Why Doesn’t Consumer Reports Recommend the 2022 Ford F-150?

As one of the most popular pickup trucks yearly, there’s not much to dislike about the Ford F-150. However, no model is perfect. In fact, for 2022, experts at Consumer Reports ranked two full-size trucks ahead of the F-150. You might be wondering what could be so bad about it. Here are three reasons Consumer Reports doesn’t recommend the 2022 Ford F-150.

Consumer Reports doesn’t like the 2022 Ford F-150 ride quality

2021 Ford F-150 Limited. Why doesn't Consumer Reports recommend the full-size truck?
The Ford F-150 Limited | Ford

According to Consumer Reports, the 2022 Ford F-150 only made minor improvements in ride quality from previous model years. “The F-150’s ride is slightly less jittery than before, though still a far cry from the plush comfort the Ram 1500 delivers, and it trails the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 twins, too. As a result, it’s one of the primary reasons CR recommends the Ram 1500 but not the F-150.

On top of the jitteriness, CR says the F-150 feels “choppy” on bumpy roads. Unfortunately, in large models like full-size pickup trucks, those bumps should be absorbed. Without that absorption, much of the ride will feel uncomfortable for everyone inside. For example, the Ram 1500 uses a coil-spring rear suspension, while the F-150 still has a leaf-spring setup. While CR says it’s usually tolerable, some bumps bounce the truck too much.

Non-hybrid fuel economy and performance

2022 Ford F-150 Raptor models in the sand. Why doesn't Consumer Reports recommend the full-size truck?
2022 Ford F-150 Raptor models | Ford

Purchasing a non-hybrid version of the 2022 Ford F-150 actually results in worse performance and fuel economy. While one seems obvious, the other is a bit more surprising. Moreover, the F-150 hybrid models are only outperformed by the performance model, Raptor.

CR says it has what feels like a “bottomless amount of power” along with its impressive 12,400 towing capacity. However, the base 2.7-liter V6 engine is much less impressive. It’s rated for 7,700 pounds of towing capacity, although it is exceptionally smooth.

In addition, the fuel economy could be much better. CR found that the F-150 averaged about 13 city and 26 highway mpg. Alternatively, the 3.5-liter V6 hybrid is rated for 23 city and 23 highway in 4WD. Although it isn’t significantly worse than any other full-size truck, it could certainly be better. Of course, eliminating gas is an option with the electric F-150 Lightning.

Consumer Reports predicts poor reliability

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The final reason Consumer Reports doesn’t recommend the 2022 Ford F-150 is its reliability. Unfortunately, the F-150 hasn’t been reliable historically. As a result, CR’s predicted reliability rating is low. Using data from 2021 models, CR determined the pickup will be less reliable than the average new car. A few issues have plagued the truck in the last few years.

For example, in-car electronics have been a common trouble spot for 2020 models. Going further back, 2016-18 F-150s have had many engine, transmission, and body problems over the last few years. The same plus some more trouble areas are true for older models. As a result, it’s easy for CR to predict that the 2022 Ford F-150 will give owners similar problems.

Should you buy a 2022 Ford F-150?

Overall, the 2022 Ford F-150 is still one of the best full-size trucks. Despite not receiving a recommendation from Consumer Reports, it’s still the third-ranked model on its list of best trucks. Behind only the Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra, Ford’s truck remains the most popular. As a result, we don’t think these issues will stop many sales. For most truck buyers, ride quality and fuel economy aren’t a top priority. However, if you’re looking for a long-lasting, reliable truck, CR thinks you should choose another model.

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