Yahoo Autos has recently published a list of its top ten best used cars based on vehicle reliability conducted by one of the publication’s authors. Fortunately, three Ford models made the list — the E-Series van (at number 2) and The Blue Oval’s full-sized trucks (at number 5).
In referring to the E-Series, the publication praised The Blue Oval for continuing to improve the van line over its lifecycle, including redesigning the interior and also using “three engines that Ford has collectively put into over 10 million vehicles” — the 4.6-liter V8, the Trition 5.4-liter V8, and the 6.8-liter V10. The result, according to Yahoo, is the best-selling full-sized van, “and one whose durability has been earned the hard way. A true workhorse that is kept instead of curbed.”
As for The Blue Oval’s full-sized trucks, the publication states: “While Dodge remains a distant third, and Toyota and Nissan have barely made a dent in the full-size truck business, Ford has become Chevy’s equal in the segment, and in certain cases, now the superior choice.” (Wait, why Chevy’s equal? Ford’s is the clearcut industry leader in pickup trucks).
For instance, the now-discontinued Ford Excursion holds the title as the third most-reliable full-sized SUV in the study, while the Ford F-Series shares the P-platform that also underpins V8-powered, rear-wheel drive, body-on-frame SUVs
The full list was as follows:
- Lexus LX470 / Toyota Land Cruiser
- Ford E-Series
- Lexus LS
- Chevy/GMC full-sized trucks and SUVs
- Ford full-size trucks (V8 and V10 engines only)
- Toyota Camry / Lexus ES / Toyota Avalon
- Toyota 4Runner / Lexus GX470
- Honda S2000
- Toyota Prius
- Lexus GS
The Motrolix Take
We wonder how Ford’s upcoming transition to the all-new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 and to the all-new global Transit vans (to eventually replace the seriously-archaic E-Series) will impact lists like these. We assume that The Blue Oval can get even more vehicles into the top 10 used cars based on reliability measures as it rolls out well-engineered and best-in-class global vehicles. But that’s not say that its work is finished; for instance, it needs to address the numerous recall-invoking issues with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost at their core doing a better job ensuring that products won’t be recalled before they leave the engineering studio or the manufacturing plant. Because more than two recalls for the same vehicle to fix the same issue is downright ridiculous and amateurish.