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Ford Bronco Sport Loses CR’s Recommendation Over Quality

Ford Motor Company can’t be too happy about how its vehicles fared in the 2022 automotive reliability survey conducted by Consumer Reports. As Ford Authority previously reported, Ford vehicles experienced more problems than last year, resulting in the brand dropping four spots when compared to 2021. That said, Lincoln rose 14 spots, all thanks to improved ratings for the Lincoln Corsair and Lincoln Nautilus. The same cannot be said for the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Ford Bronco Sport, as both vehicles are two of seven vehicles that the publication no longer recommends, based on problems its members are having with the duo.

According to the publication, Ford Bronco Sport owners are having issues with the braking system, including problems with the anti-lock brakes. Additionally, head gasket issues and fit and finish issues are being reported as well. Consumer Reports did not break down the head gasket issue by powerplant, but the compact SUV comes standard with the Ford 1.5L I3 EcoBoost on Base, Big Bend, and Outer Banks and is solely paired with the Ford 2.0L I4 EcoBoost on Badlands.

For its part, the publication did open up a dialogue with the automaker, which issued a statement about the unfavorable survey results. “We listen to all customer feedback, including Consumer Reports, and the concerns raised by customers. The survey results were from a population of vehicles early in the launch of these vehicles and those concerns have since been addressed. Certain 2021-2022 Bronco Sports early in the launch had brake pads and booster concerns and were part of a recall. We switched to a new brake pad as part of the repair. That change introduced more noise under braking. which we are addressing.” The spokesperson added that some “of [the] 1.5-liter engines in 2021 exhibited oil pan plug leaks [and] corrective actions were put in place.”

The Ford Bronco Sport joined the publication’s recommended list in November 2021 and also had a spot on its list of best vehicles under $30k. Earlier in the year, it was among the most satisfying small SUVs in its segment by Consumer Reports members. This latest survey arrives several months after the Bronco Sport ranked third for its segment in the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Initial Quality Study.

We’ll have more on the Bronco Sport soon, so subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Bronco Sport news, and for ongoing Ford news coverage.

Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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  1. Mrx19

    Since they can only build about 50% if production quantity, thanks to component shortages, you would think the few that do get down the line would be inspected to perfection.

  2. Mike o

    Not surprised at all, my 2020 ranger was a complete failure of a build. Driveshaft phasing that could not be fixed with three attempts with different shim kits, Air box that failed twice, late and hard transmission shifting under 10,000 MI in progressively getting worse as time went on. And a whole laundry list of interior finishing problems. Ford really really is putting profit over quality and customer satisfaction buyers beware.

    1. RWFA

      If you have a lemon law in your state, see if it applies to you, and if not write your reps and ask why not!

  3. David Dickinson II

    I just had my 2004 Toyota repainted because it runs like a champ. Now it looks like a champ too. Will my 2019 Ford last as long? Since it was a pre-pandemic build, I’m hoping it does.

    Squeezing performance out of small displacement engines to hit efficiency goals comes at a cost. I’ll take larger displacement, lower mileage, longer lasting any day of the week.

    1. S Tudor

      Thanks again to emission standards they need thuose tiny pistons.

    2. RWFA

      Why the repaint? Do you live on gravel? Would have thought the clear coat would have it still looking good.

  4. Ron greene

    Mustang is greatest car ever made

    1. RWFA

      Although not everybody’s favorite, many many people would agree with you!

  5. Jacked up

    I have always been a Ford guy but not so much lately. Gm are classic Junk & Dodge I won’t even consider this worthless brand. NEVER Buy a new model on the market, Bugs it usually takes two years to work the bugs out. I wouldn’t trust anything CR says Detroit buys their reviews. When it comes to nothing but electric vehicle’s the public will be at the mercy of Hi electric price sky high in maintenance cost and replace the battery cost. Where my Horse & Saddle.

    1. RWFA

      So much BS and FUD in this it’s not refuting point by point. He didn’t get to the buy T or N, or collapsing the electric grid but he did slip in the FUD about high maintenance and replacement battery costs. Guess he earned his Big Oil paycheck tho.

  6. MD

    Fords are absolute junk. This one is puzzling though because it’s just an Escape with a different body. How do you screw that up?

    Ford cannot make a quality vehicle after 100+ years in business. And even their electric vehicles are cobbled together junk.

    No wonder Fords warranty costs are more than double what GMs are.

    1. Gary Harbeck

      doesnt GM have a few huge class action suits going on for not standing behind their warranties??

  7. Gopher

    One would think after 119 years, Ford would know how to make head gaskets and brakes lol.

  8. Joe pike

    Never buy a turbo charged tiny motor…it will wear out in no time…. natural asperated motor is the way to go…that’s why the Maverick and the Escapes hybrid are good vehicles…using Aktison 4 cyl with hybrid battery


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