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2020 Ford Mustang Among CR’s Used Cars To Avoid

Ford – as a brand – hasn’t historically fared well in Consumer Reports‘ reliability rankings, though that certainly doesn’t apply to every model in the automaker’s lineup. It does apply to the Ford Mustang, however, which was even named the lowest-rated American sports car on sale as recently as 2022 by the consumer organization. Now, with the release of CR‘s latest “used cars to avoid” list, the 2020 Ford Mustang has been singled out as well.

The 2020 Ford Mustang made the list of 60 used vehicles that Consumer Reports recommends shoppers don’t buy, for a variety of reasons. CR bases these rankings on data it collects from a variety of sources, including its Annual Auto Surveys submitted by owners, which notate any problems those folks have experienced with their vehicles. In that case, every vehicle on this list has much worse-than-average reliability compared to the rest of the pack.

With an average reliability score of just 14 out of 100 possible points, the 2020 Ford Mustang made the latest version of CR‘s used vehicles to avoid list, with its most common trouble spots being the transmission and suspension. Owners report having experienced troubles with air and water leaks on convertible models, various squeaks and rattles, rear quarter glass that won’t raise all the way up, and loose exterior trim, too. In fact, some owners report that plastic trim both inside and outside the vehicle has broken on numerous occasions, requiring replacements.

Thus, the 2020 Ford Mustang isn’t a recommended used vehicle purchase by the consumer organization, but it also isn’t the only Blue Oval model on this list. In fact, it’s joined by the 2021 Ford Super Duty F-250, the 2021 Ford Escape, the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid, and the 2017-2019 Ford Expedition, too.

We’ll have more on the Mustang soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Mustang news and continuous 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. Drew Ford Retiree

    My wife’s 2020 Mustang gets thumbs up everywhere she goes. The dealer recalibrated the transmission, so the shifts aren’t as harsh. But today’s wimpy drivers just aren’t calibrated for snappy transmission shifts for fast acceleration and harder suspensions for flat cornering.

  2. Jim H

    My wife loves her 2020 Mustang 4 turbo, great gas mileage, acceleration and she gets complements on her Black on Black with tinted windows. We’ve had ZERO problems or issues of any type. Just regular maintenance is all it takes

  3. rikki

    The F-150’s aren’t doing much better. Especially all the ones with the 10 speed transmissions that are literally blowing up. ( self destructing )

  4. Stalkbroker94

    Also Consumer Reports: “I kicked my rim as hard as I could with my bare foot, resulting in a broken toe. Ford needs to work on this.”


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