How Much Weight Can a Ford F-150 Hold In The Bed?


The Ford F-150 is a powerful full-size truck. It competes with the Ram 1500 and the Chevrolet Silverado as a work truck. 

There are different trims and configurations and bed lengths of the Ford F-150 and each of these offers a different truck bed capacity. 

How Much Weight Can A Ford F-150 Hold In The Bed? 

You can carry between 1,410 and 3,250 pounds in the bed of your F-150, depending on the trim level, the engine size, drive train, and bed length. Keep in mind also that Ford may change the payload capacity of their F-150 each year. 

As such, you need to ensure you check the truck manual or the stick on your door to ensure you are carrying the recommended capacity. 

Note that, for a 1,410-pound payload capacity truck, you need to subtract the weight of the passengers to get the exact truck bed capacity. 

If a truck has a payload capacity of 1,410 pounds, you may find that you only bring 800 pounds in the bed if you have several passengers and more cargo in the cabin. 

Read on to learn more about the payload capacity of the Ford F-150.

Truck Configurations and Respective Payloads

The configuration of your truck will determine how much you can bring in its bed. 

The combination of the engine, truck bed dimensions, and drivetrain determine how much cargo you can bring. 

Looking at the 2021 model, below are some configurations and their payload capacities with the regular cab:

  • 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 with 4×2 drivetrain and 6.5-foot bed carries up to 1,985 pounds
  • 2.7L EcoBoost V6 with 6.5-foot bed and 4×2 drivetrain carries up to 1,875 pounds
  • 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 with a 6.5-foot bed and 4×2 drivetrain carries up to 1,900 pounds

The Super Cab offers the following payload capacities:

  • 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 with 6.5-foot bed and 4×2 drivetrain carries up to 1.905 lbs
  • 2.7L EcoBoost V6 with 6.5-foot bed and 4×2 drivetrain carries up to 1,885 lbs (can go up to 2,175 lbs with V6 payload package)
  • 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 with 6.5-foot bed and 4×2 drivetrain carries up to 2,345 lbs
  • 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 with 8-foot bed and 4×2 drivetrain carries up to 2,325 lbs (can go up to 3,010 lbs with heavy-duty payload package)
  • 3.0L Power Stroke V6 with 6.5-foot bed and 4×4 drivetrain carries up to 1,840 lbs
  • 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 with 6.5-foot bed and 4×2 drivetrain carries up to 2,290 lbs

Super Crew offers the following configurations and payload capacities:

  • 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 with a 6.5-foot bed and 4×2 drivetrain can carry up to 1,785 lbs
  • 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 with 6.5-foot bed and 4×4 drivetrain can carry up to 1,765 lbs
  • 2.7L EcoBoost V6 with 6.5-foot bed and 4×4 drivetrain can carry up to 1,760 lbs (goes up to to 1,965 pounds with V6 payload package)
  • 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 with 6.5-foot bed and 4×2 drivetrain can carry up to 2,135 lbs (increases to 2,335 lbs with heavy duty payload package)
  • 3.0L Power Stroke V6 with a 6.5-foot bed and 4×4 drivetrain can carry up to 1,805 lbs
  • 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with a 6.5-foot bed and 4×2 drivetrain can carry up to 2,300 lbs
  • 3.5L PowerBoost Full Hybrid V6 with a 6.5-foot bed and 4×2 drivetrain can carry up to 2,090 lbs
  • High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with a 6.5-foot bed and 4×4 drivetrain can carry up to 1,410 lbs

For all the models above, you will have different capacities for the same engine. 

The 4×4 and 4×2 models offer different capacities even when the engine is the same. 

Again, if you take one of the payload packages available, the payload capacity of the truck goes up. 

Before you start loading your truck, ensure that you have the right payload capacity figure, and you have the needed accessories and features. 

For instance, the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine with an eight-foot bed and 4×4 drivetrain can carry up to 2,155 pounds in its bed. 

However, with the heavy-duty payload package, the payload capacity shoots to 2,640 pounds.

What Volume Can the Ford F-150 Hold In Its Bed? 

The cargo volume of the F-150 is about 44.8 cubic feet. That 44.8 cubic feet covers the bed and the cabin. 

When you are hauling, you need to subtract the volume of the cabin, which is about 12.1 cubic feet, from the total cargo volume. 

That leaves you with about 32.7 cubic feet of space for the cargo you want to bring. 

Depending on the trim you choose, your F-150 can carry three or six passengers. 

