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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.

5.0L Coyote V83.0L
Power Stroke
diesel V6
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

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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