The 2021 Ford F-150 Is “Less Jittery Than Before,” But Still Not a Consumer Reports Pick

The 2021 Ford F-150 is redesigned this year, and Consumer Reports calls it “less jittery than before.” Yet it still isn’t a Consumer Reports recommended pickup truck, despite the fact that it’s a customer favorite. Why didn’t the F-150 receive the coveted Consumer Reports recommended badge? Let’s look at the ratings. 

A white 2021 Ford F-150 tows a trailer on the highway.
2O21 Ford F-150 | Ford

The road test score is a decent 75

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Ford F-150 a 4/5 for its acceleration. It can reach 0 to 60 in 6.7 seconds. Additionally, its transmission scores a 5/5, which is excellent. Routine and emergency handling receive a fair 2/5. The Ford F-150’s max avoidance speed is 48 mph.

Braking is a low point in the F-150. It only receives a 3/5. The Ford F-150 takes 143 feet to brake from 60 mph on dry pavement and 148 feet on wet pavement. Although there are trucks with worse ratings, this obviously isn’t a great score.

The Ford F-150’s headlights score a 4/5, which is very good compared to the headlights on most pickup trucks.

As far as comfort, the 2021 Ford F-150 gets an okay score of 3/5 for its ride. It’s quiet: it scores a 5/5 for its noise. Front seat comfort is a 4/5 and rear seat comfort gets a perfect 5/5. Interior fit and finish get a mediocre 3/5. However, the trunk and cargo space score a 5/5.

The 2021 Ford F-150 comes with an average amount of safety equipment

Consumer Reports recommends a slew of advanced safety features that car shoppers should consider. These include forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking at city and highway speeds, lane-keeping assistance, and lane departure warning. Consumer Reports also says that pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic warning are important to have. 

Rearview cameras are standard in all new cars. You should also look for anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and daytime running lights.

The 2021 Ford F-150 comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking for the city and highway, pedestrian detection, a rear view camera, anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, and daytime running lights. 

Lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind-spot warning, and rear cross traffic warning are all optional.

Neither the IIHS nor NHTSA have crash-tested the 2021 Ford F-150. 

The Ford F-150 isn’t very reliable, but people love it anyway

To determine the reliability of a vehicle, Consumer Reports sends out surveys to people who have bought previous versions of the vehicle. Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Ford F-150 only a 2/5 for its predicted reliability. Reliability for the 2019 and 2020 Ford F-150s isn’t great. The 2019 gets a 3/5 while the 2020 gets a 1/5. Major problem areas in the 2020 include the power equipment at a 1/5 and in-car electronics, also a 1/5. One customer wrote, “Camera works intermittently, heat seems to make it worse. Ford does not have replacement parks at this time, and schedule as to when they will.”

The worst ratings for the 2019 are for the transmission minor and body integrity, both a 3/5. An owner of the 2019 Ford F-150 wrote, “Transmission would jerk and make a loud clunking sound on occasion when cruising at freeway speeds and I would quickly step on the accelerator to pass. This would cause the traction control to briefly engage and truck would hesitate before it accelerated. It would also cause the cruise control to deactivate. Dealer reprogrammed transmission computer once and it initially helped but it’s starting to happen again, though not as bad as before.”

The owner satisfaction score is a 4/5 for the 2021 Ford F-150 . 75% of Ford F-150 owners would buy their truck again.

The 2021 Ford F-150 isn’t particularly great or particularly bad. Similar to its Consumer Reports rating right in the middle of pickup trucks, it’s just an okay truck. If the IIHS or NHTSA crash-tests the 2021 Ford F-150, maybe we’ll have a clearer picture on whether it’s a good truck.

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