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Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid Is CR’s Least Reliable Vehicle

Following the release of Consumer Reports‘ most recent owner surveys, we’ve seen considerable shuffling in terms of what vehicles the organization recommends, as well as which vehicles rank as the least and most reliable. Ford ranked 18th among the 24 brands that were part of the annual survey, dropping four places from last year, while Lincoln moved up 14 spots to 10th place. Meanwhile, both the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator ranked among the top ten least reliable vehicles, while the Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Mustang Mach-E both lost their recommended status over quality issues, too. On the flip side, the Ford Escape Hybrid crossover, Lincoln Corsair luxury crossover, 2023 Ford Maverick compact pickup, and Lincoln Nautilus were all added to CR‘s list of recommended vehicles. Unfortunately, the Ford F-150 PowerBoost hybrid didn’t fare quite as well.

Rather, the Ford F-150 PowerBoost ranked as the least reliable vehicle in Consumer Reports‘ most recent rankings with a reliability score of just 4 out of 100, placing it dead last among all vehicles tested. Owners that were surveyed in this latest round cited a few specific problem areas as the main culprits behind this rating, a list that includes the truck’s electrical system, drive system, power equipment, engine, noises, and leaks.

Consumer Reports gathers its reliability data via online questionnaires that it sends to its members, which ask if those owners have experienced any problems with their vehicles in 17 different categories over the past year. These problem areas include such things as the vehicle’s engine, transmission, electrical system, body hardware, paint, and trim, as well as more specific issues related to those categories. CR then uses that date to come up with predicted reliability scores, and this year, that data covers a total of 300,000 different 2020-2022 model year vehicles.

To come up with a predicted reliability score, Consumer Reports averages a vehicle’s overall reliability score for the most recent three model years, so long as no significant changes have taken place. To earn recommended status, a model must have a high enough overall score, which means they must perform well in CR testing, owner surveys, crash testing, and safety tests.

We’ll have more on the F-150 soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford F-150 news, and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. Greggt

    I can believe it!
    On my 2021 Lariat I have had now 4 recalls, my tow system does not work and has not since September due to a bad module that they can’t seem to find one to replace it. I get all sorts of warnings like “Cash imminent”, or that I need to pull over and rest, I don’t think my auto brake system works, while I love driving my truck, it probably is the worst quality vehicle I have owned since a 1971 Starfire Oldsmobile.

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    1. RWFA

      Olds didn’t make a 71 Starfire, in fact Starfire wasn’t produced between 1967 and 1975.

      Have you tried getting a module from a salvage yard yet? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

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      1. Greggt

        You are correct, it was a 1975, sorry.
        Why should I try to get one from a junk yard when my truck in under warrantee?

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        1. RWFA

          So you can stop your whining here? Get it fix it send bill to Ford be silent evermore maybe?

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    2. Tim

      I’d be alright if my truck was telling me cash imminent… with 2 in college I need all the cash I can get.

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      1. RWFA

        It’s the new ATM locator feature!

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  2. LANCE CLOUSER

    SAD VERY SAD

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  3. ROBERT STEMPLE

    WE NEED A NEW CEO

    Reply
  4. EcoBoost29579

    Well, the good news is that CR screwed up the summary chart listing least reliable vehicles. If you look at the individual models list, you’ll see that the VW Taos is the least reliable. But the Ford isn’t far behind.

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    1. RWFA

      Unreliable charts for unreliable vehicles.

      Appropriately meta.

      Reply
  5. David Dickinson II

    The only F-150 that actually functions like a truck is the ICE version. Speaks for itself.

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    1. RWFA

      Thanks for the humor, such as it is, Mr Big Oil.

      Reply
  6. blksn8k

    My 2018 F-150 has been extremely reliable, knock on wood. The only problem has been a failed battery but that was mostly my fault and it was covered under warranty. I don’t like all the odd sounds coming from the 5.0L V8 but my brother-in-law’s Tacoma makes many of the same noises. Funny how those are the best selling trucks in their category…

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    1. RWFA

      As long as it doesn’t sound like bagpipes it’s likely ok. If in doubt visit your dealer.

