The 2022 Ford F-150 is highly anticipated. For one, the F-150 is the most popular truck of all time by a long shot. For two, Ford has brought so many cool new features like active payload and towing scales, as well as the F-150 hybrid’s coolest feature, the built-in power generator. However, the 2022 Ram 1500 absolutely killed the 2022 Ford F-150 on Consumer Reports, again.
Is the 2022 Ford F-150 a good truck?
Consumer Reports gave it a 58/100. Remember, CR is not a big fan of trucks. It’s common to see CR rate trucks this low due to their rough ride, poor fuel economy, and high ride height. However, the Ford F-150 is a little surprising considering how much Ford has added to the famous model and how much customers love buying them.
The 2022 model hasn’t had all that much given to it since the 2021 redesign. Consumer Reports says that even with a new interior design, loads of new tech, and the first hybrid powertrain for the model, the 2022 Ford F-150 still hasn’t progressed enough to compete with the 2022 Ram 1500. Even though the hybrid is only one of seven engine options, the variety still isn’t enough to tip the scales.
What’s the problem with the 2022 Ford F-150?
Although the new hybrid F-150 model is proving to be a strong powertrain, the same old issues still plague the F-150, at least by CR’s standards. The handling is still clumsy and requires a good deal of effort on the steering wheel. Consumer Reports makes a point to say that the 2022 Ram 1500 is a far better handling pickup truck than the F-150.
The next fatal flaw for Consumer Reports testing was the ride comfort. Consumer Reports says, “The suspension keeps road imperfections from punching through into the cabin as harshly as on the outgoing model, but the F-150 gets jittery and choppy on bumpy roads, leaving it a far cry from the plush comfort of the Ram 1500, which benefits from a coil-spring rear suspension as opposed to the F-150’s leaf-spring setup.” The best verbiage CR could manage when talking about the stiff ride was “tolerable.” However, they note that the cabin is as quiet as some luxury cars. So, there’s that.
Lastly, the braking distances follow suit with the stiff ride and poor handling. CR said that the F-150 had long and unimpressive stopping distances in both wet and dry conditions.
What did Consumer Reports have to about the 2022 Ram 1500?
Basically, the total opposite. The 2022 Ram 1500 is one of only three pickup trucks that Consumer Reports recommends right now. The Ram 1500 scored an impressive 75/100. Like the F-150, the Ram 1500 has a pile of engine, body, and bed options. However, unlike the F-150, CR only disliked one thing about the Ram 1500: the high step-in height.
The Ram doesn’t offer the same amount of features as the Ford F-150, but no other truck is currently capable of doing what it does offer, which is a smooth ride, decent handling, and a comfortable cabin in a pickup truck.
Here CR explains perfectly why it prefers the 2022 Ram 1500 over any other pickup truck: “Compared to the competition, the Ram 1500 remains a kinder, gentler pickup truck in this crowded field. This generation drops pounds, improves fuel economy, adds more room for passengers, and raises the bar for interior packaging.”
For Consumer Reports, nothing trumps reliability, comfort, and utility. While most of us might not think that way when talking about pickup trucks, CR never loses sight of its priorities.
Is the 2022 Ram 1500 worth it?
The Ram also has a hybrid V8, although the hybrid part is fairly mild. This package makes 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the F-150, the Ram 1500 only has four engine options, one of which is the coveted 702-hp supercharged V8 that powers the Ram TRX. Although the Ram has fewer options, it clearly focused more on the entire package than just engine options.
CR was also really impressed with the Ram 1500’s ability to take a corner. CR calls the Ram 1500 “surprisingly agile,” which is quite the powerful compliment coming from them. It also performed admirably on CR’s emergency avoidance tests.
After all, the Ram is still a pickup truck, but CR notes that compared to the competition, the Ram 1500 offers the most comfortable ride and cabin. Although there is no shortage of hard plastics, the Ram 1500 uses various other materials to give the interior a feeling of being upscale.
Overall, CR found the 2022 Ram 1500 to be a better driving, more comfortable, better equipped, and all-around better pickup truck than not only the 2022 Ford F-150 but every other pickup truck on the market.