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2021 Ford F-150 engine and transmission options

Ford is offering the F-150 with the buyer's choice of six engine options. Five of those engines are paired with the same transmission while the sixth, a hybrid, has a specialty transmission.

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The 2021 Ford F-150 is available with six different engines and two different transmissions. For the first time ever, Ford will offer the F-150 will be offered with a hybrid variant across all trim levels. Scroll down to take an in-depth look at the powertrains.

It's important to note that the forthcoming next-gen F-150 Raptor has not been revealed yet. When it is, it is likely to have a different engine than what is shown here.

3.3-liter Ti-VCT V6 FFV

This naturally-aspirated 60-degree V6 with overhead cams features an aluminum block and aluminum heads. It displaces 3.3-liters (3,340 cubic centimeters, 203.8 cubic inches). The engine has a bore x stroke of 3.56 inches x 3.41 inches and a compression ratio of 12:1. The direct acting mechanical bucket valvetrain is matched with a coil on plug ignition system.

The engine takes regular unleaded or E85 gasoline with a minimum of 87 unleaded octane. The engine control system is electronic and the coolant capacity of 12 liters. It has a six-quart oil service fill volume and tales 5W-20 SAE GF6 oil.

This engine comes with a truck with a 23-, 26-, or 36-gallon fuel capacity depending on bed/box configuration.

Horsepower and torque information has yet to be released.

2.7-liter EcoBoost V6

This twin-turbocharged and intercooled 60-degree V6 with overhead cams is made from a compacted graphite iron block with aluminum heads. It displaces 2.7 liters, which is 2,700 cubic centimeters or 165.0 cubic inches. It has a bore x stroke of 3.267 inches x 3.267 inches and a 10:1 compression ratio. A roller finger follower valvetrain is standard as is the coil on plug ignition system.

The engine takes regular unleaded fuel with a minimum 87 octane rating. The engine control system is electronic and the coolant capacity of 14.3 liters. It has a six-quart oil service fill volume and tales 5W-30 SAE GF6 oil.

This engine comes with a truck with a 23-, 26-, or 36-gallon fuel capacity depending on bed/box configuration.

Horsepower and torque information has yet to be released.

5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8

The naturally aspirated 90-degree V8 with overhead cams is made from an aluminum block and has aluminum heads. It has a displacement of 5.0 liters (5.038 cubic centimeters, 307.0 cubic inches). Its bore x stroke is 3.66 inches x 3.65 inches. It has a 10:1 compression ratio. A roller finger follower valvetrain is standard as is the coil on plug ignition system.

The engine takes regular unleaded or E85 gasoline with a minimum of 87 unleaded octane. The engine control system is electronic and the coolant capacity of 12.5 liters. It has a 7.75-quart oil service fill volume and tales 5W-30 SAE GF6 oil.

This engine comes with a truck with a 23-, 26-, or 36-gallon fuel capacity depending on bed/box configuration.

Horsepower and torque information has yet to be released.

3.5-liter EcoBoost V6

This twin-turbocharged and intercooled 60-degree V6 with overhead cams is made from an aluminum block with aluminum heads. It displaces 3.5-liters, which is 3,497 cubic centimeters or 213.4 cubic inches. It has a bore x stroke of 3.64 inches x 3.41 inches and a 10:5:1 compression ratio. A roller finger follower valvetrain is standard as is the coil on plug ignition system.

The engine takes regular unleaded fuel with a minimum 87 octane rating. The engine control system is electronic and the coolant capacity of 13.5 liters. It has a six-quart oil service fill volume and tales 5W-30 SAE GF6 oil.

This engine comes with a truck with a 23-, 26-, or 36-gallon fuel capacity depending on bed/box configuration.

Horsepower and torque information has yet to be released.

3.0-liter Power Stroke V6

The turbocharged and intercooled 60-degree V6 diesel engine is made of a compacted graphite iron block with aluminum heads. It has as displacement of 3.0 liters (3,000 cubic centimeters, 183.0 cubic inches) and a bore x stroke of 3.31 inches x 3.54 inches. Its compression ratio is 16:1. A roller finger follower valvetrain is standard as is the compression ignition system.

The engine takes ultra low sulfur diesel (up to B20 compatible), which is delivered by common rail. The engine control system is a multicore powertrain control module and the coolant capacity of 13.0 liters. It has a 6.5-quart oil service fill volume and tales 5W-30 SAE FA4 oil.

This engine comes with a truck with a 26 gallon fuel capacity.

Horsepower and torque information has yet to be released.

3.5-liter PowerBoost Full Hybrid V6

This twin-turbocharged and intercooled 60-degree V6 with overhead cams is made from an aluminum block with aluminum heads. It displaces 3.5-liters, which is 3,497 cubic centimeters or 213.4 cubic inches. It has a bore x stroke of 3.64 inches x 3.41 inches and a 10:5:1 compression ratio. A roller finger follower valvetrain is standard as is the coil on plug ignition system.

The engine takes regular unleaded fuel with a minimum 87 octane rating. The engine control system is electronic and the coolant capacity of 14.5 liters. It has a six-quart oil service fill volume and tales 5W-30 SAE GF6 oil.

This engine comes with a truck with a 30.6-gallon fuel capacity and can go up to 700 miles on a full tank of gas.

Horsepower and torque information has yet to be released.