      Reply
  7. Rene Fernandez

    Ford made a mistake to think buyers would flock to the Hybrid V6 Powerboost. Instead they are flocking away from it. They should never have cancelled the 3.0 V6 Diesel, this is/was one of their most reliable and fuel efficient Ford truck engines! For the first time I will be looking to buy a GMC Sierra 3.0 Diesel, GM continues to improve this engine now making excellent power and 22/25/27 MPGs WOW!!!

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    1. James

      Rene I am sure you meant well, but I need to clean this conversation up a little. First Ford made no mistake with the ( Full ) Hybrid Powerboost and meaning of that it’s electric motor and gasoline engine run in unison creating a great amount of Hp and Torque in turn creating excellent fuel efficiency. One nifty feature is a swipe of your finger on the 12” touch screen in settings turning on electric idle, any time you stop, even when just city braking only to slow down, gas and shuts off and resumes when needed. at time of green, it’s in the middle of buying what you can afford in straight gas or just not quite sure if you should stick your neck out and buy a 150 Lightning and here is 1 of your answers. Nobody nobody expected the all electric Ford Lightning to sell at a astronomical rate that it is selling out long before it’s production date ends 👍 Ford Motor co.
      Now to answer Ford 3L diesel you are correct it was reliable and fuel efficient, it was let go because it did not sell plain and simple, not that it was no good my grandson still plows snow with 1 and his boss has more that other workers are using, I forget the saying’s they use, not very fast, but get there on time, always get the job done and still have more than enough fuel to get back home. At that time of production there was not the urgency for go green energy, contractors and every other fanatic wanted the beast over 6L diesels and big mill gas engines ( power ).
      To touch a little on GM 3L diesel as I stated in another reply’s the problems I know of. One thing you state is GM continues to improve this engine and fuel efficiency 22/25/27 ware I live at the price of diesel compared to gas and my Powerboost coming in at 21 to 23 and sometimes a touch better you might want to rethink that dream. You know as a mechanic and engineer I have heard that saying before, GM has improved on that engine like the 2.0 2.2 2.4L ecotec engine, but it took almost 20 years to do it and bottom line according my research it’s still junk, not trying to rough you but maybe a little common knowledge can assist you.

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  8. Patrick Bell

    My 2018 EcoBoost Platinum (with 0% interest loan) has been mostly wonderful. Wanting to switch to a 2023 PowerBoost or Lightning, but with the price increases, removal of features, higher interest rates, and quality issues, I’ll be happy with my 2018 for a few more years to come. I wonder how many other potential buyers have been sidelined (or moved to other brands) by these issues.

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  9. Materialman

    And this is why I won’t buy a new Ford.
    I like Fords, my first car was a Ford, but they have to get the quality problems in order. Those vehicles are way to expensive for this kind of aggravation.

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    1. RWFA

      My first car was a Ford but none since.

      I like Fords but never buy them.

      That doesn’t square.

      The gratuitous quality comment is the chef’s kiss though.

      Reply
  10. James

    Just goes to show you how many nuts are loose behind the wheel. Like reality tv I put same amount faith CR. Don’t know how you can ask 2022 PB owners what they dislike didn’t get mine until September and love every engineering and design in it. Being a mechanic, I driven chevy Tahoes since 1995 5 models all with 2 – 3 clunk and 3 models with 5.3L famous piston nock. As far as government motors 3L diesel 1 of them I have not heard a lot of bragging comments on so far and another that’s been battling low mileage engine nock with a dealer for a year that said there’s nothing wrong, guess who was right it’s now on engine number 2. I’m sticking with Ford thank you but don’t listen to me make your own decisions.

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  11. Jim

    Memo to Bill Ford: Seek out and rehire Alan Mulally. Pay him whatever he wants. Whatever. he. wants.

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    1. RWFA

      Mulally era was not all roses, it brought us enduring transmission debacles.

