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2021 Ford F-150 engine and transmission options, towing and payload capacities

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 including their horsepower, torque, towing capacity, and payload capacity.

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.

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

The engine gets 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque.

It has a maximum payload of 1,985 pounds and maximum conventional towing capacity of 8,200 pounds.

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.

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

The engine gets 325 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.

It has a maximum payload of 2,480 pounds and maximum conventional towing capacity of 10,100 pounds.

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.

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

The engine gets 400 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque.

It has a maximum payload of 3,325 pounds and maximum conventional towing capacity of 13,000 pounds.

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.

The engine gets 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque.

It has a maximum payload of 1,840 pounds and maximum conventional towing capacity of 12,100 pounds.

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.

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

The engine gets 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.

It has a maximum payload of 3,250 pounds and maximum conventional towing capacity of 14,000 pounds.

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

This power combination achieves 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque making it the most powerful option available.

It has a maximum payload of 2,120 pounds and maximum conventional towing capacity of 12,700 pounds.

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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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is an off-road ready family hauler.

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The Nissan Pathfinder is the company's three-row crossover, sitting below the Armada and above the Rogue in the company's lineup. It's a rival to the Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Pilot. Check out the Nissan's most compelling features by scrolling down.

Every Pathfinder comes loaded with safety technology.

The Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of safety and driver assist technology comes standard on the Rogue. It includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, land departure warning, high beam assist, and rear automatic braking.

Additionally, the company's Intelligent Driver Alertness and Rear Door Alert technologies are standard.

ProPilot Assist takes the wheel.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

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Nissan's ProPilot Assist technology doesn't allow for hands-free driving and it's not self-driving, but it does fuse together many functionalities that make daily drive functions easier, especially when your children are doing their best to distract you.

ProPILOT Assist combines steering assist and Intelligent Cruise Control to help control acceleration. It can be used in heavy traffic and on open highways.

For 2021, ProPilot Assist has been enhanced. It has next-generation radar and camera technology that is designed to allow for smoother braking, better steering assist, and improved detection performance when vehicles cut into the lane.

There's a removable second-row center console.

Between the second-row captain's chairs in the seven-passenger Pathfinder, there's a thin center console (enough storage space for two cupholders and some small items) that is removable without using any tools. Removing this console allows for easier access in/out of the third-row for small children and adults. With the console in place, the seats can still be tipped and moved forward for quick ingress/egress to/from the third row.

The second row is spacious.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

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Sitting in the second-row captain's chairs is very much like sitting in those that you'd find in a full-size SUV. Adults will find that hip-room is plenty big enough while children will relish the opportunity to feel like they're being treated to upscale accommodations.

Three people fit across the back seat.

Second-row captain's chairs are being offered for the first time on Pathfinder with this new model. Nissan has added rear seating flexibility with the ability to fit three across the back seat. While three adults are a tight fit in the third row, children, tweens, and some teens that don't have long legs won't likely have a problem with it.

Pathfinder's drive modes are designed to inspire confidence.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

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Nissan has made the Rogue available with all-wheel drive. Those models also get five drive modes: Off-road, Snow, Standard, Eco, and Sport. The modes are engaged using the drive-mode selector mounted on the center console. The all-wheel drive system uses new technology that is designed to respond quicker when slippage is detected.

It has a 6,000-pound towing capability.

Nissan boasts that the 2022 Pathfinder has best-in-lass available 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity. That's enough to allow boats, ATVs, camp tents, or trailers to be connected out back. Trailer Sway Control is standard on the Pathfinder and allows for more towing confidence, especially when winds pick up.

Moving the second-row seat is as easy as the push of one button.

Nissan has equipped the second-row bench seat in the Pathfinder with EZ-Flex one-touch mechanics. It takes just one press of a button to activate fold and slide functionalities for the second-row seats. The button can be reached from both the driver and passenger sides of the vehicle for ease.

