The 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid is the ultimate pickup truck

The 2021 Ford F-150 Lariat hybrid Photo credit: Felipe Salomao

The Ford Motor Company started to produce the Ford TT truck in 1917. As this model was making revenue, Ford invested and designed a variant from the Model T pickup chassis in 1925.

Today, the fourteenth generation Ford F-150 Lariat 4×4 SuperCrew V6 Hybrid pickup represents every mile of development learned from the past.

As expected, the 2021 Ford F-150 is enjoyable to drive due to the electronic power-assisted and the chassis, making the handling precise. The impression is that the F-150 does not weigh more than 5,200 lbs. because the pickup is surprisingly agile.

It is also easy for the driver to find a perfect position the Lariat has the power seat, a power adjusts pedal, and a steering wheel with power Tilt/Telescoping.

This version is the SuperCrew, which fits five occupants perfectly thanks to the long wheelbase. The rear seating offers plenty of rear legroom and comfort.

The SuperCrew variation is perfect for family
The SuperCrew variation is perfect for family

Additionally, the Lariat version redefines the word ‘practical.’ Passengers can charge their laptops through the 2.4kW socket.

Does the laptop run out of battery? No problem, the
Does the laptop run out of battery? No problem, the F-150 has a 2.4kW socket to recharge the battery. Photo credit: Felipe Salomao

The two must-have options, the 360-degree camera, helps motorists see any obstacle when backing up.

The 360 Camera with Split-view Display helps the driver when is backing out of a parking space.
The 360 Camera with Split-view Display helps the driver when is backing out of a parking space. Photo credit: Felipe Salomao

The tailgate step makes it easier to remove and load items into the pickup bed.

The optional tailgate step makes the access easy
The optional tailgate step makes the access easy

In terms of engines, Ford embraced the hybrid variation.

The F-150’s customers can choose the 3.5-litre V6-engine that works with the Alternating Current (AC) motor for a combined output of 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque.

The 3.5-litre V6-engine hybrid tech
The 3.5-litre V6-engine hybrid tech

But is the V6-hybrid engine worth the $ 2,825 (after-tax) investment compared to the V6 non-hybrid? The answer is yes.

Recently, gas prices have skyrocketed to an average of $ 1.40/L. Fuel consumption for the hybrid is 10 km/l, and the gas engine is 7.4 km/l.

After the break-even point of 57,653 km, the hybrid engine saves $2,084 when it reaches 100,000 km and emits 4,500,000 g/km less CO2 than the gas engine. Also, when the hybrid version achieves 300,000 km, the V6-hybrid saves more than $15,000 and emits 13,000 tons less CO2.

The motorist can customize how the engine map will perform. There are eight configurations, but what stands out are the Normal and Sport modes.

The electric motor and the gas engine work together when the Normal mode is on, making the pickup almost silent. The only sound inside the cabin comes from the batteries with the characteristic whirring sound when recharging.

The Normal mode, the gas engine and the 1.5 kW-hr lithium-ion battery work together.
The Normal mode, the gas engine and the 1.5 kW-hr lithium-ion battery work together.

For drivers who appreciate more engine power from the V6-engine, the Sport mode maximizes the performance. The gas engine is predominant, and the torque is remarkably linear.

The Sport mode makes the F-150 more enjoyable to drive
The Sport mode makes the F-150 more enjoyable to drive

Nevertheless, paddle-shifters are not available for the Lariat. Ford decided to reserve them for the F-150 Raptor. It is a disappointment that this pickup truck costs more than $75,000 and does not offer the shift paddle even as an option.

After 104 years of experience, the 2021 F-150 Lariat 4×4 SuperCrew V6 Hybrid pickup is brilliant in every way. It performs well, is greener than the V6 gas engine, and is roomy enough for the whole family. For this reason, the F-150 was the best-selling pickup truck in Canada last year.

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