The F-150 SuperCrew has a large and versatile cab, but feels ungainly and uncomfortable. The powertrain performs well, although it isn't particularly smooth and quiet when compared to its competitors. A poor offset crash-test result is cause for concern.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Feels vague"

Betty E., MS (2002 Ford F-150)

"I always thought it was adequate but since we got our 2015 Ford Escape with the Ecoboost engine, it far outperforms the V8 F150. But then there is 13'years in the difference with all that brings in new technology!"

Ron S., PA (2002 Ford F-150)

"I have a Boss F-150 and the special modifications are outrageous, the handling and engine power are unreal it is a total joy to drive, until you get to the gas station."

Anonymous, KY (2002 Ford F-150)

"With higher milage, acceleration had started to diminish but a trip to the dealer fixed the issue due to a leaking heater connection near a spark plug coil."

Gary F., CA (2002 Ford F-150)

"Excellent acceleration and handling in all weather condition"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Ford F-150)

"Plenty of power and acceleration. Good fuel economy for a large vehicle."

Anonymous, GA (2002 Ford F-150)

"The acceleration and handling of this old truck are truly amazing. She can tear up the miles on the interstate just like a new one."

Richard P., MS (2002 Ford F-150)

"Ride and handling is excellent for an old truck. Tows great. Very comfortable."

Anonymous, TN (2002 Ford F-150)

"It is acceptable"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Ford F-150)

"Handles and drives great. Love how the suspension "floats"."

Anonymous, KY (2002 Ford F-150)

"Poor acceleration and turning circle"

Anonymous, MN (2002 Ford F-150)

"No problem ever, smooth and quiet."

Walter M., TX (2002 Ford F-150)

"Extremely quick classic truck with supercharged V8 which handles great. Many classify as racing truck. It is built tough to handle racing conditions. Have had no major problems and very satisfied with the way it looks, drives, and holds its value. Fun truck to drive and still functions as a normal pick-up."

Warner H., TX (2002 Ford F-150)

"The truck handles quite nimbly and has good acceleration. It does ride rough."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Ford F-150)

"Cannot believe how well it handles and accelerates for the age of the vehicle. I'm constantly amazed - best money we ever spent."

Anonymous, LA (2002 Ford F-150)

"Quick and responsive, good turn radius."

Craig G., WY (2002 Ford F-150)

"The 4.2 liter, V6 engine provides more than adequate acceleration with all loads. The steering and suspension is accurate. I feel the vehicle is fully under my control during emergency maneuvers.."

Michael B., WA (2002 Ford F-150)

"We had a major engine problem. It blew out a spark plug. Extensive engine work was required. This is apparently a common problem for the Aluminum V8 engines. It was further complicated by the fact that it was one of the plugs closest to the firewall, so almost inaccessible without pulling the engine."

Sharon W., CO (2002 Ford F-150)

"fun to drive , good ride , v-8 engine plenty of power good mpg,"

Jack M., TX (2002 Ford F-150)

"This truck sits in my garage mostly as a backup vehicle. It didn't start out that way as the first year I owned it I put over 36,000 miles on it. I have replaced the tires, brakes and a few other things on it. The smaller stuff just worn out due to time, other stuff do to my abuse. For instance I had to replace the clutch, pressure plate, and throw-out bearing once at about 46k due to my missuse of the trucks capabilities. Had to replace the clutch master hydraulic cylinder at 54k do to dry rot as I call it. It has been a good truck and I have used it on some trips I have taken. I used it when I traveled the Blue Mountain Parkway trail/road all the way from start to finish. It is the Ford F150, short bed, manual, Sport model. Still looks good and runs good (more than I can say for myself). Gas mileage on most trips is 18 mpg with it never getting lower than 17 mpg. If I keep it more at posted speeds I have gotten as high as 21 mpg. Around town it varies a little...mostly around 17-18 mpg. As far as handling goes, this is the first short wheelbase truck I have personally owned, and from the day I bought it I was surprised and delighted in how well it does handle on the highway, around corners, and curves. The ride is stiffer than a car, but I did install heavier shocks than what came standard on the truck when I bought it. It still appears as what it did when I drove it home from the dealers."

