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The 3.0L V6 Diesel Was Introduced Only Three Years Ago

2021 Ford F-150 Engines Specs Info HP Torque Towing Payload Truck Of The Year NACTOY
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Last week, a memo went out to Ford Motor Company dealerships stating that the last day to place an order for a 2021 F-150 Power Stroke would be July 16. The reasoning falls on both customer demand for EcoBoost and PowerBoost variants, as well as the global semiconductor shortage. At the time, there was some hope that maybe the 3.0L V6 diesel engine would return for the 2022 model year. However, MC&T has learned that’s simply not the case.

“The 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke diesel engine is being removed from the F-150 lineup,” confirmed Ford Trucks spokesperson Dawn McKenzie. “Our customers overwhelmingly order our EcoBoost V6 gasoline engines. For customers who need maximum towing torque, we now offer the F-150 PowerBoost as the ideal combination of capability, power and fuel efficiency, which wasn’t available when Power Stroke was introduced.”

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2021 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel VS PowerBoost Hybrid

Targeting those who seek both superior fuel economy and strong towing capability, the The 3.0L Power Stroke V6 diesel engine in the 2021 Ford F-150 is good for 250 horsepower, and 440 lb-ft of torque. The truck could tow a maximum of 12,100 pounds with the optional 3.55 gear ratio, while max payload comes in at 1,840 pounds.

Paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission, the engine can return an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city, and 27 mpg highway. The highway number is the highest of the entire F-150 fleet, but the F-150 PowerBoost delivers better fuel estimated fuel economy overall (25 mpg combined vs. the diesel’s 23).

Unfortunately for the 3.0L Power Stroke, it was the most expensive engine offering of the entire 2021 Ford F-150 lineup, costing as much as $4,995 on base trims. Across the street, General Motors will be happy to sell you a 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Duramax for no more than $2,390 on base trims, and as little as $995 on higher ones. To frustrate things further, the new 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost outperforms both the towing and payload specs of the F-150 Power Stroke, rated at 12,700 pounds with a 2,120 pounds, respectively. The 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost hybrid also returns superior overall EPA-estimated fuel economy, boasts superior horsepower and torque numbers, and is available with a 7.2 kWh onboard inverter generator.

For 2021 F-150 customers, opting for the hybrid feels like a no brainer when looking at the spec sheet. RIP, F-150 Power Stroke. We barely knew ye.

2021 Ford F-150 Power Stroke V6
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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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