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Eric's Autos: 2021 Ford F-150

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The aluminum body shaves weight but increases repair costs if damaged.

Under the Hood

The F-150 is unique in offering you a choice of five engines. Six, technically -- since one of the five can be paired with a hybrid-electric system, if you like.

The standard engine in the XL and XLT trims is a 3.3-liter V-6 without a turbo but with an almost-diesel 12:1 compression ratio. It produces 290 horsepower and 290 foot-pounds of torque. It can be paired with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and comes standard with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It can also be ordered with what Ford calls the Pro Power system, which uses the engine to generate electrical power -- as much as 2 kilowatts with this engine -- that can be used to run tools and such from a variety of plugs mounted inside the truck and on the driver's side of the truck's bed wall.

A 2.7-liter V-6 with two turbos is optional. This one produces 325 horsepower and a very stout 400 foot-pounds of torque. This engine is also available with the Pro Power system.

For those who like traditional power, the next-available engine is a 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 400 horsepower and 410 foot-pounds of torque. It can also power your tools if ordered with the Pro Power system.

 

But if you want to power your RV -- no kidding -- buy the 3.5-liter twin turbo V-6 hybrid with the Pro Power system. It generates 7.2 kilowatts of power, enough to power a 240-volt/30-amp accessory such as a welder -- or even run most of your house in the event of a blackout.

On the Road

This truck is also a high-performance sports car. Equipped with the 3.5-liter turbo or the 5.0-liter V-8, it is quicker than most of them.

You can also configure this truck's personality to suit.

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