Ford to Drop Diesel F-150 This Week

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
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ford to drop diesel f 150 this week

Sorry, diesel fans. Just three years after introducing a Power Stroke diesel for the F-150, Ford is dropping the diesel option.

And doing so with haste.

If you want to grab one of the last ones available, you have until Friday to do it.

Part of the problem, says Autoblog, is that the turbocharged gas options make more power and cost less than the diesel’s $4,995 price. They offer better towing capacity, to boot.

There’s also a hybrid model that is slightly cheaper, has slightly better towing, and is on par in terms of fuel economy.

Of course, diesel engines offer something gas engines don’t — low-end grunt.

While the diesel no longer seems to be the best powertrain option on paper, some buyers will still miss it. For the rest, special order by Friday or forever hold your peace.

Or, you know, save your dough for the upcoming Lightning.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • EBFlex EBFlex on Jul 13, 2021

    “Part of the problem, says Autoblog, is that the turbocharged gas options make more power and cost less than the diesel’s $4,995 price. They offer better towing capacity, to boot.” That sentence reads like it was copied directly from a dishonest Ford press release. Of course they offer better towing capacity. When you manipulate the towing and capability numbers simply to drive sales numbers that is the result. Nobody actually believes the absolute garbage 5.4L could tow more than the 5.0L trucks but that’s how Ford decided to drive sales of the awful Ecobust trucks. What they won’t tell you is that not only was the diesel far more efficient than the Ecobust or Ecobust hybrid versions, but when doing actual work the fuel economy would still be impressive versus the Ecobust where the MPGs are abysmal. It’s a shame Ford hates the Diesel engine in the F150. It was one of two engines that are reliable and actually worth buying. The other is the 5.0L. The rest of the engines including the awful hybrid and laughably bad EV are just garbage. But we know Ford makes awful business decisions and intentionally pricing the diesel high and then wondering why nobody bought it is a self fulfilling prophecy. And now Ford can go around and say “See? Nobody bought it so we got rid of it.”

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    • EBFlex EBFlex on Jul 13, 2021

      @Lou_BC Ah yes all the Ford apologists are here. Hilarious. No shock that you would consider needed turbos at 100k miles, misfiring, massive carbon build up on top of extremely poor fuel economy reliable I guess they are bullet proof. Meanwhile here in the real world, it’s unsurprising that Ford techs recommend the amazingly reliable 5.0L over the high strung EgoBust engines. I wonder why that is

  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Jul 13, 2021

    No surprise here. I've seen exactly *two* Power Stroke-equipped F-150s since they first came out, and that's here in truck-loving Texas. It might have been successful if EcoBoost weren't a thing. I find light truck diesels intriguing, but really, I'd never buy one. I do sometimes wish my Tacoma was a turbo diesel (for the fuel economy).

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jul 13, 2021

    I've got a bad feeling about this.

  • APaGttH APaGttH on Jul 13, 2021

    So a publicly traded global corporation in a free-market late-stage capitalistic society that answers to shareholders made a business decision in a single country to improve profits by axing a poor selling engine at the end of the 2021 model year production run. The same corporation had to jump through burning hoops of regulatory fire during the Trump Administration to get the engine "certified." Somehow, Biden, who apparently actually isn't even in charge, is to blame for consumers not wanting to pay $5000 for the privilege of the said engine when it offers almost no advantage over other choices beyond, for a small subset of buyers, the fuel it uses. Check please!

    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Jul 13, 2021

      Perfect assessment. This engine would have sold well in an era of "hard on fuel" V8's. The EB 3.5 has similar torque characteristics to that of a diesel, costs less, and tows/hauls more.