2022 Ford F-150 Problems and Top Complaints

A look at the 2022 Ford F-150 and the issues that plagued the 2021 model

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First introduced in 1975, the Ford F-150 has been a best-seller for more than four decades. While tough, comfortable, and technologically advanced, it certainly isn’t perfect.

Consumer complaints about the 2021 Ford F-150 reveal a plethora of issues from engine and service brake problems to faulty electrical systems and seat belts. Additionally, there were six recalls of the 2021 Ford F-150 during 2021 for very varied issues.

Ford warns that all these issues may increase the risk of a crash and/or increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

The question is, has the company taken steps to fix these issues in its new 2022 Ford F-150? We aren’t sure that they have.

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What’s New for 2022?

Clearly, nothing major has changed from the 2021-2022 Ford F-150, except for new appearance and utility packages. In a media release that details everything new from Ford for 2022 vehicles, it lists what’s new for the F-150:

  • STX Black Appearance Package is now optional on XL F-150 models with the 101A trim level
  • XLT Black Appearance Package is now optional on XLT 301A and 302A SuperCrew and SuperCab models
  • Lariat Black Appearance Package is now optional for 502A trims
  • Platinum Black Appearance Package is available for Platinum models
  • Bed Utility Package is included on King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited. It is optional on XL, XLT, Lariat King Ranch, Platinum, and Tremor
  • Atlas Blue is a new color
  • Onboard Scales, Smart Hitch, and continuously controlled damping is also available

The release deals with the F-150 Raptor separately, sharing minimal information. But it dedicates nearly four pages to the new F-150, all-electric Lightning.

There are changes, though, along with a multitude of configuration choices.

Edmunds, one of the top car review websites, ranked the F-150 their Top Rated Truck for 2021, giving it a score of 8.5/10. They have given the 2022 F-150 the same score, stating that it is their favorite in the full-size truck class.

2022 Ford F-150 Fuel Economy & Specs

The 2022 F-150 offers five engine options, a 3.3-liter V6, 5-liter V8, turbocharged 2.7-liter V6, 3.5-liter V6, and Ford’s PowerBoost that combines a 3.5-liter V6 with an electric motor and battery pack. So, fuel economy varies.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that overall fuel economy is a strong point. But, as Edmunds points out, their independent tests in previous years show Ford’s turbocharged engines underperform relative to EPA estimates.

What Technology does the 2022 Ford F-150 Have?

The 2022 F-150 has impressive tech features including a larger-than-life 12-inch touchscreen and an Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone set-up that is standard. It also includes some great driver safety aids as standard.

Five-passenger F-150s have an ingenious armrest lid that folds forward to create a flat surface that you can use for a laptop or even an en-route picnic table.

The steering wheel tilt and telescoping travel are better than before, making it more comfortable for driving what is still essentially a truck!

Another impressive piece of technology is the Pro Power Onboard that provides an onboard generator. This is available in three output levels depending on the powertrain. It adds power outlets in the bed to transform various elements including the camping, construction, tailgate party, and off-the-grid experience.

What are the Trim Packages for the F-150?

There are six trim levels, XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited, coupled with three cabstyles, regular, SuperCab, and SuperCrew. Each has its own standard features and safety equipment that range from quite ordinary to top range.

How Much does the 2022 Ford F-150 Cost?

Prices increases are expected from the XL to the top-range Limited trim level. While we can’t say for sure, A Colorado Ford dealer lists expected prices:

  • XL – $29,500
  • XLT – $36,500
  • Lariat – $45,500
  • Tremor – $50,500
  • King Ranch – $57,500
  • Raptor – $58,500
  • Platinum – $60,500
  • Limited – $71,500

Common Problems from 2021

We discussed some specific complaints in another article, 2021 Ford F-150 Problems and Top Complaints.

The NHTSA has published a total of 60 complaints regarding the 2021 Ford F-150. According to the NHTSA, there were six recalls that potentially affected more than 100,000 vehicles.

Complaints reported to the NHTSA cover considerably more issues than those that result in recalls. For instance, in 2021, while vehicles weren’t recalled for electrical system problems, of the 60 formal complaints lodged with the NHTSA, 19 were about the electrical system.

In total, there were 20 different issues. Some of those not included in recalls include back-over prevention, engine and engine-cooling problems, forward-collision avoidance, lane departure, suspension, and tires.

According to the NHTSA reports, none of the complainants was involved in an accident caused by the issue reported.

2021 Ford F-150 Recalls

The recalls related to:

  • Air bags
  • Powertrain
  • Seat belts
  • Brakes
  • Steering
  • Visibility

In all cases, vehicle owners were told to contact their dealers who Ford instructed to replace faulty parts free of charge.

F-150 Air Bag Recall

Reports that air bags didn’t deploy properly during a crash led to Ford recalling 777 vehicles. Five models were affected, one of which was the 2021 F-150.

Investigations revealed that the driver and passenger front-door side-impact pressure sensor modules could have been damaged during supplier assembly. The verdict was that these 777 vehicles may not comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for side impact protection.

F-150 Powertrain Recall

In June 2021, 4,436 F-150 owners were notified that the two-piece driveshaft in their vehicles may disconnect. The cause, the company said, was that the driveshafts might have been improperly assembled.

If driveshafts separate, this can lead to a sudden loss of drive power. If the vehicle is in park and the brake isn’t applied, it can also cause vehicle movement, which can increase the risk of a crash with an adjacent vehicle.

F-150 Seat Belts Recall

A total of 16,430 2021 F-510 SuperCab vehicles were recalled because of fears that the front seat belt webbing may have been routed incorrectly.

In October 2021, when the fault was discovered, Ford advised the relevant owners not to drive their vehicles with faulty seat belts until the retractor and pretensioner were repaired. The fear was that misrouted seat belts may not restrain occupants in a crash, which increases the risk of injury.

F-150 Service Brake Recall

A small number (56) of 2021 F-150 vehicles were recalled because there was a risk that the electronic brake booster may leak into the electronic control unit (ECU). If this happens it can reduce braking performance and increase the risk of a crash.

F-150 Steering Related Recall

We all know how important steering gear is and how a loss of steering control will increase the risk of an accident. Potentially, 223 vehicles were affected, and they had to be towed in for service after Ford warned owners not to drive them.

F-150 Visibility Recall

More properly described as inadequate windshield bonding, this fault affected 79,017 Ford vehicles including the 2021 F-150 and four other 2020-2021 Ford models.

It can, of course, be extremely dangerous if a windshield comes loose. This is another instance where the Federal standard was breached.

When Will 2022 Ford F-150 Vehicles Be on the Road?

Production of the new 2022 gas-powered Ford F-150 was due to begin at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan in mid-November and at Kansas City Assembly Plant in the first week of December. While dealers are taking orders, supply chain issues including the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage have caused inevitable delivery delays.

As a result, nobody’s saying exactly when vehicles will be available, though the guess, according to Edmunds, is fall 2022.

There has, though, been a lot of hype about the new all-electric F-150 Lightning, which will be produced at a new facility in Dearborn, just outside Detroit. Expectations are that it will be available in the spring of 2022. Meanwhile, indications are that the new 2022 F-150 Raptor isn’t likely to be available until late in 2022.

But when your F-150 arrives, if you discover you’ve bought a lemon, remember that Lemberg Law can help you get a replacement vehicle or your money back. It’ll cost you nothing because the law makes Ford pay the legal fees.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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