The 2021 Ford F-150 Is One Overrated Truck

The 2021 Ford F-150 has a few enhancements to make it the smartest and toughest F-150 ever. So, it’s not really surprising when the 2021 Ford F-150 continues to rack up tons of awards. But does it really deserve them? 

Is the 2021 Ford F-150 a good truck? 

Yes, the 2021 Ford F-150 is a good truck. However, is it the best truck? To be clear, we aren’t saying the Ford F-150 is bad. We are just wondering if it really deserves all of its awards or if it’s a little overhyped. 

According to Torque News, the F-150 is the North American Truck of the Year. It beat the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX and the Jeep Gladiator Mojave for this honor. The new Ford F-150 PowerBoost hybrid technology is ultimately what sways the jury’s vote. 

A red 2021 Ford F-150 Turbo-Diesel pickup truck parked on pavement with trees in the background
The 2021 Ford F-150 Lariat on display | Ford

But is this truck too new to judge? It’s having quality issues upon arrival. Many customers are upset that their brand new F-150 models are arriving with rust on the bottom. Cars.com named the F-150 as their truck of the year despite receiving their model with tons of rust. 

They mentioned that they drove their 2019 GMC Sierra around in winter conditions and salted roads, and it doesn’t have any rust yet. Also, ford said the rust is just a cosmetic problem and shouldn’t lead to mechanical failure. But new trucks shouldn’t have rust this early. 

Is the Ford F-150 reliable?

According to Consumer Reports, the 2021 Ford F-150 has a predicted reliability rating of two out of five. This is a below-average score, which is a little concerning. The predicted reliability rating is based on issues reported by owners with previous model years to provide an accurate score. 

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Potential problem areas with previous models include engine trouble in the 2013 – 2018 models, transmission issues in the 2013 – 2020 models, drive system problems in the 2013 – 2018 models, and more. Electrical issues, brake problems, paint and trim problems, and more are listed too. 

The MSRP of the 2021 Ford F-150 is $28,940. If you want four-doors, power locks, the 8-inch infotainment center, and more, then you’ll have to pay a little extra. That’s a high price for a truck with a below-average reliability rating. 

What do critics think of the F-150? 

The 2021 Ford F-150 reviews are pretty mixed. Edmunds has a few great things to say with a few negatives. For example, the powertrain options are abundant, and the 14,000 lb towing capacity is incredible. 

They mentioned that the Ford F-150 can be pretty comfortable based on the configuration you choose. Be sure to go for the Max Recline seats if you want to nap. However, the lack of side bolstering reduces comfort. Other seats may be more comfortable. 

A black four-door 2021 Ford F-150 pickup truck travels on a dirt road between wooden fences
2021 Ford F-150 | Ford Motor Company

Also, the F-150 has a pretty nice ride. But Edmunds points out that the Ram 1500 has a slightly better one. Road and wind noise is pretty quiet, and the engines aren’t too loud. Also, the optional Power Boost hybrid vibrates loudly when it’s charging the battery. 

The tech includes an available 12-inch touchscreen like the one found in the Ram 1500 and a digital gauge cluster. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, but this isn’t anything new. The main impressive feature includes the optional Pro Power Onboard generator that can run a campsite. 

Edmunds recommends upgrading to the F-150 Lariat trim for about $48,045 to gain more comfort and tech amenities. But how comfortable and capable is this truck without all the extra bells and whistles?