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What kind of engine is in a Ford F-150?

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Determining Ford F-150 engine size for all years and trim levels

Ford’s F-150 is an iconic pickup in the US market with great towing capacity and raw power. All 2021 Ford F-150 engines have the same 10-speed automatic transmission and either rear-wheel or four-wheel drivetrain. However, six engines are available in the F-150, including a diesel and gas turbo V6 3.3-liter, a 5.0-liter V8, and a naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V6. 

Every Ford F-150 trim can be equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 gas engine, and for Platinum and King Ranch trims, this one is the only option. Lariat has the second option with the 2.7-liter Twin-Turbo V6 gas, and this one is also available for the XLT and  XL trims. The third engine option for the XLT and XL F-150 trims is 3.3-liter V6 gas. However, in general, F-150 engines fall into three categories, each with their own efficiency, performance, and power.


The standard layout of the 2021 Ford F-150 drivetrain offers the front engine with rear-wheel drive. The optional layouts offer an electronically-controlled 4x4 front engine with either an open differential rear axle or electronic locking rear differential. Another optional drivetrain layout includes a full hybrid front engine with either a rear-wheel drive or an electronically-controlled 4x4 with an electronic locking rear differential. 4x4 models can be equipped with a Transfer Case that has the Electronic Shift on the Fly with the Flat Tow Mode


The 2021 Ford F-150 can produce from 250 horsepower (3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6, Turbo-Diesel) to 430 horsepower (3.5-liter PowerBoost V-6, hybrid). The 3.3-liter V-6 has 290 horsepower, 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 has 325 hp, both 5.0-liter V8 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 boast 400 hp. 


The minimal torque that the latest Ford F-150 can produce is 265 lb-ft with its 3.3-liter V-6. The next is the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine with 400 lb-ft of torque. 410 lb-ft capacity belongs to the 5.0-liter V8, 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 can do 440 lb-ft, Turbo-Diesel, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 boasts 440 lb-ft, and finally, the 3.5-liter PowerBoost V-6 hybrid engine can torque 570 lb-ft.

Towing Capacity

The minimal towing capacity of 8,200 lbs owns the 3.3-liter V-6, the next is 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 with 10,100 lbs, then comes the 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 with 12,100 lbs, the next is the 3.5-liter PowerBoost V-6 hybrid with 12,700 lbs, the 5.0-liter V8 with 13,000 lbs, and the maximal towing capacity of 14,000 lbs has the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. 


The minimal payload of 1,840 lbs belongs to the 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6, then comes the 3.3-liter V-6 with its 1,985 lbs. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine’s payload is 2,480 lbs, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 goes next with its 3,250 lbs when the maximum belongs to the 5.0-liter V8 that can cope with 3,325 lbs of payload. 


Ford F-150 with a larger engine size costs more in terms of miles per gallon and insurance but has better acceleration.

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