Consumer Reports just released its latest automotive reliability survey, and the results are a bit of a mixed bag for FoMoCo. The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport and 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E both earned CR‘s recommended status thanks to high predicted reliability, while the 2022 Ford Mustang lost its recommended rating due to poor projected reliability. Meanwhile, the 2022 Ford Ranger earned the organizations’ highest-rated American pickup truck status, while the 2022 Ford Explorer was named one of the 10 least reliable cars available today. In terms of brands, Lincoln finished last in the luxury segment, while Ford ranked below average in the mass market segment but improved upon last year’s results. However, there is another bright spot worth mentioning – the 2021 Ford Escape improved greatly over the 2020 model in terms of CR‘s reliability rankings.
What’s particularly interesting about this result is the fact that Consumer Reports put the 2021 Ford Escape on its list of popular cars to avoid list back in August due to engine vibration, poor ride quality and braking performance, uncomfortable front seats, and below-average predicted reliability. However, CR‘s latest reliability survey shows that owners of 2021 Escape models experienced improved reliability over owners of 2020 models.
Previous problem spots that owners named as improvements for 2021 include the transmission, drive system, paint/trim, body integrity, body hardware, and in-car electronics. Only one area got worse year-over-year – power equipment, which includes items such as cruise control, lighting, gauges, remote engine start, and body control modules.
In spite of these improvements, however, it seems as if Consumer Reports may not change its stance on the Escape in the short term, as the crossover’s poor showing for the 2020 model year is still dragging down the Escape’s projected reliability ratings for the 2022 model year.