Find out your cargo weight instantly, before you’re overloaded
Smart hitch guides on proper tongue weight and WD adjustment
Pickup trucks are offering more payload and towing capacity every single year, but how do you know just how much of that capacity you’re actually using when you start loading up your truck? Now Ford will tell you, thanks to Onboard Scales, one of three new features coming to the 2021 Ford F-150.
Forget guessing how heavy that load of mulch is, or the weight of water and food that’s left in your RV. The Onboard Scales option will show the approximate weight you’ve loaded into the bed, showing you how close you are to max on the touchscreen, on the app, and with light-up LED taillights that go from empty to full and then blink if you overload. The truck’s computer already knows the max payload for your configuration, so there’s less to worry about.
The Onboard Scales feature gives you a tare mode as well, so if you’re partly loaded you can zero the scales and weigh the extra load you’re adding separately.
For trailering, the Smart Hitch measures tongue weight as soon as you attach the trailer and configure it in the app. Proper tongue weight is crucial to safe towing, and the display will tell you if you’re too heavy or too light as well as guide the user on moving weight around.
Lastly, a new continuously controlled damping system will be offered that Ford says enhances ride and handling thanks to its use of multiple sensors used to adjust shock damping. It’s used to help soften potholes by stopping the tire from dropping into the hole but can also make controlling a heavy load or trailer less stressful. The features will become available in June to order on the 2021 F-150 with delivery late summer.