2021 Ford F-150 Towing Numbers Released, Truck Wars Continue

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
2021 ford f 150 towing numbers released truck wars continue

The urination for distance competition (that’s a metaphor, and not literal, thank heaven) continues among the automakers who produce full-size pickups.

This time it’s the Blue Oval, firing a shot across the bow (or over the balcony, as it were), with the towing numbers for the 2021 Ford F-150 released today.

The Dearborn crew will announce today that the F-150 has a maximum available tow rating of 14,000 pounds and a maximum available payload of 3,325 pounds. Ford claims that the towing number is best in class, and a quick spec-sheet search seems to back that.

Additionally, the 3.5-liter “PowerBoost” hybrid setup will offer 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque. That latter number is the most ever in an F-150, says Ford. The 5.0-liter V8 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbo V6 get unspecified power bumps, as well, to 400/410 for the V8 and 400/500 for the EcoBoost, respectively.

“F-150 is the flagship of Ford’s dedication to building the best trucks and represents our commitment to not just meeting customer needs but exceeding them,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager, in a statement. “With capability and functionality foundational to F-Series, the all-new F-150 not only tows more and hauls more than any other light-duty full-size pickup, it is built to surpass customer expectations with smart innovations that will make them even more productive every day.”

Expect Ford to market that towing figure heavily, complete with Dennis Leary voiceovers. Let the pissing contest continue.

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  • OzCop OzCop on Sep 29, 2020

    So where do these half ton PU tow ratings stop? Half the weight of the truck? I thought 12 K lbs. was a decent limit, but it seems they, all manufacturers, are indeed involved in a pissing contest, or perhaps a "mine is bigger than yours" mindset. Tow ratings aside, why does it appear that Ford for 2021 has all but copied the the 2019 Ram grille and headlight design...with the exception of the bar across the grill, take the name off and insert Ram...same look...

  • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Sep 29, 2020

    Basically midsized specs

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    • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Sep 30, 2020

      @ToolGuy Preferring one form factor does not make it "basically as capable" as was argued in a prior thread. Not sure what the capabilities of five year old trucks bears on this decision other than that being basically new in your world.

  • JustVUEit JustVUEit on Sep 29, 2020

    So at what point do you buy an F-250? It's just getting ridiculous with what passes for a "half-ton" truck. If you need that tow rating just get an F-250. At what point does Ford reintroduce a "more affordable" F-100?

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    • DenverMike DenverMike on Sep 29, 2020

      They're just figures for comparison. You may tow 6 to 7,000 lbs frequently and the truck with the biggest tow numbers is theoretically better built or equipped to deal with or handle it. Or for the very rare occurrence you need the max rating in a pinch, short distance. It's the same with 0-60 times listed or bragged. No it doesn't imply anyone is going street racing their big pickups. Except it characterizes getting a heavy load up to traffic speed from a dead stop. Or pulling a hill.

  • Mike-NB2 Mike-NB2 on Sep 29, 2020

    My worry about this peeing match is that someone with no trailering experience could see that this has a capacity of 14,000 lbs and buy a MASSIVE travel trailer that is seemingly safe to haul because it 'only' weighs 12,000 lbs. The problem is the front and especially the side area of a trailer that would weigh that much. Even in light crosswinds and even with your anti-sway control locked in tight this thing would be a handful - and dangerous. Maybe the new F-150 could tow 14,000 lbs of gravel on a low trailer with little side area but I suspect that most people see the towing capacity and fantasize about heading down the road with their 37' travel trailer behind them.

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    • DenverMike DenverMike on Sep 30, 2020

      @DenverMike consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/how-much-can-pickup-trucks-tow/