According to Consumer Reports, Ford now produces some of the automotive industry’s least reliable vehicles. It’s a surprising finding given that Ford had, until recently, won acclaim for the reliability of its cars.
“Ford’s bumpy road can be seen in the numbers. Sixty percent of Ford-branded models and half of Lincolns were below average in predicted reliability, and none placed above average,” noted Consumer Reports’ automotive testing director, Jake Fisher.
Consumer Reports based its findings on reports from more than one million different drivers. This year it found that most people preferred Japanese automobiles, with Scion (a Toyota sub-brand), Toyota, Lexus (also a Toyota sub-brand), Mazda, Subaru, Honda, and Acura dominating the list.
Not all American cars were panned by Consumer Reports. Cadillac’s CTS Coupe won acclaim for reliability, as did General Motors’ Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle. Buick, GMC, and Chevrolet all climbed the rankings, improving their reliability ratings from last year.
Slipping in the rankings were Chrysler and Dodge. Dodge’s powerful Charger received below average reviews while the V8 edition of the Chrysler 300 placed dead last in its category. That said, the V6 version of the Chrysler 300 actually ranked quite high. Also getting slammed by Consumer Reports: Dodge’s long-running Ram pickup truck.