The 2021 Ford F-150 is just about set to start reaching U.S. dealerships en masse, but some models are already scheduled to get a price increase. According to a dealer memo seen by Ford Authority, FoMoCo recently decided to make trucks equipped with the Max Trailer Tow Package a bit more expensive across all the trims it can be paired with. But considering what Ford includes in the package, it may still be worth the upgrade.
After Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020, every 2021 Ford F-150 paired with the Max Trailer Tow Package will cost either $70 or $645 more than they did before. But most trucks featuring the package will see a $645 increase, as the additional cost has been added to XL, XLT, Lariat, and King Ranch trims. Only the Platinum trim sees the lesser $70 increase. The new pricing structure is as follows:
- XL – $1,880
- XLT – $1,995
- Lariat – $2,045
- King Ranch – $1,995
- Platinum – $1,420
Limited trimmed models cannot be paired with the Max Trailer Tow Package, nor can any 2021 Ford F-150 equipped with the standard Ford 3.3L Duratec V6 or optional Ford 2.7L EcoBoost V6. Additionally, the package requires the Heavy-Duty Payload Package on XL-trimmed trucks.
While the price increase is substantial, the Max Trailer Tow Package includes quite a few items:
- 3.55 electronic-locking rear-axle when ordered with the Ford 3.0L Power Stroke V6, Ford 3.5L EcoBoost V6 without Heavy-Duty Payload Package, or Ford 3.5L PowerBoost V6 with 4×2
- 3.73 electronic-locking rear-axle if ordered with the Ford 5.0L Coyote V8, 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with Heavy-Duty Payload Package, or the 3.5L PowerBoost V6 with 4×4
- 7-pin wiring harness: includes 7-Pin-to-4-Pin adapter
- 36 gallon fuel tank (not available with the 3.5L PowerBoost V6 or 3.0L Power Stroke V6)
- Class IV trailer hitch receiver
- Pro Trailer Backup Assist (not available on XL Standard; requires Tow Technology on XL High)
- Smart Trailer Tow Connector (Includes BLIS with Trailer Tow Coverage where BLIS is available)
- Integrated trailer brake controller
- Upgraded rear bumper
When those goodies are taken into consideration, Ford’s price increase doesn’t seem all that bad. And while we’d love to read about Ford reducing the price of the 2021 Ford F-150, chances are slim that such an event will ever take place, especially when demand for the new truck is running high.