2021 Ford F-150 Tremor is a decaf Raptor
Ford is seeming to take things to the next level, always. Not only does their Raptor do the job of being a pretty powerful and menacing off-roading and raging version of their most successful vehicle, but they are also going in for another jab at it. The 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor is another dedicated off-roading trim that comes with quite a few direct inspirations from its older brother, the Raptor. Starting at a price tag of $49,505; it is not as costly as the Raptor and certainly can be targeted at a broader range of audiences. But is it actually any good?
The Tremor is powered to life by a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine that is capable of producing over 400 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 10-speed electronic SelectShift transmission with progressive range select. It also comes with auto start-stop technology. It is limited by customizability, however, as it only comes in SuperCrew body style with a 5.5’ bed. It comes in three trims – base, Mid, and High. If properly equipped, this truck can tow a maximum of 14,000 lbs; which is the highest in its class and very impressive.
Except for the engine and powertrain, there are also a lot of other cool features that make the truck seem like a baby Raptor. For starters, you get some off-road-specific features that make crawling through rough terrains a lot easier. There is a feature called Trial Control which allows even power delivery whenever you are moving up a hill or something like that. Trail Turn Assist allows for a higher turning radius by braking an inside wheel. Another innovative feature is called the Trial One-Pedal Drive which allows the driver to basically push on the accelerator to move forward and when you let go of it, it stops the truck. Although it is pretty useful in a pickup truck, it still needs a little more improvement before Ford is able to actually be proud of it.
Aside from the cool features, let’s talk about the interior features that Ford is ready to offer. The SuperCrew is capable of seating 5 people with comfort and spacing is not really an issue, in either the front row or the rear row. It is not exactly something to brag about since it is a pickup truck focused on off-roading. Manual single-zone air conditioning is standard and you get things like dome lighting and fade-to-off interior lighting. The steering wheel is manual tilt/telescoping and there are grab handles (obviously) in the driver and front passenger’s side (on the side of the A-pillar).
There are optional features that you can look up too. Dual-zone automatic climate control, 12” digital driver’s display are all optional. There is an interior work surface that you can equip on the inside of your Tremor. It is a foldable work surface that folds out from the center console and it can help you put your laptop on. Or you could just use it as a surface to sign documents on. Besides this neat little trick, you can also fashion power-adjustable pedals, and if you desire more, power-adjustable pedals with memory. Front seats can also be heated and ventilated if you go for that option. Auto-dimming rearview mirrors can also be considered along with a heated steering wheel with a power tilt/telescoping column and a universal garage door opener.
When it comes to infotainment, you are presented with an 8” center-stack screen that runs on Ford’s latest and greatest SYNC 4 infotainment system. It is pretty responsive and also very intuitive. As standard, you don’t really get a lot and are only restricted to basic features such as AM/FM stereo, FordPass Connect w/ Wi-Fi hotspot, etc. As an option, you can explore a variety of options, including SiriusXM with 360L, SYNC 4 system with Enhanced Voice Recognition, connected built-in nav, etc. The screen size is also increased to a massive 12” infotainment screen and you get a Bang & Olufsen HD sound system with B&O HD Radio technology.
As standard, the seats are front bucket seats with unique sport cloth and they are manually adjustable and offer lumbar support. However, optionally, they can be upgraded to a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with some unique Tremor bits. Front ventilated and heated seats and rear heated seats are also options you can look into.
Let’s talk about safety. For starters, backup camera and Dynamic Hitch Assist are standard but as optional, you can upgrade to Intersection Assist and Ford BlueCruise. The BlueCruise is Ford’s version of adaptive cruise control combined with a semi-level ability of autonomous driving. For security, you have Ford’s MyKey, perimeter anti-theft alarm, SecuriLock passive anti-theft system, remote keyless entry system, etc. Other standard safety systems include AdvanceTrac, Curve control, TMPS, ABS, loads of airbags and as an option, BLIS (blind-spot information system) with cross-traffic alert and trailer tow coverage is available.
You can directly go for the Mid trim, which costs around $6065 extra and it will add features such as heated front seats, trail-driving assist features, Bang & Olufsen sound system, and 8” digital driver’s display as standard. The High trim, which costs around $64,645 comes with a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, heated rear seats and 12” digital driver’s display as standard.
Now, when it comes to the exterior styling, you will find certain similarities with the Raptor, although it has its own style. There is the vented hood, powder-coated running boards, and a silver bumper bash plate. All of these might remind one of the Raptor, well, somewhat. It appears quite aggressive with a big front fascia. The tailgate LED and power-folding side mirrors are an option. Ford BoxLink is also an option but heated and manual folding side mirrors are standard.
But the driver’s side auto-dimming mirror is an option that you can avail of. Overall, the look is very aggressive and appears quite ready to tackle anything you throw at it. The F-150 Tremor is not the best F-150 out there but it is something that a broader audience can afford. Even though the Raptor is the unbeatable F-150, the Tremor is the mini-Raptor with some features and some features off, if you think about it that way.