Is the 2021 Ford F-150 a Good Value Over the Competition?

by Gabrielle DeSantis

The Ford F-150 is one of the best-selling vehicles in America, and that’s really nothing new. But, its popularity isn’t the only thing that it has going for it. Year after year, Ford works to not only improve the F-150 but also to make it a more versatile vehicle, allowing it to appeal to as many buyers as possible. That comes with some shifts in price, but the 2021 Ford F-150 is still just as affordable as you’d expect — though some higher trim levels can get pretty pricy. When it comes to buying any brand new vehicle, you want to know that it’s a good value for the money, that it will be reliable, and that you are getting as many features and options as you can without compromising on your budget. So, is the 2021 Ford F-150 a good value when you compare it to its top competitors?

Ford Motor Company’ logo at the unveiling of the new electric Ford F-150 | JEFF KOWALSKY, AFP, Getty Images

Better base model options with the new Ford F-150

There is no shortage of competition in the pickup truck segment, and, as with most vehicles, the more money you are willing to spend, the more features and options you can find. For the 2021 Ford F-150, however, the base model pickup offers plenty of options and variety, which is one major way that it stands out from the competition, according to Edmunds.

Among the varieties, the true base model for the 2021 Ford F-150 is the regular cab XL, which has an MSRP of around $32,390 though you can oftentimes find them for a bit less.

A dark 2021 Ford F-150 driving down a field lined road
2021 Ford F-150 | Ford

Comparing the Ford F-150 to its equally valuable competition

For some buyers, picking a pickup truck has a lot to do with brand loyalty and the never-ending debate between Ford, Chevrolet, and GM. When it comes to what makes the 2021 Ford F-150 stand out, it has to do with the sheer number of options and configurations that buyers can choose from, according to Edmunds. With the F-150, there are six trim level options and a variety of cab sizes and truck bed lengths to fit the needs and wants of most buyers.

While balancing a wide variation in options, the 2021 Ford F-150 doesn’t overpower the competition in price, making it just as affordable of an option as other similar brand’s pickup offerings, with similar warranty coverage and a high expectation of reliability based on years of performance.

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The F-150 has more options than we could dream of

The 2021 Ford F-150 truly has a dreamy amount of options that can be picked and chosen to customize the car in several ways. To start, six trim level variations give buyers the option to pick between a more basic option that still comes with plenty of tech features and driving aids, switch it up to get more luxury than you might expect from a pickup truck, or focus on the nitty-gritty with options designed to make the F-150 dominate off the road and on it.

It’s really no wonder why the F-150 does so well when it comes to sales, as the seemingly endless number of configurations that balance price with options and features make the pickup a friendly option for buyers who might all be looking for something a little bit different.

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When it comes down to it, some buyers might skip over the Ford F-150 just because of their brand loyalty to other pickup truck manufacturers, and there isn’t anything wrong with that. But, as a whole, the 2021 Ford F-150 offers affordable versatility in a way that no other option on the market does, giving it quite a leg up over the competition in the eyes of some buyers.

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