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2 Ford SUVs Are No Longer Recommended By Consumer Reports

MotorBiscuit logo: MainLogo MotorBiscuit 12/3/2022 Tim Harding

Consumer Reports sends an Annual Auto Survey to owners to gather reliability data about popular cars, trucks, and SUVs. Within the survey are many questions about issues that may have occurred over the past year, and it covers 17 aspects of vehicle ownership. Unfortunately, after receiving feedback from owners, two Ford SUVs are no longer recommended by Consumer Reports. What happened to the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Bronco Sport?

Consumer Reports no longer recommends 2 Ford SUVs

The 2023 Ford Bronco Sport | Ford © Provided by MotorBiscuit The 2023 Ford Bronco Sport | Ford

Consumer Reports recommended buying the Ford Mustang Mach-E electric crossover and the Ford Bronco Sport in the previous model year. Both provide plenty of excellent features, a potent engine, and many other excellent attributes. However, both were brand-new models and didn’t have enough time in the market to determine reliability. Reliability can’t be realized until many owners have driven the vehicle for a long time.

Unfortunately, after a short time with the Bronco Sport and Mustang Mach-E, owners felt the Ford SUVs were unreliable. As a result, Consumer Reports’ Annual Auto Survey influenced the publication to withdraw its recommendation for the 2023 model year. Although reliability significantly lowered the score of these two Ford SUVs, it isn’t all bad.

The 2023 Ford Bronco Sport is no longer recommended

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According to Consumer Reports, the all-new 2023 Ford Bronco Sport has a lot of “outdoorsy” characteristics. It has easy-to-use controls, a spacious cabin, and decent agility. CR says the Bronco Sport is a fun, easy vehicle to live with. Unfortunately, it has a stiff ride, which is likely due to its underpowered engine. Speaking of which, it uses a three-cylinder turbocharged engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Making 181 horsepower is decent enough for a crossover of the Bronco Sport’s size.

The model’s pricing ranges from $29,215 to $44,655. As a result, it’s a cheaper, smaller version of the standard Bronco with which it shares a name. Previously, it was one of the highest-rated vehicles from Consumer Reports. However, the publication heavily weighs reliability, which was unavailable for the new model. Thanks to the first year or so with the crossover, owners have given CR the data to determine that the Bronco Sport has below-average reliability. As a result, it is no longer recommended.

All-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E falls short

The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Ford © Provided by MotorBiscuit The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Ford

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Next, the Ford Mustang Mach-E was previously ranked high on CR’s list of best luxury compact SUVs. However, now it’s down far lower on the list of best models overall. The result is the same as the Bronco Sport, which dropped due to its reliability data. As Ford’s first designed-from-the-ground-up electric vehicle, the Mustang Mach-E has a lot of expectations to meet. One thing it fell short on is reliability.

The all-electric crossover stole styling cues from the iconic muscle car but is far different. It’s a five-passenger SUV with plenty of cargo space and available all-wheel drive. Additionally, the extended-range version has 270 miles of driving range. Unfortunately, it takes over 10 hours to charge the 88-kWh battery when it’s completely depleted. Other than that, CR liked almost everything about the battery-powered Mustang. Unfortunately, owner experience revealed poor reliability, which lost the Mustang Mach-E’s recommendation from Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports no longer recommends more than just Ford SUVs

Although it’s interesting that Consumer Reports no longer recommend the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Ford Bronco Sport, they aren’t alone. A small group of cars, trucks, and SUVs all lost their CR recommendation due to reliability. Vehicle owners revealed a ton of new information to CR, allowing them to alter suggestions based on how often a vehicle has issues. For example, the Hyundai Elantra and Kona, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Tundra, and Volvo XC60 are no longer recommended by Consumer Reports.

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