The question is: Did they make the 2021 Ford F-150 Coyote V8 quicker and more efficient? We find out!
The 2021 Ford F-150 Coyote V8 is (basically) the same 5.0-liter V8 we’ve tested many times in the past, and we totally dig that power plant. Ford upped their V8 game by giving it more power and better economy with high tech additions. The 400 horsepower, 5.0-liter V8 makes 410 lbs-ft of torque at 4,250 rpm. You don’t have to push it to near the redline to get maximum torque. It’s hooked up to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The new feature Ford added to the Coyote V8 is cylinder deactivation. Similar to some other automaker’s systems, this setup gives you four active cylinders during low-demand driving, and eight cylinders when power is needed. This system helps give this truck 16 mpg city, 22 highway, and 19 mpg combined.
Considering the fact that this truck weighs less than 5,000 lbs and has a four-wheel drive, the payload numbers are excellent. It can haul up to 2,140 lbs, and its maximum towing is 9,500-lbs. While the 3.31 rear axle is good for the economy, it could tow a lot more with Ford’s optional rear ends.
This 2021 Ford F-150 Coyote V8 is based on a super-cab SL STX 4×4 that comes in at a very reasonable $43,460 (after some rebates/discounts). Considering how expensive half-ton trucks are becoming, you’re getting a lot of truck for the money. Sure, it doesn’t have the pricy luxury goodies like messaging seats and a panoramic moonroof, but it does provide a proper pickup truck that’s more than comfortable.
We think it’s a hell of a bargain.
In this video, Andre takes on a tour of the vehicle, does a 0 to 60 mph run, which provides surprising results – considering he’s doing it at over a mile above sea level. Remember: this is a non-turbo truck. In fact, it’s one of only a handful of trucks Ford builds that’s not an EcoBoost.