In 2021, we’ll get our first look at the fourteenth generation of Ford F-150. To mark the occasion, Ford’s created a roster of colors for America’s favorite pickup. The 2021 F-150 paint lineup sees some old favorites returning. It also sees a few brand-new shades as well as the retiring of others.
We don’t yet know which colors are trim-dependent. There may yet be some surprises, but this is the known color lineup for the 2021 Ford F-150.
Returning F-150 Paint Colors for 2021
Oxford White is returning, to the surprise of no one. This base white has been part of the F-150 lineup since 1992. Like a blank canvas, Oxford White can be whatever you want it to be. Its plain color allows for individuality. Decals and accessories have been used to create some truly outstanding Oxford White pickups.
Star White Pearl
Star White Pearl is the luxury paint choice of 2020, and it’s returning for 2021. In 2020, This pearlescent shade was available on some of the F-150’s top trims but only with a $595 upcharge.
Like all pearl shades, it shimmers more than shines. This paint process creates color-depth not found in traditional paints or metallics.
While Oxford White is a blank canvas, Star White knows it’s the star of the show. Lighting mods look especially good on this shade of white.
Race Red’s name reflects how fast this color looks. This bright red is timeless and striking.
For those who love a bright stroke of color, there aren’t a lot of options for the F-150. Out of the lineup, Race Red stands out with its bold, saturated hue.
Despite rumors that red vehicles get ticketed more often, it may be worth the risk.
Kodiak Brown is returning to the F-150 after an extended absence. Browns may get a bad reputation as being dull, but Kodiak proves that brown doesn’t have to mean boring. Kodiak Brown is like a dark cup of coffee that shows a hint of bronze in the daylight.
Kodiak’s rich color looks perfect for Ford F-150s. This color has long been a favorite, and Ford truck enthusiasts are excited about its return.
Stone Gray Metallic, Smoked Quartz Metallic, Lead Foot Gray
If you love gray, you’ve got a lot of options for F-150s. We’d love to say that no trim level will actually end up with a choice between four grays, but that hasn’t been the case in the past. For many F-150s, you’ll get your choice between all shades of gray.
The difference these grays boils down to undertone and sheen. Stone Gray has a tan undertone, much like an actual stone. Smoked Quartz Is probably the darkest gray and looks almost black in some lights.
Lead Foot Gray is unquestionably the lightest of the grays. This particular gray is almost matte, but without the extra care matte paints require.
Gray is a great shade because of its versatility, but it’s hard to keep grays distinct. These three, plus the new Carbonized Gray, manage to stay unique though.
Lead Foot Gray
Guard is about as dark a green as you can get. Some have described it as a “charcoal” shade in the past, but compared to the rest of the monotone lineup, it stands out. At least one person actually bought a Guard pickup and both they and the dealer thought it was gray until the next sunny morning. A few silver or gray accents can help pull out the green color though.
Velocity Blue Metallic
Velocity Blue is one of the boldest color options available. This bright blue shade has universal appeal. That means that unlike some bright shades, it should hold its own with regards to resale value.
Blue is also the most popular vehicle color. Drivers of blue cars are seen as being friendly, trustworthy, and dependable according to NerdWallet. If you’re operating a business out of your truck, then Velocity Blue may project exactly the image you want.
Lucid Red Pearl
Lucid Red Pearl is a returning color; it was just called Rapid Red last year. This dark red is a pearlescent shade, similar to Star White. Just like Star White, this color also demands a premium upcharge. The depth of color in pearls makes them very appealing. While many car makers restrict pearlescent colors to whites and silvers, this shows how lovely the effect is on a more saturated base.
Iconic Silver Metallic
Iconic Silver was introduced last year and is this year’s only silver option for the F-150. Silver is by far the least ticketed color of vehicle. 10% of vehicles on the road are silver, but only 5% of traffic citations go to silver vehicles.
That doesn’t mean that silver needs to blend in though. Silver pairs well with any accent color you want. Though most people pair silver trucks with black accessories, it goes just as well with bold blues or bright reds.
Agate Black is a deep, saturated black with a high sheen. Exactly what you would expect from a color named after the famed gemstone. This black is metallic, which is a turn-off for some. Though it’s true that scratches are more visible on black pickups, keeping it waxed should reduce the risk of scratching.
Black is a popular color for pickups, and this one has been no exception. It’s almost certain it’ll be available for every trim level.
F-150 Colors Not Returning in 2021
Magma Red won’t be returning for the 2021 year. In most lights, this dark maroon color looked black. Though popular, Magma Red never fully satisfied drivers who wanted a red truck. Race Red and Lucid Red Pearl are both much more “red.” But it’s a shame this unique color won’t be part of the new generation.
Much like Magma Red, Blue Jeans had two good colors to compete with for 2021. Antimatter Blue will suit those looking for a dark blue. Velocity Blue will satisfy the bright blue crowd. Blue Jeans doesn’t seem to have a space in the new color lineup. This medium blue has been popular since it premiered in 2013, and was available every year of the thirteenth generation. It makes sense for it to take a break for the fourteenth.
Much like Highlanders, there can be only one green option per a year. For 2021, that option is Guard. Which means that Silver Spruce is out of the line up.
If Silver Spruce is a silver-green then Guard is a gray-green. Though this silvery green is nice, Guard is definitely the better color between the two.
Given the overabundance of grays offered in the lineup, it’s possible no one will even notice Abyss Gray is gone. Much like its name would imply, it was always meant for the abyss.
Grays are wonderful, so there’s no need for them to have a name that invokes melancholy. This color always just seemed like a “less” version of Magnetic anyway.
Magnetic is retiring this year after a particularly long run. Though it’s always been a solid color choice, the new Carbonized Gray Metallic should be a replacement option. If that gray doesn’t suit there are three more grays you can pick from.
New 2021 F-150 Colors
We can’t wait to see this one in person. The paint chips make it look almost black. While a black with blue undertones is always an eye-catcher, it’ll look especially striking with the Blue Interior Accent Package. It’s likely that this paint color will look bluer in person. If the blue is contained in the paint’s metal flake, it won’t show in chips as well as it will on a sunny day.
Carbonized Gray Metallic
A dark, serious gray, Carbonized Gray is a worthy successor to the outgoing Magnetic. Magnetic has always been a popular choice just because it suits so many builds and lifestyles. This dark gray looks great with any combination of accessories and seems equally suited to off-roading and on-roading.
Space White Pearl
Let’s all hope Space White Pearl looks better in person. The name might be entirely too close to “Star White Pearl” but the color is baffling. The paint chips at least don’t seem white at all. It’s more like a light gray with a pearlescent sheen.
The name is also a mystery. Space isn’t white. Did they perhaps mean “white space” and someone was supposed to fill in the blank with a real color?
Not all paint colors can be hits, and this one looks like a dud.
The Fourteenth Ford Truck Generation
It’s hard to believe that Ford’s F-series is now on its fourteenth generation. We know that the next generation will bring us a new Raptor, an electric pickup, and new technology features. All these changes are exciting to look forward to.
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