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Eric's Autos: 2021 Ford F-150

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It used to be easy to review trucks.

They were the most basic vehicles on the road, built to work and not to be comfortable. There was a body on a frame with a bed in the back and you picked the length and the number of doors -- and that about covered it.

Now, selecting those things is just getting started.

How about an onboard generator that can power a 30-amp welder? A gear shifter that reclines -- so as to make the center console a worktable? Seats that turn into beds? Your pick of 11 different grills? How about 700 miles on a tank of gas -- and the ability to burn no gas at all for several of those miles?

That's just the CliffsNotes version.

What It Is

 

The F-150 is Ford's half-ton pickup.

Prices start at $28,940 for a base XL trim with rear-wheel drive, a 6.5-foot bed, a two-door regular cab and a 3.3-liter V-6 engine. An 8-foot bed and all-wheel drive are available with this trim.

SuperCabs start at $33,025 for the XL with rear-wheel drive and the 3.3-liter V-6, which can be swapped out in XLT and Lariat trims for either a twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6 or a 5.0-liter V-8 and with your pick of 5.5-, 6.5- or 8-foot bed lengths.

SuperCrews have four full-size doors and are available in XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and range-topping Limited ($70,825) trims. Depending on the trim, you'll find or can order engines ranging from the 3.3-liter V-6 to the 2.7-liter twin turbo V-6 to the 5.0-liter V-8 to a twin turbo 3.5-liter V-6 to a 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel V-6.

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