10-Speed SelectShift Automatic Transmission

Ford pairs all of its engines in the F-150 except the hybrid with an electronically controlled 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. The transmission has the same gear ratios as the transmission that is in the hybrid model:

  • First - 4.696
  • Second - 2.985
  • Third - 2.146
  • Fourth - 1.769
  • Fifth - 1.520
  • Sixth - 1.275
  • Seventh - 1.000
  • Eighth - 0.854
  • Ninth - 0.689
  • Tenth - 0.636
  • Reverse - 4.866

10-Speed Modular Hybrid Transmission

On paper, the modular hybrid transmission and the SelectShift automatic transmission are extremely similar. The real proof will be in the pudding when the hybrid powertrain, which includes a 35-kilowatt battery, amplifies the power the F-150 can provide. Here are its gear ratios:

  • First - 4.696
  • Second - 2.985
  • Third - 2.146
  • Fourth - 1.769
  • Fifth - 1.520
  • Sixth - 1.275
  • Seventh - 1.000
  • Eighth - 0.854
  • Ninth - 0.689
  • Tenth - 0.636
  • Reverse - 4.866

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Jeep is extending its customer care program for the 2021 model year.

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This model year, Jeep celebrates 80 years in the business. The brand was born in 1941 and to celebrate to anniversary, the company is expanding its Jeep Wave Customer Care program adding value to each model purchase. The additional level of service only applies to 2021 model year vehicles.

"After nearly 80 years, the Jeep brand remains true to the original SUV by continuing to deliver legendary 4x4 capability that has enabled countless adventures and open-air freedom," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America. "As we celebrate our 80th anniversary, we're pleased to provide our customers with 80th Anniversary models that offer a unique appearance, great value and loads of safety and technology features.

2020 Grand Wagoneer Concept - Details The new Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept showcased the future of the brand, in the shape of a luxury-level three-row SUV. Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

"As a tribute to our unique, enthusiastic and growing customer base, we are expanding our Jeep Wave customer care program across the entire Jeep vehicle lineup," Morrison added. "We are pleased to reward our loyal customers with Jeep Wave premium service that offers peace of mind and no-charge maintenance for three years."

The program now includes three years of maintenance at Jeep dealerships, including oil changes and tire rotations, 24/7 support via phone or online chat, trip interruption and first-day rental coverage, and VIP access to select Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep lineup includes the Renegade, Compass, Cherokee, Wrangler, and Grand Cherokee SUVs as well as the Gladiator truck. The company recently unveiled the Grand Wagoneer concept, a luxe take on a future luxury-level three-row SUV that will compete directly with the Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade.

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The Kia Sorento has undergone a bold redo for 2021

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We already knew what the redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento would look like thanks to its global reveal in March. Now we now what the U.S.-spec will be getting.

The Sorento will be available to U.S. customers in a new X-Line trim. It features a one-inch lift resulting in improved approach and departure angles. The grade also includes all-wheel drive with Snow mode, and a more robust roof rack.

201 Kia Sorento SX The Sorento has a new, sturdier roof rack.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia will offer the Sorento with four engine options in the U.S. The base power plant is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine achieves 191 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. It achieves 27 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive is standard with this engine and all-wheel drive is available.

Buyers will be able to upgrade the base model Sorento to get a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood that delivers 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed wet-clutch dual-clutch transmission - the same as what is offered in the Hyundai Veloster N - and is expected to achieve 25 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive is standard with this engine and all-wheel drive is available.

The front-wheel drive Sonata Hybrid will feature a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, 44.2 kWh electric motor, and six-speed automatic transmission.. That powertrain produces approximately 227 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That's more powerful than the standard four-cylinder in the 2020 Sorento but less horsepower than buyers would get with the 2020 Sorento with a V6. Kia says the model gets 37 mpg combined.

201 Kia Sorento X-Line The new Sorento X-Line model features black design accents and wheels.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

That same engine powers an all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid variant of the model that will be available in 2021 and feature 261 horsepower and 30 miles of all-electric range.

U.S. drivers will be able to configure the model with either 4+2 or 5+2 seating. The three-row SUV offers best-in-class front and rear legroom and overall interior passenger volume.

The fully upgraded interior includes a standard 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen that gets bumped up to a 10.25-inch screen in higher trim levels. An available 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster is available. There are eight USB charging ports (six in the LX model) and the larger screen allows for dual-phone Bluetooth Capability.

2021 Kia Sorento The interior of the Sorento features a new design for the automaker.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Opting for a system with UVO telematics adds cloud-based connected routing that allows navigation to be adjusted in real time according to evolving traffic and road conditions. There’s also weather information for up to 25,000 cities, voice assistant functionality, keyless entry user profiles, smart speaker integration, and advanced notifications for things like extended idle times and rear occupancy alerts. The system will automatically contact 911 should it sense that an airbag has deployed.

For the first time, Kia offers the model with on-demand Find My Car functionality with surround view technology that captures images of the vehicle’s surroundings then pushes them to the Kia Access Uvo app to aid in location. Additionally, last mile navigation provides walking directions to a final destination if the vehicle is parked between 0.1 and 1.2 miles away from the destination as entered in the navigation system.

A 12-speaker Bose sound system and wireless charging capability is available.

2021 Kia Sorento A 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen is available, Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia has given the Sorento a host of standard safety features including forward collision avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and rear occupant alert. Blind spot collision avoidance assist, passenger safe exit, and blind view monitor technologies are available.

The 2021 Sorento is assembled in West Point, Georgia alongside the Telluride and the K5.

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