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Eric's Autos: 2021 Ford F-150

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The GT's 5.0-liter V-8 makes the right sounds -- if you like the sound of a classic muscle truck. The diesel makes the right truck sounds.

And the 3.5-liter V-6 makes almost no sound at all, which is weird at first since this is a truck. Flooring it is an almost spiritual experience in that you feel an ethereal surge of unstoppable force propelling you toward the light, with almost no audible indication of mechanical propulsion.

It just goes.

Really quickly.

At the Curb

Inside the new F-150, you'll find thoughtful features such as seats that fold practically flat, creating an almost-bed, as well as a gear selector that folds down, creating a completely flat workspace -- or dining table -- on the center console.

It's amazing no one thought of these features before.

You can also still get a pretty basic work truck. The XL trim comes standard with manual roll-up windows and rubber (not carpet) on the floorboards. And you can get it with a regular cab and an 8-foot bed.

The Rest


Uniquely, the Ford's skin is made of aluminum. This has the pro of shedding about 400 pounds from the curb weight compared to steel, and the con of being more easily damaged and more expensive to fix if it is damaged, because aluminum is more challenging to weld.

Watch out for those deer!

The Bottom Line

This truck does so much it almost overwhelms you -- whether you're writing about it or trying to figure out which of the many configuration options to buy.

But there's no question that it does more than any other half-ton on the market right now, including things none of the others can do at all.


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