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2021 Ford F-150 SuperCrew 4×4 V8 Platinum FX4 Video Overview

Reviewing the F-150 on an Urban Mtn Bike Adventure

2021 Ford F-150

There’s mostly just a lot to like about the 2021 Ford F-150 SuperCrew 4×4 V8 Platinum FX4. Sure it’s not perfect, but it is the best-selling truck in America for a reason.

2021 Ford F-150 Platinum Interior
(Photo: Bryon Dorr)

PROS

  • We love the Max Recline seats. Naptime anywhere!
  • Massive interior volume for people and gear.
  • The 5.0L V8 puts out 400 hp and 410 lb.-ft. of torque, which is plenty of power for a 1/2 ton pickup.
  • The 10-speed transmission is one of the smoothest on the market.
  • The suspension offers a consistently smooth comfortable ride on road.
  • This is a work truck, and tons of useful power outlets, a center console desk, and a tailgate step all help get work done.
  • The Sync4 infotainment system is class-leading.
2021 Ford F-150 Platinum Interior lay flat seats
(Photo: Bryon Dorr)
2021 Ford F-150 Platinum Interior console desk
(Photo: Bryon Dorr)

CONS

  • With quality, luxury, and tons of features comes a big price tag. Over $74,000 for our test example.
  • As with all U.S. vehicles, the F-150 continues to get bigger, which makes it more and more difficult to maneuver around city streets and/or tight trails.
  • The relatively small truck bed isn’t great for lumber or larger adventure gear like kayaks.
2021 Ford F-150 Platinum Interior rear seats
(Photo: Bryon Dorr)

Check out this video for a quick overview of what we like about this truck as we go on a little urban mountain bike adventure at the end of a week-long loan with the vehicle.

2021 Ford F-150 Review

The truck we had for review is a SuperCrew 4×4 V8 Platinum FX4. That’s a lot, but it means that we got a truck focused on interior space, has big power, loads of luxury, and some nice off-road bits.

2021 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0L V8 Coyote engine
(Photo: Bryon Dorr)

While not as luxurious as the Limited trim and not nearly as off-road capable as the Raptor (or Tremor), this F-150 example is a near-perfect balance of a do it all one truck quiver.

I sadly didn’t get a chance to haul a big load, tow, or off-road with this F-150 with FX4 package during my time with it. I have full confidence that it would do all those things quite well. The off-road capability will only be hampered by the big size, low running boards, and pretty basic shocks.

If you were wondering, the FX4 package gets you off-road-tuned shocks, skid plates, and a locking rear differential. Oh, and some bedside stickers. Stickers always make things better. I hear they add horsepower and capability.

The Antimatter Blue pain on our review example is truly beautiful and looks black in certain lights. The black and Camelo leather interior is something you’d expect in a luxury car, not a pickup truck that is ready to do work and is off-road capable.

2021 Ford F-150 Platinum
(Photo: Bryon Dorr)

To build out your own F-150 and find a dealer near you check out Ford.com.









Bryon Dorr
About Bryon Dorr

AutoWise Editor-in-Chief Bryon Dorr has been a lifelong automotive enthusiast. From the supercar posters on his childhood walls to the massive Hot Wheels/Matchbox collection, Bryon has been dreaming about automotive adventures his entire life. For the past decade+ Bryon has pursued a career in automotive photography and journalism. He's worked for a wide range of the top outlets in the overland, off-road, adventure motorcycle, and general automotive media. His current household automotive quiver includes a custom overland 2013 GX460, a 2020 Ioniq Electric, and a 2006 KTM 950 Adv. He recently sold his 996TT, and is on the hunt for a new performance car.

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