There’s a lot to love about the 2021 Ford F-150, from its 14,000-pound max towing capacity to a range of advanced technology features. With such a commanding truck helping you explore new areas or carry heavy equipment around your worksite, you may be interested in a truck with impressive fuel efficiency to keep you on the road longer. Once again, the F-150 delivers, achieving an EPA-estimated 25 city/26 highway MPG.
At Gary Crossley Ford, we want to give you a better idea of the F-150’s capabilities, so you can decide if this is the right pickup for your Kansas City, Liberty, and Independence, Missouri, drives.
A Range of Ford Towing Capabilities
In order to understand the towing capabilities of the 2021 Ford F-150, you first need to look at the powerful engine lineup this truck provides. Under the hood, you can choose from the following commanding powertrains:
As you can see, a wide range of engine options leads to a range of towing capacities, allowing you to choose the right one for your specific lifestyle. Each motor has its own benefits, too. However, if you’re looking for the best towing capabilities, the available 3.5L V6 is the right engine for you.
The Ideal Marriage of Power and Efficiency
Each F-150 engine executes its power through its advanced 10-speed automatic transmission. This impressive transmission provides enhanced acceleration and a concentrated power delivery through the low and mid ranges of the power band. As a result, your F-150 feels the rush of a brawny motor and it significantly impacts your efficiency.
When you choose the diesel engine, you’ll be treated to an EPA-estimated 20 city/27 highway MPG to cut down on gas station runs during road trips. Diesel fuel is denser than traditional fuel, so it lasts longer and helps you make the most out of your fuel tank.
If you’re interested in the hybrid powertrain instead, your city MPG rating gets an upgrade to an EPA-estimated 25 city/26 highway MPG for efficient drives wherever the road takes you.
Thanks to a maximum 26-gallon fuel tank, you’ll be able to explore nearly 700 highway miles on one tank of gas alone when you opt for the diesel engine. For even better efficiency, opt for the extended range fuel tank, which increases the size to 36 gallons for supreme drives with fewer stops.
Conquer Whatever Comes Your Way
Ford is known for building rough and rugged rides—and the 2021 Ford F-150 is no exception. In addition to your selection of commanding powertrains, this pickup offers drive modes to help adjust the traction to the specific conditions you’re encountering.
Some of the drive modes you’ll be able to choose from include:
- Slippery: From heavy rains to flurries, you’ll have a stable ride through slick conditions.
- Trail: Venture down the road less traveled with this mode, which creates a safe journey on dirt paths.
- Deep Snow/Sand: Tear up the beach or through unfavorable weather conditions.
- Mud/Ruts: Take your off-road excursion to the next level and get your truck a little muddy.
When you’re summiting small mountains, Hill Descent Control™ is available to help you get back on even ground securely. It expertly controls your speed and braking so you can slowly trek to the bottom of steep hills and keep exploring far and wide.
What Can the Ford F-150 Tow?
With so much muscle under the hood, you may be wondering what exactly the Ford F-150 can haul. This all depends on which of the seven engines appeals to you, as they offer two different levels of towing.
If you stick with the standard 3.3L engine or opt for the High-Output 3.5L engine on the Raptor, you’ll be able to tow a maximum of 8,200 pounds. This type of capability, is perfect for the following items:
- A 25-foot longer camper for family camping vacations the kids are sure to love.
- A water ski boat for a thrilling afternoon on the water.
- A 2-horse trailer to transport your farm friends to the next big show.
- A utility trailer with a few snowmobiles for a heart-pounding mountain adventure.
- A couple of jet skis to take your beach trips to the next level.
If you’re looking for a little more brawn, turn to one of the other five available motors. With the ability to carry over 10,000 pounds and up to a maximum of 14,000 pounds, these engines are ready to haul the following:
- A larger camper so your neighbors can come on your next escape, too.
- A large recreational boat for a relaxing afternoon on the lake with your friends.
- A fifth-wheel camper with extra sleeping and living room for cross-country ventures.
- A race-car-hauling box trailer for an out-of-town gathering
- Heavy machinery to lend a hand at your next worksite.
As you can see, the biggest limit to this truck’s towing capacity is your imagination. Go ahead and buy that new boat—the F-150 is ready to bring it to the lake for the weekend.
Load Up All Your Gear
Sometimes, you need to carry more than what you can put in a trailer. If you don’t need to attach a camper or are bringing some building supplies down to your construction site, you’ll want to utilize the truck bed.
With the 2021 Ford F-150, you’ll have your choice between three truck beds lengths with various cargo capabilities:
- 5.5-foot box: 52.8 cubic feet
- 6.5-foot box: 62.3 cubic feet
- 8.0-foot box: 77.4 cubic feet
When properly equipped, this truck can carry a maximum payload of 3,250 pounds, which is perfect for everything from scrap metal to a spare generator.
While the F-150 can clearly take around some hefty equipment, it also makes space for smaller tools and essentials as well. Add on BoxLink™ to hook up cargo in the bed to ensure nothing shifts out of place during travel. You can also equip a Cargo Box Camera to keep an eye on your precious items when moving from worksite to worksite.
Advanced Towing Features
With the ability to haul a 25-foot-long trailer, you want to know you’ll be in control of your tow when behind the wheel of your Ford F-150. Fortunately, the following features are available on your truck to provide you with a simplified towing experience:
- Tow/Haul Mode: In addition to the other selectable drive modes to assist with various terrains, this mode comes standard to ensure the proper gears are being used when hauling.
- Trailer Brake Controller: Provides extra stopping power when needed to ensure you have a stable trek with your camper or boat in tow.
- Rear View Camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist: A line-of-sight guide allows you to easily hook up your trailer and hit the road faster.
- Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with Trailer Coverage: Keeps an eye on your side blind zones, automatically accounting for the length of your trailer, so you know when it’s safe to change lanes.
These features are designed to detect potential collisions, so you can make the necessary changes to stay safer on the ever-changing road.
Other available advanced safety features, like Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control and Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, are designed to keep you alert and provide you with a safe journey, whether you have a trailer attached or not.
Back Up Your Trailer with Ease
As you’re hauling or towing around throughout the workday, you’ll want to take advantage of several haul-specific safety features.
The available Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ can make you a professional at backing up with a trailer, even if you’re a novice. This available feature seamlessly syncs your truck and trailer so you can control the direction in turns when in reverse with just a simple turn of dial. With this unique feature by your side, backing your trailer into your campsite or loading a boat into the water will be easier than ever.
For even greater assistance with backing up, add on the 360-Degree Camera. This feature uses cameras placed all around the exterior of your truck to provide you with a clearly overhead view of all sides of your ride. The result is a complete picture of your surroundings to help you navigate your truck and trailer in tighter spaces with ease.
Learn More About the Ford F-150 Towing Capacity Today
There’s even more to love about the 2021 Ford F-150, so stop by the showroom of Gary Crossley Ford to learn more today. Drivers from Kansas City, Liberty, and Independence, MO, can schedule a test drive with us to see the F-150 in action.
We’d love to have you visit us, so contact us online, over the phone, or in person