Ford has arrived at a pinnacle moment with the release of its new full-hybrid F-150. The F-150 has held the record for highest truck sales in the world for the last 40 years, and now Ford is ready to test the waters with a new F-150 engine that could revolutionize how trucks are powered for the future. If buyers can come to appreciate the ease of owning a hybrid and the opportunity it brings for savings on fuel, the F-150 could be the first successful series of trucks to overturn the market of diesel and gas engines.
How Well Does the F-150 Hybrid Perform?
The Ford F-150 can utilize a 3.5-liter PowerBoost Full Hybrid V6, which delivers an impressive 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque. In addition to great horsepower and torque ratings, this powerful engine can tow up to 12,700 pounds and can haul a maximum payload of 2,120 pounds when properly equipped. Paired to a ten-speed automatic transmission, the hybrid engine incorporates an electric motor that regenerates from power typically wasted in the process of braking. It can also run a class-exclusive generator that can support the use of power tools for a job site.
The Available Features
When you build your hybrid F-150, you get all the same features and options available with the gas-powered models, plus you save on fuel and get a powerful generator as standard equipment, a feature new to the F-150 models for 2021. The 30.6-gallon gas tank, which will run in tandem with the electric motor, can allow for a range of up to 700 miles. Cab sizes and bed sizes are all within the same ranges as the other engine options, so buyers won’t be limited in any way by the hybrid powertrain. If anything, it may offer only advantages.
Standard features on the base trim include an eight-inch infotainment screen, a rearview camera with hitch assist, rear-wheel drive, automatic high beams, and automatic headlights activated by rain. Other features include pre-collision assist with auto emergency braking, Sync 4, FordPass Connect, a post-crash alert system, curve control, trailer sway control, and roll stability control.
Also standard with all hybrid trims is one of the most revolutionary of all the features onboard the new F-150: the ProPower Onboard Outlet, which is a generator accessible from the bed of the truck. At first, this may mildly pique your interest to consider having the convenience of a generator in your truck bed until you realize this is about as good as having actual power outlets that can handle power-hungry equipment. If you need to plug in power tools like saws, welders, or even a jackhammer, the F-150 hybrid can handle it. With the largest generator at 7.2kW, there is virtually no end to the appliances or tools you could power.
Options for base trim models will vary based on the size of the cab and bed, as well as choosing four-wheel drive. Front tow hooks are automatically included when opting for four-wheel drive, as are all-terrain tires. Selectable drive modes are standard with any model, but more are available with 4x4 models. Other options include an electronic locking rear differential, skid plates, an integrated trailer brake controller, trailer reverse guidance, back-up assist, 360-degree camera, voice recognition, and Sirius XM. One exciting new feature is an optional interior workspace that folds flat on the center armrest of the front seat and acts as a desk.
The XLT trim will add to the base trim with heated exterior mirrors, a 170-degree rear door with the SuperCab model, the Boxlink tie-down feature, which adapts to a variety of clamps or ramps to hold items secure in the bed, and halogen fog lights. Next up is the Lariat trim, which sees an increase in the infotainment screen size to 12 inches. Other features include auto-dimming exterior mirrors, LED box lighting, remote tailgate release, interior auto-dimming rearview mirror, the reverse sensing system, heated and ventilated front seats, a black leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-trimmed seats, and Sirius XM.
Upgrading to the King Ranch trim will offer standard equipment like the 400-watt power outlet in the back of the bed (in lieu of the generator), a cargo light in the bed, remote locking tailgate, two-tone exterior paint, adaptive cruise control, adaptive steering, a forward sensing system, heated steering wheel with powered tilting and telescoping memory, a wireless charging pad, wood trim accents on the interior, a B&O audio system by Bang and Olufsen, enhanced voice recognition, navigation, and a 4G hotspot. Sliding up to the Platinum trim adds the Ford Co-Pilot360 safety suite, rain-sensing wipers, FordPass Connect, leather seats, lumbar for front seats, heated rear seats, and driver seat memory.
When ranging to the upper trim, features like power running boards that automatically sense your approach, a power tailgate, a tailgate step with work surface, moon roof, a full suite of driver-assisted safety features, and power-adjustable pedals with memory feature are added. Options like fully reclining front seats, lockable fold-away storage under the rear seats, and bed liners can all be added to the standard features for this uppermost trim.