Ford trucks are some of the best on the market, particularly when you get one with a diesel powertrain. That is because Ford diesel trucks have some of the greatest torque, towing, and payload of any trucks on the market. Diesel is the way to go if you need power and better fuel economy. If you need something that is "Built Ford Tough," you need a Ford F-series truck.
The Ford F-series of trucks is designed with you in mind. You can choose from a two-door Regular Cab with one row of seats, a two-row Super Cab with two full-size doors and two pocket doors, and a Super Crew with two full rows of seats and four full-size doors. Across the line, you will also be able to find bed sizes ranging from 5 1/2' and 6 1/2' for the F-150, 6 3/4' for the F-Super Duty trucks, or an available 8' bed option for any of the F-series models. Choose between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive to complete the build of your perfect Ford diesel truck, and get out on the road or get to work.
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Starting at $42,4401
The 2021 Ford F-150 is a powerful workhorse designed to lead the pack with its rugged capability and exceptional handling. This is especially true when the F-150 is outfitted with the available 3.0-liter Power Stroke Turbo Diesel engine. Paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, the diesel screams with power delivering 250 hp at 3,250 rpm and 440 lb-ft of torque at only 1,750 rpm. This paves the way for even more capability for the F-150 as many drivers add Ford’s trailering and towing packages to boost the truck’s power and ability. You can also add either the FX4 or FX2 off-road packages for improved off-road capability - an option that has been further enhanced by the recent addition of the even more capable F-150 Tremor package.
Trailering and Towing Capability
Drivers who opt for the 2021 F-150 XL SuperCab or the SuperCrew with the 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine can reap the benefits of even capability when they get behind the wheel. By adding the Max Trailer Tow Package, the truck’s reputation as a workhorse skyrockets and offers a maximum payload of 1,840 lbs. More importantly, it also pushes the F-150’s trailering capacity to an impressive 12,100 lbs, making it an ideal truck for hauling everything from a standard trailer to a camper, boat, and so much more.
The F-150 is available in six trim options starting with the F-150 XL and progressing to the feature-packed and luxurious F-150 Limited. But did you know that not all trim options are compatible with the 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine? That’s right - there is one trim that doesn’t offer the diesel upgrade, which means diesel-lovers have five F-150 trims to choose from when designing their new workhorse.
The F-150 XL base model starts at $28,940. However, upgrading to the 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine adds quite a bit to this starting MSRP. The upgrade requires the SuperCrew configuration with four-wheel drive and drives the base price up to $42,440. However, this price includes the diesel engine, 17-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, cloth interior seating, a rear-view camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist, and an 8-inch center touchscreen with Ford’s new SYNC 4 software.
The F-150 XLT is the second trim option in the 2021 lineup and starts at $35,050. Unlike the XL, the XLT allows you to combine the diesel engine with either the SuperCab or the SuperCrew, but you still have to opt for 4x4. This gives the diesel XLT a starting price of $45,880. The XLT comes with the XL features as well as Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 2.0 suite of driver-assist technologies, the Reverse Sensing System, 18-inch alloy wheels, cloth floor mats, and a chrome front and rear bumper.
The F-150 Lariat starts at $44,695 but requires a few upgrades to add the 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine under the hood. These upgrades include four-wheel drive as well as a few interior enhancements like leather-trimmed seats. This brings the price of the diesel-powered F-150 Lariat to $52,410 before any additional packages like the FX4 Off-Road Package, the Chrome Appearance Package, or the Sport Appearance Package. Still, the Lariat diesel comes with plenty of standard features, including a massive 12-inch LCD touchscreen with enhanced voice recognition, a power-sliding rear window, and Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start.
F-150 King Ranch
The F-150 King Ranch has a starting MSRP of $56,330 but sees that price increase when upgrading to the 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine, which requires four-wheel-drive. This brings the starting price to $62,255 and includes all the features of the Lariat in addition to the King Ranch’s iconic two-tone exterior paint scheme with a stone gray lower accent color. The model also includes the premium Bang & Olufsen sound system as well as a heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats for added comfort in colder weather.
The F-150 Platinum has a base price of $59,110 and features the Lariat standard equipment as well as genuine wood interior trim accents and a built-in navigation system. As usual, upgrading the Platinum to the 3.0-liter diesel engine requires four-wheel drive and brings the starting price of the Platinum diesel to $65,035. Drivers can opt for additional upgrades, but the Platinum trim comes standard with countless features, including 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, a remote power tailgate, power-and deployable running boards.
The most luxurious in the F-150 lineup is the Limited, which starts at $70,825 and includes a unique Admiral Blue leather interior, a twin-panel moonroof, the Unleashed Bang & Olufsen sound system, and Ford’s most advanced technology features. Unfortunately, the Limited is the only F-150 trim that cannot be outfitted with the 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine. If you want this trim, you will have to choose either the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost or the 3.5-liter PowerBoost hybrid.
