Consumer Reports cars 2011 finds Ford dropping

Buying a new car whether it’s a used one or brand new, can be a tough decision that has you worried if the vehicle in question will be reliable. Luckily there are a number of surveys that are taken from actual owners of the cars which can help potential buyers decide. Today we can tell you that the respected Consumers Reports cars 2011 finds Ford dropping in the survey.

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that there was some good news for Chrysler though after finishing bottom of the pile last year, it climbed to the middle of the pack. The publication did note though that many Chrysler models cannot be recommended to consumers though. Detroit models still suffered from reliability problems.

Ford suffered this year though by slipping ten places to number 20 out of 28, which is far below its Asian rivals. Meanwhile General Motors had mixed results in the survey with Chevrolet remained at number 17, but GMC and Buick slipped further down along with Cadillac that finished 25th.

Japanese car manufacturers made up 9 of the top 10 with Toyota’s Scion brand sitting top. This was followed by Lexus, Acura, Mazda, Honda, Toyota, Infiniti, Subaru, and Nissan. Germanys Volkswagen brand finished off the top ten.

The Consumers Report survey was based on the opinions of 1.3 million users of its website, and the results are used to predict reliability for new 2012 models. Fords slip down the rankings wasn’t helped by flaws in its MyFord Touch system. It was found to be distracting to drivers as they have to take their eyes off the road when driving.

Ford responded by saying it had already made changes to the system, and can also be used with voice commands. The company’s new PowerShift dual-clutch transmission found on the Fiesta and Focus also got some criticism. It was found not to perform well at low speeds and also makes a chattering noise.

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Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems

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