• We are currently looking for experienced automotive journalists and editors to join our team.  Make $60k-$80k per year doing what you love. We are also looking for an experienced forum moderator to join our team. See details here. ×

2021 Ford Super Duty: Here’s What’s New And Different

Sponsored Links

The 2017 Ford Super Duty lineup arrived with a revolutionary aluminum body two years after its light-duty sibling, the Ford F-150, made the switch, for the 2015 model year. Since then, The Blue Oval has kept the heavy-duty pickup relatively fresh, with a major update arriving in 2019 and the launch of the 2020 Super Duty Tremor the following year. The 2021 Ford Super Duty lineup – which represents its fifth year of the current generation – goes largely unchanged. Nevertheless, shoppers in the market for a 2021 model year F-250, F-350, and F-450 are going to want to pay attention to what’s new and different for the U.S.-market Super Duty lineup for the new model year.

2021 Ford Super Duty.

Model Line

The model lineup remains unchanged from last year, with six trim levels rounding out the 2021 Ford Super Duty roster: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited. Each trim can still be customized extensively.

2021 Ford Super Duty.

Mechanical

The mechanical side of the truck goes unchanged for the 2021 Ford Super Duty lineup, continuing to be offered with two gasoline engines and one diesel engine: the Ford 6.2L Boss V8 and the Ford 7.3L Godzilla V8 are the gasoline motors, while the 6.7L PowerStroke V8 is the diesel.

The 6.2L V8 is mated to a six-speed TorqShift SelectShift automatic while the 7.3L V8 and 6.7L Power Stroke V8 employ a 10-speed automatic with several unique drive modes: Normal, Tow/Haul, Eco, Deep Sand/Snow & Slippery. The 6.2L V8 is limited to the F-250, while the 7.3L V8 and 6.7L Power Stroke V8 are standard and optional powerplants on the F-350, respectively. On the F-450, the 6.7L Power Stroke V8 is the sole engine offered.

Rear-wheel-drive is standard, while four-wheel drive is optional with all three engine options.

2021 Ford Super Duty Powertrains
Engine Aspiration Horsepower @ RPM Torque @ RPM Transmission Drive Type
6.2L Boss V8 Atmospheric 385 @ 5,750 430 @ 3,800 6-speed auto SelectShift RWD/4WD
7.3L Godzilla V8 Atmospheric 430 @ 5,500 475 @ 4,000 10-speed auto RWD/4WD
6.7L Power Stroke V8 Turbodiesel 475 @ 2,800 1,050 @ 1,600 10-speed auto RWD/4WD

2021 Ford Super Duty.

Exterior

For 2021, The Blue Oval eliminated three paint options and added three new ones:

New Colors:

  • Antimatter Blue Metallic
  • Carbonized Gray Metallic
  • Lithium Gray Metallic


Deleted Colors:

  • Blue Jean
  • Magnetic
  • Silver

There is another small change to the exterior of the 2021 Super Duty and it surrounds the front license plate bracket. Previously, Ford opted to simply equip all of its heavy-duty trucks with front license plate brackets, but for 2021 that has changed. Starting this year, only trucks headed to U.S. states that require front license plates will receive the front brackets.

Interior

In regards to the cabin, the 2021 Ford Super Duty loses the center armrest storage for XL trucks. Additionally, the 10-way power passenger seat is reduced to 8-way seats across all trims.

Finally, those who opt for the all-weather floor mats will no longer receive carpeted floor mats. Instead, only the rubber mats will be included with the vehicle.

2021 Ford Super Duty.

Safety/Security

As previously reported on Ford Authority, the 2021 Ford Super Duty reduced the availability of the Adaptive Steering System. Otherwise, everything else remains unchanged, with the following equipment remaining standard:

2021 Ford Super Duty - Standard Safety / Security Features
Click to expand
Click to contract

  • AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control)
  • Belt-Minder (front safety belt reminder) – chime & flashing warning light on I/P if belts not buckled
  • Center High-mounted Stop Lamp (CHMSL)
  • Driver and passenger frontal airbag; passenger side deactivation switch
  • Engine Only Traction Control (DRW only)
  • Headlamps – Quad beam jewel effect halogen
  • Individual Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) – SRW/F-350 DRW
    only
  • Mirrors – manually telescoping two-way fold trailer tow with manual glass
  • Rear View Camera
  • Safety belts – w/height adjustment D-ring
  • Safety Canopy System (incl. side-curtain airbags)
  • SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System; includes MyKey owner
    controls feature (PATS)
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System
  • Stationary Elevated Idle Control
  • Underhood service light

2021 Ford Super Duty.

Co-Pilot360

There are no changes to the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of safety equipment. The following features remain standard:

  • All models:
    • AutoLamp (Auto On/Off Headlamps)
    • Hill Start Assist
  • XLT and above:
    • Automatic High Beam
    • BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) w/ Cross-Traffic Alert and Trailer
      Tow (BLIS sensor in taillamp)
    • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Forward Collision Warning
  • Lariat and above:
    • Autolock, Auto unlock
    • Reverse Sensing System
  • King Ranch and above:
    • Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System w/ Pro Trailer Backup Assist
      Package
    • Platinum and above:
    • Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support
  • Limited and above:
    • Adaptive Steering
    • Lane-Keeping Alert

Infotainment

The only change to the 2021 Ford Super Duty lineup in the infotainment department is related to the complimentary trial of SiriusXM, which is now three months versus the prior six. The change applies to all Ford-brand vehicles for the 2021 model year.