The F-250 Super Duty diesel features a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel engine. This diesel engine utilizes a 36,000-psi fuel-injection system to improve engine combustion, providing 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque, the largest amount of torque currently provided by any heavy-duty diesel truck on the market. One of the improvements for 2021 is a redesign of the electric-actuated variable-geometry turbocharger. This optimizes overall engine efficiency and throttle response, making for a smoother and more powerful drive.
Unsurprisingly, this powerful engine results in some incredible performance figures. In its optimal configuration, the F-250 Super Duty diesel can tow up to 22,800 pounds, and it can haul up to 3,940 pounds of payload. If you need more muscle than an F-150 can provide, then the F-250 has got your back. From pulling trailers to moving gravel, this pickup is the best all-around workhorse in the Ford lineup.Trim Breakdown
Choosing a 2021 Ford F-250 with the optional 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel will add about $10,495 to the MSRP of the trim you choose. There are 7 different available trims on the F-250, with the XL as the base model. This model has an MSRP of $44,725 with the diesel engine. The 2021 diesel F-250 XLT adds color-coordinated carpet, a more advanced infotainment system, and cloth seats for an MSRP of $49,590. The F-250 XL and XLT are available in Regular Cab, Super Cab, and Crew Cab configurations.
The F-250 Lariat with a diesel engine has an MSRP of $57,705 and will give you a premium audio system and front leather seats. The Lariat is only available in Super Cab and Crew Cab designs. The diesel 2021 F-250 King Ranch adds a wireless charging pad, a navigation system, and heated and ventilated front leather seats with specialized King Ranch stitching for an MSRP of $70,090. The 2021 F-250 Platinum with the diesel engine has an MSRP of $76,010 and includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, a heated steering wheel, and trim unique leather seats.
The top trim F-250 Limited comes with the Turbo Diesel standard and has an MSRP of $84,190. It comes with the entire Ford Co-Pilot360 safety system, the Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System, a universal garage door opener, and unique two-tone leather seats standard to the trim level. The King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trims are only available in Crew Cab.
Every 2021 Ford F-250 comes equipped with the Ford Sync infotainment system. The base F-250 XL has the standard Sync system on a touchscreen with a 4-speaker audio system on Regular Cab models and a 6-speaker audio system on Super Cab and Crew Cab models. It also has a FordPass Connects 4G Wi-Fi modem so that you and your passengers can keep your devices connected to the Internet.
The 2021 F-250 XLT adds the Sync 3 system that combines vehicle information with entertainment functions on an 8-inch color touchscreen. This includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity, and SiriusXM satellite radio. The F-250 XLT also has a premium AM/FM stereo system with 5 speakers on Regular Cab and 7 speakers on Super Cab and Crew Cab. The F-250 Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trims add a 10-speaker B&O sound system by Bang & Olufsen, including a subwoofer.
The 2021 Ford F-250 has many standard safety features as part of the Ford Co-Pilot360 technology. This includes a tailgate-mounted rear view camera, automatic high-beam headlights, a tire pressure monitoring system, and an SOS post-crash alert. The XLT trim adds a blind spot information system that has rear cross-traffic alert and trailer coverage. This is especially helpful if you plan to use your F-250 for a great deal of towing purposes.
Despite being equipped with the same 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 engine and 10-speed TorqShift automatic transmission found in the F-250 diesel, the F-350 diesel marks a major step up over Ford’s three-quarter-ton Super Duty truck. This is not only thanks to the beefed-up suspension found in the F-350 but also to its optional dual-rear-wheel configuration. With the extra support of having four wheels on its rear axle, the F-350 diesel can tow up to 35,750 pounds and haul up to 3,940 pounds. That’s over 50% more trailering and roughly twice as much payload as the F-250 can muster. If you are looking for a truck that can pull a fifth-wheel camper or gooseneck trailer without slowing down, then the F-350 diesel is the truck for you.
The 2021 Ford F-350 has seven different trims running from the base XL to the fully-loaded Limited. Choosing your F-350 with the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel will increase the MSRP of the model you choose by $10,495. Therefore, the F-350 XL’s base MSRP will increase from $35,745 to $46,240 by adding the Turbo Diesel. The F-350 XL comes with the basic SYNC infotainment system, a standard audio system, black vinyl floor coverings, and vinyl seats.
If you upgrade to the XLT trim, your MSRP will be $51,115. This will add the more advanced SYNC 3 infotainment system, a premium audio system, color-coordinated carpeting, and cloth seats. The Lariat trim adds more premium features like a B&O sound system and front leather seats for an MSRP of $59,230 with the diesel engine. The F-350 King Ranch takes a very Western approach to the Super Duty truck with premium leather seats bearing the King Ranch logo. It also has a charging pad for your devices. The F-350 King Ranch has an MSRP of $71,605 when diesel is chosen.
