Building on our last post here at AllSmallCars.com where we looked at whether the Ford Fiesta and the success or flop possibilities, now we move on to news coming straight out of Consumer Reports. Yes, it is that time again; Consumer Reports has released their annual survey—Consumer Reports’ 2009 Annual Car Reliability Survey. You may have seen TheCarConnection.com coverage a little earlier, which is a good recap of the initial findings (more here).
2009 Ford Fusion
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.
Unfortunately, Lincoln customers have been bitten by the reliability bug again, or lack there of in this case. The Lincoln brand of cars (cousins to the Ford versions and the luxury models at that) got lesser ratings than their cousins. In fact, the below average rating plaguing the Lincoln brand seems to be centered around the all-wheel drive models including the MKS, MKX, and MKZ. On the flip side of that coin, the two-wheel drive MKZ beat out the Acura TL and Lexus ES, but there is no press on the 2009 Nissan Maxima, which is a direct competitor and new for 2009.
2010 Lincoln MKZ
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.
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