The latest Ford F-150 trucks are now available, and if you’re like any other truck lover, you’re at least a little in awe of this vehicle’s capabilities and features, turning them from work trucks into a home away from home, mobile office, and quiet respite from the daily grind.
So why should you buy a Ford F-150? There are quite a few reasons. Here are the Top 10.
It’s America’s Most Popular Truck
For more than 30 years, the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S.. For the last 40 years, it’s been the best-selling pickup truck, too. And that’s not by a small margin, either. About a million Ford F-150s head home from dealer lots in a single model year.
If you don’t like following the crowd, then maybe buying an F-150 isn’t for you. But you’re going to have to settle for less if you buy something else. Are a million people per year really wrong about which truck is best? We don’t think that’s likely.
It’s a Family Vehicle
Ford Motor Company puts a lot of money and effort into consumer research, hiring anthropologists to learn how people use their trucks, so they can perfect the F-150 to meet the needs of buyers.
In recent years, they’ve found that American families use their trucks like premium SUVs, especially the higher trim levels. As such, the automaker began incorporating special features into its newer model years, including cleverly-designed adjustable seating, luxe finishes and creature comforts in the cabin, amped-up infotainment systems, and tons of safety features that allow parents to confidently drive their brood around.
The Powerboost Full Hybrid Engine is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 while still producing best-in-class horsepower and torque.
When you choose the F-150 Hybrid, you’ll get up to 700 miles of range on a full tank of gas. Imagine spending less time pumping gas and more time doing the things you love, all thanks to a pickup truck.
It’s a Work Beast
While families opt to commute in pickups, Ford didn’t forget about its bread-and-butter customer: people who work hard and use their trucks for transportation and as a tool. As such, newer Ford F-150 models are equipped with features that make work easier, such as an integrated power generator, which can operate tools at the job site, even where electricity isn’t available.
One of our favorite updates for 2021 is a premium exterior work surface on the tail gate. It includes a built-in measuring tool, cupholder, writing utensil storage, smooth writing surface, built-in clamps for cutting lumber, and a tablet holder.
It Brings New Meaning to Work from Home
Trucks are obviously common with skilled laborers, like carpenters, contractors, and other professionals. But the Ford F-150 is invaluable to people who work at a desk, too. Inside the newest models, you’ll find a premium work surface.
A table folds out from the center console, creating a workspace for signing documents, typing on your laptop (while parked, of course), or even taking a lunch break while you’re on-the-go.
It Hauls … A Lot
Even the 2021 F-150 Hybrid has a towing capacity of about 12,000 pounds. With a Ford F-150, you get best-in-class towing and best-in-class available payload, so you can haul whatever you need.
Safety Features are Standard, Not Extras
Other automakers make you fork over more money to add basic safety features to your truck. With a Ford F-150, you’ll find that quite a few pieces of safety equipment are standard, even on the XL, the base model.
Every F-150 is outfitted with:
- Rear cross traffic alert
- Following distance alert
- Evasive steering assist
- Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality
- Lane-keeping assist
- Rearview camera
- Reverse brake assist
- Active Park Assist 2.0
If you think that list seems short, we invite you to compare it to the safe features on competitors’ pick-up trucks. These features also connect to the new Sync 4 12-inch touchscreen, so you know exactly what’s going on with your vehicle.
It Lights Up the Night
Driving down dark country roads or on highways as you head into work early before the sun is now fully illuminated with swiveling headlights that lead you around corners, so you can see the entire surface of the roadway in front of you, instead of shining lights off into the ditch as you make a turn.
And if you’re still working as the sun goes down, zone lighting illuminates all the way around the truck, including inside the bed. You can control the lights from inside your truck, or on the FordPass app on your smartphone.
Thoughtful Extras All Over
Ford makes sure you can really use your truck. That’s why the automaker incorporated lots of special tidbits throughout the cab and exterior. On certain trim levels, expect to find:
- Max-recline seats that lay all the way back so you can rest on your lunch break (coming late 2021).
- Rear seat storage and locking underseat storage.
- Easy fold-up back seats to clear the floor to haul large items safely inside the cabin of your truck.
- Tie-down cleats on the edge of the tailgate.
- Long running boards that extend with an underbody kick for hands-free operation.
Tons of Availability
Thanks to the chip shortage that has slowed production of some new vehicles across the U.S., it can be hard to find a new vehicle. However, because the Ford F-150 is so popular, there are always high-quality options, even at your local used car dealership. For example, a Ford dealer in Kansas City has access to more than 400 used Ford F-series trucks at any given time.
This means that if you need a new Ford F-150 today, you can find one that suits your needs and your budget.