For months, the Ford F-150 Lighting has garnered plenty of attention, which is certainly understandable since the electric truck is very likely to become critical to the electrification of not only the Ford Motor Co.’s product but the entire auto industry in North America.
But the people running Ford’s pickup truck business are endlessly inventive, which is why they have been successful during the past five decades. Throughout the years, they have managed to expand the full-size pickup truck market with an impressive array of variations to the basic F-150, such the 2021 Ford Tremor.
Overview: A Week With The Ford F-150 Tremor 4×4 SuperCrew
The F-150 Tremor 4×4 SuperCrew is a variation on the Ford pickup truck specifically prepared for crossing rugged terrain where the roads and even tire tracks are very limited — or unavailable. The Tremor is also built with towing in mind. It is very well equipped with extra features for both safety and travel off-road. It also enjoys a bold appearance, which sets it apart from the competition.
The pickup truck has an iconic shape that has become a celebrated piece of America’s heritage. But the shape is not static, continuing to evolve under the skillful hands of stylists at Ford. The Tremor has a bold front end, which includes an easy-to-recognize grille and badge, crafted light fixtures and two tow hooks in front to signal is serious off-road intent.
The exterior features also include running boards, folding mirrors, 18-inch wheels and special 33-inch tires designed specifically for off-road travel. It also comes with special badges that enhance the truck’s distinctive personality as even when it is out in the field, in traffic, standing still at a stoplight or parked in a driveway.
Ford has been on a mission to raise the expectations of its huge owner base when it comes to cabin of the truck, which for a long time was simply austere. Times have changed and the interior of the Ford Tremor is roomy and anything but austere. The layout the places the controls within easy reach while the seat remains comfortable — even on a longer drive or in rugged conditions.
The critical instruments and center stack screen, which can split between entertainment and navigation, are easy to read and Ford’s truck designers still use knobs for features such as heating and cooling and entertainment.
The big center console has plenty for room for storing items such as a laptop but can also double as in-vehicle desk during a busy workday or as a tabletop for a quick lunch or dinner on the go. Visibility is terrific and since the Tremor is specifically equipped there are hand holds to grab on to while traversing rugged terrain.
The Ford F-150 Tremor I drove was equipped with Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine and a 10-speed, electronically controlled transmission. The powertrain also had 4×4 capability with a shift-on-the fly feature and was equipped for towing.
The engine and transmission combination could produce 400 horsepower and 500 pound-foot of torque to bolster its towing capacity. The Tremor has a combined rating of 18 miles per gallon from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which 16 mpg rating in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.
Safety and Technology
The F-150 Tremor comes equipped with multiple airbags for frontal- and side-impact collisions and is also equipped with Ford’s Co-Pilot360 2.0 safety system, which includes features such as automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, automatic reverse braking, rear parking sensors, and post-collision braking. It also comes with Ford Pro-Power 2-kilowatt generator, satellite radio, Wi-Fi hotspot and a compass. It also came with a spray-in bedliner, dynamic hitch assist and 12-volt power points in the cab and bed.
Ford bills the F-150 Tremor as a truck for those interested in taking their truck out into the wild and the truck’s heavy-duty suspension performs admirably on rugged trails. But off-road, with a few special exceptions don’t live off road, and the Tremor, somewhat to me surprise given the 33-inch tires and extra ground clearance drives smoothly under regular driving conditions.
It has more than enough power for passing on the freeway and performs well on regular street since the steering is very accurate and the brakes are very good even on wet pavement. The overall ride and handling was very good. The Tremor’s all-round driving dynamics are quite impressive, even though its 145-inch wheelbase tends to limit its maneuverability.
Ford F-150 Tremor 4×4 SuperCrew specifications:
|Dimension||L: 231.7 inches/W: 95.7 inches/H: 79.3 inches/Wheelbase: 145.4 inches|
|Powertrain||3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine; 10-speed transmission|
|Fuel Economy||16 mpg city/22 mpg highway/18 mpg combined|
|Performance Specs||400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque|
|Price||Base prices: $49,505|
|On-Sale Date||Available now|
There are lots of different variants of the Ford F-150 and if you are determined to get your dirty on some rugged and muddy trails than the Tremor is probably up you ally. But the fact remains you are going to wind up paying extra for this special package and with dealer inventories reduced, the basic F-150 now starts at $30,000 before taxes and license fees. But it is a very capable, very comfortable and very powerful vehicle with unique appearances.
Ford F-150 Tremor 4×4 SuperCrew — Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a Ford F-150 cost?
The Ford F-150 cost is different depending on the model, colors, add-one and others. The average cost of a Ford F-150 is around $27, 000 according to the research done by many leading newspapers and other sites.
What is the fuel economy of a Ford F-150?
The Ford F-150 EcoBoost is EPA rated at 22 mpg hwy/16 mpg city, which is impressive for the 3.5-liter 400-hp truck in the Tremor package.
What is the Ford F-150 Raptor?
The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor aims to fly higher, pound across the desert faster, and look meaner than its predecessor. This all-new, third-generation Raptor remains a bulkier body double of the regular F-150, which means they share technology and several innovative features.