Ford, Jeep Slip to Bottom of 2014 Consumer Reports Brand Report Card

Ford and Jeep have received the lowest scores in Consumer Reports’ 2014 Car brand Report Cards. The FoMoCo dropped due to MyFord Touch-related reliability issues, while the Jeep brand was downgraded over “a mix of spotty reliability and mediocre road-test results.
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But the aforementioned marques weren’t the only American brands to suffer in CR’s annual car brand report cards. Three other Detroit brands - Dodge, Cadillac and Chevrolet - completed the bottom five positions. Meanwhile, Buick, GMC and Chrysler scored mid-pack rsults, while Cadillac dropped six places after replacing the DTS with the XTS and running into similar problems as Ford with its CUE feature.

As far as Lincoln, Ram and Tesla automobiles are concerned, Consumer Reports doesn’t have report cards for these brands because either the organization had too few vehicle tests or it lacked ample reliability data.

Moving over at the other end of this year’s report, Lexus earned the highest marks for the second straight year, followed closely by Acura and Audi, the latter moving up eight positions.

“A lot can go wrong when building cars packed with luxury features,” said Jake Fisher, director of Consumer Reports automotive testing. “It’s impressive to have three luxury brands score top marks when reliability is one of the defining factors.”
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