Ford Dominates Special List of Consumer Reports Recommendations

With GM and Chrysler seeking federal assistance-and bankruptcy still a fathomable outcome for both automakers-Consumer Reports has issued a special list of Detroit Three vehicle recommendations in its February issue to assuage consumer concerns. The specially prepared list, which includes only vehicles made by the Detroit Three, is heavily dominated by Ford.

Eight vehicles in total were named, with six of those coming from Ford. They include the Ford Fusion SEL and Mercury Milan Premier, the Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable, the Lincoln MKZ and the Ford Taurus X. Almost all Ford vehicles rank average or better in reliability. “Ford has been doing a lot right on reliability for the past five years,” David Champion, the magazine’s chief car tester said. “It’s not immediately apparent that the Ford Fusion would be more reliable than the Toyota Camry, but it is, and the Fusion is one of the more reliable family sedans on the market.”

Consumer Reports’ top-rated Detroit Three vehicle was the Chevrolet Malibu LTZ. GM was praised for making strides in the right direction, with several vehicles that score well, but half of GM’s lineup still ranks below industry averages for reliability. Chrysler had no vehicles on the list.

The full list of Consumer Reports’ recommended vehicles will be released in the April issue of the magazine, as usual. “We’re only about halfway through our testing, so it’s not a complete list,” Champion said, referring to the Detroit Three list. “But because of the public interest, we thought it would be useful.”

Source: Automotive News

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