The cargo area is plenty spacious.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

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Behind the SUV's third-row seats Pathfinder can fit a 120-quart cooler or four golf bags - all with the third row full of occupants. The interior can also accommodate 4x8-foot plywood sheets.

The ride is sublimely quiet.

Nissan has equipped the Pathfinder with acoustic laminated front glass, thicker second-row glass, increased door and floor isolation, and a 60-percent increase in engine noise absorption materials. The result is a vehicle that provides a quieter ride, meaning less likelihood parents will have to should to be heard by third-row passengers.

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The Kia Sorento Hybrid offers a lot to like for families looking to save on fuel.

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The redesigned Kia Sorento looks good. Kia has given the three-row SUV new life, not as a substitute for the Telluride SUV but instead as its own crossover, with plenty of differences to give them their own identity.

The 2021 Sorento comes in two variants, the Sorento and Sorento Hybrid. Each is offered in its own set of trim levels. The Sorento base model is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder internal combustion engine that delivers 191 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. Higher grades get a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is rated at 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque.

Sorento Hybrid comes in two trim leaves, S and EX. Both are powered by the company's turbocharged 1.6-liter hybrid powertrain that offers up 177 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The SUV prioritizes fuel efficiency over performance, an important distinction that sets the Sorento Hybrid apart from other hybrid variants, including the Toyota RAV4 Prime, a plug-in hybrid that delivers an energetic boost to the RAV4 lineup.

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid The Sorento Hybrid is the type of vehicle that can get you to a trailhead, but isn't built to go beyond that.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The power output is fine if you plan on sticking to in-town driving and aren't looking to load up the Sorento Hybrid for a long road trip. In the default Eco drive mode, the car responds to the throttle the most comfortably. Under traditional and harder acceleration, the Sorento Hyrbid's powertrain is noisy and ill-mannered. It's almost like the SUV is telling you, "I'm built for efficiency, not speed". Message received.

Kia's done a good job making the Sorento agile and it drives nicely and makes for a pleasant daily runaround. Unlike what Toyota has done with the Highlander, all-wheel drive is not available on the Sorento Hybrid.

The 2021 Sorento Hybrid comes standard as a six-seater with captain's chairs in the second row. The seats, leatherette in the upmarket trim level, are comfortable enough. There's a decent amount of cargo space with the third row erect or stowed.

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid The cabin of the Sorento Hybrid is plush enough for its price point.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The well-thought out cabin design delvers exactly what customers need and in the EX trim level, the car's appointments are near-premium. The SUV has the usual list of standard and available features, but nothing is too fancy: Bluetooth, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice recognition, satellite radio, push button start, keyless entry, a rearview camera, wireless smartphone charger. Nothing looks, feels, or operates like it's cutting edge, but it doesn't have to - this isn't a luxury vehicle.

There is one very nice design touch in the cabin. On either side of the infotainment touch screen are vents that service the front row of the auto. Their output is divided into two each with the bottom vent able to serve the midsection of front passengers' bodies while the upper part goes higher. More automakers should design vents this way.

The Hybrid EX model that was delivered for testing had its lane keeping and centering system not as honed in on lane lines as is optimal, which resulted in crossing over the lines without any alert going off or corrective action being taken by the vehicle's computer.

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid Cargo space is always tight in three-row SUVs, but Kia has given the Sorento a good balance between cargo space and third-row legroom.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid starts at $33,590. That's a thousand-and-a-half over the starting price of the Telluride and $4,000 more than the traditional 2021 Sorento.

There are currently only two other three-row hybrid SUVs on the market, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and the Ford Expedition Hybrid. The three models and their varied price tags and third-row layouts service very different customers but they generally all get lumped together. The Sorento Hybrid is, by far, the lowest priced model of the three, and it feels like it when you're inside. There's nothing wrong with that. Dodge sold a lot of Journeys despite the fact that it wasn't the best or most expensive SUV out there.

Think of the Kia Sorento Hybrid as the Dodge Journey of three-row hybrid crossovers and you won't be disappointed.

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