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30-day recap: 2021 Ford F-150 hybrid MPG, towing, pricing

2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost

When you buy a truck you have to figure for more than just monthly payments. (Photo by Tim Esterdahl)

Publisher Tim Esterdahl has had his 2021 Ford F-150 hybrid for more than 30 days now and has put 2,250 miles on it. That means it’s time for an update. In this video, Tim talks about fuel economy, likes, dislikes and what it costs to own this truck.

Real-life fuel economy 

We all know what the sticker says doesn’t always end up being what the consumer experiences, so Tim’s done some testing. While his current average is about 19 MPG, his 100-mile test yielded a 24 MPG average. However, Tim is expecting better fuel economy come summer, when the weather is warmer and Nebraska is a little less windy. A recent towing experiment with a 5,000-pound camper resulted in a 7 MPG average. But that’s towing for you.

A few of Tim’s favorite things

The sport cloth seats are really comfortable. Even after a drive from Michigan to Nebraska, he felt good and ready to hop back in and drive again. Plus, they seem easy to clean. They even have zippers to remove the seat covers and wash them. Pretty slick.

The flat-load cargo space under the rear seats is fantastic for groceries or gear. It’s also great for people who have dogs and want to keep their rear seats hair-free when the dog comes along for a ride.

The on-board generator has proven very useful. Tim no longer has to drag 100-foot extension cords around the yard, or when helping his neighbors. He likes being able to plug the tools in and get to work!

There’s a lot more Tim likes about this truck, but you’ll have to watch to see what they are.

A few things Tim would change

Sync4 is better than Sync3, but it doesn’t always connect to Tim’s phone or remember his radio station choices. Apple CarPlay doesn’t always work, and sometimes Tim has to pull over, turn off the truck and turn it back on to use CarPlay.

The front camera is great, but it would be awesome if it turned on at low speeds for easy parking and getting around parking lots. Not a huge deal, but would be a nice change.

We’ve heard multiple times now how much Tim doesn’t like his plastic drop-in bed liner, and we can’t blame him. Tim also says it’s hard to get into the bed of the truck because the bed is so high, and there is no step or bumper step.

Basically, Tim’s too short for his truck, but we don’t want to hurt his feelings, so we’ll just let him keep thinking the truck is too tall, k?

Ready to buy your own 2021 Ford F-150 hybrid?

In his video Tim breaks down the cost of sales tax, title and registration, insurance and monthly payments. What do you think? Would you pay that much for this truck?

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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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