Old vs New: You Won’t Believe How Much The “Cheap” Ford F-150 Has Changed!

In this old vs new video, we compare two Ford F-150 XLs: One is 17 years old.

This is a special old vs new video because one of the trucks was recently purchased as a personal vehicle by our very own Andre. He bought a 2021 Ford F-150 XL 4×4 hybrid with the FX4 package – and little else. In many ways, it’s nearly a “base” model as he opted for very few extras. Still, he paid about $51,000 for this “base” truck – which is still a lot of money in this day and age.

This new pickup truck is a technological marvel with the ability to power a work or campsite. It has a powerful inverter and has a range of well over 500 miles. Andre wanted a crew-cab, and it has a front bench seat; so it can hold up to six.

A LOT of power separates these trucks

It has a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that makes 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft. of torque combined with the electric motor. It comes standard with a 10-speed automatic transmission. With the FX4 package, Andre gets a rear locker and a little extra off-road beef underneath.

TFL Studios bought a 2004 Ford F-150 XL 4×4 for an upcoming off-road series and it truly is (by comparison) pretty barebones. Still, despite the high mileage, it runs like a top and we got it for $3,700. Yep, that includes the burly bed cap. It also is a single cab, despite the tiny clam-shell doors. Those little doors open to a storage/cargo area behind the front seat.

The 2004 F-150 came with a 231 hp, 4.6-liter Triton V8 that makes 293 lb-ft of torque. It’s a 4×4 with open differentials that has a 4-speed automatic transmission. It runs, drives and stops well. Honestly, with a little investment, this truck would be an excellent daily driver.

In this video, keeping in mind the 17-year difference, we show you how different two F-150 XLs truly are.

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