Trucks & SUVs

This Was Consumer Reports’ Biggest Knock About the 2019 Ford F-150 Pickup

Ford has been making some of the best-selling trucks for decades. Known for its superior performance, the F-150 pickup is one of the most popular trucks on the market. And the current 2019 F-150 boasts a newly-constructed body and a variety of new standard features. But when the experts at Consumer Reports took the 2019 F-150 out on the road, there’s one thing they just couldn’t get over.

What Consumer Reports liked the least about the 2019 Ford F-150

After Consumer Reports took the 2019 F-150 out for a spin, it was found to bring “no new revelations” to the driving experience. It received an average overall road-test score of 74 (out of 100).

Though pickups aren’t known for being the most comfortable rides on the market, Consumer Reports notes that the 2019 F-150’s handling and comfort are seriously lacking. The experts found the F-150’s handling to be “ponderous,” with a ride that’s “fidgety even on relatively smooth surfaces.” And for top-selling Ford, it certainly doesn’t meet expectations.

Especially when compared to other pickups in its class, the F-150‘s ride seems outdated and clunky. When Consumer Reports compared the F-150 to the Chevrolet Silverado, it was clumsy and less agile.

Steering is slow, which means slower response in the new pickup. Its less-than-impressive braking performance doesn’t help with its overall handling and feel. It is for these reasons the 2019 F-150 received a low score of two out of five in routine handling, emergency handling, and braking.

Other low scores for the F-150 truck

The F-150’s handling and the overall ride may have been what Consumer Reports liked least on the road test, but the F-150 didn’t excel in some other areas either. Consumer Reports only gives the 2019 model an average predicted reliability rating of three out of five.

There have already been three major recalls by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). The recalls included faulty seats, electrical equipment, and increased risk of an engine fire.

During the road test, experts at Consumer Reports found the ride comfort to be less-than-comparable to other full-size pickups. The F-150 only received a score of two out of five for its ride. The experts state that F-150 feels like it “has constant jitters.” Even on the smoothest of rides, it never seems to settle.

And though its overall customer satisfaction ranking is good, at four out of five, the F-150 didn’t score too well in consumers’ opinion on value. When consumers were asked if they believed they got what they paid for with the 2019 F-150, only 63% said yes.

What the 2019 F-150 got right

Even though Consumer Reports gave the 2019 F-150 a mediocre overall score of 67 (out of 100), it still received the number one ranking of 2019’s full-size pickup trucks. It scored pretty highly in acceleration and transmission categories, with a score of four out of five in both.

The F-150 reached 60 mph in 6.8 seconds and it had minimal problems shifting with ease. Where Consumer Reports scored the 2019 F-150 the highest is front and rear-seat comfort, trunk/cargo area, and noise level.

Consumer Reports enjoyed the interior luxuries like an infotainment system and standard safety tech. There’s also a ton of fun features like side spotlights and a tailgate ladder.

Ford’s turbocharged engine offers effortless power and you can choose between a variety of trim levels and options. And with a new aluminum-constructed body, the 2019 F-150 is roughly 700 lbs lighter, with an improved fuel economy rating.