Ford F-150, Super Duty Variants Find New Ways To Stay #1

The 44 year dominance of the most profitable and durable segment of the American vehicle marketplace by the Ford F-150 pick-up truck is a baked-in advantage.

The 2021 F-150 new hybrid powertrain SuperCrew with a twin-turbo 3.5L V6, a 35-kilowatt electric motor, a 1.5 kWh battery pack and 10-speed auto trans, is where the rubber meets the road as Ford makes the leap from internal combustion engines to the fully electric 2022 Lightning F-150 due in showrooms in about a year.

While the hybrid solution has seemed perfunctory on many vehicles, the F-150 uses the mixed powertrain for exceptional long-range 700 miles per tank, very impressive 24 MPG combined mileage stats, 430 horsepower output for quick starts and 5.4 second 0 – 60 times.

Inside the loaded Lariat is both lavish and yet quintessentially truck-like. The 12” digital cluster and the standard 8” or upgraded 12” touchscreen center stack infotainment display makes all command and control functions intuitively and ergonomically accessible.

The hybrid on-board AC generator and the rudimentary but effective stowaway tailgate step-up are valued extras. At $42,000 to $77,000 the F-150 Ecoboost will cede nothing to the competition.