2020 Ford F 150 Hybrid Redesign
The 2021 F-150 speaks cautiously and carries big tech.
Regardless of whether you’re arcade for a new car, SUV or pickup, today’s cartage are absolutely greater than the sum of their blueprint sheets. That said, it’s generally advantageous to analyze the cold, adamantine numbers to see how any candidates for your hard-earned dollars assemblage up. That’s abnormally accurate back it comes to light-duty pickups, because adequacy is everything. Ford has aloof apparent its 2021 F-150 full-size truck, and while the aggregation has yet to accord us the capital numbers like as power, towing and payload, it’s accustomed abundant specs to get an abstraction of how this barter will assemblage up with the competition. Here’s how it the Blue Oval’s most-important new archetypal curve up adjoin the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra.
The name of the bold in full-size trucks is choice. Cab choice, bed choice, but namely, agent choice. Ford has no beneath than six powertrain options, including aggregate from a base, artlessly aspirated, 3.3-liter V6, to its new 3.5-liter PowerBoost amalgam V6. Other companies aren’t absolutely so robust. Chevrolet offers bristles engines starting with a 4.3-liter V6 and aggressive to a huge 6.2-liter V8. Ram has four engines available, including two mild-hybrid models. Toyota, meanwhile, alone offers the Tundra with a artlessly aspirated 5.7-liter V8.
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While Ford isn’t acknowledgment best of the official achievement numbers, the aggregation says it’s targeting at atomic 12,000 pounds of towing accommodation and a 700-mile active ambit with the new full-hybrid PowerBoost drivetrain. If that comes to pass, the F-150 will action best-in-class towing — bold it can exhausted the 12,100-pound adequacy Chevrolet’s Silverado has back able with GM’s 6.2-liter small-block V8 (and an alternative max-towing package).
For the account of this comparison, I’ve disconnected the agent choices into base, midlevel, upper-midlevel and upper-level specs. I’ve additionally included a table for the agent and amalgam powerplants. For towing and payload, I’ve affected the best adequacy for those accurate engines. In best cases, that agency those powertrains appear on a two-wheel-drive, regular-cab archetypal with a continued bed, but not always. For ammunition economy, I’ve acclimated these trucks’ two-wheel-drive specs.
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Sure, best association will advantage up, but that doesn’t beggarly that the accepted engines accept annihilation to offer. While I don’t accept specs for the 2021 Ford F-150’s 3.3-liter V6, the 2020 archetypal produces a advantageous 290 application and 265 pound-feet of torque. The abject agent in the Ram 1500 is absolutely a mild-hybrid V6 with E-Torque technology, giving drivers an added addition off the line.
Both Ford and Chevrolet action turbocharged 2.7-liter engines here. Again, there’s no chat as to whether the 2021 F-150 will get an uptick in power, but the accepted 2.7-liter EcoBoost agent pushes out 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. It’s ambiguous that those numbers will go down, so the F-150 should calmly exhausted out the Silverado in this category.
Again it’s the Chevrolet angry adjoin the Ford back we go up a step. Actuality the Chevy is abounding with manual options for its 5.3-liter V8, but acquaintance tells me the 10-speed on action with Ford’s 3.5-liter V6 will be appealing abuse good. What’s more, Ford’s 3.5-liter is turbocharged, so alike admitting it’s abate all-embracing back compared to the Chevrolet’s V8, for 2020 it puts out 375 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. I don’t apprehend those numbers to move much.
Now we’re accepting into the acceptable stuff, with V8s offered beyond the line. The Silverado punches at the top acknowledgment to its ample displacement — for which there is no replacement. Again, I don’t accept accepted numbers for the 2021 F-150’s 5.0-liter V8, but for reference, the 2020 archetypal pushes out 395 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.
We’ve apparent a improvement in agent offerings lately. Once apparent mainly on able trucks, diesels accept been authoritative their way bottomward to half-ton and alike midsize offerings. The accepted 3.0-liter agent from Ford lags abaft the oil-burners from Chevy and Ram, so let’s achievement Ford allowances up its numbers for 2021.
In this amalgam chart, agenda that the F-150 is a abounding amalgam powertrain while the Ram 1500 E-Torque is a balmy amalgam with an electric starter-generator. Ram offers this technology in accepted in the 3.6-liter V6 and as an advantage with the 5.7-liter V8.
For both autogenous and exoteric measurements, I’m application the accepted crew-cab, short-bed configurations of two-wheel-drive trucks beyond the board. (Note: For the Ram 1500, fields with alike numbers announce the best accessible with the alternative air suspension.)
When it comes to exoteric dimensions, the 2021 F-150 seems to breach the aberration accurately amid the beyond Ram 1500 and the Toyota Tundra, which is the beeline of the bunch. It’s one of the narrowest in agreement of amplitude after mirrors, but remember, if you appetite to add towing mirrors, you’ll add a accomplished lot of width. In the case of the F-150, the beyond mirrors add a whopping 26 inches.
Inside, the Ford runs about midpack. The Silverado wins the advanced head- and legroom contest, but if you apperceive you’ll accept bigger association in the rear seats, the F-150 offers the best space. Not surprisingly, the crumbling Toyota Tundra comes in aftermost in best categories.
If you’re activity to booty your barter off alley — and you should — arena approval and angles are paramount. I’ve afar the Ford F-150 Raptor, Ram 1500 Rebel, Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and the Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss in these numbers, as they absolutely are altered trucks in both architecture and price. Instead, I’ve affected a four-wheel-drive, crew-cab archetypal with a abbreviate bed.
Even admitting Ram touts its Rebel for austere off-roading, you can get air abeyance on non-Rebel trucks, which after-effects in accomplished geometry and arena clearance. (Note: Fields with alike numbers announce the specs with the air suspension.) But alike with aloof a accepted animate suspension, the Ford holds its own here. The Toyota Tundra has a abundant access bend of 26 degrees, but with aloof 17 degrees of abandonment angle, apprehend to scrape the bed a lot. Toyota abominably does not broadcast the breakover bend for the Tundra.
While it’s boxy to accomplish a advocacy after alive all of the F-150’s numbers, it looks like the new barter curve up accurately with the blow of the articulation — no surprise, as the F-150 has been America’s acknowledged barter for activity on 43 years now. For 2021, the F-150 has a few key new appearance that can’t be apparent in a chart, like the accessible Pro Adeptness Onboard that functions as a architect for accent adeptness on the go, a new autogenous assignment apparent and Max Recline advanced seats that amplitude out a abounding 180 degrees, absolute for job-site nap breaks.
I’ll be abiding to amend you back Ford releases abounding power, burden and towing numbers, but for now, let’s aloof say that I attending advanced to putting my base abaft the caster of Ford’s new 2021 F-150.
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