Delivery Nears for 2021 Ford F-150, Window Stickers Provide More Details
The excitement and anticipation is palpable when it comes it to the 2021 Ford F-150. Ford revealed it earlier this summer and many of the new features are really interesting. Also of note is the introduction of the first-ever hybrid powertrain for America’s best-selling truck.
Ford is launching the PowerBoost which is a hybrid powertrain platform mated with the popular Ecoboost. Together, it’s estimated to become the most fuel-efficient and most powerful F-150 ever, according to Ford.
I wrote recently about the estimated 24 mpg EPA rating for the PowerBoost F-150. And as new car stickers (called Monroneys) show up on forums like f150gen14 we learn that the EPA estimate for the PowerBoost is in fact 24 mpg/city and 24 mpg/highway, according to one leaked Monroney (posted at the top).
Some of the comments on this story were interesting with many expressing disappointment over the fuel economy. I also expected the MPG with the hybrid to exceed that magical 30 mpg plateau.
A few owners posted they achieved similar or better fuel economy with various iterations (including the diesel) of their F-150s. So, is Ford overselling the PowerBoost on an EPA number that is just too low?
I suppose the proof will be in the sales. But with many skeptics regarding hybrid technology and the forthcoming all-electric technology, Ford may have some additional marketing to do. As evidenced by this leaked Monroney of the 2021 F-150 King Ranch with the PowerBoost hybrid engine, the cost is $2,500 more just to add the hybrid technology.
Estimated Fuel Economy of 2021 Ford F-150
While Ford hasn’t released each official EPA rating, I’ve seen enough leaks and information to know what the fuel economy will be for each powerplant of the next-gen F-150.
In total, there will be six various engines offered for the 2021 Ford F-150. These include 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6, 3.3-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8, 3.0-liter diesel Powerstroke, 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 and the 3.5-liter PowerBoost hybrid V6.
Unofficially these are the expected fuel economy ratings for each engine (excluding the 3.0-liter Powerstroke):
18 City/ 23 Hwy 4x4 3.5L Platinum
20 City/ 26 Hwy 4x2 2.7L Lariat
19 City/ 24 Hwy 4x4 2.7L XLT
20 City/ 24 Hwy 4x2 3.3L XL
24 City/ 24 Hwy 4x4 3.5L Hybrid King Ranch
24 City/ 24 Hwy 4x4 3.5L Hybrid XLT
17 City/ 24 Hwy 4x2 5.0L V8 XLT
The horsepower for each engine is as follows:
3.3-liter V6: 290 horsepower/265 lb.-ft. of torque
2.7-liter EcoBoost: 325 hp/400 lb.-ft.
5.0-liter V8: 400 hp hp/410 lb.-ft.
3.0-liter Powerstroke: 250 hp/440 lb.-ft.
3.5-liter EcoBoost: 400 hp/500 lb.-ft.
3.5-liter PowerBoost hybrid: 430 hp/570 lb.-ft.
When Is The 2021 Ford F-150 Expected On Dealer’s Lots?
As I reported, first deliveries of the 2021 F-150, mostly with the PowerBoost are on time, although other engines and trims are also part of the first expected deliveries coming in the next couple of weeks.
As I mentioned, the anticipation is growing. Seeing these Monroneys pop up give hope that the first deliveries are built and will be loaded onto trains or semis in the very near future. One forum poster noted that his F-150 was showing a mid-November delivery and coming via truck, not rail.
Ford is busy manufacturing the 2021 F-150 not just for the pre-orders, but for the first arrival at car dealerships. This will have a huge impact on the inventory issues Ford dealers have been having related to the current model year.
I plan to write more this week on what the 2021 F-150 arrivals will mean to the remaining the 2020 F-150s and what, if any incentives might exist for either the current generation or the next-generation F-150.
But seeing these Monroneys mean we will soon see them on the car lots and that’s oh-so-exciting for all of us.
Why Is It Called a Monroney?
The window sticker has an official name. It’s called a Monroney by those in the industry.
As part of Automobile Information Disclosure Act of 1958, U.S. Senator Mike Monroney sponsored this law that made pertinent information more transparent for the consumer. Since then, the window sticker has been available for all vehicles sold in the U.S.
And since the mid 1970s the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has put fuel consumption information on the Monroney. This is why seeing the updated 2021 F-150 EPA ratings is a big deal (even if you’re not impressed by them).
I want to hear from you. Have you pre-ordered your 2021 F-150? If so, have you received your window sticker? What are you most looking forward? How has the process been for you? Leave me your comment below and maybe I’ll turn it into a story here on the F-150 page of Torque News.
Jimmy Dinsmore has been an automotive journalist for more than a decade and been a writer since the high school. His Driver’s Side column features new car reviews and runs in several newspapers throughout the country. He is also co-author of the book “Mustang by Design” and “Ford Trucks: A Unique Look at the Technical History of America’s Most Popular Truck”. Also, Jimmy works in the social media marketing world for a Canadian automotive training aid manufacturing company. Follow Jimmy on Facebook, Twitter, at his special Ford F-150 coverage on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can read the most of Jimmy's stories by searching Torque News Ford for daily Ford vehicle report.