The 2021 Ford F-150 is easily one of the best pickup trucks ever made. It has insanely helpful options and features that make it more useful than any truck before it. The power of the hybrid option is out of this world, and the option to get the power generator is next-level utility. However, Consumer Reports had one major issue after the 2021 Ford F-150 review.
Is the 2021 Ford F-150 a reliable truck?
The Ford F-150 has a long history to draw from for reliability information. Unfortunately, based on the Consumer Reports review, the 2021 F-150 has a low predicted reliability rating. CR determines this rating based on owner reports from previous models. The F-150 struggled with transmission issues along with body hardware and power equipment problems.
Typically, a new model doesn’t give much cause for concerns because of its newness. However, the 2021 Ford F-150 has already had owners angry as they started to show rust underneath after only a few months of ownership. This is a dagger for any new vehicle. For Consumer Reports, this killed the 2021 Ford F-150 review.
2021 Ford F-150 review
According to CR, the 2021 F-150 comes in many different shapes and sizes, but the best version according to CR is the version with the 325-hp, twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6.
This thing is bad to the bone and waits for no one. It will burn a 0-60-mph sprint in just 6.7 seconds. This sophisticated power plant is paired with an equally sophisticated 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 430-hp 3.5-liter V6 hybrid can run up to 30 mph on just electric power if you apply throttle easily. This same electric power is used to give some extra torque in lower rpm. CR says, “This ‘PowerBoost’ hybrid has what feels like a nearly bottomless well of power, and is in fact, currently the most powerful configuration in the F-150 lineup.”
Aside from its “endless well of power,” the 2021 Ford F-150 is a touch more nimble than the previous model. Although the body roll is managed well, the F-150’s steering feel is light and slow. CR also mentions that compared to the 2021 Ram 1500, the F-150 feels a bit squirlier in the corners.
How much can the 2021 F-150 tow?
Towing is obviously one of the most important stats when it comes to full-size pickups. The 2021 F-150 with the 2.7-liter turbo V6, when properly set up, can tow up to 10,100 pounds.
The XLT tester with the same 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 hybrid could only tow 7,700 pounds. At its peak, the hybrid version with the max towing package can manage 12,400 pounds.
If your towing adventures lead you off-road, the 2021 F-150 can handle that too. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as this is what pickup up trucks do.
Although it’s not standard, the 2021 F-150 has a great, optional 4×4 system. The Lariat trim has an automatic 4×4 system that will select 4×4 mode when it detects too much slippage.
If you want a more extreme off-road package, the F-150 can be ordered with the FX4 package. This adds a locking rear differential and a skip plate for more rugged performance. However, the upcoming F-150 Tremor and the redesigned F-150 Raptor are at the top of the Ford F-150 off-road food chain.
Is the 2021 F-150 a good truck?
There are many really strong aspects of this new model. The hybrid powertrain with the AC power generator is a particularly strong configuration. Unfortunately, the 2 / 5 on predicted reliability is a fatal flaw that caused the 2021 Ford F-150 review to score an unimpressive 55/100 on Consumer Reports.
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