2021 Ford F-150 Lariat vs. Platinum: Which Trim Comes Out on Top?

Ford F-150 Lariat

2021 Ford F-150 Lariat - Velocity Blue
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Ford F-150 Platinum

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Just when you thought the Ford F-150 pickup could not get any better, the 2021 Ford F-150 debuts with an updated exterior design, a first-ever Ford full hybrid engine, more distinctive in-cabin styling, and revolutionary features like a mobile generator and Ford-patented Max Recline seats to help make your job more productive and your ride more comfortable.

Among the six trim levels offered on the F-150 in 2021 are the mid-level F-150 Lariat trim and the higher level F-150 Platinum trim. If you're looking for expanded capabilities, these are two trims worth exploring. But what makes them different? The team at Westfield Ford in Countryside, IL, put together this comparison to help you determine which F-150 is right for you. Search our inventory of new F-150 trucks and check out our lease deal for an attractive offer on your next F-150. Give us a call at (877) 470-0298 or contact us online if you have any questions or need more information on the all-new F-150.

We begin the review by taking a look at the suggested starting retail price for each trim:

  • 2021 Ford F-150 Lariat - starting at $44,695
  • 2021 Ford F-150 Platinum - starting at $59,110 MSRP


Both trims offer all six engine options. The standard engine featured on the Lariat trim along with the standard engine featured on the Platinum trim include auto start-stop technology for enhanced efficiency ― and both engines are paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission.

The 2021 F-150 delivers exceptional towing ability ― up to 14,000 pounds when it is equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine. When it comes to towing support, you'll find a range of features and advanced tech in both the Lariat and Platinum trims to help make your job easier. They include:

  • Fully boxed, high-strength steel frame
  • 12-in. digital productivity screen that displays all selectable drive modes, including tow/haul
  • Trailer sway control
  • Integrated trailer brake controller (standard on Platinum)
  • AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™
  • Class IV trailer hitch
  • Ford Co-Pilot360™ 2.0
  • Available Trailer Tow Package
  • Available Max Trailer Tow Package
  • Available Tow Technology Package

When it comes to cargo loads in the truck bed, both trims offer the class-exclusive BoxLink™ cargo management system. You can also add the new ProPower Onboard mobile generator to either trim.

On the inside, both the Lariat and Platinum trims come equipped with a power sliding rear window with privacy glass and defroster, ambient lighting, available B&O Unleashed® sound system with up to 18 speakers, and the new SYNC® 4 enhanced voice recognition communications and entertainment system. Both trims also offer leather seating.

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Standard engines differ between the trims, with the Lariat featuring the 2.7L EcoBoost® V6 and the Platinum featuring the 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine.

For added support during night driving or challenging weather conditions, the Lariat trim comes equipped with LED fog lamps that feature an LED cornering lamp plus tailgate LED lighting, while the Platinum trim features auto high beams with rain-sensing wipers, LED projector headlamps with dynamic bending, and quad beam LED headlights and LED tail lamps.

The interior of the Platinum trim adds a bit more luxury, with connected built-in navigation and unique genuine wood interior trim accents, plus the new Ford-patented Max Recline seats.

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