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.”
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.