10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: 2021 Ford F-150 Pricing Falls Below BMW Lineup

2021 Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 — the light-duty variant of America’s perennial best-selling F-Series pickup truck — arrives for 2021 redesigned and repriced. Truck shoppers may not spy much difference between the 2021 F-150 and the outgoing model by looking at it (most of the big changes lie under the hood and inside the cabin), but they’ll certainly know when they start pricing their new pickup, especially those shopping at the higher end of the trim-level offerings.

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In one of the top finishers this week on our countdown of the most popular Cars.com news articles, we reported the full pricing breakdown for the 2021 F-150 lineup — which, at the low end, seems like a no-brainer for those weighing whether to buy the latest and greatest or hunt for a bargain on the previous-generation truck. The most modestly priced F-150 you can buy for 2021 starts at $30,635, less than a $200 difference compared with the outgoing version. Similarly, the next-level-up XLT trim starts at $36,745, less than $300 more than the 2020 truck (all prices include a $1,695 destination charge).

That price gap widens quickly from there, however. At $46,890, the Lariat trim rings up at $1,945 more than its 2020 analog; the King Ranch’s $58,025 price rises $3,340; the Platinum’s $60,805 goes up by $3,590; and the Limited’s $72,520 tops the lineup at $3,090 more. Compared with its Detroit-truck rivals, the cheapest 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 starts a few hundred bucks lower at $30,195, while the 2021 Ram 1500 starts significantly higher at nearly $34,000 (again, prices include destination).

Get additional pricing details for the 2021 Ford F-150 by following the link below to our No. 5 story  of the week. Other newcomers to the countdown this week include our roundup of everything that’s new and notable in the BMW model lineup for 2021, at No. 4; our advice on whether you should opt for the model-year 2021 Chevrolet Equinox or the outgoing version (in this uncommon case, it’s truly a proposition of six of one, half a dozen of the other), at No. 7; a comprehensive guide to which cars come with some measure of complimentary scheduled maintenance from the automaker, at No. 9; and a primer on how to calculate your would-be monthly car payment on your prospective purchase (short answer: use the Cars.com Loan Calculator), at No. 10.

There’s plenty more where all that came from, so keep reading to catch up on all the latest car headlines. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. What Are the Best Black Friday New-Car Deals for 2020?

2. What’s the Most Reliable New-Car Brand for 2020?

3. Honda CR-V: Which Should You Buy, 2020 or 2021?

4. What’s New for BMW in 2021?

5. Here’s How Much the 2021 Ford F-150 Costs

6. What’s the Best Affordable Small SUV?

7. Chevy Equinox: Which Should You Buy, 2020 or 2021?

8. GM to Recall 5.9 Million SUV and Pickups for Takata Airbag Inflators: What Owners Should Know

9. Which Cars Have Free Maintenance for 2021?

10. How to Calculate a Car Payment

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