Anonymous, OH (2002 Ford F-150)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Nice midsize shortened truck. Quality and long lasting components after many years. Smooth & quiet ride for a base pickup. I still love a front bench seat!"

Michael B., TX (2002 Ford F-150)

"I only use this pickup locally to pick up something at Lowes or Home Depot for home improvement. I have to drive it to eat out or to Walmart to keep the battery alive. It is the perfect vehicle for that."

Walter M., TX (2002 Ford F-150)

"Seats are very uncomfortable for long drives. It is fine for short drives, however. It is, of course, a pick-up."

Anonymous, IA (2002 Ford F-150)

"Vehicle's ride is very comfortable as well as the seating."

Anonymous, FL (2002 Ford F-150)

"Seats are very comfortable. Ride is car-like."

Anonymous, GA (2002 Ford F-150)

"Rides almost like a car with comfortable seats that adjust. Door seals have held up over time which keeps out the road noise."

Gary F., CA (2002 Ford F-150)

"My truck is so comfortable. You're riding high up and in a big cab, you are at ease and feel very relaxed and safe. The seat's are deep and the cushioning has held up very well. The only noise is the hum of the tires and that's a sweet sound."

Richard P., MS (2002 Ford F-150)

"My Ford Lariat F150 rides like a luxury car. Very smooth on the road, minimum amount or road noise, and very comfortable seats."

Anonymous, TX (2002 Ford F-150)

"It's a bit noisy compared with a new vehicle, but the bench seat is very comfortable. No work has been done on it. It rides just fine."

Anonymous, AR (2002 Ford F-150)

"the ride is very comfortable and the v8 is powerful and smooth."

Jean W., ME (2002 Ford F-150)

"The Kind Ranch truck has the saddle leather seats. The design of these seats has an unusually high "lip" on either side. Also, the saddle leather is rather hard to sit on. For longer distances, I find that I have to sit on a thick cushion without which my legs begin to hurt and my buttucks also become sore."

Glenn H., NM (2002 Ford F-150)

"The seats are extremely comfortable, and the ride is amazingly smooth for any vehicle, especially one that is 16 years old."

Anonymous, LA (2002 Ford F-150)

"It is a pickup after all, but it is almost too noisy to carry on a conversation. It is an extended cab, and the rear seats are only suitable for a small person due to a the lack of legroom. Along with the truck tires, and stiff suspension, you really feel the road as well as hear it."

Sharon W., CO (2002 Ford F-150)

"Great ride, I only use it for local purchases at Lowes or Home Depot and keeping it in top running order."

Walter M., TX (2002 Ford F-150)

"Rides like a large car. Comfortable seats."

Anonymous, FL (2002 Ford F-150)

"Seats not comfortable for long rides."

Anonymous, ME (2002 Ford F-150)

"Even at 146,000 miles, our F-150 continues to have a smooth, comfortable, and quiet ride. The seats remain comfortable and supportive, as well."

Paul D., AZ (2002 Ford F-150)

"I love my King Ranch interior. It has captain seats in the front and back. It is a pleasure to ride in. We used to use it to do long distance traveling, but now we use the bigger truck. I still love it. It rides beautifully and is very quiet."

Anonymous, FL (2002 Ford F-150)

"Wind noise from door windows"

Anonymous, KS (2002 Ford F-150)

"Captain s chairs are awesome"

Anonymous, GA (2002 Ford F-150)

"Seats feel like i'm sitting in a big easy chair."

Anonymous, TX (2002 Ford F-150)

"Seats are very comfortable and although it doesn't ride like a Lincoln Town Car it's not bad for a 4X4 pickup!"

Ron S., PA (2002 Ford F-150)

"One of the nicest vehicles I've ever driven. Handles beautifully ( even better after having front end work a couple of years ago - nothing really major). I feel really comfortable in this truck - much more so than my wife's 2008 Solara convertible. I prefer the older styling (less boxy) and will keep my beauty running for as long as I can."

