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Some red flags could mean potential problems with the 2023 Ford F-150, but we’rehere to get down to business. While a few critics recommend avoiding the 2023 Ford F-150, others list the popular truck as the best option to buy. Let’s see if the reasons like poor quality and handling actually hold up against the best-selling truck.

Is the 2023 Ford F-150 worth buying?

The 2023 Ford F-150 towing a boat
2023 Ford F-150 | Ford

Yes, the 2023 Ford F-150 has a long list of different configurations, trim levels, and engines to meet the needs of various buyers. It’s a stout work truck, offers best-in-class towing capacity at 14,000 lbs, has an affordable off-roading package, and top trims take luxury to the next level.

High-tech tools make towing more convenient, the BlueCruise self-driving tech is very advanced, the OnBoard Generator powers homes, and you can opt for the fully electric F-150 Lightning model. Just keep in mind, that other trucks could be a better fit.

But a few critics and F-150 owners have listed a few reasons or ‘red flags’ to consider rivals over the F-150. For example, the F-150 reportedly struggles with its quality, reliability ranking, refinement, and comfort level.

How reliable is the 2023 F-150?

The 2023 Ford F-150 has an average reliability score. J.D.Power gave it a 78 out of 100, which is in the good or average range. Scores between 70 and 80 are average, rankings between 81 and 90 are great, and anything between 91 and 100 is best.

Plus, the ranking is based on feedback provided by actual owners and covers everything from the engine to infotainment issues. The 2022 F-150 earned an 86, so something caused its ranking to tumble by eight points. However, Repair Pal gave it a score of 3.5 out of 5.0, so that’s another above-average rating.

Consumer Reports predicts that the F-150 will have a lower reliability rating than the average new vehicle with a similar ranking system as J.D.Power that’s based on surveys sent to paid subscribers.

You can expect the Ford F-150 to last an average of 225,000 miles. Most models should easily reach 150,000 to 200,000 miles before severe problems occur.

But with the proper care and regular maintenance, the F-150 can surpass 300,000 miles, and there are a few examples that have reached 400,000 miles.

The Toyota Tundra is generally considered more reliable, but the 2023 F-150 actually outranks it and other trucks in J.D. Power’s quality and dependability study. That said, the 2023 Chevy Silverado tops the F-150 trucks’ quality and dependability rating by a point. The 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 has an identical score to the F-150’s 86/100.

Is the F-150 comfortable?

The 2023 Ford F-150 interior from th driver's side
2023 Ford F-150 interior | Ford

Yes, the 2023 Ford F-150 is a comfortable truck with a smooth ride and a quiet interior. However some critics provide negative feedback about its steering and handling. Plus, everyone quickly points out that the Ram 1500 is the most comfortable option in the class.

Driving tests show that it outranks the Toyota Tundra and Chevy Silverado. It provides direct steering with responsive handling and confident braking. It has an agile turning radius and feels smaller than it actually is.

The F-150 Hybrid is a bit rougher than other models in the lineup. The automatic start and stop system needs fine-tuning, and the hybrid powertrain can be noisy at times. But the other engine options have a more refined experience with smooth transmission shifts.

While being the best-selling vehicle doesn’t mean something is actually the best, the F-150 doesn’t need to be avoided. Despite some red flags, it’s a well-rounded truck with tons of versatility. It might not have the best reliability ranking or handling, but it’s not the worst, either.