Whenever I post a cool vehicle feature on my TikTok, I get a barrage of comments saying my 2005 (or other older model) Audi or Chevrolet or [insert SUV or truck] does that. Such was the case when I posted a demonstration of the Max Recline Seats in the 2021 Ford F-150.
My response: No, it doesn’t.
How can I say this so confidently? Because Ford has five patents tied to the design and assembly. If your truck or car or SUV did this, that wouldn’t be possible.
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What makes these reclining seats so special? The near perfect 180-degree recline surface.
The rear seats do have to be flipped up, but when you press the power recline function, the seat bottom raises 3.5 inches as the seatback goes down. What’s really cool is the upper seatback can be moved for neck support.
“The all-new Max Recline Seats in F-150 were inspired by those adjustable beds you see on TV to help make our customers more comfortable while resting in the cab,” said Ben Kulhawik, seat design and release engineer, in a press release. “Our F-150 customers are constantly on the road or at a jobsite and being able to nab a few minutes of rest really is a boon to daily productivity.”
While the recline function isn’t a quick lever release, the button works fine.
A quick note, however: These seats are not meant to be used while the vehicle is in motion, and in fact, an alert will sound if the seats aren’t upright when the F-150 starts driving.
These seats will be available in the King Ranch ($56,330), Platinum ($59,110) and Limited trims ($70,825) for the 2021 model year. They are a $340 option on all trims.
The embargo on driving impressions breaks on Wednesday, so stay tuned for our first-drive review. In the meantime check out what we know so far with all our 2021 F-150 coverage.