Is the Ford F-150 a reliable truck?
If it’s a reliable pickup truck that you’re after, the Ford F-150 may not be your best bet. According to Consumer Reports, this year’s model didn’t earn the highest marks in terms of reliability. In fact, the 2021 Ford F-150 earned a two out of five predicted reliability rating from Consumer Reports, which is pretty disappointing.
Unfortunately, such a low score is to be expected from the F-150. Based on Consumer Reports’ data, the F-150 has struggled to be a reliable pickup for quite some time. Last year’s model earned a one out of five reliability rating, as did the 2018 and 2017 models. Other than that, most model years have earned a three out of five reliability rating or lower.
How many miles you can expect a Ford F-150 to last
But as unreliable as the Ford F-150 is predicted to be, you can expect one to last a fairly long time. Not too long ago, iSee Cars analyzed more than 15.8 million cars sold in 2019 to figure out which models sold have the highest percentage of cars that reached 200,000-miles. And, as it turns out, there were plenty of Ford F-150 models sold in 2019 that made it to 200,000-miles. According to the study, 1.9% of Ford F-150 models sold in 2019 made it to 200,000-miles. That’s just above the segment average of 1.8%.
“Of all vehicle types, pickup trucks are the most likely to reach 200,000 miles with a 1.8 percent average for the segment, double the average for SUVs,” explained iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly. “Pickup trucks are commonly used as work vehicles and are likely to accrue more miles than a typical passenger car while being more likely to undergo preventative maintenance and necessary repairs.”
The F-150 isn’t the longest-lasting pickup out there
But the Ford F-150 isn’t the only pickup that’s able to reach 200,000-miles. If you take a look at iSee Cars’ data, the F-150 is actually outranked by several other pickups. Reigning at the top of the list is the Honda Ridgeline. According to iSee Cars, 3.0% of Honda Ridgeline models sold in 2019 made it to 200,000-miles. The Ridgeline was followed by the Toyota Tundra, Toyota Tacoma, and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The F-150 doesn’t show up until the fifth spot on iSee Cars’ list.
The key to keeping an F-150 on the road for miles to come
Here’s the thing, though, ensuring that your F-150 reaches that 200,000-mile mark is going to take some effort. And that effort? It comes down to keeping up on regularly scheduled maintenance. You know, things like oil changes, tire rotations. That sort of thing. So if you’ve recently purchased an F-150 and hope to see that 200,000-mile mark on its odometer? Then you’re going to want to keep up on your truck’s maintenance needs.