Richard G., CA (2002 Ford F-150)

"Best little truck"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Ford F-150)

"Big comfortable seats. The truck is old, but it is still more comfortable than my Avalon (which is significantly better than most sedan I have been in."

Robert L., NV (2002 Ford F-150)

"Great seat comfort for long trips (>8 hours). Good ride comfort and low noise, even with all-season tires."

Craig G., WY (2002 Ford F-150)

"It’s big, has plenty of room in the cab and rides very well on the open road."

Ron N., NM (2002 Ford F-150)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Very low Maintenance costs, Very reliable."

Anonymous, VA (2002 Ford F-150)

"It has lasted a long time. and was a good buy. But with so many miles on it it is starting to have problems"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Ford F-150)

"No break downs at all."

Anonymous, FL (2002 Ford F-150)

"the vehicle has an overdrive which improves gas mileage significantly. We bought the vehicle new and have driven it 90,000 miles and still enjoy driving on the highway and off road and feel very safe in it. Good value and performance."

Jean W., ME (2002 Ford F-150)

"I've bought this truck new and have been driving it for 15 years, towing boat trailers and an RV travel trailer. Reliable and very low maintenance. The best vehicle I have ever owned, and I've been driving since 1965."

Anonymous, FL (2002 Ford F-150)

"good value for the money"

Robert C., MS (2002 Ford F-150)

"Our F-150 is now 16 years old. We purchased it new. It has towed travel and utility trailers and has been on several cross-country trips. The 5.4 liter V8 engine remains strong and uses little oil, less than a quart every 5000 miles, not bad at all considering that it has 146,000 miles of use. Aside from a light bulb replacement here and there, a gear indicator cable replacement, and a couple of no-charge factory recalls for minor issues, it has required only routine maintenance. We have had every scheduled service performed and that practice has kept this vehicle running as well as it did when we first bought it."

Paul D., AZ (2002 Ford F-150)

"It really hasn't given me any problems, has been dependable, always performed when I needed it too. If I was constantly repairing it I wouldn't own it. It has been a good truck."

Anonymous, OH (2002 Ford F-150)

"The truck is a hard worker and reliable"

Marty R., PR (2002 Ford F-150)

"Streo system Most important all parts and motor excellent."

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Ford F-150)

"My Dad bought this and he died in 2009 when it had 12,000 miles on it. I have no reason to sell it."

Walter M., TX (2002 Ford F-150)

"Back in 2002 it wasn't a bad price but today, prices on an F-150 are out of range for me and many people. They seem to have forgotten the everyday guy!"

Ron S., PA (2002 Ford F-150)

"OK as a basic work truck and second family vehicle. Have had several major repairs (definitely not designed to be worked on by a DIY person) that should not have occurred on a vehicle with less than 50,000 miles. Gas mileage is really not very good for a 4.2L V6 engine and manual transmission. Body and interior still in very good condition."

William M., KY (2002 Ford F-150)

"A truck is a truck! I kept up with the maintenance of the vehicle and it shows. The only problems have been with rodent damage to wiring in the engine compartment, hardly the fault of Ford or the F150!"

Ron N., NM (2002 Ford F-150)

"250,000 miles, 16 years, possibly $4,000 in repairs."

Anonymous, OR (2002 Ford F-150)

"The truck is 17 years old and I have had it since it was new. I needed a new transmission once but otherwise until recently have not had to put much money into it. It has basically functioned like I would expect (and have experienced) from my Toyotas."

Robert L., NV (2002 Ford F-150)

"Very reliable and still runs very well. Bought it new when one year old. Nothing bad to say about the f 150."

Anonymous, VA (2002 Ford F-150)

"Cost of ownership on this vehicle has been tremendous. Outside of regular maintenance, I have only had to fix the air conditioning compressor. The truck just keeps functioning extremely well"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Ford F-150)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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