Ranking 101 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.

Is our generation data perfect? Nah. Truth is manufacturers don't always make it clear when a new generation begins. But we do our best to keep our generation data as accurate as possible so we can predict problems and help you out. Use it as a guide for making your decisions. Or don't (but you really should).

Rank Model Years Reliability PainRank (?)
101st Explorer Gen 3 2002—2005
123.4
100th F-150 Gen 12 2009—2014
60.04
99th Escape Gen 2 2008—2012
58.11
98th F-150 Gen 11 2004—2008
51.79
97th Windstar Gen 2 1999—2003
50.98
96th Escape Gen 1 2001—2007
47.6
95th Focus Gen 3 2012—2018
43.66
94th Escape Gen 3 2013—2018
43.04
93rd Explorer Gen 4 2006—2010
41.73
92nd Focus Gen 1 2000—2007
38.73
91st Freestyle Gen 1 2005—2007
37.77
90th F-150 Gen 13 2015—2018
36.92
89th Explorer Gen 5 2011—2018
36.67
88th Fusion Gen 1 2006—2012
36.64
87th Taurus Gen 4 2000—2007
36.53
86th Fusion Gen 2 2013—2017
35.02
85th Focus Gen 2 2008—2011
33.0
84th Expedition Gen 2 2003—2006
31.06
83rd Explorer Gen 2 1995—2001
28.62
82nd Edge Gen 1 2007—2014
28.25
81st Explorer Sport Trac Gen 1 2001—2005
24.39
80th Mustang Gen 5 2005—2014
24.38
79th Fiesta Gen 6 2011—2016
23.66
78th Freestar Gen 1 2004—2007
21.28
77th Edge Gen 2 2015—2018
18.25
76th F-250 Gen 11 2004—2008
17.27
75th Taurus Gen 5 2008—2009
17.19
74th Taurus Gen 3 1996—1999
16.85
73rd Escape Hybrid Gen 1 2005—2007
15.56
72nd Windstar Gen 1 1995—1998
14.74
71st F-150 Gen 10 1997—2003
14.25
70th Mustang Gen 6 2015—2018
13.49
69th F-350 Gen 11 2004—2008
13.47
68th Expedition Gen 1 1997—2002
12.74
67th Transit Connect Gen 1 2010—2012
11.81
66th Thunderbird Gen 11 2002—2005
10.76
65th C-Max Hybrid Gen 2 2013—2016
10.64
64th Taurus Gen 6 2010—2018
10.17
63rd Ranger Gen 2 1993—2013
9.45
62nd Flex Gen 1 2009—2019
8.26
61st Fusion Hybrid Gen 1 2009—2012
8.19
60th Expedition Gen 3 2007—2017
7.96
59th Explorer Sport Trac Gen 2 2007—2010
7.59
58th F-250 Gen 12 2009—2014
7.38
57th F-350 Gen 10 1997—2003
7.38
56th Contour Gen 1 1995—2000
7.31
55th Taurus Gen 2 1992—1995
7.29
54th Escort Gen 3 1997—2003
7.11
53rd Fusion Hybrid Gen 2 2013—2018
7.05
52nd Explorer Gen 1 1991—1994
6.89
51st Mustang Gen 4 1994—2004
6.25
50th Escape Hybrid Gen 2 2008—2012
5.92
49th F-350 Gen 12 2009—2014
5.8
48th F-250 Gen 10 1997—2003
5.76
47th Everest Gen 3 2016—2016
5.07
46th Fusion Energi Gen 1 2013—2018
4.28
45th C-Max Energi Gen 2 2013—2017
3.89
44th Excursion Gen 1 2000—2005
3.87
43rd F-250 Gen 13 2015—2018
3.44
42nd Transit Connect Gen 2 2013—2018
3.37
41st Taurus X Gen 2 2008—2009
3.26
40th F-150 Gen 9 1992—1996
3.21
39th Crown Victoria Gen 2 1998—2011
3.12
38th F-350 Gen 13 2015—2018
3.08
37th Transit Gen 5 2015—2018
2.85
36th Crown Victoria Gen 1 1992—1997
2.59
35th Thunderbird Gen 10 1990—1997
2.37
34th Escort Gen 2 1991—1996
2.14
33rd Probe Gen 2 1993—1997
1.64
32nd Fiesta Gen 7 2017—2018
1.6
31st Econoline Gen 4 1992—2014
1.25
30th Probe Gen 1 1989—1992
1.22
29th F-150 Gen 8 1987—1991
1.14
28th Bronco Gen 4 1987—1991
1.11
27th Focus Electric Gen 1 2012—2016
0.99
26th Taurus Gen 1 1987—1991
0.99
25th Tempo Gen 2 1989—1994
0.95
24th Everest Gen 2 2009—2011
0.91
23rd Ecosport Gen 1 2015—2018
0.75
22nd Mustang Gen 3 1990—1993
0.74
21st F-250 Gen 9 1992—1996
0.72
20th Transit Gen 4 2007—2007
0.71
19th C-Max Gen 2 2011—2012
0.71
18th F-150 Gen 7 1984—1986
0.7
17th Bronco Gen 3 1983—1986
0.7
16th Ranger Gen 1 1983—1992
0.69
15th Escort Gen 1 1979—1990
0.6
14th Bronco II Gen 1 1987—1988
0.59
13th Thunderbird Gen 9 1987—1987
0.59
12th GT Gen 1 2005—2006
0.51
11th F-350 Gen 9 1992—1996
0.42
10th Aerostar Gen 1 1986—1997
0.38
9th Econoline Gen 3 1976—1990
0.37
8th Tempo Gen 1 1985—1986
0.28
7th Bronco Gen 2 1978—1978
0.28
6th Mystique Gen 1 1995—1996
0.24
5th Bronco Gen 5 1992—1996
0.2
4th F-250 Gen 8 1987—1991
0.16
3rd F-250 Gen 7 1984—1986
0.07
2nd F-350 Gen 8 1991—1991
0.0
1st Expedition Gen 4 2018—2018
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).