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2023 Ford Maverick Added To CR’s Recommended Vehicles

Following the release of Consumer Reports‘ most recent owner surveys, we’ve seen considerable shuffling in terms of what vehicles the organization recommends, as well as which vehicles rank as the least and most reliable. Ford ranked 18th among the 24 brands that were part of the annual survey, dropping four places from last year. Meanwhile, both the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator ranked among the top ten least reliable vehicles, while the Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Mustang Mach-E both lost their recommended status over quality issues, too. On the bright side, the Ford Escape Hybrid crossover, Lincoln Corsair luxury crossover, and Lincoln Nautilus were all added to CR‘s list of recommended vehicles – a list that the 2023 Ford Maverick is also now on, too – in both hybrid and regular ICE-powered guise.

Consumer Reports gathers its reliability data via online questionnaires that it sends to its members, which ask if those owners have experienced any problems with their vehicles in 17 different categories over the past year. These problem areas include such things as the vehicle’s engine, transmission, electrical system, body hardware, paint, and trim, as well as more specific issues related to those categories. CR then uses that date to come up with predicted reliability scores, and this year, that data covers 300,000 2020-2022 model year vehicles.

To come up with a predicted reliability score, Consumer Reports averages a vehicle’s overall reliability score for the most recent three model years, so long as no significant changes have taken place. To earn recommended status, a model must have a high enough overall score, which means they must perform well in CR testing, owner surveys, crash testing, and safety tests. This year, the organization notes that ongoing supply chains issues have made reliability more of a focus.

“With rising costs for parts and components, vehicle reliability is more important than ever,” said Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing at Consumer Reports. “Our data show that it takes automakers time to work out problems, particularly on all-new models. That’s why we recommend consumers wait two to three years before buying an all-new model, and focus their search on vehicles that are consistently trouble-free year over year.”

Meanwhile, the Ford Maverick Hybrid has remained a mainstay on Kelley Blue Book’s most considered electrified vehicles list for months now as the compact pickup still faces tremendous demand, more than a year after it launched. While many 2022 model year orders were pushed back due to this high demand and short supply, 2023 Ford Maverick deliveries remain on track to begin later this month, as Ford Authority reported last week.

We’ll have more on the Maverick soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Maverick news and comprehensive Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Ira Johnson

    Ford made 1.1 million cars in 1949. This is 2022 soon to be 2023 and they are having a tough time meeting such a low number of Maverick orders.

    1. Blitz

      I agree they have only made a little over 13,000 Mavericks in over 12 months. In 1999 they built over 350,000 Rangers in 1 year

    2. Rick

      The figures I saw said they sold over 53,000 2022 models.

  2. LBonius

    Any potential Maverick buyer should be aware that there is a paucity of spare OEM parts for these vehicles.

    I’ve been waiting on door panels since August.

  3. Steven

    At this point, it seems demand is outpacing supply, so someone should be doing something to try and balance this out. Great customer service speaks volumes.

  4. Larry

    I’ve had my Ford Maverick truck for one year and I enjoy it I have no problems with it whatsoever I would highly recommend anybody that’s looking for a small truck to buy one

    1. jeff sproul

      I have had my hybrid XLT Maverick since early April and no problems it is perfect for my needs.

  5. Robin Ellis

    I tried to buy Ford Maverick 2021 and 2022 or a 2023 do. You think so one out there could get me for the real price 20.000not 42.000. I enough to buy one these truck i cant afford that so no truck i had cash .please thnk Robin Ellis.

  6. Bill Byrne

    BIG DEAL ! They cant even build the one I ordered over a year ago, now its reordered, Ford NO customer service STINKS !! after buying fords over 40 years we are about done with them


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