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Even a best-seller like the Ford F-150 isn’t perfect in every way. It certainly excels in utility, towing 14,000 pounds when properly equipped. And drivers like this pickup’s interior, especially the infotainment system. However, 2023 Ford F-150 owners also think this full-size truck could improve in a few areas.

2023 Ford F-150 owners don’t like the engine sound

2023 Ford F-150 owners dislike the truck's engine noise
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An F-150’s engine note will likely never be as pleasing as a Mustang’s, but it’s apparently loud enough to prompt owner complaints. That’s according to a recent J.D. Power owner satisfaction survey. The market research firm doesn’t indicate which 2023 F-150 engine annoys owners. We could assume it’s the base engine because it’s the weakest. Thus, it must work harder during acceleration or towing. 

The 2023 Ford F-150’s base powertrain includes a 290-hp V6 paired and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Some rivals, like the Chevy Silverado 1500, have more potent engines. That truck’s base turbo-four produces 310 hp. The Toyota Tundra has a 348-hp twin-turbo V6, and every Nissan Titan packs a 400-hp V8.

Drivers might get smoother performance by upgrading to one of the F-150’s other engines, such as the 400-hp V8. And with the 400-hp twin-turbo V6 and the right package upgrade, the F-150 can achieve maximum towing capacity. The Limited trim has that engine and an electric motor, boosting total output to 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque.

Overworked engines might produce more noise, but some are loud by default. For instance, the Ford F-150 Raptor R packs the most potent powerplant, a supercharged 700-hp V8. Though the exhaust system should keep the volume level tolerable, there’s no helping the typical supercharger whine. 

Edmunds reviewers say the hybrid powertrain in the Limited is the noisiest option, typically when it’s powering the onboard generator. It also produces considerable vibrations that could be unsettling. Still, some 2023 Ford F-150 owners might tolerate those disturbances for the promise of excellent fuel economy. Electrified rear-wheel-drive models can get 25 mpg combined. 

Owners also say starting this truck doesn’t inspire confidence

2023 Ford F-150 owners say starting the engine does not inspire confidence
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Survey responses suggest the 2023 Ford F-150 doesn’t have the smoothest startup compared to other vehicles. Again, J.D. Power didn’t indicate which powertrain received the most complaints. In addition, this gripe could be situational, such as the owner not being accustomed to operating such a big truck

2023 Ford F-150 owners want better doors

According to J.D. Power, 2023 Ford F-150 owners say the doors are one of this truck’s worst traits. Indeed, this pickup is built with heavy body panels, so they might sound clunky when closed. That’s hardly the truck’s fault, but it could still affect owner satisfaction. 

However, drivers shouldn’t have to tolerate build quality problems. Some F-150 owners have also reported that models produced during and after 2021 have an infamous door rattle. Users on F-150 Forum say owners can fix this issue by tightening the screws on the driver’s-side mirror. 

If you’re on the fence about buying a Ford F-150, remember that these grievances are subjective. This truck has the potential to excel in many measurable aspects, including utility and fuel economy. As with any vehicle, take the 2023 F-150 for a spin before deciding if you want to take it home.