The F-350 Platinum adds a heated leather steering wheel, leather seats, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. This trim with a diesel engine has an MSRP of $76,020. The top trim is the 2021 F-350 Limited with an MSRP of $85,365. The Turbo Diesel is standard on the Limited, as are the Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System, the entire lineup of active safety systems under the Ford Co-Pilot 360 Technology system, two-tone leather seats, and a universal garage door opener.
The 2021 Ford F-350 XL and XLT are available with Regular Cab, Super Cab, and Crew Cab configurations. The F-350 Lariat is available as either Crew Cab or Super Cab. The King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trims are Crew Cab only.
Ford has equipped the 2021 Ford F-350 with many standard safety features, including a tire pressure monitoring system, tailgate-mounted rear view camera, and automatic high beams, all as part of the Ford Co-Pilot 360 system. The 2021 F-350 Limited has the entire complement of Ford Co-Pilot active safety features. These include a rearview camera-center high-mounted stop lamp camera, the blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert and trailer coverage, and adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning and brake support. You will also have pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning, adaptive steering, reverse sensing system, a 180/360-degree camera to improve coverage, and lane-keeping alert.
Ford has pulled out the stops on its 2021 Ford F-350 diesel truck when it comes to infotainment. The base XL features the SYNC system with a touchscreen and a four-speaker stereo system on Regular Cab models that increases to 6 speakers on Super Cab and Crew Cab F-350 trucks. The F-350 XLT has the SYNC 3 system on an 8-inch color touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Bluetooth connectivity. The XLT also has a premium stereo system with 5 speakers on Regular Cab models and 7 speakers on Super Crew and Crew Cabs.
The F-350 Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trims add a premium Bang & Olufsen audio system with 10-speakers and a subwoofer. The King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited models also have a standard navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link. This will allow you to locate areas of interest and get real-time updates on traffic and weather to get to your destination in an efficient and timely manner.
The F-450 Super Duty is the most capable truck in the entire Ford lineup. It delivers 450 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque, which explains its exceptional hauling and towing capability that makes it capable of any job and ready for any adventure. Add in the fact that the F-450 has the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel engine under the hood, and it’s no surprise why drivers are turning to the 2021 F-450 Super Duty to get the job done.
Starting at $50,410, the F-450 XL starts the Super Duty lineup and comes standard with the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel engine. This utilitarian model has vinyl seats and rubber floors, but it still includes Ford’s SYNC infotainment system as well as access to FordPass Connect. It also offers AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control as well as an integrated trailer brake controller to make towing heavy loads easier.
The F-450 XLT builds on the XL base model by adding features like Ford’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross-Traffic Alert and Trailer Tow. The model also includes Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, access to FordPass Connect, and Ford’s SYNC 3 technology suite. Drivers also enjoy enhanced visibility with automatic high-beam headlamps and LED roof clearance lights.
Starting at $67,265, the Lariat is the mid-way point in the F-450 lineup and is one of the most popular trim options because it includes the XLT features as well as a host of upgrades. These upgrades include a Bang & Olufsen 10-speaker sound system, and the interior is luxurious with leather-trimmed seats. It even brings comfort to a new level with dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control to ensure the interior cabin is the perfect temperature for both the driver and passengers.
F-450 King Ranch
The F-450 King Ranch is a luxurious beast that starts at $77,310. Offering the utmost in comfort and convenience, the King Ranch features the iconic two-tone exterior paint scheme and accent color. The interior boasts unique Kingsville antique-affect leather seats that are heated and ventilated for the driver and front passenger. From there, drivers reap the benefits with the King Ranch’s technology package that includes the Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System with Pro Trailer Backup Assist that makes towing heavy loads hassle-free.
The F-450 Platinum takes the King Ranch to the next level and starts at $80,045. This package features everything the King Ranch offers with a special twist. The interior front seats are leather-trimmed in a unique multi-contour that sets the Platinum apart from other F-450s. The model also comes standard with power-deployable running boards, quad-beam LED headlamps, advanced driver-assist features like Adaptive Cruise Control, and safety technology like Collision Warning with Brake Support.
The F-450 Limited is the ultimate workhorse in Ford’s lineup of diesel trucks and proves that you can have both power and luxury. Starting at $91,125, the Limited has an interior that is oozing with luxury, from its leather-trimmed front bucket seats to its twin-panel moonroof that gives drivers and passengers a clear view of the sky. Drivers also reap the benefits of technology like Adaptive Steering, Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Warning, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, the Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System, remote start, a Reverse Sensing System, a wireless charging pad, a tailgate-mounted rear-view camera, and a center-mounted stop lamp rear-view camera.
The exterior of the Limited also exudes capability and ruggedness with body-color bumpers that blend in with the truck. The running boards are power-deployable, and the mirrors are memory power-folding that work in conjunction with the LED spotlights, security approach lamps, and roof clearance lights. The tailgate is also top of the line with a convenient step to make access easier, as well as a power lock and a remote tailgate release designed to give drivers more control from bumper to bumper.