With Ford slowly and steadily electrifying its lineup over the last several years, there’s no real surprise even the F-150 would one day ditch gasoline. While the zero emissions version won’t be out for awhile yet, a hybrid option — the only example in the segment right now — has finally arrived.
Still based on the standard 14th generation truck platform, the partially electrified offering is sold as a PowerBoost model and available on the crew cab body style regardless of trim level whether base XL or Limited.
(On the other end of the F-150 sustainability spectrum, the 760-hp, V8-powered Raptor R is slated for 2022.)
Power: 3.5L PowerBoost V6 Hybrid
Under the hood is a 3.5-litre V6 engine, complemented by a 35-kilowatt electric motor integrated right into the 10-speed automatic transmission. The 3.5L PowerBoost full-hybrid engine adds roughly $3,900 (C$4,850 in Canada) to the truck’s price.
And who said being eco-friendly had to be boring? This latest Dearborn-built product also happens to be the most powerful within the full-size truck portfolio generating a combined 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque.
The latter comes in quickly and robustly thanks to the assistance of the electric motor. Other than that, the pickup really doesn’t look, drive or sound like a conventional hybrid unless while backing up where a cute reverse alert chime is emitted.
The onboard 1.5-kilowatt battery can’t be charged externally, however the process is automated via regenerative braking. The stored electricity isn’t only used for propulsion, but reserves 2.4-kilowatts (or up to 7.2 kilowatts at an additional cost) for the Pro Power Onboard feature, which provides juice to in-cabin devices, or tools and toys plugged into the 120-volt outlets found in the cargo bed.
Although I didn’t hook up anything out back during my time in the vehicle, the PowerBoost has a maximum towing capacity of 12,700 pounds. That’s 600 more pounds than the 3.0-litre diesel variant, and 2,600 more than the 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6.
Here’s a look at the 2021 F-150’s 4×4 engine lineup fuel economy:
|2021 F-150 Engine||Drive||Fuel Economy (EPA estimated)|
|3.3L V6||4×4||20 mpg|
|2.7L EcoBoost V6||4×4||21 mpg|
|5.0L EcoBoost V6||4×4||19 mpg|
|3.5L EcoBoost V6||4×4||20 mpg|
|3.0L Power Stroke V6||4×4||23 mpg|
|3.5L PowerBoost V6 Hybrid||4×4||24 mpg|
As with all 2021 F-150s, the interior has been completely overhauled. Here’s our in-dept 2021 F-150 interior review.
The all-new SYNC 4 infotainment system makes an appearance here debuting some neat functionality, such as the ability to connect to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible devices wirelessly. Opt for the 12-inch touchscreen and a a split screen mode may be activated to display two apps simultaneously: for instance, the radio on the left and maps on the right.
A number of passengers commented on how upscale the inside felt. And indeed, TractionLife’s Lariat 4X4 press loaner was generously equipped including a thumping B&O stereo, SiriusXM satellite radio, ambient lighting, leather bucket seats, electric sliding rear window and auto-dimming rear-view camera mirror.
Here’s list of standard interior features with the 4×4 Lariat Supercrew hybrid offering:
B&O audio system
Universal garage door opener
Power adjustable pedals with memory
Leather steering wheels with controls
Driver & passenger power lumbar seats
Power, heated/ventilated front seats (memory drivers seat)
SiriusXM satellite radio with 3-months prepaid service
The exterior isn’t too shabby either on the popular full-size pickup, especially after adding extras like the FX4 off-road package (skid plates, heavy duty shocks), power tailgate and drop down step, power deployable running boards and 275/60/20 all-terrain tires.
Many of these of course yielding better performance if you decide to take the truck off-roading.
Lightweight aluminum still rules when it comes to the construction of the pickup, the body sitting on a fully boxed and ultra-strong steel frame. Ford says the current vehicle is the most aerodynamic one yet boasting active grill shutters, a dynamic air dam, redesigned cab and tailgate, all of which help reduce drag and contribute to the estimated range of over 1,000 kilometres on a full tank of fuel.
Standard exterior features include:
Boxlink cargo management system
Fully boxed steel frame
LED fog lamps
Dual power heated & folding mirrors with memory
Pickup box LED lighting
Box with tie down hooks
Power tailgate lock
Power sliding rear window with defrost and privacy tint
As tested, the 2021 Ford F-150 Lariat 4X4 SuperCrew retails for $49,250 and C$61,845 in Canada before optional equipment, fees and taxes. The tester you see here rings in at exactly C$83,165 including destination charge/fees (that’s about $67,000 in the US).
Interior and exterior 2021 F-150 Hybrid Lariat pictures:
Pictures by Amee Reehal