Which Ford Pickup Truck Is Most Reliable?

Ford makes some of the toughest trucks around. And for lightweight duties, Ford is expanding its lineup with the new Maverick. But you might be wondering: which Ford pickup is the most reliable?

The most reliable Ford truck for 2021

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Consumer Reports recently updated its list of most reliable car brands for 2021, and Ford ranks toward the bottom. The American carmaker dropped six spots in the overall rankings due to its problematic SUVs. However, a couple of Ford pickup’s got decent predicted reliability scores. 

According to CR, the 2021 Ford F-250 is the most reliable pickup. The org gave this Super Duty truck a 48 out of 100 for dependability, an average grade. CR’s determines a vehicle’s reliability based on data from its annual Auto Surveys and testing across 17 potential trouble spots. Common trouble spots include a car’s engine, transmission, and fuel system. 

2020 Ford F-250 Tremor | Ford-4
2020 Ford F-250 Tremor | Ford

While the F-250 has been the subject of numerous recalls over the years, there aren’t many serious issues associated with the pickup. Although, CR’s survey data shows that one of the most common problems F-250 owners experience has to do with their truck’s suspension. The F-250’s power equipment has also been a trouble spot.

2021 Ford F-250 performance specs 

A black Ford F-250 on display at an auto show
A Ford F-250 on display | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

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As CR highlights, the F-250 has a single focus: power. The F-250 is ideal if you plan on handling serious jobs. When properly equipped, this truck can tow up to 20,000 pounds.

Base models come with a 385-hp, 6.2-liter V8 and a six-speed automatic, but you’ll probably want to opt for the 10-speed auto. Next up is the 7.3-liter V8 that produces 430-hp. The most potent option in the lineup is the diesel 6.7-liter V8 that generates 475-hp. Rear- or four-wheel drive is available across the board.

The 2021 Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450 posed on top of rocky terrain.
The Ford Super Duty lineup on display | Photo via Ford

CR says that the F-250 is their favorite heavy-duty truck. The team celebrates this Ford for its performance capabilities and relatively subdued engine noise. Plus, the Super Duty has no trouble tackling challenging off-road trails.  

There are a few flaws regarding the Super Duty’s performance, though. It’s below-average for fuel-efficiency, and this pertains to the diesel option too. Additionally, CR took points away from the truck’s overall road-test score for its ponderous handling and long stopping distances. But these drawbacks apply to most heavy-duty trucks.

Interior elements 

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A new 2021 Ford F-250 starts at $34,230.The Super Duty pickup features three body styles: Regular Cab, Super Cab, and Crew Cab. Seating capacity ranges from three to six. As with some of its classmates, the standard F-250 is pretty barebones. Many critics recommend going up to the mid-level Lariat trim for a more upscale feel and leather upholstery. Overall, CR liked the Lariat model but didn’t like that it didn’t come with heated and cooled seats. 

Base models don’t come with lots of tech either; you don’t get much but a 2.3-inch monochrome screen. The higher trims get an excellent, user-friendly 8-inch display that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. You may also want to add on active safety features such as automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning.