2021 Ford F-150 Interior Work Surface | Autoblog

The new 2021 Ford F-150 has no shortage of party tricks, but the star of the interior show is without a doubt what Ford calls the "Interior Work Surface" option. This is a rather dull name for the feature, if you ask us, especially since it's describing a fold-out center console table and stow-away gear selector. With the push of a button, the gear selector stows away into a recess in the center console, allowing the table to be folded forward from the armrest and creating a completely flat work surface large enough to accommodate paperwork or even a small laptop. Ford wanted to offer its customers a factory solution to a problem which, until now, was largely addressed by the aftermarket. Owners who need space to work on a computer or do paperwork have long installed accessory tables and laptop cradles, often on bulky, cumbersome swing-arm mounts designed to help them clear the physical controls on the center console. This feature obviously has its limitations. With the gear selector stowed away (which is likely only possible to do while the F-150 is in Park), the car is effectively immobilized while the table is in use. That eliminates the option of passengers using the space while the truck is in motion, but it makes sense from a safety perspective. It also eliminates access to the two forward cupholders next to the gear selector. Fret not, however; the F-150 has plenty more beverage-storing nooks, including two more on the rearward portion of the console. While it may not be for everybody, this feature is just another example of how Ford's designers and engineers found new ways to expand the pickup's versatility above and beyond basic towing and hauling capability. Autoblog obsessively covers the auto industry. We are a trusted source of auto research, information, and automotive issues. Get more Autoblog Read: http://www.autoblog.com Like: http://on.fb.me/13uhpVb Follow: http://twitter.com/therealautoblog

Video Transcript

- Hey, everybody. Chris McGraw, here, in the 2021 F-150 Limited with the PowerBoost. I just wanted to show you a nice, little functional piece of equipment here. I'm just going to hit that button. That folds down the shifter.

You might know what's coming next. Reach behind here. You can fold this down. You have a nice workspace slash eating area here. It's not super big, big enough to fit a laptop, for sure. Not big enough to fit a large pizza or anything, but it is a pretty functional piece of equipment.

We have this crack here that you can see someone who ate in here before me spilled some lunch down there. A little difficult to clean. But, I mean, if you kept some compressed air or something, you might be able to get all the bits out of there if you're eating your lunch in here a lot. But overall, I do like this functionality. I think it's well thought out and uses space that has always been there and hasn't been as usable. That is the foldout tray in the Ford F-150 Limited.