Ford is one of the most popular and well-known automakers in the world, but Ford isn’t well-known for being reliable. But while there have been a lot of unreliable Ford models, the American automaker has also made some cars that were more reliable than the rest. Here’s a look at the three most reliable Ford models right now.
Ford is not a reliable brand overall
Consumer Reports gets its reliability data from regular consumers. Every year, hundreds of thousands of drivers answer questions about their car and any issues their car had. That data is then analyzed and turned into Consumer Reports’ reliability score. With those reliability scores in hand, “brands are ranked on average predicted reliability, based on CR member surveys.”
This year Ford owners did not rate their cars highly in terms of reliability, as Ford was one of the least reliable brands. Ford was ranked 18th out of 24 brands, and the Detroit-based automaker actually fell four spots from the prior year.
There were a lot of unreliable cars in Ford’s lineup, and they’re ultimately why the automaker scored so poorly. However, there were some bright spots, three to be exact. Here’s a look at the three most reliable Ford models right now.
The Ford Maverick and the Ford Maverick Hybrid were very reliable though
Two of the most reliable Ford models are almost the same car, and they’re the Maverick and the Maverick Hybrid. Unlike most other hybrid cars though, the Maverick Hybrid is actually the standard version of the truck.
The Maverick Hybrid starts with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that works with an electric motor to get 191 hp. The Maverick Hybrid costs about $21,000, while the gas-powered engine option will cost an extra $1,000.
The gas-powered Maverick, meanwhile, comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that gets 250 hp. With the hybrid powertrain equipped, this Ford truck gets 42 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on highways, for 38 mpg combined. The gas-powered engine has a worse fuel economy of 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on highways, for 27 mpg combined.
That being said, the gas-powered option will allow the Maverick to tow more. The hybrid version has a max towing capacity of 2,000 pounds, while a properly equipped gas-powered Maverick can tow up to 4,000 pounds. And according to J.D. Power, not only is this Ford truck a reliable vehicle, but it should also have good resale value.
The Ford Edge is another reliable option, but there’s some bad news
The Edge was the other reliable Ford model, and it’s a solid vehicle all-around. J.D. Power wrote that its driving experience is as good as its reliability. This mid-size Ford SUV has two engine options, and it starts with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that gets 250 hp. Car shoppers who want extra power can upgrade that engine into a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6, and that gets 335 hp.
The standard engine gets 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on highways, for 23 mpg combined. The Edge has a spacious and comfortable interior, and it has a max cargo capacity of about 73.4 cu. ft. On top of that, Ford recently upgraded the SUV’s infotainment system, and it now comes with a 12-inch vertical touch screen as standard.
Unfortunately though, shoppers haven’t been convinced by these specs. That’s why Ford canceled the next generation of the Edge, and the SUV will end with the 2023 model year.