On Thursday, the famously objective Consumer Reports released its Annual Car Reliability Survey and official named Ford Motor Company as the most reliable automaker in the United States. Given the current calamity the Detroit 3 are experiencing the distinction might seem like an empty honor, but Ford’s newly acquired accolade is nothing to be scoffed at. Based on survey responses from more than 1.4 million print and digital subscribers, the published results revealed that “Ford’s reliability is now on par with good Japanese automakers.”
Meanwhile, Ford’s Michigan brethren, GM and Chrysler, fared poorly in the survey. While GM models were ultimately found to be plagued with spotty performance and notable inconsistencies, Chrysler posted the most abysmal showing of the three, delivering invariably sub-par results.
Unfortunately, Ford’s breakout role wasn’t enough to land them a spot in the Top 10, and this year those coveted ranks were dominated entirely by the Japanese. Ford is dedicating to rebuilding their empire, though, and their recent praise from Consumer Reports is regarded as a significant milestone. “It’s truly wonderful,” said Bennie Fowler, Ford’s vice president for global quality. “We want to be the best in the world, bar none.”
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