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  12. Mike

    My ’22 has about 5k on it and so far has been reliable, however the overall build quality of the truck is abysmal. I’ve beat my head against a wall trying to get Ford corporate to address the issues. What’s concerning is that with so many visible problems, there’s always the thought that there are possibly more lurking under the surface. That said, it’s in a class of its own as far has hybrid light duty trucks, has the most mature styling, and innovative features so I’ll try to enjoy what I have. My future business will however, go elsewhere.

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    1. James

      Mike you stated your 22 as reliable and then you state what’s concerning is that there is so many visible problems now maybe you should stop banging your head the rest of us can clearly see your problems and if your money needs to go elsewhere this all l can say to you AMF

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  13. LWA

    What Ford has become is very disappointing. Wait until the long-term reliability ratings come out on their EVs. If you have Ford stock, I’d sell it now!

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    1. RWFA

      Ah, first the sock puppets making statements against interest by complimenting their vehicles before slamming their quality.

      Just setting the ball for the naked short seller or competitor troll to try and kick into the goal.

      Reply
  14. RC Mills

    Love my 2022 F150 Powerboost. Not a single issue. Just finished a 4500 mile road trip issue free, it was a joy to drive , the Most comfortable truck I have ever rode in. Power out the butt and 21+ mpg. I can not think of a single thing to complain about, and I complain about everything

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    1. James

      Rc good to hear another man that appreciates what his money buys. I too just under 5k miles my 150 Powerboost Platinum plus over $10k in options locked in on price and 0% interest. I never ever had a vehicle ride as smooth as this one also the quietest cab and comfortable, soon I am going to try out 7.2 generator with my 240 amp tig Lincoln welder, 430 hp 570 ft lb nobody goes down the road more proud then me thanks buddy

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    2. RWFA

      RC Mills, Those last 5 words are a piece de resistance. Kudos!

      Reply
    3. Kyle B.

      I too purchased the 2022 F-150 Platinum PowerBoost and am mostly satisfied with it except for the constant dropping into “Deep Sleep Mode”. There is no reason I should be worrried about the battery dying every few days with a vehicle that cost this much. I have already needed to get my truck battery jumped because it died on me twice in the 5 1/2 months I’ve had this truck. Additionally, it has been in for service 3x since I took delivery. I was told at the service center, that the techs have NOT been trained yet on how to fix these vehicles. If this is indeed true, I have a MAJOR PROBLEM with Ford and will never purchase another.

      Furthermore, I am still waiting to hear from the service center as to the status of my vehicle, which they’ve had for a week looking into the issues stated earlier. Some from Ford Corporate should get in touch with me so I can get some real answers.

      Right now I’m REALLY PISEED!!!

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      1. James

        Good story but I believe you are full of $hit, sleep mode or battery conserve mode is a feature that when it senses a battery state of charge, sync will start shutting features off to conserve energy if it did what it can and battery still goes dead, might want to start with a new battery. Other parts of your story don’t make sense you had in for service 3 times in 5 1/2 months how many miles do you drive a day, when first service is scheduled at 5000 miles. Then you say service center tells you technicians have not been trained on how to fix the PowerBoost yet, who are you taking your vehicle to rinky dink auto. share dealer name so I can check your story any Ford service worker tells you this deserves a free escort out the door and will.

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      2. James

        Deep sleep mode or battery conserve mode is a feature that when a battery reaches a certain state of charge, Sync will start to shut down features not needed to conserve energy. If you still need a jump start might want to consider a battery. In 5 1/2 months you had it serviced 3 times how many miles do you drive first service is scheduled at 5000 miles, you were told by service center technicians are not trained on PowerBoost models yet, starting battery’s have nothing to do with the hybrid battery’s they work the same as any other vehicle. Any Ford service worker tells you that, needs a walk out the door that is simply not true. What’s the dealers name so we can clear this up, sounds like rinky dink auto as a mechanic and engineer I have a hard time believing your story.

