Consumer Reports on Monday released its latest reliability survey, and among brands with pickup trucks in their stables, Ford fell the farthest, placing 27th among 28 brands.
The Blue Oval's reliability was rated at 58 percent below average and dropped seven spots compared with the previous survey. Ram was rated at 55 percent below average, and Chrysler was rated at 43 percent below average. Near the top were Toyota (47 percent above average) and Honda (36 percent above average). Falling in the middle were GMC (6 percent above average), Nissan (5 percent above average) and Chevrolet (3 percent above average). For the full rankings, visit our friends at KickingTires here.
What's interesting about the survey is that it ignores sales popularity, using a straight average for all the models. That appears to have hurt the Ram brand, whose 2500 HD is known to be a reliability nightmare compared with the 1500's average reliability. On top of that, the survey is intended to predict the reliability of 2013 models, so it's not a good indicator of how reliable the new Ram will be.
We should note that the reliability survey assesses only reliability, as opposed to Consumer Reports' seasonal Automaker Report Cards, which combine reliability surveys with the magazine's editorial evaluations.
Editor's Note: Ford responds, "The Ford F-150 is Ford’s most reliable vehicle, according to the Consumer Reports study, and CR also ranked F-150 as the seventh-best vehicle in the industry."