How much weight can F-150 carry?

How much weight can F-150 carry?
Written by Jeff Glucker

No matter how cool your truck looks, after all, it’s all about its capabilities because that’s what makes it strong and useful. No matter if you need to haul massive concrete blocks or metal pipes in your F-150’s bed to get them to your backyard from a hardware store, or tow a massive trailer to your favorite camping site to have a great time with your family, your Ford should handle it all with a proper engine inside. And it certainly can!

As you are probably aware, payload and towing capacities largely depend on configurations, trims (XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited, and Raptor), and, of course, engine options. 2019 Ford F-150 variations differ in their engines, bed dimensions (5.5-foot, 6.5-foot, 8-foot), cab styles (Regular Cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew), and drivetrains (4×2 or 4×4). But no matter which model you choose, the maximum payload capacity will never be lower than 1520 lbs. So you can definitely count on that. 

How tough is F-150?

The short answer to the main question in the name of this article will be 3.270 lbs of payload capacity and 11,600 lbs of towing capacity. That goes for the Ford F-150 XLT with a 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine, Regular Cab 4×2 config, and the Heavy-Duty Payload Package with 18″ wheels.

If you need maximum towing capacity, opt for the RWD XL trim SuperCrew cab style with a 6.5-foot bed, 4×2 drivetrain, Max Trailer Tow Package, 20″ tires, and the 3.5L EcoBoost Twin-Turbocharged V6 engine. All that combined together provide 13,200 pounds of towing capacity and 3,230 pounds of payload capacity.

That is mainly due to a 10-speed transmission of the engine, which offers outstanding torque rating. It also features the Ford port-fuel and PFDI system (direct injection) with two injectors per cylinder for increased power. And you also have dual inter-cooled turbos for sought power and superior performance.

By the way, rear-wheel-drive (RWD) is the best when it comes to towing capacity because all-wheel-drive (AWD) is known to lower it (e.g., for the previous 3.5L EcoBoost configuration, it will only be 12.900 pounds). However, watch out for your rear tires because you don’t want them to get fried due to 470 lb-ft of torque.

The 2020 Ford F-150 payload capacity stays almost the same as in the 2019 F-150 model, with the increased ability to haul up to 3,270 pounds if configured the right way.

Towing and Payload 

Ford has manufactured five powerful engines for the F-150 with two versions of the 3.5L EcoBoost, resulting in six options in total. Below you will find the information on various engine hauling and towing capacities that will help you choose the right configuration for your F-150, depending on your needs.

  • 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 – 11,600 pounds (towing capacity) – 3,270 pounds (payload capacity)
  • 3.5L EcoBoost® Twin-Turbocharged V6 – 13,200 pounds – 3,230 pounds
  • 3.0L Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel V6 – 11,400 pounds – 2,020 pounds
  • 2.7L EcoBoost® Twin-Turbocharged V6 – 9,000 pounds – 2,470 pounds
  • High Output 3.5L EcoBoost® Twin-Turbocharged V6 – 8,000 pounds – 1,200 pounds
  • 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 – 7,700 pounds – 1,990 pounds

HP and TQ

Then there are also horsepower and torque parameters for each engine option that you may be interested in. Each comes with their own combinations, offering different levels of power. Check out the list below to find the perfect match for your F-150.

  • 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 – 395 HP – 400 lb-ft
  • 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 – 290 HP – 265 lb-ft
  • 2.7L EcoBoost® Twin-Turbocharged V6 – 325 HP – 400 lb-ft
  • 3.0L Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel V6 – 250 HP – 440 lb-ft
  • 3.5L EcoBoost® Twin-Turbocharged V6 – 375 HP – 470 lb-ft
  • High Output 3.5L EcoBoost® Twin-Turbocharged V6 – 450 HP – 510 lb-ft

