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2021 Ford F-150 2.7L 4X4 First Test: Not All-New But Definitely Improved

The 2021 Ford F-150 ushers in the latest generation of F-150 pickups, but that doesn’t mean it’s entirely new. Reliability and durability are major pickup selling points, so things that aren’t broken don’t get fixed. For that reason, it’s not uncommon for a redesigned truck to use carryover engines and transmissions from the previous model, and that’s exactly the case with this 2021 Ford F-150 XLT and its 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 and 10-speed automatic transmission.

Though small in traditional truck terms, the 2.7 packs a punch. With 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, it’s nearly as powerful as the traditional 5.0-liter V-8 Ford also offers. Since both were getting the job done just fine, neither was changed for 2021. As a result, their performance pretty much stayed the same, too.

Stand on the gas, and the 2.7 will scoot this Crew Cab truck to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. Not only is that 0.2 second quicker than a 2018 version we tested, it’s a tenth of a second quicker than 2021 F-150 with the 5.0 V-8. What’s more impressive is this 2021 Crew Cab XLT is slightly heavier than the 2018 Super Crew Lariat we tested. The quarter-mile result also improved, but only by a tenth of a second. Still, the truck was traveling 2.6 mph faster, which could be down to different tires and better aerodynamics. The 2021 F-150 employs several tricks such as grille shutters and a power-extended air dam along with static aerodynamic improvements. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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