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If you’ll recall, Publisher Tim Esterdahl recently published a video where he tested the MPG in his 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost by doing a 100-mile loop that covers some of the roads he drives regularly. Well, now he’s back, running the same loop to test the 2021 F-150 Tremor MPG.

F-150 Tremor: brand new for 2021

This new off-road package for the F-150 falls somewhere between the existing FX4 and the Raptor. It includes some design and off-road elements from the Raptor such as the side steps, vented hood and Raptor-style skid plate. But it’s unique too with its orange Tremor badging on the bed side, tailgate, floor mats and leather seats plus all the orange stitching and accents inside and out.

The Tremor package has three levels available: base, mid and high. The infotainment screen is smaller on the base model, and then as you go up more options become available.

Pricing for the F-150 Tremor starts at $49,505. This test truck has the 4028 High Package which adds $13,445 for a larger screen, premium sound system heated steering wheel, power-folding mirrors, power rear window, plus a few more add-on options, which brings you to $65,735 pretty quickly.

Comfort on and off the road

Esterdahl reports that for an off-road truck with 33-inch knobby tires this truck is pretty quiet. There is no tire whine and the ride is smooth. He likes that there are three memory seat positions and adjustable pedals. The truck also offers trail turn assist, which holds one rear tire still to help you make the turn more efficiently.

Shocking 2021 F-150 Tremor MPG results

You’d think the F-150 hybrid would way out-perform the Tremor when it comes to fuel economy but Esterdahl’s test shows just a 3 MPG difference. The results? The 2021 F-150 Tremor MPG was calculated by the truck to be 20.6 MPG. When Esterdahl calculated it by hand it was 19.48 MPG. Ford’s published estimated numbers are 16 city/20 highway/18 combined. This seems very reasonable for such an off-road capable pickup truck.

What do y’all think? Would just 3 MPG matter that much to you?

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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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  1. Ronald Jones May 12, 2022

    I have a 2017 Escape and it showed 28 mpg highway.I calculated by hand and came up with 25.5 mpg. I was scratching my head.
    So I thought let’s try this.
    I took the MPG and divided it into the miles driven and came up with how many gallons it would take to fill the tank.
    BAM it was dead on 28 mpg.
    I’m guessing there’s a formula to figure it and can’t do it with a regular calculator.


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