2021 Ford F-150 4×4 Platinum: Overview
Now in its 14th generation The F-150 matters, not only for Ford but also for the American automotive industry.
Ford, now called a truck company, produces the F-150 since 1948. It is the best-selling pickup truck since 1977 and the best selling vehicle overall since 1981 in the USA. Also the best-selling vehicle in Canada for about half a century.
The Ford F-150 is arguably the most important product rolling out of the North American assembly lines. With six engines, including a diesel and a hybrid, three cab configurations, three different bed lengths and six trim levels, Ford could produce about two million F-150’s and none of the two would be identical as William clay Ford, the Executive Chairman of the company once put into words.
When the Ford Motor Company launched the 13th generation F-Series pickup back in 2015, it took a critical and courageous step with the all-aluminum body. Despite the challenges with the repair, the fuel-cost savings and the additional driving pleasure (in my subjective opinion) more than paid off.
According to the manufacturer, 92 percent of the current generation truck’s parts have been redesigned, and only the cabs and pickup boxes are being carried over from the earlier versions. This is why the 2021 model looks so similar to the previous model while getting better in every aspect.
Without the F-150, Ford Motor Company probably not survive. In 2020, the sales volume reached almost 800K. The sales revenue of the F-150 exceeds the entire sales of McDonald’s.
2021 Ford F-150 4X4 Platinum: Engine and Powertrain
The 3.5L, Ecoboost engine delivers 400 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. These figures are very promising not only on paper but also on the road. The engine, mated to 10-speed transmission delivers great acceleration and a smooth ride in the city and on the highway. Times have changed and the gas-guzzling V8 engines belong to the past. About 10 years ago, it was almost unimaginable that a six-cylinder engine would generate so much power.
2021 Ford F-150 4×4 Platinum: Interior
If I could describe the interior in one word, I would say Functionality. The cabin is spacious and easy to enter and exit. The power running boards in the Platinum trim make the entry and exit much easier. Every corner of the vehicle reflects the manufacturing experience and millions of customer feedback over seven decades.
The F-150 is a working tool and a mobile office beyond a means of transport. The big, 12″ infotainment screen, that Ford calls “productivity screen” with Sync 4 works very well. Wireless connectivity for Apple Car Play and Android Auto come standard. Another nice feature is the fold-away shift lever to create a working space. Opening the big central cubby bin and folding its hinged lid forward you create a large flat table/surface that can accommodate your laptop. The power-adjustable, heated and ventilated front seats are very comfortable and better than the more expensive Lincoln Navigator SUV. The leg and headroom in the rear are enormous. The rear seat bench comfortably accommodates three adults or can be folded up to create cargo space.
The tailgate is designed to serve as a workbench. So every component inside and out is part of a toolkit. You can close the tailgate with the push of a button.
2021 Ford F-150 4×4 Platinum: Driving Impressions
This truck drives surprisingly well. The powerful, 3.5L Ecoboost engine gives the boost easily. The aluminum body with the steel frame and the weight advantage it brings is felt clearly. The rear suspension with spring leaves do not provide the same level of comfort as independent rear suspension. But, this is a pickup truck and drives well when you keep this in mind.
Although we did not have a chance to test it, 14,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity is impressive and shows how much this truck is capable of heavy-duty jobs.
At the end of the mixed-mode driving, I came up with an average of 14,3 liters, which is acceptable for a full-size truck.
Pricing and Equipment
With all the engine, body and equipment options, Ford offers an F-150 model for almost every budget. Our tester was the high-end Platinum trim with options an MSRP just south of 90 Grand. This version is definitely not the best-selling F-150 but demonstrates how comfortable and luxurious a truck can be.
For details of the pricing and equipment of our tester, please see the window sticker below:
2021 Ford F-150 4X4 Platinum: Conclusion
2021 Ford F-150 with all its variants, offers a product for each need. In the week of our test drive, Ford introduced the all-electric version of its bestseller in Detroit on May 19th. North America’s bestseller fills every sub-segment and also the future success looks certain.
For more detailed information, please visit http://www.ford.ca
Article by Varol McKars
Photos by Varol McKars and Dan Gunay