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Introduction:

To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2022 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2021 Ford F-150 4X4 SuperCrew

Vehicle Type: Pickup Gasoline
70
 overall score
Category Ranking: 2

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $60,055
Price as Tested: $74,100

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 36
EPA City mpg16
EPA Highway mpg22
EPA Combined mpg19

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [O]
  • Advanced Headlights [O]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [O]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [O]
  • Driver Monitoring [O]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [O]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [O]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [O]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [O]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [O]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

The Ford F-Series pickup is America’s perennially best-selling vehicle; the automaker sells 800,000 to 900,000 a year. Completely redesigned for 2021, the F-150 could be a brand unto itself: It comes in 8 trim levels, 6 powertrains, and 3 cab configurations and bed lengths. Indeed, the F-150 can be everything from an unadorned work truck to a high-end hauler of people and stuff equipped with the latest luxury features and tech. Our test vehicle came with a powerful 5.0-liter V8 (400 hp), a 10-speed automatic, Ford’s Co-Pilot360 2.0 suite of advanced safety features, a power liftgate and running boards, bed-view camera, trailertow package, and onboard electric generator. The roomy interior is nicely laid out, with quality materials and excellent fit and finish. All this capability comes with costs and tradeoffs. The upscale King Ranch trim starts at $56,000, nearly twice the cost of the base XL. The standard V8 guzzles fuel (19 mpg combined), has mediocre handling and a bumpy ride, and is hard to maneuver because of its large turning radius.
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Immense interior andcargo capacity
  • High-quality interior fitand finish, design, andlayout
  • Large, easy-to-useinfotainment touchscreen

Weak Points

  • Steering response feelsstiff and vague
  • Shifting hesitation atlower speeds
  • Hard to maneuver in tightquarters
  • Substandard fuel ratings

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2021
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 5740.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 243.5 / 79.9 / 77.6
Wheelbase (in): 157.2
Number of air bags: 8
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Pirelli Scorpion ATR
Front and rear tire size: 275/60 R20
Max towing capacity (lbs): 13000
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 10-speed
Drivetrain type: Four wheel
Engine/motor: 5.0L V8 Ti-VCT
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 400 @ 6000

Test Data

Test Vehicle Scores

Advanced Safety Features:

7.00

Fuel Efficiency:

1.82

EPA Emissions Score:

5.00

Acceleration:

6.49

Braking:

4.02

Handling:

4.72

Ride Quality:

7.04

Interior Size:

5.94

Easy of Entry and Exit:

8.19

Visibility:

7.48

Interior Noise:

6.54

Cargo Capacity:

6.62
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