In the Top 3 Pickup Truck Battle, the 2022 Ford F-150 Comes Up Short

Pickup trucks rule the roads, and there are three at the top of Consumer Reports’ rankings of the best you can buy. Those are, in order of highest overall score, the 2022 Ram 1500, the 2022 Ford F-150, and the 2022 Ford F-250. While the Ford F-150 is the best-selling of the bunch, there is one key area where it comes up short against the other two trucks vying for the top: reliability. Here’s how the reliability of the 2022 F-150 compares to the 2022 Ram 1500 and 2022 F-250.

The 2022 Ford F-150 is a full-size truck that is available in a variety of trim levels. Including a cheaper base model.
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Is the 2022 Ford F-150 reliable?

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The 2022 Ford F-150 is the number one vehicle in the United States and is ranked second on Consumer Reports‘ list of the best full-size pickup trucks with an overall score of 60/100. Still, it has a below-average predicted reliability rating of just a 2/5. Consumer Reports determines this predicted reliability rating by looking at how the 2021 model has fared. Unfortunately, that score is also a 2/5.

Major problem areas in the 2021 Ford F-150 include the paint and trim, which score a 2/5. The in-car electronics score a 3/5. The predicted reliability of the 2022 Ford F-150 puts it third out of four pickup trucks, scoring an overall 29/100. In comparison, the Ram 2500 has a 57, and the Ram 1500 scores a 52. Only the Ram Classic is behind the F-150 with a score of 11.

The 2022 Ram 1500 has average reliability

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The 2022 Ram 1500 is ranked first on Consumer Reports’ list of the best pickup trucks, yet its reliability rating is just a 3/5. Still, that’s better than the F-150. To determine the 2022 Ram’s predicted reliability, Consumer Reports used data from the 2019, 2020, and 2021 models. Each of those have reliability ratings of 3/5.

Major problem areas in the 2019, 2020, and 2021 Ram 1500 include the power equipment and in-car electronics. The reliability ratings for these in the 2019 model are especially bad, at a 1/5, though they’re not great in the 2020 either, with scores of 2/5. Things improve slightly for the 2021 model year, at a 4/5 for power equipment and a 3/5 for in-car electronics.

The 2022 Ford F-250’s reliability is better than its smaller sibling

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The 2022 Ford F-250 pickup truck has a reliability rating of just 3/5. Consumer Reports thinks that the 2022 F-150 will be about as reliable as the average new car, and determined this predicted reliability rating by using data from the 2019, 2020, and 2021 model years. The 2019 and 2020 Ford F-250s both score a 3/5 for reliability, while the 2021 F-250 has a 4/5. This is an improvement over the F-150.

The fuel system in the 2020 Ford F-250 presents a problem with a rating of 1/5, as does the suspension in the 2021 F-250. Power equipment in the 2020 F-250 is also problematic, and in-car electronics only gets a 2/5. Still, with the reliability of the 2022 Ford F-150 predicted to be only a 1/5, the F-250 might be a better choice.

Even though the 2022 Ford F-150 is ranked second overall on Consumer Reports’ list of the best full-size pickup trucks, it’s clear that it’s a complicated ranking. If you’re looking for a pickup truck you’ll be able to count on for years to come, you might be better served by looking at the Ram 1500 or F-250 instead.

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