The 2016 F-150 had four different engine options to choose from, which affected the towing capacity of the truck and rightfully so. There are other things that affect the towing capacity as well like axle ratio, cab configuration or cab style, 4WD or 2WD configurations and so on so you need to refer to the charts in order to get an accurate number.
I tried to make a "resource guide" for the 2016 Ford F-150's towing capacity in order to eliminate some of the confusion that may come from so much information that you will find on the towing charts and wanted to make it easier and more convenient, at the same time so I hope this article does just that!
Always refer to your owner's manual for all of the required towing information to be sure you follow their recommendations , limits and capabilities of your specific vehicle.
2016 F-150 Towing Overview
Overall Towing Capacity:
The towing capacity for the 2016 Ford F-150 was between 4,900-12,200 lbs. for all models, which includes all engines, axle ratios, and cab configurations for both conventional and 5th wheel towing specs.
3.5L (V6): If we look at the 3.5l engines alone that came equipped with the 2016 F-150's, we can see that the capacity range was between 4,900-7,600 lbs.
2.7L (V6): The models equipped with the 2.7l engines had quite a bit more capacity over the 3.5l models, ranging from 7,300-8,500 lbs.
5.0L (V8): The 2016 F150's equipped with the 5.0l engines had a pretty high overall towing capacity that ranged from 6,800-11,100 pounds, one of the best engines for the 2016 models.
3.5L (V6) EcoBoost: The 3.5l EcoBoost engines had a higher towing capacity range, like the 5.0l engines that ranged from 6,600-12,200 pounds, making it the most capable out of all of the engine choices for the 2016 F-150.
Conventional tow specs shown on the charts range from 5,000-12,200 lbs.
5th wheel tow specs shown on the charts range from 4,900-12,100 lbs.
The GCWR on the charts had a range of between 9,400-17,100 lbs.
Assumed Weight: Ford states that the data in the towing charts is with 2 passengers weighing 150 lbs. each (300 lbs. total) for their weight recommendations in the charts and no cargo. If you weigh more than that, or have additional cargo that contributes to the weight, then you will have to deduct that much weight from the numbers on the charts.
Conventional Towing Charts
5th Wheel And Gooseneck Towing Charts
How To Read The 2016 F-150 Charts...
There were many different areas that you need to look at for your 2016 F150 when looking at the charts in order to get an accurate maximum tow capacity number and some of these areas are:
Cab Configurations: There were three options for the 2016 models as far as the different cab layouts go and these were labeled as: Regular Cab, Super Cab and SuperCrew Cab.
The corresponding cab style is found at the top of the charts and is indicated in specific columns, like the image below illustrates.
4WD vs 2WD: There was another column that had the 4WD and 2WD specs in the charts for each cab configuration in the 2016 charts that stated the different capacities for the different drive train configurations too.
In the image below, the red box shows the 2WD specs and the blue box shows us the numbers for the 4WD models.
Engine Equipped: The engine equipped in your 2016 F150 will be on the far left side of the charts in blue letters.
In the image below, we can see that the 3.5l engine's rows has a red box around them and the 2.7l engine's specs has the orange box around it.
Axle Ratio: On the right of the engine choice, you will see numbers for your F150 and these are the axle ratios that are offered. Each axle ratio will have different tow numbers associated with them, even if the same engine was used, so be sure you are looking at the correct axle ratio for your truck.
Axle Ratios For The 2016 F-150's:
You will have to know what axle ratio you had installed on your 2016 F150 because that figure affected the numbers in the charts and will vary for different ratios. How you find your axle ratio on your 2016 model would be to open your driver side door and on the jamb you will see a sticker, like the one in the image.
At the bottom of that sticker, look for a section that reads "AXLE" and below that there will be a code with letters/numbers. Take those "figures" and plug them into a website that has a list of axle codes like blueovaltrucks.com to figure out your axle ratio.
Note: There are other ways to find your axle ratio for your F-150 but looking at the sticker on the door is usually the easiest way. There will also be a tag on the rear differential itself (under the truck) that you can reference if your sticker is missing.
You will need to know your cab configuration as well for your 2016 truck, as this was one of the sections that you need to look up your information. The image shows many different manufacturer's cab styles and configurations so you know what columns to look at in the towing charts.
Important Safety Notes:
There were some other important information I found in the 2016 owner's manual regarding towing and I posted some of that information here to have as a quick reference for everyone to have a quick look...
Note: This is just some of the other helpful info I found on towing in the owner's manual, there is more and you should look into it yourself for a more thorough understanding of the limitations of your truck.
Here are a couple of links for the 2016 F-150's that I used in my research that I thought you would like to see.
You can find all of the required information about towing in the owner's manual and the towing guide is more of a reference for some of the maximum weights you can expect...