Ford moves up, but Asian automakers continue to rule in reliability tests.

Asian automakers once again dominate the upper ranks of Consumer Reports’ annual vehicle-reliability survey, although Ford Motor Co. is making strides in improving the dependability of its cars and light trucks. Ford’s sustained production of vehicles that are as dependable as — or better than — some of the industry’s best models dispels the notion that only Japanese manufacturers make reliable cars, the consumer magazine reported Tuesday. The four-cylinder Ford Fusion and its cousin, the Mercury Milan, ranked higher in predicted reliability than any family sedan in the CR survey save the Toyota Prius. The cars beat out the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, while the Lincoln MKZ, a product of Ford’s luxury division, topped the rival Acura TL and Lexus ES, products of Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., respectively. – From LA Times