The XL, XLT, and the Lariat can seat up to three passengers. 

The SuperCab and SuperCrew models can seat up to six passengers. F-150 King Ranch, Platinum, Tremor, Limited, and Raptor feature a roomy back bench seat. 

However, the front seats come in the form of bucket seats and can only accommodate a driver and one passenger. 

Features of a Ford F-150 Truck

The F-150 has dominated the full-size truck market for many decades in the U.S. 

In 2021, Ford redesigned the F-150, and like with all other redesigns in the past, the redesign was a big deal. 

In 2015, Ford launched the aluminum body panels, but in 2021, there wasn’t much to launch. 

Instead, Ford focused on making the F-150 more powerful. 

For instance, there is a new hybrid powertrain, an onboard generator, and a more intuitive infotainment system. 

One of the things that we like a lot about the F-150 is the list of endless configurations. 

Whether you need a simple work truck or a luxury cruiser or an off-roader, you will have that with a Ford F-150. 

Before the 2021 redesign, the F-150 may have been lagging behind in features compared to Ram, Chevrolet, and GMC. 

There is a rich lineup of engines for your F-150. The six powertrains are as follows:

  • 3.3L V6 engine that makes 290 horses and 265 pound feet of torque
  • 2.7L turbocharged V6 engine that makes 325 horses and 400 pound feet of torque
  • 5.0L V8 that makes 400 horses and 410 pound feet of torque
  • 3.0L turbocharged diesel V6 that makes 250 horses and 440 pound feet of torque
  • 3.5L turbocharged V6 that makes 400 horses and 500 pound feet of torque
  • 3.5L V6 hybrid PowerBoost engine that combines with an electric motor to make 430 horses and 570 pound feet of torque

These six engines combine with a 10-speed automatic transmission with rear- or four-wheel drive. Some of the standard features on the base XL trim include:

  • Single zone air conditioning
  • Vinyl flooring manual mirrors and doors 
  • Trailer sway control 
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Ford also adds safety equipment, such as lane departure warning and forward collision mitigation. 

Further up the trims, there is the XLT, which adds features, such as fog lights, cruise control, carpeted flooring, power-locking tailgate, power door locks and power windows, and front seat lumbar adjustment. 

Safety features on the XLT include rear automatic braking, blind spot monitor, and lane keeping assist. 

The Lariat is the next one higher up the trims. It offers premium features, such as LED bed lighting, leather upholstery, a class IV trailer hitch, power-adjustable front seats, 12-inch center touchscreen, power-adjustable pedals, and remote start. 

King Ranch adds luxury features, including a heated steering wheel, LED headlights and taillights, heated rear seats, wireless smartphone charging, eight-speaker B&O stereo, integrated trailer brake controller, and power tilt and telescoping steering column. 

Further, King Ranch offers safety features, such as evasive steering assist and adaptive cruise control. 

The Platinum trim has the same features as the King Ranch, but with a couple of cosmetic changes to its interior. 

Limited is the top range trim with several towing and hauling features and some luxury components. 

Some of the features include power running boards, trailer tow package, two-panel moonroof, pro power onboard, 360-degree camera system, 18-speaker B&O stereo, massaging front seats, and specialized leather upholstery. 

There are several packages you can install to enhance the performance of your F-150.

Closing Thoughts

Whether you need to haul or tow cargo, the F-150 is one of the most powerful on the market.

It offers a high payload and towing capacity and also offers a wide range of luxurious features. 

Although it is a large truck, it still offers great maneuverability, and you can use it as a daily driver. 

There haven’t been many upgrades, but whenever there is one, Ford makes the redesign count. 

Today, the truck is facing stiff competition from Ram 1500, Chevrolet Silverado, and GMC. 

The F-Series is the most popular truck in the U.S. and has also turned out to be the most popular vehicle in the U.S. 

If you want to go off the road over stones and through water pools, you can go for the Ford F-150 Raptor. This is one of the latest additions to the F-150 lineup and the most rugged off-roader among all trims. 

Regardless of the option you choose, you have to ensure you do not overload the bed. Overloading will strain the engine, brakes, suspension, and transmission system, causing more wear and tear. 

It is also against the law. 

Check the payload rating and subtract the weight of the passengers and cargo in the cabin.

John Nelson

You can find John stringing a hammock from the back of his SUV to a tree camping in the outdoors most weekends during warmer weather. John loves the outdoors and the freedom four-wheel-drive vehicles offer.

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