Ford Motor Company has earned its best-ever scores in the 2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. It’s all due to overall quality improvements that are outpacing the industry, especially in connectivity, entertainment and navigation technology. This is the second year in a row Ford earned the No. 2 spot in the Initial Quality Study, which is in its 32nd year. The study measures vehicle quality by analyzing the first 90 days of ownership.
Substantial improvements in technology quality helped boost Ford’s scores. Almost every Ford and Lincoln vehicle equipped with SYNC® 3, leads its quality segments with significantly better-than-average quality scores.
“Customers want a vehicle that keeps them connected whether they’re going places or just out enjoying a drive,” said Jim VanSlambrouck, Ford’s Director of Quality for The Americas. “Our improving quality scores show we are delivering smart vehicles for a smart world that are also easy to use.”
Overall, Ford Motor Company has nine top-three vehicles in their respective segments, including top honors for Ford Expedition, Ford Mustang, Ford F-Series Super Duty, Lincoln Continental, and Lincoln MKC.
Ford also listened to you, the loyal customers, when you asked for improved seating, driving experience, feature control displays, interior and exterior styling, and air conditioning, earning it more segment awards than any other automaker.
The Ford brand improves overall for the fifth year in a row and at a rate faster than the industry, showing 81 problems per 100 vehicles, down from 86 in 2017. Lincoln improves to a third-place ranking among premium brands with 83 problems per 100 vehicles, down from 92 in 2017.
“While we’re pleased with our results, we know quality is a race that never ends – and we’ll keep pushing to deliver even higher-quality vehicles for our customers,” said VanSlambrouck.
Check out the big winners for this year.
With three rows of comfort and best-in-class second- and third-row legroom, you’ll have a great seat for the ride no matter where you sit in the 2018 Ford Expedition. When properly equipped, it can tow up to 9,300 pounds, and its 3.5-liter engine that boasts 480 pound-feet of torque. Upgrade to the Platinum model to get added luxury and convenience in the cabin.
Lead the pack with a 2018 Ford Mustang. The Shelby GT350’s powerful 5.2-liter V-8 engine cranks out 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque, so this potent coupe delivers lightning-fast acceleration. The body focuses on aerodynamics to improve speed and balance of downforce and drag. Don’t just drive, race your way to work every day in this exceptional performance car.
The heavy-duty pickup you’ll want on your work crew is the Ford Super Duty. With its best-in-class 7,630-pound payload and 21,000-pound towing capacity, the Ford Super Duty gives you the ability to take on just about any job. And you can easily hook up a trailer with the Trailer Reverse Guidance, which enhances your visibility via cameras in the side-view mirrors and visual guides in the center dash screen. Work smarter with a truck like this on your team.
Stop by to test drive any of our in-stock Ford vehicles today. There’s an award-winning Ford car, truck, or SUV for just about any driver. Test drive one today to find the one that’s right for you.
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