The Most Improved Car Model

We search our database for car models that have the most improvement in reliability. Ford Explorer came out on top of our list.

Drastic decrease in total number of problems reported

Table 1 shows the total number of problems reported for Ford Explorer vehicles built from 1996 to 2018. Notice that the number of problems reported has decreased greatly in recent years.

Table 1. Total number of problems reported for Ford Explorer since 1996

Model Year Number of Problems
2018 Ford Explorer
6
2017 Ford Explorer
215
2016 Ford Explorer
697
2015 Ford Explorer
598
2014 Ford Explorer
652
2013 Ford Explorer
954
2012 Ford Explorer
460
2011 Ford Explorer
746
2010 Ford Explorer
104
2009 Ford Explorer
33
2008 Ford Explorer
177
2007 Ford Explorer
215
2006 Ford Explorer
689
2005 Ford Explorer
524
2004 Ford Explorer
1,390
2003 Ford Explorer
1,188
2002 Ford Explorer
3,385
2001 Ford Explorer
392
2000 Ford Explorer
954
1999 Ford Explorer
1,348
1998 Ford Explorer
1,964
1997 Ford Explorer
1,736
1996 Ford Explorer
1,462

Most improved in new car reliability

In order to better compare reliability across model years, we use the number of problems reported during the vehicles first year in service. The result for Ford Explorer is show in Table 2. Table 2 shows the number of problems in the first service year of Ford Explorer vehicles built from 1996 to 2018. Notice that in recent years the new car reliability has improved greatly.

Table 2. Number of problems in the first service year

Model Year Number of Problems
2018 Ford Explorer
6
2017 Ford Explorer
167
2016 Ford Explorer
381
2015 Ford Explorer
167
2014 Ford Explorer
141
2013 Ford Explorer
138
2012 Ford Explorer
74
2011 Ford Explorer
58
2010 Ford Explorer
26
2009 Ford Explorer
4
2008 Ford Explorer
16
2007 Ford Explorer
19
2006 Ford Explorer
57
2005 Ford Explorer
27
2004 Ford Explorer
133
2003 Ford Explorer
110
2002 Ford Explorer
163
2001 Ford Explorer
80
2000 Ford Explorer
193
1999 Ford Explorer
215
1998 Ford Explorer
233
1997 Ford Explorer
92
1996 Ford Explorer
141

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