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Auto review: The ultimate in sensible eco-friendly luxury: 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid pickup

By Larry Printz, Tribune News Service on

Published in Business News

Regardless of which driveline you choose, you'll find the cabin is extraordinarily quiet, surprisingly so for a truck. Ride is comfortably compliant and luxurious, understandable given this truck's mission, although there is some up and down bobbing after you hit a bump or an undulation in the road. There's also the expected body lean, although it's not excessive. The steering is nicely weighted, but not a whole lot of road feel. Braking is very good, as nosedive is well-controlled. It's a very luxurious driving experience — so much so, you'd be excused for buying this over a luxury car. In upper trim levels, the F-150 is fairly opulent, with diamond quilted front seats like the finest luxury cars, as well as massage, heating and ventilation.

It's easy to understand why people prefer the Ford F-150. Built body on frame, like cars used to be, they are rugged, durable and last a very long time. Their quiet, comfortable ride, opulent interiors and first class technology deliver an incredible luxury experience, albeit one that allows you to tow your favorite plaything or haul a load of mulch.

Try that with a Bentley.

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2021 FORD F-150 KING RANCH SUPERCREW HYBRID

Base price: $59,755

 

Engine: Twin-turbocharged and intercooled OHC 3.5-liter Hybrid V6

Horsepower/Torque: 430/570

EPA fuel economy (city/highway): 24/24 mpg

Observed fuel economy: 22.6 mpg

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