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  15. Grampy

    My ’92 F150 (XLT SC 8’box, 302V8) was the epitome of reliable, 17 years and no rust and I traded it early for better MPG and trailering ability. My ’09 F150 (XL RC 8’box 4.6l 3V) has been just as reliable for 13 years so far with much better MPG, however Ford ignored what they knew about rust control, It has been a full time job staying ahead of the rust and keeping the body nice. Seeing FOMOCO quality going down hill at an accelerating pace is quite disturbing. I’m due to replace her in 2030 or so.. Ford needs to turn this around to get this repeat customer.

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    1. James

      Grampy I’m not saying you have been locked up and key thrown away for last 13 years I am just saying you are less informed, Ford has done something about rust all high strength aircraft aluminum body if that’s not a answer for your prayers, then me and you should get together so I can explain it better to you, plus it can increase your pay load.

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      1. RWFA

        Was going to say something similar.

        Also less mass and newer tech in the current vehicle gives better mpg and way better safety than in the ‘09.

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        1. James

          To RWFA it’s time for you to go to sleep.I was trying to get a sense on were you stand because I fail to make sense out of some of your replies, but then it hit me the after 10:00 pm comments that’s when the drug headed drunk’s come out think they are talking but only slurring their words and talking stupid 🤣😂😅 you are funny enough to laugh at.

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          1. RWFA

            Sorry big words befuddle you.

            Sorry facts vex you.

            Sorry cogency is incomprehensible to you.

            Are you sure it’s not you who is drunk tweeting my covfefe friend?

            In some kind of tightly bound corollary to Dunning-Kruger, it often the drunkest fool who’s laughing the hardest at the sober adult folk talking about things the fool doesn’t quite understand.

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          2. James

            Reply to RWFA, I for reason stayed up late just to read what comes out of your magnificent late night mind and what happens you get drunk before the 3:30 PM afternoon shift. Well hear is my chance to sign off with my last comment, you sure know how to make an ASS out of yourself!!!!

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  16. David Voelker

    I have a 2022 power boost with 12k most miles from towing a RV, NO issues whatsoever, Absolutely love the 7.2 on board generator for RV travel,non towing mpg 21 -24 towing 10-14 mpg,, extremely comfortable ride, great technology, love it !!

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  17. Scott

    I have a 2021 Power boost XLT that I’ve owned for about 10 months. It has just under 30k miles on it, around 20k of which I put on it. I’ve towed a camper with it, taken it way out into BLM land onto off road trails that no large truck should be on, added airbags to put a slide-in camper in the bed, driven cross country multiple times with said camper and have left it in generator mode for days to power multiple RVs in camp. I’ve had no issues with it.

    Outside of my Grandpa’s old 83 Ranger this is the most reliable truck I’ve ever had. All my friends with trucks are jealous of the mileage I get out of it and how great generator mode is with the hybrid as it just sips gas occasionally.

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  18. Jay

    2021 Powerboost Lariat with 15k with not one issue and hope it stays that way. Truck drives fabulous with plenty of power, comfort, tech features and moderately economical.

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  19. Zane Seligman

    Best sellling because they flooded the market and financed anybody- these stats are mostly from Ford- I commented before how Ford has no business in this electric‘tech’ Vehical field- they never mastered the gas engine and drivetrain- to venture out is a disaster

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  20. Zane Seligman

    Best selling says Ford after flooding the market and financing anyone. Gone are those days- with it : quality, reliability, durability. This venture into EV land is guaranteed to be a disaster as they never mastered the original gas application

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  21. Zane Seligman

    What he said

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  22. Michael (Seattle) Bol

    Most people won’t have major issues, but when a certain percentage do, it becomes an unreliable vehicle. This Ford product, and others, have exceeded that percentage

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  23. Gregory L Stewart Sr

    The 2023 F-150 Lariat powerboost Hybrid that I ordered was supposed to have a heated steering wheel but did not, I’m not sure if it was because of a problem with the chip or not.
    I would like to know if this problem can be corrected will I be able to have it installed in my 2023 F-150

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