2009 Ford FusionEnlarge Photo
The big news is that Ford has 90% of its models that have ranked as average or better in the reliability report. This is a good plus for Ford considering that American car companies have long been dinged for not having the fit-and-finish of their German, and particularly, Asian rivals. Of the top 48 models, 36 are from Asian car companies including Toyota with 18 vehicles. So to answer the questions above, in most cases your new Ford vehicle maybe as or more reliable than the comparable Toyota. The exception is the Toyota Prius, which did beat out the widely acclaimed four-cylinder Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids. Prius aside, the Fusion and Milan did rank higher than any other family sedan.
2010 Lincoln MKZEnlarge Photo
Bottom line—Ford has shown major improvement in reliability, quality and styling. Given that fact, the automotive industry shouldn’t under estimate the “buy American” campaigns coming out of Detroit. The results could be industry saving as seen in the ‘70s and ‘80s for Chrysler, whom I might add is now at Daewoo levels of reliability.