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2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Is CR’s Fastest Accelerating Full-Size Pickup

When most of us think of quick accelerating vehicles, we likely do so with an eye toward having a bit of fun out on the road or the race track. But in reality, acceleration is also important in regards to safety. Having the ability to merge safely into traffic on a busy road is obviously important, as well as the ability to pass other, slower-moving vehicles. In that sense, the 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost is more than capable of getting the job done, according to recent testing from Consumer Reports.

CR recently published the results of its testing in regards to determining the fastest-accelerating cars, trucks, and SUVs/crossovers, which took place at the consumer organization’s test track in Colchester, Connecticut. CR fits all of the vehicles it tests with a GPS device, data logging equipment, and a windshield-mounted display for accurate results in 0-30, 0-60, and quarter-mile runs, and all tests are conducted within specific ranges of air temperatures and wind speeds to ensure consistency.

When the proverbial dust settled, the 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost took the top spot in the full-size pickup category with a 0-60 time of 6.3 seconds, beating out the Nissan Titan (6.7 seconds) and Toyota Tundra (6.7 seconds). Considering the fact that the F-150 PowerBoost is the most powerful iteration of Ford’s popular pickup, these results don’t come as a huge surprise. The PowerBoost isn’t the only F-150 to enjoy these honors either, as the F-150 Police Responder is also impressively quick.

In this guise, Ford’s 3.5L PowerBoost V6 pumps out 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque, but also returns impressive EPA fuel economy ratings of up to 24 miles-per-gallon in the city, on the highway, and combined, traveling as far as 700 miles on a single tank of gas. Those qualities have earned the hybrid pickup a number of awards recently, including a Wards 10 Best Engines distinction, a Green Truck of the Year nomination, and a third-place finish in CR’s Rear Seat Safety Evaluation.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Roy Chile’s

    FORD clearly is leading in Performance MPG and Going Green, A wonderful putting a V6 in the F150 would be the end of the brand. Now Toyota is doing the same and others will follow as gas prices rise which FORD is ahead of as well enter the FORD F-150, Lightning, Job 1 USA

  2. Dave Mathers

    I said for years that turbocharging was the answer for both performance and economy. It takes ‘smoke ’em if you got ’em’ to an all new level!!

  3. Marty Goodkind

    Well, I can’t speak for the Hybrid, but my 21 F-150 ecoboost has horrible fuel mileage! I actually purchased it because it was advertised as getting 20-24 mpg average. If I drive it normal but not agresssive I get 12-13 mpg in the city. Driving 70 mph on the highway I get 17-18 mpg. I can squeeze 14 mpg out in the city, but that’s coasting and driving like a 90 year old grandma. I can also get close to 20 mpg on the highway if I keep it under 70 and use 93 premium fuel (80 cents per gallon more than regular!)

    1. David

      30 gallon tank is standard on the Powerboost

    2. Glen

      I just bought a 2021 with 18k miles on it. I’m averaging 23.6 mpg pretty consistently.

  4. John T. Nau

    “…traveling as far as 700 miles on a single tank of gas…” This statement means absolutely nothing without the gas tank volume being included. If it is a 200 gallon gas tank, this distance/range isn’t so great.

  5. Mike L

    All they tested was the PowerBoost and the two Japanese turds. What about the rest of the full size pickups? A TRX would have left all three as tiny specks in its mirrors. Same with an R1T, which I believe is currently the quickest truck on the market.
    This was a bogus test, by a biased periodical, which makes this article about their testing irrelevant.

  6. Dave

    This is a joke. The TRX could’ve easily won.

    1. Justin

      TRX gets smoked in fuel economy. It’s in another class of pick up truck. That’s a sports truck. The new raptor is faster than the TRX. The new TRX has 1000 hp, but that’s ridiculous and it also have 4 back wheels.


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