The 2021 Ford F-150 hybrid is changing the full-size truck game. Ford’s latest and greatest powertrain, officially known as the F-150 PowerBoost, is currently the line’s most powerful option. Read on to learn more about what the hybrid PowerBoost will do for your next F-150 pickup truck.
What is the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid?
For 2021, Ford is rolling out an all-new hybrid powertrain for its bestselling F-150 pickup truck. Ford is pairing its top-of-the-line turbocharged EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 engine with a battery-powered motor, for a total output of 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque. (That’s 30 more horses and 70 more pound-feet of torque than the non-hybrid EcoBoost V6 makes.)
The PowerBoost engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but four-wheel drive is always an option.
Every F-150 trim model (base XL, mid-grade XLT, classy Lariat, Western-themed King Ranch, posh Platinum, and top-tier Limited) is available with the PowerBoost hybrid engine. However, it’s only offered with the SuperCrew body style. However, shoppers can still choose between the 5.5-foot and 6.5-foot bed sizes.
How much can the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid tow and haul?
How much weight your F-150 PowerBoost can manage ultimately depends on configuration. Add the Max Trailer Tow package, and rear-wheel-drive models can tow max loads of 12,700 pounds. But adventurous drivers who add both four-wheel drive and the tow package can still tow a pretty big trailer, with max tow ratings of 12,400 pounds.
Without the Max Trailer Tow package, F-150 PowerBoost trucks tow max loads of 11,000 pounds.
When it comes to loading up your truck bed, rear-wheel drive PowerBoost trucks will also help you haul the biggest payloads. With rear-wheel-drive and the 5.5-foot truck bed, you can haul up to 2,090 pounds of stuff. With the 6.5-foot truck bed, that figure jumps to 2,120 pounds.
Four-wheel-drive F-150 hybrid trucks are still pretty hefty, however. With the 5.5-foot bed, you can move up to 1,830 pounds. Load up the 6.5-foot bed with up to 1,810 pounds’ worth of cargo.
What other features are available?
Besides its powerful new engine, F-150 Powerboost hybrid trucks also offer some all-new features that add a lot to your daily drive.
- Active Drive Assist: This system is Ford’s take on hands-free driving. It works on thousands of miles of pre-mapped highways, taking over for you on long trips. The system also includes driver-facing cameras, which monitor you for signs of inattention. The system only works if you keep your eyes on the road. Right now, you can add the Active Drive Assist prep kit to your F-150 Powerboost hybrid. With the prep kit in place, you’ll be ready to upload the Active Drive Assist software when it’s ready in late 2021.
- Pro Power Onboard system: This new in-bed power system charges your tools when you’re driving. At a standstill, the setup provides the perfect place to operate a power saw. You can even plug tailgating accessories into the system’s household-style power outlets. With the PowerBoost engine, the Pro Power Onboard system generates its top power rating, 7.2 kilowatts.
Looking forward to the rugged, off-road-ready Tremor package Ford is rolling out for the 2021 F-150? You should note that it’s only going to be available with the regular, non-hybrid version of the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine.
How much does the 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid cost?
The PowerBoost hybrid engine is available for every single 2021 F-150 trim model, treating a wide range of shoppers to premium performance. Price varies according to trim model and equipment.
With the PowerBoost engine, for example, the entry-level XL SuperCrew model starts at $42,840, a $4,495 jump from the base XL SuperCrew price. The top-trim Limited SuperCrew with the PowerBoost hybrid engine starts at $74,420, which is $1,900 more than its starting MSRP.