Configurations for Maximum Towing Requirements by Engines

  • The 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 gas engine comes with a maximum tow rating at 7,700 pounds and a 6-speed automatic transmission when all other mentioned engines have the 10-speed automatic. The combination set for max. towing will require the 3.73 axle ratio, Trailer Tow Package, Regular Cab, 6.5-foot bed or 8-foot bed, both with two-wheel-drive.
    7,500 pounds is the second-highest rating and will require the 4WD Regular Cab and 6.5-foot bed. 7,400 pounds comes next, requiring the Regular Cab 4×4 long bed, the SuperCab 6.5-foot bed in both 2WD and AWD, and the SuperCrew 5.5-foot bed in both 2WD and 4WD.
  • 5.0-Liter V-8 will require the 3.73 axle ratio, 4WD SuperCrew 6.5-foot bed for 11,500 pounds. 11,300 pounds of towing capacity will require the 4WD SuperCab and the 6.5-foot bed. 11,200 pounds go for the 4WD SuperCab and the 4WD Regular Cab, both with the 8-foot bed. You can actually tow more than 10,000 pounds with almost any cab and bed size in 2WD or 4WD with this engine option.
  • 3.0L Power Stroke® Turbo-Diesel V6. 11,500 pounds is the maximum towing capacity for this engine that can be achieved with the 2WD SuperCab and 6.5-foot bed. This engine was built to provide high fuel efficiency, that’s why Ford offers it with only the 3.31 or 3.55 axle ratios. The 3.55 is for the highest tow ratings.
    Keep in mind that if you are not a fleet customer, the engine will not be available for the Regular Cab, the LT or XLT trims. Besides, when the Tow Package is chosen, the 10,000 pounds tow rating can be achievable in every engine’s configuration.
    The next tow rating is 11,300 pounds, which is achievable with the 4WD SuperCab and 6.5-foot bed, the 2WD SuperCrew with the 6.5-foot bed, and the 4WD SuperCrew with the 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed. The next two configurations, namely the 4WD SuperCab with the 6.5-foot bed and 2-speed automatic 4WD transfer case, and the 2WD SuperCrew with the 5.5-foot bed, will provide 11,200 pounds of towing capacity.
  • 2.7L EcoBoost® Twin-Turbocharged V6. This engine has a maximum tow rating of 9,000 pounds, which can be achieved with a number of different configurations: the 4WD Regular Cab and 8-foot bed, the 2WD SuperCab with 8-foot bed, the 4WD SuperCab with 6.5-foot bed, and the 2WD SuperCrew with 6.5-foot bed. The highest tow ratings will also require the 3.73 axle ratio and 2.7-Liter EcoBoost Payload Package.
    8,900 pounds is the second-highest rating which can be obtained with the 4WD SuperCrew and 5.5-foot bed. 8,500 pounds can be obtained with the 2WD Regular Cab and the 6.5/8-foot bed. And you don’t have to choose the 2.7-Liter EcoBoost Payload Package for these two options.
  • 3.5L EcoBoost® Twin-Turbocharged V6. The highest tow rating for the engine is 13,200 pounds, which requires the 2WD SuperCrew and 6.5-foot bed. As mentioned before, this tow rating is also the highest for the F-150. You will need the Max Trailer Tow Package, 3.55 axle ratio, and 20” wheels. The same requirements apply for the top 3 rated configurations. The 4WD SuperCrew with the 6.5-foot bed is the second highest at 12,900 pounds. 12,700 pounds can be achieved with both the 2WD and 4WD SuperCrew with the 5.5-foot bed. For the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, the Max Trailer Tow Package has to be added. 
  • High Output 3.5L EcoBoost® Twin-Turbocharged V6. This engine is only available for the Raptor and Limited trim levels. 8,000 pounds for the SuperCrew and 6,000 pounds for the SuperCab is the towing rating here. The Trailer Tow Package is standard on all Raptor models. The Limited trim is only available in the SuperCrew and 5.5-foot bed configuration. In 2WD models, the F-150 Limited’s maximum tow rating is 11,100 pounds, and in 4WD models – it’s 9,400 pounds. 

Why Ford F-150?

When it comes to full-size trucks, Ford F-150 is your ultimate choice for hauling and towing applications. One of the most popular and best-selling vehicles, the F-150 gets tougher than ever before – it comes with a robust aluminum-alloy body and entirely boxed heavy-duty steel frame, which virtually turns it into a real power dozer.

Pulling heavy loads is nothing to this vehicle, and if properly equipped, it will never get tired and will handle any task, no matter if you need it for work or entertainment.

The truck’s bed is build to last and bring convenience into your life, adding strength to the truck without making it too heavy. But if you need more, you can choose from various available features to add to your truck and make it easier for yourself while improving driveability. For instance, there are multiple features if you need to connect a trailer to your vehicle and maneuver it.

You can choose from a flexible, configurable BoxLink system for improved flexibility and organization, Pro Trailer Backup Assist, dynamic hitch, LED box lights, Blind Spot Information System, foldable loading ramps, trailer sway control, built-in tailgate step with the lift-assisting system, wireless tailgate release controller, etc.

With all the features mentioned above, the 2020 Ford F-150 becomes a fantastic truck for regular everyday driving as well as the main events in your life!

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About the author

Jeff Glucker

Jeff Glucker is a longtime editor and columnist at MechanicFAQ.com. He’s a proud Delaware native and currently lives in Wilmington. When he’s not writing about cars, he’s driving them. And when he’s not driving them, he’s probably doing something else like spending time with his wife or yelling on his children because you need to do that too. You can follow him on Twitter @JGlucker

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