There are so many SUVs on the market that it can be overwhelming to choose which one you like the most. Things only get harder when you’re trying to avoid SUVs that could be problematic – or even dangerous – down the road. That’s why using a list like Consumer Reports’ cars to avoid is so helpful. They’ve done the research for you, and all you have to do is use it to make an informed decision. If you’ve been considering a Ford SUV, you might not have even thought about reliability. After all, Ford is a solid name – right? These are the five SUVs Consumer Reports says to avoid.
The 2019 Ford EcoSport is one of the SUVs on Consumer Reports’ cars to avoid list
The 2019 Ford EcoSport is so cute, you might be tempted to buy it despite its appearance on Consumer Reports’ cars to avoid list. Don’t be fooled by its wide nose and compact stature. The 2019 EcoSport looks innocent, but with a reliability rating of 1/5, it’s secretly going to destroy your bank account.
Within that poor reliability rating are some serious red flags. The climate system gets a 1/5, as does the paint/trim, body integrity, body hardware, and power equipment.
The 2012 Ford Edge may be appealing because of its price, but don’t do it
You may be able to find a 2012 Ford Edge for under $10,000, but even if you do, you shouldn’t buy it. The 2012 Ford Edge gets a 1/5 for its reliability rating, and its problems aren’t cheap.
The 2012 Ford Edge suffers from major engine problems, as well as minor transmission issues and a faulty drive system. The fuel system, exhaust, and brakes also get poor reliability ratings, as do in-car electronics. What you save in upfront cash will likely cost you big time down the road.
The 2020 Ford Escape is a no-no
The 2020 Ford Escape receives the dreaded 1/5 for its reliability rating. While major mechanical problems are mostly avoided in the 2020 Ford Escape, the body integrity suffers. So do the power equipment and in-car electronics. While these might not cause your SUV to stall on the highway, they are expensive repairs or frustrating things to deal with.
The 2015, 2016, and 2018 Ford Expeditions are no good
The 2015, 2016, and 2018 Ford Expeditions are all on Consumer Reports’ cars to avoid list. They landed there thanks to poor reliability ratings, which is a shame. The Ford Expedition offers what few others SUVs can, in terms of size, comfort, and style. Yet the poor reliability ratings mean you should avoid these three models.
All three models have major engine problems. That right there should be enough to convince you to stay away from these Ford Expeditions. If not, there are also minor problem in the 2018, engine cooling and electric system problems in the 2015, and minor suspension problems in the 2018. Don’t forget the drive system and climate system issues that plague all three models. Stay away from these Ford Expeditions.
2011, 2016, 2017, and 2020 Ford Explorers
If you thought there are a lot of Expeditions to avoid, you’ll be disappointed to learn that there are four Ford Explorers you shouldn’t buy. The 2011, 2016, 2017, and 2020 Ford Explorers should be avoided at all costs.
Both the 2011 and 2020 Ford Explorers have minor transmission problems, and the 2020 has major transmission problems as well. They both have drive system issues, too. Suspension is a problem in the 2016 Ford Explorer, as are brakes. The exhaust system is faulty in the 2011 Ford Explorer.
The 2016, 2017, and 2020 all have paint/trim shortcomings. Body integrity is a problem in all but the 2020 model, while body hardware causes issues in the 2016 and 2017 Ford Explorers. Power equipment isn’t great in the 2020, and the in-car electronics are far from perfect in both the 2011 and the 2020 Ford Explorers.
It can be tempting to overlook problems in used SUVs, especially when they come from a big name like Ford. Yet no car manufacturer is immune from creating a vehicle with problems, and when you’re buying used, you have the advantage of being able to research what those problems are. Use this information to find an SUV that has a better chance of being what you want; a safe, stylish way to get where you need to go, without costing you thousands of dollars in unexpected repairs.