2021 Ford F-150 vs 2020 Ford F-150 – Albany, NY

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  • 2021 Ford F-150

    A black 2021 Ford F-150 XL is angled left.

    Starting at

    $30,635

    2020 Ford F-150

    A white 2020 Ford F-150 XL is angled right.

    Starting at

    $28,745

    SYNC 4InfotainmentSYNC 3
    12-inScreen Size8-in
    240v / 7.2 kilowattElectricity Generation110v / 0.4 kilowatt

    If you love Ford pickup trucks, then you've come to the right place! Comparing the new 2021 Ford F-150 vs 2020 Ford F-150 will shed some light on the major refreshments that have been made to America's favorite truck. With dozens of unique combinations to choose from, you can customize the 2021 F-150 to suit your specific needs.

    The first difference to note is that the new F-150 model is a bit more expensive than the 2020 model. Comparing the new $30,635 starting price to the 2020 F-150's base price of $28,745, and you will see that the 2021 F-150 is a little over $2,000 more. However, it comes with a lot of new features and state-of-the-art technology that the older models simply cannot match. The slight elevation in price is very much worth every penny.

    Before we dive into the various differences between these two models, you should first understand that the 2021 Ford F-150 still looks like the truck that American drivers have come to know and love. Both model years are available in a trio of cabin styles. These include the Regular Cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew models. The Regular Cab can hold up to three people, the SuperCab can carry four to five people, and the SuperCrew is capable of transporting up to six people. Also, the available bed lengths do not change. You will still have the option of the short 5.5-ft bed, the standard 6.5-ft bed, and the long 8-ft bed.

  • Safety

    A red 2021 Ford F-150 is driving on a road near Albany as part of the 2021 Ford F-150 vs 2020 Ford F-150 comparison.

    The biggest changes you will see on the 2021 Ford F-150 are in its safety systems. We were expecting this new model to be loaded with incredible features, and the engineers at ford did not disappoint. Although the 2020 Ford F-150 was advanced for its time, the new model has gone above and beyond for protecting you and your family.

    First, the 2021 F-150 comes with Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control. This system works with Stop-and-Go technology as well to help you keep pace with the flow of traffic. It will maintain your desired speed just like normal cruise control, but if the traffic ahead begins to slow down, the sensors for the system will adjust your speed accordingly. It can even fully stop the truck without any extra input from you. Once the flow of traffic has resumed its normal pace, the system will return the truck to the originally set speed.

    The Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control even includes Lane Centering and Speed Sign Recognition. The first feature will ensure that you stay in your lane while cruising down the highway. The second feature would display the last speed limit sign in your instrument cluster so that you always know how fast to go. With these technologies, driving has never been less stressful.

    The next great safety feature that we want to discuss on the 2021 Ford F-150 is the BLIS with the Trailer Coverage system. Basically, this is blindspot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert on steroids. Not only do these two safety systems work for the full-size pickup truck, but they will also cover any trailer that you have in tow. It's perfect for reversing, making wide turns, and changing lanes with a trailer attached to the truck. The 2020 Ford F-150 also has BLIS, but it only covers the truck itself and doesn't offer any added coverage for the trailer.

    Other features that you can find on the 2020 Ford F-150 include emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning, and automatic high beams. We also expect to see these on the new 2021 version. As for the 2020 F-150 premium safety systems, you will find a surround-view parking camera system on the top-tier. This will mostly also carry over to the 2021 model's highest trim level.

  • Performance

    A black 2021 Ford F-150 is towing a camper under a large bridge.

    Known for its power and performance, the F-150 has always been a strong truck. Any model from any production year will be capable of performing hard tasks. Construction workers, landscapers, and farmers use this vehicle for all sorts of jobs. With several powertrain options to choose from, you can find the perfect one for you.

    The new 2021 Ford F-150 can be fitted with one of six different powertrains. While many performance stats for these engines have not been released yet, we can give you a general breakdown of what to expect. First is the 3.3-liter Ti-VCT V6 motor. Also equipped on the 2020 Ford F-150 model, last year's output was 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. Next, we have the twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that is designed to be a bit more powerful and fuel-efficient. Looking at last year's numbers, it generates 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.

    Then, a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 motor is also carrying over from the 2020 model to 2021 Ford F-150. Producing 395 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque when equipped on the 2020 F-150, we aren't sure if those numbers have changed for the 2021 model. The fourth powertrain is centered around a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. Last year's model makes 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, so we believe that those numbers will be similar for the 2021 F-150 as well.

    If you prefer diesel motors, then you will be happy to know that the 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 turbo-diesel engine is returning for the 2021 production year. Last year's specs show that this powertrain generates 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque, and we expect to see similar numbers on the 2021 truck.

    The last powertrain in the lineup is where things get very interesting. The 2020 F-150's High-Output 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 has been retired. In its place is a new 3.5-liter PowerBoost V6 hybrid powertrain. The output specs have been kept secret, but we do know that the former High-Output 3.5-liter V6 motor produced 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. To make the hybrid model more attractive to wary buyers, we expect to see better numbers than that in addition to best in class range and fuel economy.

  • Infotainment

    A closeup shows the infotainment screen and backup camera on a 2021 Ford F-150.

    Another cool upgrade that the 2021 Ford F-150 will get has to do with the infotainment interface. The previous SYNC 3 system has been replaced by the brand new SYNC 4 system. Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G LTE Wifi hotspot will carry over from SYNC 3 into SYNC 4, but there are a few updates to the system that we want to point out.

    First is the touchscreen interface. The SYNCH 3 system is displayed on a standard 7-inch touchscreen, and the new Sync 4 system gets a larger 8-inch touchscreen standard. And while the 2020 F-150 can be upgraded to an 8-inch screen as well, higher trims on the 2021 Ford F-150 will have a massive 12-inch touchscreen. Further, the SYNC 4 system will be able to receive over-the-air (OTA) updates. This allows your infotainment system to be updated over time, adding more features as your vehicle ages.

    For higher trims levels of the 2021 F-150, a voice-controlled navigation system will be added. This is the same as the navigation system that is available on the higher 2020 F-150 models. You won't have to worry about being lost in a new city again.

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