Ford just released their performance specs for the 2021 Ford F-150. Six different engine options are available in 2021 including the 3.3l V6, 2.7l EcoBoost, 3.5L EcoBoost, 3.0L V-6 Powerstroke Diesel, 5.0l V-8, and the highly anticipated 3.5L PowerBoost Hybrid. The PowerBoost is Ford’s first attempt at a hybrid full-size truck. Will it meet expectations though? Some folks are concerned about durability, especially considering it has an electric motor and a battery. Fortunately, Ford released how they’re making sure this new hybrid variant is just as durable as their other models. They’re putting the 3.5L PowerBoost Hybrid through the same rigorous durability and reliability tests that Ford’s other F-150s have to go through. What about Performance though? What are the F-150 3.5L PowerBoost Hybrid’s performance specs and how do they compared to their diesel and gasoline-powered counterparts?
3.5L PowerBoost Hybrid Performance Specs
Ford made it crystal clear the PowerBoost is not just an option for eco-conscious truck owners looking to save at the gas pump. The 3.5L PowerBoost Hybrid F-150 is Ford’s most capable F-150, by far. At 430 Horsepower and 570 ft-lbs of torque, it outshines even the popular 3.5L EcoBoost turbocharged engine. The 2021 3.5L EcoBoost offers the second best overall performance in the F-150 lineup with 400 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. While there’s only a 30 horsepower difference between the two, the 70 extra lb-ft of torque with the PowerBoost is significant.
Here is a chart comparing the 3.5L PowerBoost to their other powertrains in both standard and towing performance.
|3.3L Ti-VCT V6||290 @ 6,500 rpm||265 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm|
|2.7L EcoBoost V6||325 @ 5,000 rpm||400 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm|
|5.0L V8||400 @ 6,000 rpm||410 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm|
|3.0L Powerstroke Diesel V6||250 @ 3,250 rpm||440 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm|
|3.5L EcoBoost V6||400 @ 6,000 rpm||500 lb-ft @ 3,100 rpm|
|3.5L PowerBoost Hybrid V6||430 @ 6,000 rpm||570 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm|
Other Powertrain Improvements for 2021
Two of the returning engine options, the 5.0L V-8 and the 3.5L EcoBoost will provide slightly better performance compared to previous years. The 5.0L V-8 engine gains 5 horsepower and 10 lb-ft of torque compared to the previois model year. The 3.5L EcoBoost has 25 more horsepower and 30 lb-ft more torque.
Towing & Payload Information
Despite the extra power however, the 3.5L PowerBoost isn’t the top rated powertrain in the F-150 Lineup when it comes to tow capacity. 3.5L Powerboost models have a max tow capacity of 12,700 pounds. This is below the 3.5L EcoBoost engine’s max tow capacity of 14,000 pounds. Max payload for the 3.5L PowerBoost is 2,120 pounds. This is also significantly lower than the 3.5L EcoBoost at 3,250 pounds or the 5.0 V-8 model at 3,325 pounds. What the 3.5L PowerBoost lacks in the towing capacity is vastly made up because of it’s superior technological performance.
Here’s how the 3.5L PowerBoost compares to other powertrain options in max tow capacity and max payload.
|Engine||Max Payload||Max Tow Capacity|
|3.3L Ti-VCT V6||1,985 lbs||8,200 lbs|
|2.7L EcoBoost V6||2,480 lbs||10,100 lbs|
|5.0L V8||3,325 lbs||13,000 lbs|
|3.0L Powerstroke Diesel V6||1,840 lbs||12,100 lbs|
|3.5L EcoBoost V6||3,250 lbs||14,000 lbs|
|3.5L PowerBoost Hybrid V6||2,120 lbs||12,700 lbs|
Versatility and Job Site Performance
While high horsepower and torque numbers get everyone excited, we’re more excited about the versatility and job site performance of the new F-150. Pro Power Onboard, a new feature, acts as a portable on-board generator that provides up to 18x more exportable power than Ford’s nearest competitor. Just think, no more searching around for outlets at a customer’s home, or having to pull out the extra long extension cord. You can now power tools from the bed of your truck. Tailgate and interior work surfaces make work easier inside and outside the vehicle. The F-150 also comes available with a 4-G LTE modem that offers a mobile hotspot for connectivity away from the office.
Learn More About the 3.5L PowerBoost
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