The towing capacity of the Ford F-150 pickup truck varies with engine size, wheelbase, drivetrain and model year; Ford F-150s with a V8 engine can tow up to 9,500 lbs. while newer and lighter models, like the 2015 Ford F-150, have smaller and lighter frames, and can tow approximately 8,500 lbs. The class of Ford F-150 trucks, like many pickups, comes in several options, which include base models and luxury editions. Some also come with extra features to enhance towing capacity, such as payload packages and additional hitches.
The Ford F-150 pickup truck comes in two basic drivetrains: 4x2 and 4x4. Those drivetrains correspond with various wheelbases. This combination determines the towing capacity of different Ford F-150 models. Ford F-150s with 2.7-liter V6 engines come in wheelbases of 122.4 inches and 141.1 inches. Trucks with a 4x2 drivetrain and axle ratios of 3.31 and 3.73 can tow a maximum of 7,600 and 8,500 lbs. in those wheelbases, respectively. F-150s with a 4x4 drive system and axle ratios of 3.55 and 3.73 can tow between 7,500 lbs. and 7,400 lbs., respectively, in those same categories.
Following a similar scale, Ford F-150 pickup trucks with more powerful engines have increasing towing capacities through model year 2014. In 2015, Ford reduced the engine size of the F-150, giving it a slightly lower towing capacity.