Ford Reliability Rating Drops For New Cars

6:40 PM, Nov 5, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- When you buy a new car you want on that will keep you out of the repair shop.

Consumer Reports says you've got a good chance with Toyota because it is the most reliable car out there.

The findings are based on subscribers' experience with more than a million vehicles. 

"Toyota's three brands, Scion, Toyota and Lexus finished first, second and third for reliability," says Rik Paul.

There were followed by Mazda, Subaru, Honda and Acura, all Japanese brands.

Ford's reliability dropped way down this year.

Paul says, "Just two years ago, more than 90 percent of Fords were average or better for reliability.  But in the last couple of years, they've released some new or redesigned models that have made more problems than normal."

Those models, the Explorer, the Fiesta and the Focus.  Also, problematic, Ford's relatively new electronic infotainment system.

"General Motors did better in our last rankings.  Cadillac was the top U.S. Brand and its CTS coupe was the most reliable domestic car," says Paul.

The most reliable card of them all, the Toyota Prius C.  In fact, all of the Pruises have above-average reliability.

Rik Paul says, "When the Toyota Prius was released 12 years ago, there was a lot of skepticism about how well it would hold up.  But, we're finding that most hybrids and electric vehicles are proving very reliable."

Consumer Reports says it wait to see how well Ford's redesigned 2013 Escape, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ models hold up.

These three were too new to be included in this year's reliability analysis.

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