2021 Ford Super Duty.

Availability

The 2021 Ford Super Duty is already at dealers nationwide, although some 2020 model year trucks are still available.

Looking Ahead

Manufactured at the Ford Kentucky Truck plant, the current-generation Super Duty just entered its fifth year in production after a major refresh for 2020, meaning we’re roughly two to three years away from a complete overhaul (redesign and re-engineering).

Interested in all things Ford trucks and Super Duty? Then subscribe to Ford Authority for more Super Duty news, and the latest Ford news coverage.

Ford Super Duty Photos
Click to expand
Click to contract
  • Sweepstakes Of The Month: 2021 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 plus $25K in cash. Details here.
Sponsored Links

Subscribe to Ford Authority
For around-the-clock Ford news coverage


We'll send you one email per day with the latest Ford updates.

It's totally free.

Written by Edward Snitkoff

Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

Sponsored Links

14 Comments

Leave a Reply
  1. I traded my 2011 F150 for a 2020 F250 XL with the Godzilla engine. I love the truck but hate the center console. The cup holders are just too close to your arms. I put my elbow in my wife’s DQ sundae. The center headrest needs to be removed and a lower cup holder insert be made available. Ride is smooth and quiet and 7.3 provides tremendous passing power to blow by 18wheelers.

    • You can remove the center headrest (yourself) and buy an OEM cup holder that mounts low in the center. Look up FoMoCo p/n: FL3Z-1813562-AC

  2. I love my F250 but that front end wobble needs to be addressed. It’s a serious issue that they know about but have not made a permanent fix yet. The front end suspension is behind the times and is simply the same old system that they’ve been using and refuse to admit it needs attention. It’s a very scary thing when it happens, I guess it will take a loss of life and a lawsuit to make them do something about it.

  3. You forgot to mention that they got rid of Ruby Red. They added Rapid red but they are not the same reds. Ruby red was a much better color.

  4. No center storage on an XL bench seat?? That’s pretty rough, glad I got a ’20. I use that all the time, would be looking for a center console off an XLT for sure if I got one of the new ones. Wonder if they also deleted the hidden storage under the middle seat, that’s my favorite (especially with the Ford Accessory vault).

    I also see in the online configurator pictures that they deleted the door from the upper glove box storage compartment. Wouldn’t be as big of a deal to me, but I do like to not be staring at all my junk.

  5. I have a 2015 f350 I wanted to replace it with a new truck over the past two years however my truck has the infamous death wobble the dealer refuses to acknowledge it’s even a problem I would like to purchase a new truck but will not until I know this is corrected. Anyone looking for a new truck the dealer will make it sound like this is not an issue or It has been corrected but I am 100% sure it has not been corrected as of the 2020 model years at least

  6. The 6.2 gas engine is great and at 270,000 miles is still strong.Had the death wobble for a long time and a great mechanic fixed it with accurate balancing and new tires. Most shops can not balance the right way.

  7. I have a 2020 F350 dually with the 7.3 gas. It pulls a 15,000 5th wheel. It just turned 20k miles, 5k of which has been at elevations between 4K and 8K. It’s got all the trailer options the selling dealer recommended save for one the dealer forgot to address ….(product knowledge, what product knowledge?). If you are going to pull any meaningful weight, you will need (not just “want”) an air leveling system. That is, unless you want to buy new front tires every 15k to 20k. The problem is that, despite the supposedly substantial suspension that comes with the 350 DRW, you still get just enough front lift to set-up a negative camber problem that cannot be remedied by alignment. It’s a design flaw and a customer relations shortfall in that, when I provide the weight specs of what I’m towing and how I’m towing it, air suspicion clearly should have been included in the response. That assumes your selling dealer has adequate product knowledge which most don’t.

    • I’m confused how a light front end changes the wheel camber. Is this a 2WD rig? Never looked at the front suspension on a 2WD so maybe that’s the difference. If it’s 4WD, having the solid front axle shouldn’t allow the load to affect the camber.

      You are correct about dealers not having good product knowledge. A dealer sales model is really effective when your dealers are application experts and can really tailor the solution to the customer. Unfortunately the vast majority of car dealers don’t have that expertise anymore, which is why most people hate car dealers now. They are making money as middle men without providing any value to the customer.

  8. I just traded my 2018 F250 Limited for the 2021 F250 Platinum in the new antimatter blue. I agree they need to address that death wobble. My first encounter was at Christmas time in the mountains of Tennessee and it is no joke. Couldn’t hardly keep it on the road. We made it home safely to Florida and took it to dealer for repair and supposedly fixed it but just happened again so took it back to dealer but they didn’t see a problem when they drove it. Decided to trade for the 2021. I’m with person who liked the ruby red because that color was my favorite. Had 2 in ruby red.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Ford Edge Discount Offers Up To $6,000 Off In April 2021

Ford Motor Company Mexico Sales Increase 16 Percent In March 2021