Why I love my vehicle: 2021 Ford F-150

Samra said truck is good for building sites and family getaways

Avatar By: Wheels August 17, 2021
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Tony Samra relies on his 2021 Ford F-150 Lariat for almost every aspect of his daily life. As the co-principal of a boutique project management company in Toronto, he certainly uses it for work. His firm, Ripple Projects, does commercial and residential high-end builds all over Ontario, and Samra uses his truck for everything from driving clients to building sites to making deliveries. Yet, as busy as his weekdays are, Samra says his F-150 gets a bigger workout on the weekends. He tells us why he loves his Lariat.

“When I have a client in my vehicle, I’d don’t want them to feel like they’re in a dusty old pickup,” said Samra, whose company leased his truck with a SuperCrew cab from Mistry Motors in Mississauga. “The new F-150 is gorgeous. The interior doesn’t feel like a truck, with its wide leather seats and large screens with touchscreen technology. Meanwhile, the outside still operates like a truck.”

2021 Ford F-150

Tony Samra and family pose with their truck for “Why I Love My Vehicle” on Aug 4, 2021. Photo George Pimentel

The 2021 model has several features Samra describes as miraculous. “The armrest can slide overtop the console between the driver and the passenger seats, and it’s almost like a small table,” he said. “This has been a godsend because it’s big enough to set up a laptop and a clipboard. I’ve been able to open my laptop in front of a (work) site and hammer out a bunch of emails and even take zoom meetings from the truck. It’s such a simple thing, but a real gamechanger.”

Samra also appreciates the power tailgate. “It doubles as a workbench with tie-down cleats for strapping long loads,” he said. “With four outlets, plus one large outlet for heavy-duty appliances, you can plug in all kinds of appliances and even use the tailgate as a table saw.”

Samra’s truck does double duty on the weekends. “I have a young family and my kids are very active,” he said. “We use the truck to drive to Collingwood for ski trips in winter and camping trips in summer. I drive it to soccer practice and back, and to transport my son’s ATV.

2021 Ford F-150

A CLOSER LOOK: 2021 Ford F-150 Lariat with SuperCrew Cab

TECHNOLOGY

You can stay informed while on the road with useful driving information right from the dash. New this year, F-150 dynamic drive modes are displayed through the available 12-inch Digital Productivity Screen. Each of the available modes has a unique theme that displays in your cluster, creating an environment that matches your action. It comes standard on the Lariat.

UPDATES

With the effortless integration of your smartphone, Ford’s SYNC 4 combines voice recognition and cloud-based connectivity to give you a seamless, personalized experience. To keep you up to date, Ford offers over-the-air software updates, helping reduce the need for repair trips. With the addition of a digital owner’s manual, you can get to know your vehicle without having to flip through dozens of pages. The digital manual includes in-depth info on vehicle features, streamable how-to videos and more, all through a searchable database.

ENGINE

How can an engine displacing 2.7 litres deliver a robust 325 horsepower and 400 pound-foot of torque? Engineer it with the Ford port-fuel and direct-injection system with two injectors per cylinder, dual overhead cam design with variable intake/exhaust cam timing, plus twin inter-cooled turbochargers for on-demand power. And the available 2.7L EcoBoost V6 with 10-speed transmission is strong. Its upper block and cylinders are made of the same high-strength compacted graphite iron used in the Super Duty 6.7L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel.

“Also, with all the cameras and sensors, parallel parking the F-150 in the city is a breeze,” Samra said. “My family wouldn’t let me drive anything else!”

This article was edited for space and clarity. Want to be featured in Why I Love My Vehicle? email us at wheels@thestar.ca.

SPECS:

• BODY STYLE: 4×4 SuperCrew Cab
• DRIVE METHOD: 4WD
• ENGINE: 2.7L EcoBoost V6 (other engine options are available)
• FUEL ECONOMY (CITY/HIGHWAY): 9.3/10.8 litres per 100 km
• PRICE: Starting at $55,795
• WEBSITE: Ford.ca

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