Video: Old vs New: You Won’t Believe How Much The “Cheap” Ford F-150 Has Changed!

How much have trucks moved on in the past 17 years?

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In this old vs new video, we compare two Ford F-150 XLs: One is 17 years old.

This is a special old vs new video because one of the trucks was recently purchased as a personal vehicle by our very own Andre. He bought a 2021 Ford F-150 XL 4×4 hybrid with the FX4 package – and little else. In many ways, it’s nearly a “base” model as he opted for very few extras. Still, he paid about $51,000 for this “base” truck – which is still a lot of money in this day and age.

This new pickup truck is a technological marvel with the ability to power a work or campsite. It has a powerful inverter and has a range of well over 500 miles. Andre wanted a crew-cab, and it has a front bench seat; so it can hold up to six.

A LOT of power separates these trucks

It has a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that makes 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft. of torque combined with the electric motor. It comes standard with a 10-speed automatic transmission. With the FX4 package, Andre gets a rear locker and a little extra off-road beef underneath.

TFL Studios bought a 2004 Ford F-150 XL 4×4 for an upcoming off-road series and it truly is (by comparison) pretty barebones. Still, despite the high mileage, it runs like a top and we got it for $3,700. Yep, that includes the burly bed cap. It also is a single cab, despite the tiny clam-shell doors. Those little doors open to a storage/cargo area behind the front seat.

The 2004 F-150 came with a 231 hp, 4.6-liter Triton V8 that makes 293 lb-ft of torque. It’s a 4×4 with open differentials that has a 4-speed automatic transmission. It runs, drives and stops well. Honestly, with a little investment, this truck would be an excellent daily driver.

In this video, keeping in mind the 17-year difference, we show you how different two F-150 XLs truly are.

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.