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.