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2021 Ford F-150 Still Comes With Some Printed Material For Owners

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Last October, we reported that the 2021 Ford F-150 was ditching the old-fashioned paper owner’s manual in favor of a digital version that is accessible via the pickup’s center console touchscreen. But as we found out recently while spending time with a King Ranch PowerBoost model, the 2021 Ford F-150 still comes with some printed materials for owners that simply don’t like everything to be digital.

The materials are located in the glove box in a familiar-looking pouch that has been present on prior-gen Ford F-150 models.

The pouch is held closed via a velcro strap, and on the inside flap, it has a plastic card holder that contains the factory code and instructions on how to program the number lock on the driver’s side door.

While there is no full-fledged owner’s manual inside the pouch, Ford has included a variety of printed materials including a quick reference guide, quick start guide for using Pro Trailer Backup Assist with Trailer Reverse Guidance, a tire warranty guide, “driving your SUV or truck” supplement, a supplemental owner’s guide, and a SiriusXM pamphlet.

That’s still a decent amount of printed material, but by moving the full owner’s manual to the FordPass app and the infotainment screen in the 2021 Ford F-150, Ford says that it is saving 290 tons of paper per year, which weighs as much as 122 2021 F-150 pickups. Stack that paper on top of each other, and it would reach 18,000 feet – which is quite literally tall enough to classify as a mountain. That’s a lot of trees, to say the least.

On top of helping the environment, Ford was able to add a few additional features to the owner’s manual by moving it to a digital format. That includes search capability and streaming videos, making the process of finding information and the communication of that information better than ever before.

Meanwhile, those that have any additional questions about the 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost can leave them in the comments section of this post and we’ll be happy to answer them.

We’ll have more on the 2021 F-150 soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford F-150 news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

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Comments

  1. NCEcoBoost

    Digital-only OMs are a great boon for the manufacturers. Without a printed copy in the glovebox, many will skip the whole thing, not bother with service intervals and poof!. Time for another vehicle. Laughable. Typical that Ford hopped on that cost-saver as one of the first. Cheap sh*t.

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  2. Ron

    I have a digital version of my 2016 F150 owner’s manual on my computer. I also have it on my phone. I almost never open the paper manual since the search capability of a digital manual is so useful.

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  3. Frank Hodgin

    I am really old school when it comes to the regular manual vs the digital. Over the past years, I have owned 15 plus Ford’s. In the past week, I order a fully equipped 2021 F150 King Ranch Powerboost with the 7.2kw. My question is, Is it possible to still order a printed manual so I can reference back to what I need rather than figure out the digital mess. I for one will read the entire manual of all the vehicles I buy.

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  4. chris filizetti

    My new 2010 Challenger came with a digital owner’s manual. I requested a paper one and it came in the mail within a week. I like to sit in the vehicle and read the manual as I (hands on) locate and check out all the items/options on the pages. I’m going to have to order a paper owner manual for my Bronco also from what I’ve read.

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