The results of the “Consumer Reports 2010 Annual Auto Survey” are now in, and Ford—and its customers—have plenty to celebrate: 11 Ford and Lincoln models were rated as “recommended” in the publication’s study, which is based on a questionnaire that went to more than 5 million of its readers.
In the “Family Cars” segment, the highest-rated vehicles included the Ford Fusion, the Ford Fusion and the Ford Fusion! Specifically, the top car was the Fusion Hybrid, the country’s most fuel-efficient mid-size sedan, with the ability to achieve EPA ratings of 41 mpg city/36 mpg highway/39 mpg combined. In second place was the V6 Fusion, with the four-cylinder model coming in at No. 4 on the list.
But that wasn’t the only category in which multiple products from the Ford Motor Company proved their reliability. Among “Sporty Cars,” the Ford Mustang V6, with its industry-first combination of more than 30 mpg on the highway and over 300 hp under the hood, bested all rivals, with the Mustang V8 making the list at the fifth spot.
The Ford Flex with its EcoBoost powerplant was the highest recommended “Large SUV,” in no small part due to its high-efficiency, high-performance engine, while the four-wheel-drive Expedition carried the flag for Ford’s body-on-frame vehicles, placing fourth in the segment.
And the country’s best-selling vehicle remained one of its most reliable, too, as the Ford F-150 (in its V8, four-wheel-drive configuration) was voted to the second spot in the “Full-Sized Pickup” category.
Ford’s luxury division, Lincoln, earned a number of kudos from “Consumer Reports” readers as well: The Lincoln MKZ was the fifth-highest rated entry among all “Upscale Cars,” and both the Lincoln Navigator and the Lincoln MKT scored well in the “Luxury SUV” segment. The former placed No. 2 and the latter was No. 4.
Also notable: The Ford brand proper rose another two spots in the overall “Consumer Reports” rankings, and now is directly behind Lexus in terms of mean reliability rankings; Lincoln moved ahead by one position in the survey.
To find out for yourself what all these “Consumer Reports” readers already know about today’s reliable Ford and Lincoln vehicles, visit your local dealership today.