Ford has good news for 2021 F-150 customers. The all-new Ford F-150 is missing something – 552 pages of paper stashed in one of its dual gloveboxes. Customers will no longer have to rifle around for the owner’s manual, then search through hundreds of pages of features that don’t apply to their vehicle before they find the information they need. Plus a smaller paper manual allows customers reclaim that space in the glovebox for more storage.
F-150 does away with the traditional paper owner’s manual in favor of a customized digital book. An abbreviated guide in the glovebox is reduced from a previous maximum of 704 pages to just 152 pages of government-required supplemental material. To add some context: If all the old manuals were stacked up to the sky, they would nearly reach the cruising altitude of a commercial airliner, while the new manuals come in closer to where a two-seat private plane flies.
“Making center touch screens standard on every F-150 is a great win for our customers, but also allowed us to think about sustainability,” said Becky Esch, owner information manager. “We’re saving about 290 tons of paper every year, so the environmental impact is huge.”
With a touch screen standard for every pickup in the 2021 lineup, the new eco-friendly digital owner’s manual is easily accessed through the center touch screen. Searchable pages can be bookmarked for quick future access, while the system takes advantage of standard Wi-Fi capability to stream tutorial videos on-demand directly into the cab, like how to use available Pro Trailer Backup Assist or available Pro Power Onboard™.
Each owner’s manual is personalized, containing information about that specific F-150 only. For instance, for trucks equipped with the all-new 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ full hybrid powertrain, the new manual features only that powertrain, including specs and maintenance, and excludes the other available powertrains.
The all-new digital owner’s manual is a standard feature on every 2021 Ford F-150.