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2021 Ford F-150 Max Tow Rating Maximum Capacity

The 2021 Ford F-150 max towing numbers for each engine went live this morning, and its trailering supremacy will remain intact. The outgoing F-150 was already a towing leader, but with these new numbers, that gap widens. The Ford F-150 maximum towing capacity is now an incredible 14,000 lbs for the 2021 model year, up 800 pounds from before. That’s a pair of GT500 Mustangs, a trailer, and room to spare.

The numbers make the larger F-250 Super Duty blush, let alone direct rivals like the 2021 Ram 1500 and 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The Chevy comes the closest, at 13,300 lbs. The Ram comes in at 12,570 lbs.

Below is a chart depicting the 2021 Ford F-150 max towing ratings for each engine, as well as comparing it to the outgoing F-150.

5.0L Coyote V83.0L
Power Stroke
diesel V6
V6 Hybrid
2021 Ford F-150 Max Towing8,200 lbs10,100 lbs13,300 lbs12,100 lbs14,000 lbs12,700 lbs
2020 Ford F-150 Max Towing7,700 lbs9,000 lbs11,500 lbs11,500 lbs13,200 lbs
Difference+500 lbs+1,100 lbs+1,800 lbs+600 lbs+800 lbs

Along with seeing a boost in tow ratings, the 2021 Ford F-150 sees plenty of new features to make pulling all of that weight a little easier. Below are the details:

Pro Trailer Backup Assist – A class-exclusive technology, Pro Trailer Backup Assist makes backing up a trailer as easy as turning a knob located inside the cabin.

Trailer Reverse Guidance – Another class-exclusive bit of kit, Trailer Reverse Guidance utilizes five high-resolution cameras to provide multiple views, and it even spits out some helpful graphics that show the driver which way to turn the steering wheel while in reverse.

Trailer Theft Alert – Working in tandem with the FordPass app, you will receive a message on your phone if your F-150 detects that your trailer is being unhitched while the truck is locked.

2021 ford f-150 max towing maximum tow rating
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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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