My life has been changed by a truck, again. I recently spent a week in the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid, and I’m sad that our time together has ended. The Ford F-150 PowerBoost proved to be an excellent option for tackling gravel roads and running errands around town.
How does the 2021 Ford Hybrid Drive?
I was in the 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Platinum Edition. The MSRP was about $79,000. The F-150 Hybrid begins at about $41,145 for the base model, so I may have been won over by a ton of extra luxury and convenience features.
The F-150 Hybrid has a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine and an electric motor that combine to provide 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque. It wasn’t short on power, and had the acceleration to make quick maneuvers as needed.
Is the Ford F-150 PowerBoost fast?
According to TruckTrend, the F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. But the truck is so smooth and comfortable, the temptation to be a speed demon isn’t there. You can have fun or just cruise.
The hybrid motor is so quiet. You almost don’t notice when it auto stops and restarts at traffic lights. I’ve never been in a massive vehicle with such a soft purr. Sometimes, I think back to turning off my 98 diesel Suburban to order at drive-throughs. Trucks and SUVs have come so far since then.
The Ford F-150 Hybrid is also pretty smooth. Only the biggest potholes in old country roads or dips on dirt trails made the interior rattle. It glided over bumps and imperfections in the road with ease.
There was very limited body roll, even while going around tight curves. The brakes aren’t too grabby and will provide confidence in your ability to stop. Also, the F-150 is pretty agile. I didn’t have much trouble in tight areas and only crossed the center line while turning on narrow back-country roads twice.
How is the Ford F-150 Hybrid tech?
The only issue I had with the 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid was trying to park it. However, the reverse camera shows you what’s behind the truck and stitches a 360-degree overhead view of your surroundings together so you can see what’s all around you.
Because I had an overhead view of the truck, I could see the lines in the parking lot. This made it easier to correct my terrible parking job than ever. When I was a tween, my parents had a 2015 F-150 that I was never allowed to drive because it was too hard to park. Well, things are different now!
I also felt confident and safe with all of the safety features. The blind-spot warning did its job in the background, but the backup camera does emit a blaring warning when something is behind you. It’s a little jarring.
The digital cluster display shows you how fast you’re traveling with the current speed limit. The voice recognition does a great job at understanding you, the heated and ventilated seats keep you comfortable, and more.
But now I’ve been spoiled to a wireless phone charger and Wireless Apple CarPlay (Wireless Android Auto is also included). The wireless charger made my phone too hot to use the first time I tried it, but the problem didn’t occur again.
With wireless Apple CarPlay, my navigation and podcasts appeared on the infotainment system right when I sat in the driver’s seat. I didn’t have to take my phone out of my pocket to make calls, get directions, or listen to music.