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Henry Payne: Ford F-150 Hybrid is one tough nerd

By Henry Payne, The Detroit News on

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This dexterity extends to the console itself, where the turbo V-6 engines come with a stowable shift lever. Hide the lever with the push of button and the console turns into a flat desk surface.

My crew cab interior was enormous and enhanced with more storage — including a second glovebox and lockable, sub-rear seat storage. The latter is suitable for fishing rods and gear — but also for electronic devices that not only benefit from the truck's Wi-Fi hot spot, but can be recharged by plugging into the second row's outlet. These are amenities normally associated with your house, for goodness sake, so you can see why trucks are fast becoming a luxury option to rival big European sedans.

The truck's brains help makes its size more manageable, too.

My F-150 featured advanced cruise control called CoPilot 360 Assist (a Cadillac Super Cruise-like Active Drive Assist is on the way next year), which offers capable driving assistance on interstates and in crowded traffic. Truck owners are busy folks, and the system allows them the ability to take phone calls or glance at text messages without having to pull over to the side of the road.

Trucks have always been the biggest, brawniest things on the road. Now a new generation of F-150s shows they are among the biggest nerds, too.

2021 FORD F-150 HYBRID

 

Vehicle type: Four-wheel drive, four-door, five-passenger pickup

Price: $42,840, including $1,695 destination charge ($68,090 as tested)

Powerplant: 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V-6 with electric motor

Power: 430 horsepower, 570 pound-feet of torque

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