Ranking 102 Ford Generations by Reliability

Nearly every model can be grouped into generations, which is a collection of years where the cars are continuously produced and very few, if any, changes are made. Sorting models by their generation gives us a clearer roadmap of potential problems.

Manufacturers don't always make it clear when a new generation begins, but we do our best to keep our generation data accurate to better predict problems. Use this information as a guide for making your decisions. Or don't (but you really should).

Rank Model Years Reliability PainRank (?)
102nd Explorer Gen 3 2002—2005
123.22
101st F-150 Gen 12 2009—2014
59.75
100th Escape Gen 2 2008—2012
57.95
99th F-150 Gen 11 2004—2008
51.7
98th Windstar Gen 2 1999—2003
50.89
97th Escape Gen 1 2001—2007
47.64
96th Focus Gen 3 2012—2019
43.69
95th Explorer Gen 4 2006—2010
41.72
94th Focus Gen 1 2000—2007
38.65
93rd Freestyle Gen 1 2005—2007
37.71
92nd F-150 Gen 13 2015—2019
36.82
91st Explorer Gen 5 2011—2019
36.61
90th Fusion Gen 1 2006—2012
36.53
89th Taurus Gen 4 2000—2007
36.52
88th Escape Gen 3 2013—2019
36.41
87th Focus Gen 2 2008—2011
32.87
86th Expedition Gen 2 2003—2006
31.13
85th Fusion Gen 2 2013—2019
29.04
84th Explorer Gen 2 1995—2001
28.58
83rd Edge Gen 1 2007—2014
28.27
82nd Mustang Gen 5 2005—2014
24.45
81st Explorer Sport Trac Gen 1 2001—2005
24.36
80th Freestar Gen 1 2004—2007
21.25
79th Fiesta Gen 6 2011—2019
18.04
78th F-250 Gen 11 2004—2008
17.25
77th Taurus Gen 5 2008—2009
17.14
76th Taurus Gen 3 1996—1999
16.83
75th Escape Hybrid Gen 1 2005—2007
15.53
74th Windstar Gen 1 1995—1998
14.71
73rd Edge Gen 2 2015—2019
14.34
72nd F-150 Gen 10 1997—2003
14.22
71st Mustang Gen 6 2015—2019
13.49
70th F-350 Gen 11 2004—2008
13.45
69th Expedition Gen 1 1997—2002
12.72
68th Transit Connect Gen 1 2010—2012
11.78
67th Thunderbird Gen 11 2002—2005
10.74
66th C-Max Hybrid Gen 2 2013—2016
10.71
65th Taurus Gen 6 2010—2019
10.09
64th Ranger Gen 2 1993—2013
9.42
63rd Flex Gen 1 2009—2019
8.22
62nd Fusion Hybrid Gen 1 2009—2012
8.16
61st Expedition Gen 3 2007—2017
7.92
60th Explorer Sport Trac Gen 2 2007—2010
7.57
59th F-350 Gen 10 1997—2003
7.37
58th F-250 Gen 12 2009—2014
7.35
57th Contour Gen 1 1995—2000
7.3
56th Taurus Gen 2 1992—1995
7.28
55th Fusion Hybrid Gen 2 2013—2019
7.23
54th Escort Gen 3 1997—2003
7.1
53rd Explorer Gen 1 1991—1994
7.01
52nd Mustang Gen 4 1994—2004
6.24
51st Escape Hybrid Gen 2 2008—2012
5.91
50th F-350 Gen 12 2009—2014
5.78
49th F-250 Gen 10 1997—2003
5.73
48th Everest Gen 3 2016—2016
5.03
47th Fusion Energi Gen 1 2013—2019
4.2
46th Excursion Gen 1 2000—2005
3.87
45th C-Max Energi Gen 2 2013—2017
3.83
44th Transit Connect Gen 2 2013—2019
3.34
43rd Taurus X Gen 2 2008—2009
3.25
42nd F-150 Gen 9 1992—1996
3.21
41st Crown Victoria Gen 2 1998—2011
3.11
40th F-250 Gen 13 2015—2019
3.07
39th Transit Gen 5 2015—2019
2.83
38th Crown Victoria Gen 1 1992—1997
2.58
37th F-350 Gen 13 2015—2019
2.54
36th Thunderbird Gen 10 1990—1997
2.37
35th Escort Gen 2 1991—1996
2.14
34th Probe Gen 2 1993—1997
1.64
33rd Econoline Gen 4 1992—2014
1.25
32nd Probe Gen 1 1989—1992
1.22
31st F-150 Gen 8 1987—1991
1.14
30th Bronco Gen 4 1987—1991
1.1
29th Taurus Gen 1 1987—1991
0.99
28th Focus Electric Gen 1 2012—2016
0.98
27th Tempo Gen 2 1989—1994
0.95
26th Everest Gen 2 2009—2011
0.91
25th Mustang Gen 3 1990—1993
0.74
24th F-250 Gen 9 1992—1996
0.72
23rd Transit Gen 4 2007—2007
0.71
22nd C-Max Gen 1 2011—2012
0.71
21st F-150 Gen 7 1984—1986
0.7
20th Bronco Gen 3 1983—1986
0.7
19th Ranger Gen 1 1983—1992
0.69
18th Escort Gen 1 1979—1990
0.6
17th Thunderbird Gen 9 1987—1987
0.59
16th Bronco II Gen 1 1987—1988
0.59
15th GT Gen 1 2005—2006
0.5
14th Ecosport Gen 1 2015—2019
0.49
13th F-350 Gen 9 1992—1996
0.42
12th Aerostar Gen 1 1986—1997
0.38
11th Econoline Gen 3 1976—1990
0.37
10th Tempo Gen 1 1985—1986
0.28
9th Bronco Gen 2 1978—1978
0.28
8th Mystique Gen 1 1995—1996
0.24
7th Bronco Gen 5 1992—1996
0.2
6th F-250 Gen 8 1987—1991
0.16
5th F-250 Gen 7 1984—1986
0.07
4th Expedition Gen 4 2018—2019
0.0
3rd F-350 Gen 8 1991—1991
0.0
2nd GT Gen 2 2017—2018
0.0
1st Ranger Gen 3 2019—2019
0.0

Answers to the most frequently asked questions

What Are Vehicle Generations?

Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, use similar engineering, and share features. Generational data is not always cut-and-dry – manufacturers might not always release generation information, some generations might last longer in different countries, and various trim levels and model variants can make the whole thing confusing. We do our best but make no guarantees about our generation data. When in doubt, we stick with data about US models.

Why Are Some Vehicles Missing a 1st / 2nd / 3rd Generation?

You might notice that some of our data starts at generation 5, 6, etc. So what happened to the older generations? One of two things. 1. some models have been around a long time and we don’t have any complaint or NHTSA data about them. 2. some new models share the same platform as existing models, so we typically tie them together. For instance, a new hybrid vehicle might be introduced during the 5th generation of its non-hybrid counterpart. We’ll typically start the hybrid’s generation at 5, unless it’s otherwise noted.

What is PainRank™? Where Does it Come From?

PainRank™ is a CarComplaints.com algorithm that uses complaint data from owners (the average mileage of failures, the cost to make repairs, etc), relative complaints analysis, sales numbers, NHTSA data, & owners’ own vehicle rankings to come up with a number representing how much pain a car inflicts on its owners. The higher the PainRank™ score, the more painful a car is to own (typically).