Ford made a big splash in the pickup truck world when it announced that its top-selling F-150 would be put together with aluminum construction -- shaving about 700 pounds from the old model. The redesigned truck was also putting small-displacement turbo V6 engines front and center, with the idea to maximize fuel economy and performance.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2001. ESC standard from 2009.
Road Test

Ford made a big splash in the pickup truck world when it announced that its top-selling F-150 would be put together with aluminum construction -- shaving about 700 pounds from the old model. The redesigned truck was also putting small-displacement turbo V6 engines front and center, with the idea to maximize fuel economy and performance. Because many pickup trucks spend a lot of time in rural settings, it's a fair argument that Ford is betting the farm on these innovations.

In our tests, the reduced weight and high-tech powertrain wizardry pay dividends with an impressive 19 mpg overall with the 2.7-liter turbo V6 -- now paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission -- edging out all of its non-diesel competitors. (The previous Ram 1500 diesel still leads the class with 20 mpg overall.) The F-150's 2.7-liter and beefier 3.5-liter turbo-V6 engines provide plenty of punch even at low revs, with quick acceleration and effortless towing ability. You won't miss a V8 due to the V6 turbo's higher torque, but you might miss the V8's rumble.

Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 10-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.7-liter V6 turbo (325 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 turbodiesel (250 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 (290 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 turbo (375 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 turbo (450 hp)
  • 5-liter V8 (395 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 Ford F-150 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Apple CarPlay

"I connected my vehicle to my WIFI and it took a number of updates. After each update I would get a blue screen for 20 minutes or more during which I could not get a response from the system"

Daryl J., FL (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"The display screen issue happened a couple of times. I took it in to the dealership (under warranty) and they fixed the issue.."

Anonymous, FL (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 3.3-L V6)

"On occasion the display screen and steering wheel controls freeze. Stopping the engine for a period of time seems to clear the problem."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Just happened, where the entire screen froze. Radio would still work but couldn't change stations. GPS would not keep track properly and time froze as well. When I turned vehicle off screen stayed on. Finally, reset and has not re-occurred."

Bob C., MI (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"Software update did not update properly thereby resulting in blank screen"

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"I am unable to control the volume on my radio."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Radio

"Radio will stay on one station and wont be able to change it, this just started.Radio station display will change on its own this happens all the time"

Anonymous, NJ (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Wrong radio installed twice by Bayway Lincoln Mercury In Houston"

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Routine software updates

"Could not interface with internet"

Anonymous, MO (2019 Ford F-150 Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Software updates had to be done by dealership"

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"I usually do NOT carry a cell phone. The dash display keeps nagging me to add a device. I should be able to opt out of this if I do not want to participate!"

Anonymous, WI (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Software update fixes

"Could not pair with internet successfully"

Anonymous, MO (2019 Ford F-150 Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Setting up FordPass has been an issue. Not working properly, Instructions don't help me and dealer said bring it in to get fixed"

Bob C., MI (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"vehicle stutters when backing up; slowing down to make a turn vehicle downshifts obviously hard; on starting vehicle has a "clunk" from the transmission area;"

Anonymous, NY (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"Skips gears while pulling off and jerks. Goes from 1 to 3 to 5 jerking each time. Runs smoother as the vehicle heats up."

Anonymous, GA (2019 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"When you are slowing down from high speed the transmission slips roughly."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Transmission would jerk and make a loud clunking sound on occasion when cruising at freeway speeds and I would quickly step on the accelerator to pass. This would cause the traction control to briefly engage and truck would hesitate before it accelerated. It would also cause the cruise control to deactivate. Dealer reprogrammed transmission computer once and it initially helped but it's starting to happen again, though not as bad as before."

Anonymous, KY (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Brand new f150 with 10 speed tranny. Does not shift smoothly in lower gears. only 3000 mi so may be a bit early, but the 2001 f150 i drove for 20 years seemed to shift better. Also have to wait for it to go into gear before you take off. On my old one it was instantly ready to go."

Anonymous, WI (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"don't like the way the transmission shifts very hard upshifts and drownshifts."

Anonymous, KY (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Transmission leaks

"In 1/2 year of ownership there have been two transmission leak repairs. First was output shaft seal, where were advised not to drive the vehicle. Repair took a week and we got no loaner. We also ended up with stained driveway. Second repair took two days for torque converter seal (discovered while investigating engine oil leak). No loaner provided either."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"The sliding rear window leaks water."

Anonymous, IA (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"rear door weather stripping not installed caused water leaking. Fixed when addressed by dealer."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"The drivers side turbo had a rattle when started with a cold engine and was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford F-150 Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Rattle appeared within the first 3 months of owning the truck, behind the rear seat on the driver's side (crew cab) located in the wall of the rear cabin. Was noticeable and constant when reaching speeds above 45 mph. Had to take it to the dealer twice to repair it--first time they said was fixed but problem reappeared within a month and had to take it back in. Seems to be fixed since then."

