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2023 Ford F-150 Limited Drops 4X2, 3.5L V6 EcoBoost

The 2023 Ford F-150 lineup is undergoing a number of changes in the current-gen pickup’s third model year in existence, as Ford Authority has reported over the past few months. Aside from the addition of multiple new variants, the perennially best-selling pickup is also being treated to a few tweaks in terms of trims levels and the equipment each comes with. The latest change pertains to the 2023 Ford F-150 Limited, as sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that this particular trim will be dropping two-wheel drive, as well as the twin-turbocharged Ford 3.5L V6 EcoBoost, which were preciously standard.

Instead, the 2023 Ford F-150 Limited will now come in four-wheel drive configuration as standard, with the Ford 3.5L V6 PowerBoost hybrid as its base powerplant. Previously, the PowerBoost was available as an option, while both engines could be ordered with or without four-wheel drive as well. Those two engines were the only available choices for the 2021-2022 F-150 Limited, which have now dwindled down to one.

In addition to this big change, the 2023 F-150 lineup will also add a grand total of three new variants for the new model year. Those consist of the retro-inspired Heritage Edition, the entry-level, off-road focused Rattler, and the supercharged, V8-powered 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R. The F-150 Tremor has also undergone multiple changes, dropping its standard configuration as the rugged pickup now comes standard with the naturally-aspirated Ford 5.0L V8 Coyote engine, whereas before, the twin-turbocharged Ford 3.5L V6 EcoBoost powerplant was the sole choice for that particular pickup.

Additionally, Area 51 will be joining the pickup’s available exterior colors list, a hue that Ford Authority spies have recently spotted on a Ford F-150 Lightning and a Heritage Edition model. Order banks for the 2023 Ford F-150 opened up earlier this week, as Ford Authority reported back in May.

We’ll have more on the 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.

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. Michael

    They have to put a more efficient engine into the F150 Limited, to save on their fleet mpg, so they can have the mileage to put a super charged V8 into the Raptor R, and put V8 engines in the Rattler, Tremor, etc.

    1. Johnny Edwards

      Offering the 3.0 powerstroke at a discounted price (like GM does) would help. Powerboost never really did beat the diesel in efficiency. Those 3.0’s got 32+ on the highway in real world use.

  2. Deadarmadillo

    Well, I’m probably going to buy an F-150 within the next year but it sure as hell won’t be a Limited if this story is true. I’ve mostly owned Fords for many years but if they want to play woke, I’ll keep my 2016 F-350 until the wheels fall off.

  3. George Alleman

    It seems Ford is going all out to antagonize real Ford owners. No more Crown Vics and I’m being forced to drive a 53 year old F250 because I can’t get a F150 with a V8 and a four speed manual transmission. I am on my 33rd Ford since 1952 and I think I am on my last one.

  4. RLW

    I ordered a 2022 F150 Platinum Hybrid last October (2021) and got it July 26th. I like the truck but I have noticed the same truck increased about $6500. That concerns me even though I saved. This inflation is crazy. On my thoughts as to model- people have to pick the best tool for the job. I have to tow a 7000# camper so I need the 3.5L. The Hybrid made sense. Overall the cost for the eco boost is $740 for a Plat model and the hybrid was $1760 difference. On the diesel phase out, it was $4995 or a $4255 difference. The diesel combined overall mileage on Fuelly is 22mpg (owner input) and the hybrid is 21mpg. Considering DEF and the higher price of diesel fuel, and the additional purchase cost, the diesel would not be a savings. Also, the rating was much lower payload and towing. It all has to do with what you plan to do with a truck.


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