It’s hard to think of too many superlatives that can’t be used to describe the Ford F-150, and plenty of them we might want to use will inevitably be concerned with the Ford pickup’s incredible sales success. The F-150 isn’t just the best-selling full-size light-duty pickup truck that’s offered for sale in America, it’s the best-selling vehicle of any type sold over the border in the USA. All F-Series Ford trucks are incredibly popular with buyers in North America, making the 2019 Ford F-150 a sought-after pickup truck.

Despite its unrivaled popularity, some rivals of the F-150 in the past have been able to beat it in certain areas of capability. However, the latest 2019 incarnation of the F-150 can now claim to be the most capable truck in its class, and that’s because it now boasts the best payload and towing capacity of any full-size, light-duty pickup truck with a GVWR of under 8,500 pounds.

The numbers

When the F-150 is correctly specified and equipped, the all-conquering pickup truck now has a maximum payload capacity of 3,230 pounds (1,460 kg), which is much more than many of its main rivals. Of course, the maximum conventional towing capacity is the number that really matters to most truck-buyers, and the 2019 Ford F-150 now has a maximum rating of 13,200 pounds (5,987 kg).

What makes the 2019 F-150 as capable as it is?

Lots of horsepower and torque obviously helps to push payload and two ratings higher, but Ford has achieved these class-leading ratings by much more than just raw power. Of course, the six engines that are now available for the F-150 do offer masses of horsepower and torque, but a good proportion of the F-150’s capability is achieved through outstanding power-to-weight ratios and some of the most advanced pickup truck engineering to date.


The standard powerplant in the 2019 F-150 lineup is now a 3.3-liter V-6 which produces 290 horsepower and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. The next engine up in the family is the one that’s likely to be most popular with buyers, and it’s a smaller displacement 2.7-litre turbo V6 that gives the F-150 325 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque to play with. Despite its impressive output, the maximum tow rating the Ford can achieve with the 2.7-litre V6 is 8,500 pounds. Although that’s a decent amount of pulling power, you don’t have to be a math genius to work out that’s a fair way short of the headline 13,200-pound maximum tow rating.

To achieve that 13,200-pound maximum tow rating, it isn’t the available 5.0-liter V-8 or the 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel that’s required. To legally tow 13,200 pounds with the 2019 F-150 needs the sensational 3.6-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6. This fabulous Ford engine puts out 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, which although a long way short of the close-to 1000 lb.-ft. of available torque some heavy-duty trucks manage, it does put the light-duty F-150 on top of the pile in its segment. Throw into the mix Ford’s widely available ten-speed automatic transmission and hugely impressive weight-saving achieved by the truck’s aluminum body, and it’s not hard to understand why the 2019 Ford F-150 now has the title of the most capable truck in its class.

To find out more about the 2019 F-150 and to arrange a test drive so you don’t have to take anyone else’s word for how capable it is, get in touch with us here at Van Isle Ford Sales, the premier choice Ford dealer in Port Alberni, BC.