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How All 99 Generations Rank

Sorting models by their generation gives us a clearer picture of common problems across a group of similar vehicles. From there, we can assign scores to each generation to give you a basic picture of which to consider and those to avoid. The higher the score, the faster you should run away.

Rank Model Gen Years PainRank
99th Explorer Gen 3 2002—2005 123.24
98th F-150 Gen 12 2009—2014 57.42
97th Escape Gen 2 2008—2012 56.94
96th F-150 Gen 11 2004—2008 52.09
95th Windstar Gen 2 1999—2003 50.12
94th Escape Gen 1 2001—2007 47.69
93rd Escape Gen 3 2013—2017 47.34
92nd Focus Gen 3 2012—2017 44.25
91st Explorer Gen 4 2006—2010 41.72
90th Focus Gen 1 2000—2007 38.65
89th F-150 Gen 13 2015—2017 37.82
88th Freestyle Gen 1 2005—2007 37.76
87th Explorer Gen 5 2011—2017 37.48
86th Taurus Gen 4 2000—2007 36.56
85th Fusion Gen 1 2006—2012 35.98
84th Fusion Gen 2 2013—2017 35.42
83rd Focus Gen 2 2008—2011 32.31
82nd Expedition Gen 2 2003—2006 31.22
81st Explorer Gen 2 1995—2001 28.42
80th Edge Gen 1 2007—2014 27.66
79th Explorer Sport Trac Gen 1 2001—2005 24.39
78th Mustang Gen 5 2005—2014 23.72
77th Fiesta Gen 6 2011—2016 23.42
76th Edge Gen 2 2015—2017 21.35
75th Freestar Gen 1 2004—2007 19.86
74th Taurus Gen 5 2008—2009 17.0
73rd Taurus Gen 3 1996—1999 16.76
72nd F-250 Gen 11 2004—2008 16.04
71st Mustang Gen 6 2015—2017 15.88
70th Escape Hybrid Gen 1 2005—2007 15.67
69th Windstar Gen 1 1995—1998 14.74
68th F-150 Gen 10 1997—2003 14.31
67th F-350 Gen 11 2004—2008 13.7
66th Expedition Gen 1 1997—2002 12.63
65th Taurus Gen 6 2010—2016 11.66
64th Transit Connect Gen 1 2010—2012 10.21
63rd Thunderbird Gen 11 2002—2005 10.21
62nd C-Max Hybrid Gen 2 2013—2016 10.03
61st Flex Gen 1 2009—2017 9.49
60th Ranger Gen 2 1993—2013 9.42
59th Fusion Hybrid Gen 2 2013—2016 9.27
58th Expedition Gen 3 2007—2016 7.94
57th Fusion Hybrid Gen 1 2009—2012 7.88
56th Explorer Sport Trac Gen 2 2007—2010 7.65
55th F-350 Gen 10 1997—2003 7.4
54th Contour Gen 1 1995—2000 7.31
53rd Taurus Gen 2 1992—1995 7.29
52nd Escort Gen 3 1997—2003 7.11
51st F-250 Gen 12 2009—2014 7.07
50th Explorer Gen 1 1991—1994 7.01
49th Mustang Gen 4 1994—2004 6.25
48th Fusion Energi Gen 1 2013—2016 5.89
47th F-250 Gen 10 1997—2003 5.87
46th F-350 Gen 12 2009—2014 5.84
45th Escape Hybrid Gen 2 2008—2012 5.3
44th Transit Gen 5 2015—2016 5.08
43rd Everest Gen 3 2016—2016 5.07
42nd Excursion Gen 1 2000—2005 3.79
41st Transit Connect Gen 2 2013—2017 3.72
40th F-250 Gen 13 2015—2017 3.66
39th C-Max Energi Gen 2 2013—2017 3.46
38th F-150 Gen 9 1992—1996 3.26
37th Crown Victoria Gen 2 1998—2011 3.07
36th Taurus X Gen 2 2008—2009 3.04
35th F-350 Gen 13 2015—2017 2.86
34th Crown Victoria Gen 1 1992—1997 2.41
33rd Thunderbird Gen 10 1990—1997 2.34
32nd Escort Gen 2 1991—1996 2.14
31st Probe Gen 2 1993—1997 1.64
30th Econoline Gen 4 1992—2014 1.25
29th EcoSport Gen 1 2012—2015 1.22
28th Probe Gen 1 1989—1992 1.22
27th Bronco Gen 4 1987—1991 1.11
26th F-150 Gen 8 1987—1991 1.11
25th Focus Electric Gen 1 2012—2016 0.99
24th Taurus Gen 1 1987—1991 0.99
23rd Tempo Gen 2 1989—1994 0.95
22nd Everest Gen 2 2009—2011 0.91
21st Mustang Gen 3 1990—1993 0.74
20th F-250 Gen 9 1992—1996 0.72
19th Transit Gen 4 2007—2007 0.71
18th C-Max Gen 2 2011—2012 0.71
17th F-150 Gen 7 1984—1986 0.7
16th Bronco Gen 3 1983—1986 0.7
15th Ranger Gen 1 1983—1992 0.69
14th Escort Gen 1 1979—1990 0.6
13th Bronco II Gen 1 1987—1988 0.59
12th Thunderbird Gen 9 1987—1987 0.59
11th GT Gen 1 2005—2006 0.51
10th F-350 Gen 9 1992—1996 0.42
9th Aerostar Gen 1 1986—1997 0.38
8th Econoline Gen 3 1976—1990 0.37
7th Bronco Gen 2 1978—1978 0.28
6th Tempo Gen 1 1985—1986 0.28
5th Mystique Gen 1 1995—1996 0.24
4th Bronco Gen 5 1992—1996 0.2
3rd F-250 Gen 8 1987—1991 0.16
2nd F-250 Gen 7 1984—1986 0.07
1st F-350 Gen 8 1991—1991 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).