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Not As Much Of An Improvement As Some Might Have Hoped

2021 Ford F-150 Engines Torque Horsepower Specs Payload Towing Max Maximum
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Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of hype surrounding the upcoming electric F-150. While it is true that the BEV will be the most efficient of all of the 14-generation Ford F-150 models, it won’t be the first to arrive. That honor will be bestowed upon the gasoline-powered trucks, with deliveries expected to take place before fall’s end. As the truck approaches its sales debut, the EPA has announced the 2021 F-150 fuel economy estimates for almost the entire engine lineup.

The folks over at the F-150 Gen 14 forum were the first to spot the EPA ratings, which were published yesterday. For those hoping that the new model year would drastically improve the Ford F-150’s fuel economy rating, you will be disappointed. According to the EPA, the 2021 Ford F-150 fuel economy figures for gasoline-powered models will range between 19 and 24 city/highway MPG combined.

2021 Ford F-150
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It is worth noting that the entire F-150 lineup is not present on the EPA website at this time, with the diesel-powered Power Stroke V6 and electric version noticeably absent. The Limited trim has also been spared from an EPA rating at this point, though we’d expect it to be similar to lesser trims. The fuel economy breakdown is as follows:

  • 2.7-Liter Turbo V6, 2WD: 22 MPG combined, 20 MPG city/24 MPG highway
  • 2.7-Liter Turbo V6, 4WD: 21 MPG combined, 19 MPG city/24 MPG highway
  • 3.3-Liter FlexFuel V6, 2WD: 21 MPG combined, 20 MPG city/24 MPG highway
  • 3.3-Liter FlexFuel V6, 4WD: 20 MPG combined, 19 MPG city/22 MPG highway
  • 3.5-Liter Turbo V6, 2WD: 20 MPG combined, 18 MPG city/24 MPG highway
  • 3.5-Liter Turbo V6, 4WD: 20 MPG combined, 18 MPG city/23 MPG highway
  • 5.0-Liter FlexFuel V8, 2WD: 20 MPG combined, 17 MPG city/24 MPG highway
  • 5.0-Liter FlexFuel V8, 4WD: 19 MPG combined, 16 MPG city/22 MPG highway
  • 3.5-Liter Turbo V6 Hybrid, 4WD: 24 MPG combined, 24 MPG city/24 MPG highway
2021 Ford F-150 Lariat
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Unsurprisingly, the PowerBoost Hybrid V6 is the most efficient of the gasoline engines, though it’s EPA rating may be disappointing to some. The outgoing iteration of the diesel-powered Ford F-150 also managed to reach 24 MPG combined, though the hybrid is no doubt kinder to the planet. The PowerBoost is also the most powerful option on the list, producing 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque.

While the 2021 Ford F-150 only offers marginal increases in fuel economy, the truck is still a step on from its predecessor. The electric F-150 will arrive shortly for those who are tremendously concerned with fuel economy, which is certainly only a small portion of truck buyers.

2021 Ford F-150
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Written by Lucas Bell

Lucas holds a journalism degree from Wayne State University, and is a Automotive Press Association scholarship recipient. While an American muscle fan through and through, he once wrote a fascinating comparison review about eScooters.

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