Anonymous, IN (2019 Ford F-150 XL 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"It was a noise under the dash that was annoying. I took it to the dealer twice with little success. I ended up putting foam between a few parts underneath and that solved the problem."

Anonymous, AB (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Cruise control would not work, could not get over 40 MPH, when came to a stop, engine would stop. It took 3 days at a ford dealer to find out it was a loose module in computer"

Anonymous, VT (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Engine knock or ping

"problem with electronic controlled cam system. when engine is cold the engine sounds like a diesel and makes a distinct loud rattle."

Anonymous, SC (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

"I have a recurring knock or ping with severe hesitations when accelerating. The truck also dies when idling. I've had the truck at the dealership several times and have had have solenoids replaced and may need to have the cams replaced if the problems persist."

Anonymous, MN (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Oil leaks

"Noticed oil drops on the driveway. The vehicle was more the 2qt (out of 10) low. But the rate of dripping did not seem to justify the amount lost. Dealer repaired. No observable loss now."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"the leak was interior and found when brought in for an oil change. the dealer has fixed it, we hope"

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford F-150 Unsure 3.3-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Headliner was cut too short and was dropping over driver's door. Horn would not blow unless you pushed on the bottom of the airbag. Dealer replaced airbag and headliner without charge."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford F-150 XL 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Front passenger side had scratches that were covered with a paint pen by dealership driver that used it for personal use."

Anonymous, OK (2019 Ford F-150 XL 5.0-L V8)

"there is a scratch on the hood from the edge to about the middle of the hood."

William H., WV (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 3.3-L V6)

"We are getting rock chip on the lower portion of the truck"

Tony S., MO (2019 Ford F-150)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"first week of ownership step boards quit working to weeks later get a safety recall on module for seat belt 3 times for modules not sure of last repair and what system but was a recall"

Anonymous, (2019 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Whenever it rained rear tail light would fill with water and short out the tail lights, this took 3 trips to dealer to fix."

Anonymous, NJ (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Headlights

"it was a recall from Ford, stating the hi beams may not turn off when an oncoming vehicle was approaching. It was fixed."

Anonymous, OK (2019 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0-L V8)
Remote engine starter

"Aug 8 attempted to start vehicle remotely from inside house the vehicle felled to start attempted again with no luck. When outside and stood next to truck it finally started but after a long delay. the first two time received messages that truck failed to start"

Anonymous, (2019 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"The mid shaft cracked causing grease to drop and get everywhere."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0-L V8)

"valve that engaged 4WD mal functioned causing grinding noise and damage to the parts. all parts were replaced by the dealer and works normally now."

Anonymous, AZ (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
CV joint

"Found to be actively leaking at the first oil change at 4k miles"

Anonymous, MN (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"All doors will open by themselves vehicle was sold and delivered to me with this recall vehicle spent 2 trips and 8 days at dealer to resolve"

Anonymous, (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

"There is a dent on the bottom corner of the back door on the drivers side,it is from the inside out it looks like from the factory.there is a scratch on the hood my have come from the factory or dealer"

William H., WV (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 3.3-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The tailgate frequently open on it own even when the truck was in motion."

Mark K., MA (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Climate control would not turn on the AC compressor. This happened in the summer with the temps in the triple digits. Ford had to replace the AC module."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"Diagnosed to be a leaking valve causing loss of refrigerant. Was not in stock; required additional wait & trip back to dealer. Replaced / repaired under warranty."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"O-ring leak caused loss of refrigerant at less than 500 miles driven. Brand new."

Stephen I., MO (2019 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"the same module affects all my issues"

Joel H., FL (2019 Ford F-150 Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"faulty part, waiting on replacement"

Joel H., FL (2019 Ford F-150 Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Upon first startup, vehicle would bog down initially. After run all was good. Dealer addressed."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Problems with shuddering in overdrive gears (8,9 10) when light acceleration is applied at highway speeds. Vehicle shudders and vibrates when trying to maintain speed uphill, or accelerating slightly on flat ground."

Anonymous, WV (2019 Ford F-150 XL 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"high oil comsumption"

Anonymous, KY (2019 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor went out on the vehicle immediately after 1st oil change. The dealer "fixed" it with an explained electrical connection, but the problem occurred again 8 days later. This caused the service engine light to come on, the engine to overheat immediately, and the vehicle to go into "safe mode" or limp mode which was dangerous when it happened on the highway. The vehicle had to be towed in and because the part was on back order, it sat at the dealership for a full month plus."

Anonymous, WV (2019 Ford F-150 XL 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

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