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Ford F-150 Tow Capacity - What to Know

Posted at Sun, Aug 21, 2022 6:15 PM

Ford's F-150 continues to defend its position at the top of the truck sales list, where it has remained unchallenged for over four decades. One of the main reasons for this is the F-150's unbeatable towing capabilities. On top of an excellent towing capacity, Ford's full-sized pickup offers several helpful towing features in a series of towing packages to make your job that much easier. Our truck experts here at Planet Ford Dallas have prepared a rundown of the main towing features you should know about.

F-150 Towing Capacity

No full-sized pickup can match the F-150 when it comes to towing and hauling. The F-150 has a towing capacity of 14,000 pounds and a hauling limit of 3,325 pounds in its cargo bed. You'll need to choose an F-150 with the 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and the longest cargo bed to get the maximum towing capacity.

Even if you don't opt for the maximum towing capacity, most of the F-150's possible engine, cab, and cargo bed configurations achieve more than 13,000 pounds of towing. That's more than enough to handle most tasks on the job site or haul a large camper out of town for the weekend.

Ford F-150 Towing Packages

A truck's towing capacity isn't the only thing you need to keep in mind if you plan to pull a trailer or something else. When you're towing a heavy load at the rear, you also require additional features to help you stay safe on the road and make it easier to hitch up your trailer. These features are provided in Ford's towing packages.

The F-150 is available with three main towing packages: Towing Technology, Trailer Tow, and Max Trailer Tow. Deciding between the three options will depend mainly on how often you use your truck for towing and what you tow.

The Towing Technology package includes a surround-view camera with a split display, which can come in handy when you're lining up your trailer with the hitch or maneuvering into a parking position. You also get the Smart Trailer Tow Connector, which acts as a guide when you're hitching up your load. On top of that, you'll get an integrated trailer brake and trailer reverse guidance, so you have more control of your cargo.

The Trailer Tow package takes the F-150's capabilities to the next level with a wiring harness so your trailer's lights can be powered by your truck. In addition, you gain a class IV hitch receiver, integrated trailer brake, and the Smart Trailer Tow Connector. Additional features include Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which offers more settings to customize the different types of trailers you haul, and tailgate LED lighting.

The most capable towing package is the Max Trailer Tow. This is the best option if you regularly engage in professional towing tasks. It includes a heavy-duty rear axle, upgraded rear bumper, a larger fuel tank, and many of the towing features contained in the other packages.

F-150 Engine Specs

The engine you choose will have a big impact on how much your F-150 can tow. There are five engine options with the F-150. However, if towing is your top priority, there are two options you'll want to focus on: the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 and the 5.0-liter V-8.

The 3.5-liter V-6 can put out 400 horsepower in its normal configuration. You can add an electric motor to the F-150's hybrid setup to boost its output to 430 horsepower. In some of the higher F-150 trims, the 3.5-liter V-6 is engineered for even an even higher output of 450 horsepower.

The 5.0-liter V-8 can crank out 400 horsepower. The other engine options are more than capable of hauling a heavy load. For many buyers who require a truck for hauling a camper or trailer on the weekend, the base 3.3-liter V-6 with 290 horsepower may provide enough power to satisfy your needs. If not, you could step up to the 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6, which pumps out 325 horsepower.

Cargo Bed Capacity

The cargo bed you choose will have an impact on the amount you can carry as well as your truck's towing capacity. Ford's 14,000-pound towing limit is available in models equipped with an 8-foot-long bed. The other two bed options measure 6 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 5 inches, respectively.

The bed you choose will also have an impact on the type of cab you can have. The largest cab is called SuperCrew and can seat up to six people. It's only available with the two shorter bed options. The Super cab can also seat six people but has a more compact rear row. This cab style is available in all 3 bed lengths.

Why Shop for a Ford F-150 at Planet Ford Dallas

At Planet Ford Dallas, we have an extensive inventory of F-150 trucks for you to choose from. The trims we offer range from the functional XL, ideal for the job site, to the upscale Limited, with all the luxuries you could want. Off-roading fans will want to check out the F-150 Raptor, which is equipped with 34-inch tires and many other features to help it cope with rough terrain.

Making Planet Ford Dallas, your dealership of choice also gets you access to our competitive auto financing offers. Whatever F-150 trim you choose, our finance team can sit down with you and craft an auto loan to help fund your purchase. We can offer attractive low-interest deals or extended repayment periods to help you manage your monthly costs.

Our Ford-certified service center can help you protect your investment by offering regular maintenance for your F-150. This includes services like oil changes, tire rotations, battery tests, and fluid top-ups. For the best protection, you could consider purchasing one of our service contracts to guard against any unexpected auto repair costs down the line.

As you can see, the F-150 has a lot to offer when it comes to towing. If you'd like to learn more about this popular truck, don't hesitate to contact us . Our Ford experts will be happy to talk you through the F-150's off-roading abilities, its infotainment tech, and driver safety features. In addition, we'd be delighted to arrange a test drive for you in Dallas so you can feel what it's like to get behind the wheel of America's most popular pickup before you make a final decision on the purchase.

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