Experienced by Adrian McQueen
Photography by Adrenaline Lifestyles
Last year we were invited to check out a pre-production 2021 Ford F-150 Platinum model at National Harbor in Maryland. Seeing it in person was a treat but I eagerly anticipated the chance to to get behind the wheel to give it a spin for a full review. Well it popped on the schedule that Ford was gracious enough to loan me the 2021 Ford F-150 4×4 SuperCrew Lariat hybrid edition for review.
The Ford F-Series is a series of trucks marketed and manufactured by Ford in four facilities in the United States. The F-Series has been in production since 1948 and is the best-selling pickup truck in the United States since 1977 The F-Series is a range of light-duty trucks marketed as full-size pickup trucks, right above the compact Ford Ranger. Currently the Ford F-Series includes the F-150 pickup, F-250 through F-450 Super Duty pickups, F-450/550 Super Duty chassis cabs, and F-650/750 Super Duty Class 6-8 trucks. The most popular version of the F-Series is the F-150, now in its fourteenth generation.
Upon first look the exterior was similar to how it was in the last generation. The grille and headlight design were upgraded. This model came in Rapid Red and sitting on 18” Si-Spoke black wheels. The truck had the spray-in bedliner as well. The all-new F-150 has a fully boxed high-strength steel frame with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy body. The model that we tested was the crew cab model with four doors.
This F-150 was outfitted with the “Preferred Equipment Group 502A” package. This package comes with the B&O sound system, remote start, blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, a 110-volt outlet, heated and cooled leather bucket front seats, heated rear seats, heated power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, navigation and LED side mirror spotlights. 360-degree camera and Ford’s Active Park Assist system. The inside of the full-size truck is spacious and the crew cab gives comfort to all passengers.
The interior has some really cool features like the Interior Work Surface. Put the truck in park, push the shift lever flat in the center console and the fold-out platform turns into a mini desk. This is ideal for using a laptop or writing while out in the vehicle. Our review model came with the 12.0-inch center touchscreen with Ford’s Sync 4 infotainment software, which is capable of wireless connectivity and over-the-air updates. The F-150 is North America’s first full-size pickup with standard over-the-air updates
Under the hood, the Lariat version that we tested comes equipped with the PowerBoost engine that, combines a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine with a 47 hp (35 kW) hybrid motor/generator between the engine and the 10-speed automatic transmission, while a 1.5-kWh lithium-ion battery tucks under the bed. The F-150 has regenerative braking and a lithium-ion battery. Combined output for this powertrain is around 430 horses and 570 pound-feet of torque. I loved the power in this F-150 and the way that is handled. There was no shortage in acceleration and the handling was tight for this hefty beast.
The EPA data is not available for the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid model but it will achieve better fuel economy at the sacrifice of some towing power. The all-new 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid has a towing range between 11,000-12,700 pounds. That’s very impressive for the first-ever F-150 hybrid.We will have to test this out for ourselves in a follow up review.
I really was impressed by the Power Pro Onboard generator system. The generator uses the engine to turn the motor, which provides up to a substantial 7.2 kilowatts of electricity to outlets in the bed. There is a button on the Power Pro Onboard panel, in the pickup box, that turns the power on and off. There is also a button inside on the dash that allows you to adjust the power controls. This is will be a great feature to use once tailgate season rolls back around.
The heavy duty truck market is becoming very competitive and pricey at the same time, but Ford continues to show why F-150 continues to outsell the rest. The 2021 Ford F-150 4×4 Supercrew Lariat is not just a pickup truck. It is comparable to a luxury car with a bed for a trunk. Stay tuned for more info on this truck later in the year. Please enjoy the photo gallery.