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Even the Base 2021 Ford F-150 Comes Packed With Features

The Ford F-150 is one of the most recognizable and best-selling trucks ever made. It spans over 13 generations and has won multiple awards, including Best Heavy Duty Pickup and KBB’s Best Buy Award. The 2021 Ford F-150 will be completely redesigned and filled with plenty of new features.

Since it’s such a beloved truck, there’s a lot of pressure on Ford. Fans want a new model that’s just as good as the last one, both inside and out. Based on what we know so far, we think even the base 2021 Ford F-150 will live up to the hype.

A fresh design for 2021

The truck may not look that much different from the outside, but it has a few notable improvements. The standard work truck model now features technology that the driver couldn’t access in the previous model year. The base trim also has some useful driver’s aids, whereas the previous model only had a backup camera.

The most exciting upgrade is the new available engine, which is a hybrid powertrain. It consists of a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 and a 35 kW electric motor paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It will reportedly have class-leading power and will allow drivers to drive up to 700 miles before refueling. 

What we saw at the 2021 Ford F-150 unveiling

On June 25th, the 2021 F-150 made its grand debut. The reveal event was streamed online due to COVID-19 restrictions, but that didn’t make the excitement any less real. The event was hosted by Dennis Leary, who has been a Ford commercial voice actor and loyal customer for many years.

The event showcased how much power the new truck will have as well as its new standard and available features. Leary also interviewed the automaker’s Vice President during the event. The actual truck was proudly rolled out near the end of the livestream.

What’s in the standard truck?

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In previous model years, the standard Ford F-150 came with only the barest bones of technology. According to MotorTrend, the 2021 Ford F-150 XL will now have access to the SYNC 3 infotainment system, complete with smartphone integration. A few safety features are also included, like automatic high beams and emergency braking.

Another exciting upgrade is the F-150’s new tailgate. It will have clamps and cleats on either side of the gate, allowing it to act as a useful work surface. These cleats will also make it easier to secure large cargo like sheets of plywood.

What are some new available features?

The base model of the 2021 Ford F-150 also has the option to upgrade to the new hybrid powertrain, which also comes with a standard Pro-Power generator. However, some features will be reserved exclusively for higher trims. 

The XLT and Lariat trims offer mainly electronic upgrades, such as premium audio systems and a massive 12-inch touchscreen. Size up to the King Ranch and you get Max Reclining seats, which can also double as beds during long trips. The Platinum and Limited trims are the most expensive, but they come with all the top-of-the-line upgrades.

How much will the 2021 Ford F-150 cost?

While we don’t have official numbers yet, Car and Driver provided us with some rough estimates. The XL and XLT are the least expensive of the pack, starting at $30,000 and $35,000, respectfully. Lariat and King Ranch trims are expected to be in the neighborhood of $45,000-$50,000.

The range-topping Platinum and Limited models will be around $60,000-$70,000. Considering all the new upgrades in the XL trim alone, it’s an excellent value for a simple work truck.