One of the more dramatic changes applied to the 2021 Ford F-150 is the addition of the new hybrid powertrain. This setup, dubbed ‘Powerboost’, pairs a twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 engine with a 35 kW electric motor and 1.5 kWh lithum-ion battery and produces 430 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 570 pound-feet at 3,000 rpm. The maximum payload for Powerboost Hybrid models is 2,120 pounds, while the max towing capacity is 12,700 pounds.
The 3.3L V6 engine returns as the entry-level option and is unchanged from 2020, producing 290 horsepower and 245 pound-feet of torque. These models have a maximum payload of 1,985 pounds and can tow up to 8,200 pounds. The twin-turbo 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine also returns unchanged for 2021, producing 325 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. When equipped with this engine, the 2021 F-150 has a max payload of 2,480 pounds and a towing capacity of 10,100 pounds.
Further up the powertrain ladder are the twin-turbocharged 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and the 5.0L V8, both of which are more powerful for 2021. The twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost V6 now makes 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque (up 23 horsepower and 30 pound-feet), can tow a whopping 14,000 pounds (up from 13,200 pounds in 2020) and has a maximum payload of 3,250 pounds. The 5.0L V8, meanwhile, is up 5 horsepower and 10 pound-feet to 400 horsepower and 410 pound-feet. It has a maximum payload of 3,320 pounds and a max towing capacity of 13,000 pounds.
Completing the 2021 Ford F-150 powertrain lineup is the 3.0L Powerstroke diesel, which is unchanged from 2020. It makes 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, has a max payload of 1,840 pounds and can tow up to 12,100 pounds.
Overall, the F-150’s max towing capacity is up by 800 pounds to 14,000 pounds from 2020 thanks to the sizable boost in power the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine received. This gives the F-150 the most towing capacity of any light-duty truck, as the Silverado tops out at 13,300 pounds and the Ram at 12,750. The F-150 with the 5.0L V8 also leads the way among light-duty pickups in payload capacity at 3,320 pounds. By comparison, the Ram maxes out at 2,300 pounds, while the Silverado is third with a 2,280 pound max payload rating.