5 Least Reliable Ford Mustang Model Years According to Consumer Reports

The Ford Mustang has been a popular model for muscle car enthusiasts for many years. These vehicles boast impressive performance capabilities and some of the most advanced tech and safety features. However, reliability doesn’t always hit home with this pony car, as some versions aren’t as dependable or consistent as others. Let’s take a look at the five least reliable Mustang model years, according to Consumer Reports.

2016 Ford Mustang, according to Consumer Reports

A 2016 Ford Mustang seen at the 2017 Washington Auto Show
2016 Ford Mustang | Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

First on the list is the 2016 Ford Mustang. This model year has had major and minor engine problems in the past. According to Consumer Reports, they tend to experience engine oil loss that can cause engine failure and increase your risk of a potential collision. Additionally, in the presence of an ignition source, oil leaks can increase the risk of a fire.

2018 Ford Mustang has engine problems

Surprisingly, 2018 Ford Mustang models aren’t as reliable as you’d think, according to Consumer Reports. The main trouble spots are engine problems – both minor and major. There have also been reports of issues with the body hardware. This includes power windows, locks, mirrors, seat controls, the convertible top, and so on.

2019 Ford Mustang has common trouble spots

For the 2019 model year, two of this pony car’s most common trouble spots are the transmission and drive system. Unfortunately, both issues received a 1/5 on the Consumer Report reliability rating. Additionally, the 2019 Ford Mustang was recalled twice by the NHTSA due to its electrical system.

2020 Ford Mustang had four recalls

Common trouble spots with the 2020 Ford Mustang have to do with the brakes and suspension system. Both areas scored a 1/5 on the reliability scale on Consumer Reports. The 2020 Mustang also had four recalls, including one for reduced visibility, increasing the driver’s risk of an accident.

2022 Ford Mustang is newer but not reliable

Unfortunately, newer isn’t always better. For example, the 2022 Ford Mustang received a low overall score of 47 by Consumer Reports. That score has a lot to do with its low predicted reliability rating of 1/5. Furthermore, it has already been recalled once by NHTSA for improper airbag deployment.

Consumer Reports says to consider these model years instead

If you’re a die-hard muscle car fanatic, don’t worry – there are still plenty of options available for you to choose from. When it comes to used cars, the 2011 Ford Mustang received a perfect score in reliability. On the road test results, it received 5/5 ratings in acceleration, transmission, braking, and emergency handling. Additionally, the perfect scores carried over to the engine, engine cooling, and drive system. MotorTrend even mentions that this Mustang model got its most comprehensive powertrain update in over a decade.

Are you searching for other model years? You’ll want to consider the 2008 Mustang, which also received a 5/5 reliability score. The 2014 and 2015 Mustang also received 4/5 ratings from Consumer Reports, so they should check your boxes.

What do you think you’ll do? Wait for the 2023 Ford Mustang (perhaps, one with a plug-in hybrid powertrain) or consider a used option? If reliability is at the top of your shopping list, an older model is probably the way to go.

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