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2021 Ford F-150 hybrid pickup features flat-folding seats, pop-up desk for laptops

By Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Automotive News

Ford raises the bar for America's favorite vehicle and cranks up the pressure on Chevy and Ram with the 2021 F-150 pickup, a package full of surprises arriving in dealerships just in time for the holidays.

New from the ground up, the F-150 offers more safety features, improved ride and handling and a hybrid that saves fuel on the road and can power a worksite when parked.

Top models like the King Ranch 4x4 crew cab I tested also get luxurious materials and everything from flat-folding seats for naps to a pop-up desk for laptops and clipboards.

It's the type of vehicle American automakers do best, with new levels of security, technology and comfort.

The thought and creativity that went into the new F-150 are apparent in ways large and small. Large: The most powerful version is also the most fuel efficient, a hybrid with 430 horsepower, 570 pound-feet of torque and an EPA estimated 24 mpg in both city and highway driving. Small: A tailgate/workbench with built-in mobile phone holder, measuring sticks, receivers for C-clamps and a combined tie-down/bottle opener.

The 2021 F-150 is arriving at dealerships now, as assembly plants just outside Detroit and Kansas City, Missouri, crank up production.

 

Standard and available safety features

Antilock brakes

Stability control

Automatic high beams

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