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2021 Ford F-150 XLT vs. Limited: Is it worth $20k more?

2021 Ford F-150 XLT vs Limited

Tim compares these 2021 F-150 pickup trucks and asks the question, is the Limited worth the extra $20? (Photo by Time Esterdahl)

Two 2021 Ford F-150 Powerboost pickup trucks, $20k difference. What makes the Limited so special, and is the price difference worth it? Tim walks us through all the features and differences in his 2021 Ford F-150 XLT vs. Limited video.

Let’s start with the XLT

The sticker price for this one, as equipped, is $61k. This is the XLT with the chrome appearance package, which makes it just a little more premium-looking than the regular XLT, adding chrome door handles and chrome on the running boards.

This truck has a payload capacity of 1,546 pounds. The curb weight is 5,840 and the towing capacity is a best-in-class at 12,400 pounds.

On the inside, Tim opted for the big 12-inch infotainment screen but does not have the full-digital driver’s display. There is a digital display in the center, but the tach and speedometer gauges are analog. The XLT is also missing a wireless charging pad for phones and other compatible devices. This truck is also equipped with a column shifter, giving the driver more usable space in the center console. For more details on Tim’s truck, check the sticker sheet below.

On the outside, the differences start with the grille, which has less chrome and has a very classic Ford look. The mirrors are black plastic. The LED headlights are plenty bright — Tim does a  comparison in the video.

2021 Ford F-150 Powerboost

Click to enlarge the monroney for Tim’s 2021 Ford F-150 hybrid truck.

What makes the Limited an $80k truck?

As with most appearance packages, the big difference is on the inside. In this case, Limited = luxury. From heated and ventilated leather seats that massage you and offer max recline that make sleeping in the truck more comfortable to chrome Limited badging and carbon fiber accents, stepping into the 2021 Ford F-150 Limited makes you feel a little extra special.

This truck also has a center console mounted shifter that electronically folds down and out of the way allowing the padded armrest of the console to unfold and create a flat workspace for your laptop or notepad. Wireless charging is another thing that comes standard with the Limited trim. The driver’s display on the Limited truck is completely digital.

On the outside you get the same Antimatter Blue paint job that Tim’s XLT has with a little more chrome and the LIMITED lettering in the grille and on the tailgate. You also have body-match bumpers and trim instead of plastic or metal for a more refined look.

This truck’s power tailgate has the clamps and some LED lights in the bed for easy loading and unloading, but does not have the ruler, phone holder, or pull-out step. The Limited F-150 has a drop-in bed liner (rather than the spray in on the XLT) to protect the bed and power folding running boards.

The real kicker for the Limited is the Zone Lighting. This set of lights all around the truck can be controlled from the 12-inch infotainment screen inside. The video demonstrates how these work, and you’ll have to watch it to see how cool they are!

2021 Ford F-150 Limited

Click to enlarge the monroney for the 2021 Ford F-150 Limited pickup truck.

The Limited truck has the same towing capacity as the XLT, but weighs about 200 pounds more. Why do you think that is? Watch the F-150 XLT vs. Limited video to find out!

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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