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Look what I just bought! A 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost (aka hybrid)


After spending months searching for a new truck for this website and channel, I pulled the trigger on a 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost. It was quite the adventure.

Ford revealed the next-gen 2021 F-150 in July, and after covering the all-new truck extensively on this website as well as having managing editor Jill head to Detroit to do a first drive, I was pretty much sold on this truck as the first of many I plan on buying for years to come. Many new trucks? Yup.

Buying a truck for this channel and website makes sense from a business standpoint. So, this will be the first of what could be a yearly truck purchase.

For the F-150, I didn’t have a lot of choices with many COVID-related delays pushing production backwards, and in fact, at the time of this post, there are thousands on F-150s sitting in parking lots awaiting a variety of parts to finish them off.

How did I get mine? Luck really.

Through persistent communication — and perhaps a little year-end desperation — as well as the willingness to fly to Detroit, where the first deliveries were being made, I was able get my truck pushed to the head of the line. It was delivered to Atchinson Ford, a Michigan dealer about 20 miles from the Dearborn Truck Plant that built it.

The dealer took delivery the Monday of Christmas week, and my wife and I decided to fly in the Monday after Christmas. I’ve bought many trucks in my life, but flying a thousand miles, getting picked up by the salesman, purchasing a truck sight unseen and then planning a thousand-mile road trip to bring it home wasn’t exactly something I’ve ever done.

2021 Ford F-150 Powerboost

About an hour before this picture was taken, the roads were dry without any snow anywhere to be found. (Photo by Tim Esterdahl)

In fact, I’m writing this post while sitting in a hotel, waiting on a big snowstorm to finish blowing across the country. This has been nothing short of one hell of an adventure in all regards.

But back to the truck. The Ford PR team told me there were only going to be three trucks with the hybrid powertrain available by the end of the year. Yup, just three. Talk about narrowing down the choices. I chose the one with both the hybrid and the new 7.2kW onboard generator. Those two things, along with the fact the F-150 is all-new for 2021, are keys to my business goals.

On a personal level, I plan to do a lot more road trips and camping. The EPA estimated 24 MPG combined plus having the onboard generator are pretty big draws. Plus, I wanted bucket seats, the new massive 12-inch infotainment screen and the cloth interior with heated seats.

Check out the sales sticker for the full list of features.

2021 Ford F-150 Powerboost

Ultimately, I was lucky to get a truck with all of these features, and my out-the-door price was $54k and some change. Not bad IMO.

Plus, I bought it on December 28, just three days before the end of 2020 making it qualify for helping me avoid sending the IRS a fat check.

As I spend more time with this truck over the next year, expect many updates on our YouTube channel and this website. So, let me know what questions you have, and I’ll be sure to answer them.

The bottom line

I got a new truck. It is awesome, and you’re going to want to watch a lot more videos and read more stories about it.

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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