Ford produced some mixed results in Consumer Reports‘ latest annual reliability study, ranking below average overall as a brand despite improving from 2020, while the Ford Mustang Mach-E ranked highly enough to earn “recommended status, though the Ford Mustang slipped in its reliability scoring enough to cause it to lose its recommended rating. Now, a few months after the 2021 Ford Explorer landed on Consumer Reports‘ list of two- and three-row SUVs to avoid, the organization has named the 2022 Ford Explorer as one of the 10 least reliable cars available today.
Consumer Reports derives its reliability scores from data collected from owner surveys that focus on 17 common problem areas, ranging from drivetrains to paint and interior trim. CR also weighs these issues based on how serious they might be, then calculates a predicted reliability score for each model. The vehicles considered for this list must be at least two model years old, and each is scored on a scale of 1-100, with 100 representing the most reliable vehicle.
In that regard, the 2022 Ford Explorer has the second-lowest predicted reliability score of any vehicle that qualifies under Consumer Reports‘ standards, behind only the Mercedes-Benz GLE and its score of 5. The Explorer finished with a predicted reliability score of 8, ranking below a number of other models including the the Ford Mustang (9), Chevrolet Silverado (11), Chevrolet Corvette (13), Volvo XC90 (17), Volkswagen Tiguan (17), Tesla Model Y (18), Chrysler Pacifica (18), and Subaru Ascent (18).
The 2022 Ford Explorer introduces a host of changes for the new model year, including the addition of a new ST-Line trim, while the Explorer ST will be offered with standard rear-wheel drive, which Ford Authority was the first to report. Auto stop-start becomes an option on Base, XLT, Timberline, and Limited trims for 2022, while paddle shifters will be limited to the Timberline and ST exclusively. As Ford Authority reported last month, the second-row center floor console has also been dropped for all trims.