The 2021 redesigned Ford F-150 is coming this Fall, and fans are chomping at the bit to climb in and experience America’s best-selling pickup. The experts are getting the first look, and the review expectations are coming in already. New styling, a true hybrid engine variation, and high-tech interior are just around the corner. And truck buyers will have more than plenty of options from which to choose, including drivetrains, bed lengths, cab sizes, and a mind-boggling six different trim levels.
Deciphering all the standard and available equipment for each might seem overwhelming. There are 11 grille designs alone to browse! With that in mind, here’s what you’ll get with XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trims.
The 2021 Ford F-150 XL and XLT are anything but plain
To help you decide which list of options works best for your situation, it’s best to understand what comes with the basics. And there is nothing plain about the F-150’s XL and XLT trims. Expect a robust menu of standards, including an eight-inch touchscreen, Sync 3 infotainment, and mobile connectivity. Safety is covered too, with emergency braking and pedestrian detection, along with auto high-beam headlights. Dynamic Hitch Assist is formatted with the rearview camera display, as well, making backing up to a trailer a breeze.
The reviews suggest the XLT is a better choice because of the host of packages available at that level. Buyers can upgrade to a 12-inch touchscreen and upgrade to an eight-speaker sound system, for example. It’s entirely possible to create the truck you want with all the features and extras you need for $30,000 to $40,000.
Getting fancy with the Lariat
Bump up those former XLT extras to standards at the Lariat level and open up a new roster of packages and options. For those who need premium level touchpoints, the Lariat is a great start. More exciting at this level is the available Ford Active Drive Assist system. This platform offers hands-free driving assist extras like adaptive cruise, interior cameras that monitor the driver’s eye gaze and head position, as well as lane-centering technology. It’s estimated the Lariat trim will start at $43,000.
The King Ranch is still king
If high-end is your preference, the King Ranch is still the king. Ford loads up this version with all bells and whistles, and more available options to customize your truck perfectly. It may feel like you’re driving a Lincoln instead of a Ford with its plushy interior touchpoints and cabin feels. One of the most notable adds at this level is the Max Recline Seats option, which allows the seats to recline nearly 180-degrees, ideal for a quick nap. Don’t expect to take home a King Ranch for less than $53,000.
Going Platinum versus Limited
If the Ford F-150 King Ranch isn’t fancy enough, then it’s time to consider the Platinum and Limited trims. Both bring all the best must-have features at lower levels, including those Max Recline seats, and a whole lot more. Some reviews suggest the Platinum may be the best F-150 money can buy. But, in case you need more luxurious extras, the Limited trim is what most would consider absolute royalty in a pickup. At this level, consumers can expect $60,000 to $70,000 price tags, depending on the customization preferences selected.
Pick one of six engines, including the all-new hybrid PowerBoost V6. Choose your cab, bed length, and grille style. Add in the in-bed generator, kick-motion power running boards, or four-wheel-drive if you like. The trim levels will serve as a benchmark from which you can build in your most essential extras. Whether you’re in need of a hearty, two-door work truck, or a valet-quality SuperCab with seats more comfortable than your bed at home, the 2021 Ford F-150 has you covered.