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A new generation of Ford truck for sale, a black 2021 Ford F-150 Lariat Sport, is shown parked in a field.

The 2021 Ford F-150: A Half Ton of Truck Customization

The 2021 Ford F-150 is an exciting new addition to the lineup of Ford trucks for sale. For long time fans of the model or new truck owners who are curious about what the new F-150 has to offer, something to highlight is the vast array of options that come with the 2021 model.
Everyone loves to have lots of options. Whether it is where you are going out to eat, picking a movie, or selecting what music you want to listen to. Having a broad selection of choices ensures us that you can pick exactly what you need. Ford has provided this in spades with everything about the new F-150. Inside and outside, you have lots of great choices to ensure that your F-150 perfectly suits your needs and fits in your budget.


The all-new F-150 has come with a new style that is sure to turn heads. The new look is fresh and familiar. Major body panels have been changed, so you’ll still recognize the F-150, but you’ll be whistling the whole time you take in its bold new style to usher in 2021. There are 7 trim levels with various luxury and features built into them. Ford is offering the F-150 with 11 options for color AND grill styles so that you can make your heavy-duty truck fit your style. A newly added color, which costs extra, is the subdued ‘Rapid Red’ color option. Less vibrant than the ‘Race Red,’ it is a gorgeous darker red, edging toward maroon with striking highlights that catch at a reflective angle.

Someone is using the tailgate step to get into a blue 2021 Ford F-150 next to an Airstream camper.


With other half-ton pickups, you might get one or two choices of engine. Ford has regularly gone above and beyond and is leading the charge on engine options, which can save you money at the fueling station. Let’s break it down by each option and briefly go over what they have to offer. Keep in mind we don’t have any fuel economy or power numbers from Ford yet, but we can extrapolate a lot from previous models. Across all the engine models, the 10-speed automatic transmission is standard.

3.3L V6 – An affordable and standard option for a truck of this size. This engine has been relatively fuel-efficient and revs upon request. As it is a little bit of a middle of the road option, you won’t get as much power as you would with other options like the V8.

2.7L Ecoboost V6 – Don’t let the name fool you; the 2.7L Ecoboost V6 is a big performance step up from the standard 3.3L V6 option. It has a record as one of the best fuel economies of all the options and is much more powerful than one might expect from its small displacement. If you need the rawest power, this still probably won’t be for you.

5L V8 – This is the big boy. The only option for a V8 on the F-150 and it packs a punch. We don’t have any performance numbers from Ford yet, but in previous models, the V8 option provided much more horsepower and pull strength than the Ecoboost V6 but a similar torque rating. If you want that bone rumbling V8 sound, this is definitely for you, but it still won’t have the same low-end torque as a turbocharged option.

3.5L Ecoboost V6 – This option basically acts as the big brother to the 2.7L option. It is bigger and meaner and should maintain a good fuel economy while pushing power and pulling strength.

3.0L Diesel V6 – The only diesel option for the Ford F-150, the diesel V6 is a slow rev monster with insane amounts of towing power and has traditionally great fuel economy. Of course, with diesel engines, the truck won’t be very quick, and the engine itself is expensive, so it comes at a higher price tag.

3.5L Hybrid V6 – New on the scene, this is a mind-blowing addition to the F-150 engine lineup. Basically, the 3.5L Ecoboost matched to a 47 horsepower electric motor integrated into the 10-speed automatic transmission. This packs great horsepower and maximizes fuel economy.


Choices abound as we continue on into the cabin and interior features. You have 7 trim levels to choose from, including a top trim called Limited. Each of these options come with different looks, materials, features, and tech so your cabin suits your needs, whether its business or adventure.

The interior of the new 2021 Ford F-150 is a major overhaul, and it looks fantastic. You have a digital screen gauge behind the steering wheel, a wide, digital touchscreen for infotainment (base 8 in. or 12 in. for certain trim levels), Wireless Android Auto or Apple CarPlay come standard, which is fantastic. Additionally, there are some great new convenience features like how the gear stick can fold down to allow the middle console to become a flat work station. The Front seats can fold all the way back in recline, which is just a considerate addition to all the folks burning the midnight oil and want to catch a bit of shut-eye.

The interior of a 2021 Ford F-150 Platinum is shown from the passenger side.


XL – The XL is an affordable and utilitarian option with lots of opportunity for added features to be included. It carries the standard 8 in. touchscreen with great infotainment features. Overall this is a great option if you want to save a few bucks and don’t need all the bells and whistles but appreciate a sturdy and sleek interior.

STX – This trim level is stylish and comfortable. It has a blacked-out interior and cloth seats that give the cabin a distinctly luxury feel that exudes confidence. If you aren’t going to be tracking in lots of dirt or grime from the worksite, this option looks apex.

XLT – The slate grey interior of the XLT is crisp and clean. The seats are comfortable cloth with a bench seat and fold-down central console. This trim and the trim levels above it all feature the wider 12-inch touchscreen.
Lariat Sport – A familiar name to long time F-150 drivers, the Lariat is a classic. The interior sports a Vintage Carmine interior with leather-accented chairs, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. It feels warm and has a rustic quality feel.

King Ranch – This is the King indeed. The inside of this trim is country luxury at its finest. With the King Ranch logo displayed proudly across the Java interior, there is never a doubt that you ride in style. Wood trimmed accents complete the ensemble. This look exudes comfort. Don’t take our word for it; the heated and ventilated seats will speak for themselves.

Platinum – The King Ranch may be the king, but Platinum is the VIP of the F-150 trim. The seat interior is a smooth Carmelo, and the hardware has gunmetal accents that make you feel like you should get a bouncer to screen people before they climb in. Everything from the materials to design is high quality in the Premium, and the contoured seats with Active Motion make a top tier comfortable cabin.

Limited – The pièce de résistance of the new F-150 trim levels. Standing apart from the others, the interior here sports Admiral Blue with light slate accented leather seats and coordinated leather on the dashboard, console, and door inserts along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel. You feel surrounded by luxury in the Limited trim, and you’ll really feel it when you bump up the B&O Sound System. This 18 speaker stereo system is just the extra touch of tech feature that helps the Limited feel like a must-have.

Endless Options; Singular Quality

Aside from being a top quality half-ton pickup with the name recognition and history to back up the power rumbling under the hood, the 2021 Ford F-150 provides owners with a ton and a half of choices. From the outside to the inside, there are so many levels of customization to make your truck stand out from the crowd.

At your local Ford dealership, we can help you sort through all the options to choose from so that the F-150 you drive away suits your needs and style. Be sure to try this game-changing Ford addition for yourself.

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