are vibrant retro. Designers Whalen & Grant intended that owners would want – rather, love spending time in their Ford pickup.
The power seats recline to 180 degrees, a nice relaxation move for passengers. There is an optional interior workspace to help make it comfortable and ergonomic when you break out your laptop. The industry-leading 12” screen has SYNC as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with voice command. It-has-it-all. And the user experience is relatively intuitive.
This is a super comfortable interior, by the way. Rich leathers and great ultra-luxe textures are used throughout the dash and interior. As Whalen adds, it’s a ‘crafted lifestyle’, brought indoors. I thought that was a great statement and well presented.
We mentioned the new grille design, which is super-hot. Also updated is the new tailgate. They added outside ‘zone’ lighting for safety purposes, a really smart feature. And a bottle opener, how great – who does that? There are so many goodies on this vehicle, you want for nothing.
I would be remiss not to mention how quiet the cabin is…you can hear yourself breath. When on a longer test drive, I like to lean over and prop my right elbow up with a slight lean into the console. With the ginormous console this truck has, I didn’t have to lean over.
Speaking of room, the seating configuration is outstanding and leg room the same. Depending upon the size of the passengers, the F-150 seats 4 – 6 adults. Fitting the cabin to my 5’ frame was easy with seats that effortlessly adjust for all sizes and a telescopic steering wheel. The wide, slip-resistant running board also makes getting in and out of the vehicle much more convenient.
For parents, our tester had two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor for the rear middle seat. Cars.com did a full car seat check for the F-150 which you may want to check out.
One thing to know about F-150s is that prices can vary by as much as $40,000 – $50,000. That is true for so many brands and vehicles, but especially for Fords and their lineup of trucks. Research, prep, and knowing what amenities you can and can’t live without will help narrow the price point.
Lastly, a spare tire is included. We mention this because one-third of vehicles do not come with a tire standard anymore. Ford is assembling this model in the USA; both in Michigan and in Missouri.
3 Year/36,000 Bumper to Bumper Warranty. 5 Year/60,000 Powertrain Warranty. 5 Year/60,000 Roadside Assistance.
Anne Fleming began reviewing cars years ago. After a disempowering car buying visit made her realize how undervalued women’s voices were in the automotive world, she started a platform for women to rate their car dealership experience and make their voices heard.
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