2021 Ford F-150 Power, Towing, and Payload Capabilities

April 30th, 2021 by

Ford F-series trucks have been America’s best-selling trucks for more than four decades, and the Ford F-150 leads the field. Ford doesn’t take this success lightly and is consistently striving to make its trucks better. For 2021, the F-150 full-size pickup has been fully redesigned from the wheels up to make it the toughest and most productive F-150 ever.

The F-150 is offered in XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trim levels, each with increasing levels of luxury and equipment. You also have a choice of three cab and bed sizes and no fewer than six powerful engines. Let’s take a look at the power and capability that puts the 2021 F-150 at the head of the pack.

F-150 Cab and Bed Options

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Depending on the trim level, the 2021 Ford F-150 is available with a regular cab or an extended SuperCab, each with an 8-foot or 6.5-foot bed. Alternatively, you can go for the spacious SuperCrew cab with a 6.5-foot or 5.5-foot bed. The three lower trim levels feature a 40/20/40 split front bench seat, or you can opt for the bucket seats and center console that come standard in the top three trims.

Built Tough

The F-150’s body and bed are constructed from lightweight, high-strength military-grade aluminum alloy. Underneath, the fully boxed frame is made from high-strength steel. This strong, yet lightweight construction enables a higher power-to-weight ratio that helps the F-150 achieve its best-in-class towing and payload ratings.


Each of the F-150’s gas and diesel engines comes standard with auto start-stop technology. The engine shuts off when you come to a stop to save fuel and restarts as soon as the brake is released. The system is deactivated when you don’t need it, such as when you’re towing or driving in four-wheel drive, which is available for all trim levels.

Starting the engine lineup is a responsive 3.3-liter Ti-VCT V-6 that makes 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. Standard for the Lariat trim is a turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine delivering 325 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. King Ranch and Platinum models feature a 400-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 that generates 410 pound-feet of torque.

The Limited trim gets a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine developing 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. Each of these engines is optional for lower trims. You can also opt for a 250 horsepower 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 turbo diesel that gives you 440 pound-feet of torque. Newly available for 2021 is a class-exclusive 3.5-liter PowerBoost full hybrid V-6 engine that delivers an impressive 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque.

A smooth-shifting electronic 10-speed automatic transmission is paired with the gas and diesel engines. For the hybrid powertrain, the 10-speed auto includes the integrated 33-kilowatt (kW) electric motor to give you ample power when you need it.

Towing Capacity

Whether you want to tow work equipment, a boat, or a big camper, the F-150 offers the capability you need. It can achieve an impressive best-in-class available towing capacity of 14,000 pounds. The capability depends on the configuration of the engine, drivetrain, and cab. For example, to pull 14,000 pounds requires the 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine, rear-wheel drive, and the SuperCab or SuperCrew.

The maximum conventional towing capacities for each of the F-150’s available engines are as follows:

  • 3.3-liter V-6: 8,200 pounds.
  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6: 10,100 pounds.
  • 5.0-liter V-8: 13,000 pounds.
  • 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 turbo-diesel: 12,100 pounds.
  • 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6: 14,000 pounds.
  • 3.5-liter PowerBoost V-6 hybrid: 12,700 pounds.


For basic towing, your F-150 will need to be equipped with the Trailer Tow Package which includes:

  • Four-pin/seven-pin wiring harness.
  • Class IV trailer hitch receiver.
  • Pro Trailer Backup Assist.
  • Trailer brake controller.
  • Tailgate LED.
  • Smart trailer tow connecter with BLIS (blind-spot monitoring system).

To achieve the highest towing capacities, you will also need the Max Trailer Tow Package, which adds:

  • 3.55 electronic-locking rear axle.
  • 36-gallon fuel tank.
  • Integrated trailer brake controller.
  • Upgraded rear bumper.

Some trim levels may need additional equipment.


When you’ve got a heavy load to haul, the F-150’s strong and lightweight construction enables it to offer a class-leading available maximum payload. Even in its least capable configuration, you can carry up to 1,705 pounds.  When equipped with the 5.0-liter V-8 engine, a regular cab, rear-wheel drive, and the Max Trailer Tow and Heavy-Duty Payload packages, the F-150 can haul a massive 3,325 pounds.

Here are the maximum payloads available with each of the F-150’s powertrains.

  • 3.3-liter V-6: 1,985 pounds.
  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6: 2,480 pounds.
  • 5.0-liter V-8: 3,325 pounds.
  • 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 turbo-diesel: 1,840 pounds.
  • 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6: 3,250 pounds.
  • 3.5-liter PowerBoost V-6 hybrid: 2,120 pounds.


The actual payload capacity will vary with your truck’s configuration.

Work Smarter With the F-150

The F-150 offers available features that make your work easier and smarter. When you need to power up your tools or your toys, the F-150 is available with a bed-mounted 400-watt power outlet. If that’s not enough, you can opt for Pro Power Onboard, which offers a choice of built-in generators with three available outputs. Choose from 2kW or 2.4kW with up to four 120-volt outlets, or a mighty 7.2kW unit with up to six 120-volt outlets and one 240-volt outlet.

If you opt for the tailgate step, you also get an innovative tailgate work surface that makes it even easier to set up shop wherever you are. The durable composite surface features a variety of useful molded-in tools, such as rulers, a phone or tablet holder, a cupholder, and small item storage.

All F-150 tailgates have tie-down hooks to help secure loads that extend out over the tailgate. These hooks also work as useful bottle openers. The tailgates include standard clamp pockets that enable you to carry out even more jobs. Whether you’re at a campsite or working late, the available LED box lighting with zone lighting illuminates the inside of the bed and 360 degrees around your truck.

Visit Oxmoor Ford Lincoln today for a closer look at all of the striking features of the 2021 Ford F-150. You’ll see why it is ideal for your work and for your weekend adventures.