Ford Motor Co. dominates a special list of Detroit 3 vehicle recommendations by Consumer Reports in its February issue.
The magazine normally recommends cars in its April issue. But it singled out eight Detroit 3 vehicles early because consumers may be concerned about reliability while General Motors and Chrysler LLC seek federal assistance, said David Champion, the magazines chief car tester.
Were only about halfway through our testing, so its not a complete list, he said. But because of the public interest, we thought it would be useful.
Consumer Reports named the V-6 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ as its top-rated Detroit 3 vehicle and also selected the Cadillac DTS. The other six winners were Ford Motor cars: the Ford Fusion SEL and Mercury Milan Premier, Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable, and Lincoln MKZ and Ford Taurus X. No Chrysler vehicles were recommended.
To be recommended, a vehicle must score well in magazine testing, be reliable and perform adequately if crash-tested or included in a federal rollover test.
Consumer Reports praised Ford and GM for improving performance, saying that almost all Ford vehicles rank average or better in reliability and that GM has several new models that score well -- although it noted that half of GMs models still rank below industry average in reliability.
The magazine recommended no Chrysler models, saying the model line is very disappointing, with little promise on the horizon.
Ford has been doing a lot right on reliability for the past five years, Champion said. Its not immediately apparent that the Ford Fusion would be more reliable than the Toyota Camry, but it is, and the Fusion is one of the more reliable family sedans on the market.