The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has certainly earned its fair share of accolades in recent months, including three from Wards Automotive – a 10 Best Engines award, 10 Best Interior honors, and a 10 Best UX award – as well as a second-place finish in the 2021 J.D. Power Seat Quality Study, a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and perfect five star ratings in both the Euro NCAP and Green NCAP assessments. Now, the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E carries on that momentum by earning a spot in Consumer Reports‘ recommended cars list thanks to its stellar reliability.
Consumer Reports added the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E to its list of recommended cars after the 2021 model proved to have above average reliability. At the same time, 12 other models fell off the list as the reliability of those vehicles slipped, based on data collected from surveys of CR members. Consumer Reports sends out questionnaires asking members to specify any problems they’ve had over the last 12 months across 17 categories, including everything from the drivetrain to paint and electrical systems. The organization then uses that data to calculate a predicted reliability score for each model.
CR‘s method of predicting reliability also involves taking a look at the last three model years of a vehicle, so long as no significant changes took place over that time frame. If the vehicle was redesigned within that three years or is brand new – as was the case with the 2021 Mustang Mach-E – it simply narrows its focus. And given the current climate, where the semiconductor chip shortage is making it hard to find new vehicles, let alone at or below MSRP, it seems that reliability is at the forefront of most shoppers’ minds.
“Due to dwindling inventories of cars and parts, vehicle reliability is more important than ever,” said Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing at Consumer Reports. “Since some problems don’t develop right away, our reliability ratings look at up to three years of the model’s history. The best choices are the ones that are consistently trouble-free year over year.”