After the 2021 Ford F-150 Review Consumer Reports Cannot Recommend

The 2021 Ford F-150 is one of the most well-equipped pickup trucks in the game. There are so many options and features to choose from, making America’s favorite truck even more, uh, favorite-y? However, Consumer Reports was not overly pleased with the 2021 Ford F-150 review. 

2021 Ford F-150 parked outdoors might be similar to the electric Ford F-150
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The 2021 Ford F-150 review landed it on the Consumer Reports not-recommended list 

The F-150 is an icon. It is consistently one of the top-selling vehicles in the world and has been for quite some time. The upside to that is the F-150 has pretty much become the default go-to when someone thinks “pickup truck.” The downside is the reliability of a model this old hangs with it and ultimately hurts it. 

A 2021 Ford F-150 towing a boat
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The 2021 Ford F-150 review by Consumer Reports was mostly pretty good. It was the predicted reliability that hurt it. Due to the low reliability score, the overall score landed on 55/100. In the Consumer Reports world, anything below 65/100 counts as failing and earns a spot on the not-recommended list. 

What trucks do Consumer Reports not recommend? 

Consumer Reports is historically pretty harsh toward pickup trucks. As a matter of fact, the Ford F-150 review probably won’t hurt it too badly on account of only two full-size pickup trucks scored high enough to get recommended by CR. 

A dark-blue 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid drives down a field road carrying some trees
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Before we get to the winners, let’s take a look at losers (according to CR). Massively popular models that defined the truck market for generations, like the 2021 Chevy Silverado, the 2021 GMC Sierra, and the 2021 Nissan Titan, all got an F on their reviews. 

Most of the not-recommended trucks came down to ride comfort, fuel economy, and reliability. These three things are often not what people buy a pickup truck for, and as a result, that is not what OEMs build pickup trucks to do. What results is a vicious cycle of Consumer Reports giving great trucks the big thumbs down. 

What trucks do Consumer Reports recommend? 

Of all the 2021 full-size pickup trucks, only the Ram 1500 and the Toyota Tundra made the cut. Still, they both only scored a 65/100 each. These two trucks pulled ahead from the chaff by being undeniably reliable. 

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Consumer Reports puts a heavy value on reliability, and these two are some of the most reliable trucks ever made. The other things CR liked were the quietness and comfort of the cabins. 

More importantly, these two trucks have some of the best power plants available. The Toyota Tundra’s 5.7-liter V8 is about 20 years old, but it hasn’t changed because Toyota knows it will work. It might burn up all the gas, but it’ll work. 

Despite the 2021 Ford F-150 review, it is still the GOAT

Even though CR didn’t love the 2021 F-150, it establishes its dominance over the truck world with some of the best features to ever be put on a truck.

The PowerBoost hybrid F-150 is one of the quickest and strongest trucks in the full-size lineup. This version also can be equipped with a built-in power generator that can literally power most people’s entire homes if need be. 

If that weren’t enough, the new F-150 is about to get three new features added this summer. These new F-150s can be ordered with a digital scale for the bed, a smart hitch to rate trailer weight, and a new adaptive suspension that makes hauling and towing safer and easier. If that ain’t the GOAT, I don’t know what is.