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2021 FORD F-150 MAX PAYLOAD CAPABILITIES MADE OFFICIAL

The Numbers May Surprise You

2021 Ford F-150 Max Payload

The 2021 Ford F-150 max payload ratings were made live this morning. And, like with most pickup truck news, there’s a lot of info to sift through. But here’s the main highlight: maximum payload increases to 3,325 lbs with the 2021 F-150, which Ford claims is more than 1,000 pounds over its closest competition. Probably because they’re using the 5.0L V8 to get there, and not a more basic engine like FCA or GM. For instance, the 2021 Ram 1500 has a maximum rating of 2,300 lbs with its V6 engine in 2WD, while the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado expects 2,280 lbs max payload from its 2.7L L3B four cylinder turbo 2WD configuration. Granted both of these configurations smoke the base V6 2021 F-150, but who really wants to haul over a literal ton of weight in the back with a base engine in the first place?

Meanwhile, the highly anticipated 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid carries a maximum payload rating of 2,120 pounds for the Crew Cab 4×2 model with 6.5-foot box. However, you may be surprised to hear that the last-generation 2020 Ford F-150 was rated to carry more weight in the truck bed in at least two different engine configurations. The five-pound difference on the base model is minuscule, but the 180-pound difference on the Power Stroke model does stick out.

Below is a comprehensive chart comparing the 2021 Ford F-150 max payload to the last-generation 2020 Ford F-150. Apples to apples, the numbers may surprise you.

POWERTRAIN3.3L Ti-VCT V62.7L
EcoBoost
V6
5.0L Coyote V83.0L
Power Stroke
diesel V6
3.5L
EcoBoost
V6
3.5L
PowerBoost
V6 Hybrid
2021 Ford F-150 Max Payload1,985 lbs2,480 lbs3,325 lbs1,840 lbs3,250 lbs2,120 lbs
2020 Ford F-150 Max Payload1,990 lbs2,470 lbs3,270 lbs2,020 lbs3,230 lbs
Difference– 5 lbs+10 lbs+75 lbs-180 lbs+20 lbs

Raw payload ratings and comparison charts hardly tell the full story of the 2021 Ford F-150. The amount of technology and new features this new pickup truck will offer is the envy of its rivals at the moment.

Content such as the Pro Power Onboard generator, which we first reported on here at MC&T,  is available across the entire F-150 lineup, with a 2.0 kW output available for gasoline-powered trucks. That said, all PowerBoost Hybrid models will come standard with a 2.4 kW output, with an available 7.2 kW output generator coming in at an extra charge. Other highlights include a 12-inch diagonal touch screen, standard OTA updates, and even a fully reclining seat for occupants to sleep on.

2021 Ford F-150 production has officially begun as of roughly a week ago.

2021 Ford F-150 Max Towing
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.

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