Yonkers, New York – The Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX scored too low in testing to be recommended by Consumer Reports, which also found the MyFord Touch system too difficult and distracting, the magazine said. The SUVs were part of a test group of six vehicles for the February 2011 issue.
“In a highly competitive category, all three of these vehicles have a number of strengths, but each had some notable weaknesses that forced their testing scores to fall below our standard for a recommended SUV,” said David Champion, senior director of the Auto Test Center.
The magazine also reviewed the Infiniti QX56, V8-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee and Porsche Cayenne. All performed well in testing but are too new for Consumer Reports to have adequate reliability data to recommend. Consumer Reports only recommends vehicles that have performed well in its tests, have at least average predicted reliability and performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test.
The magazine also reviewed the MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch system, a new driver interface for operating the radio, climate control and navigation system, and which can also interface with cell phones and portable music players. The testers found it to be “a complicated distraction while driving,” and said that first-time users “might find it impossible to comprehend” and that “the system did not always perform as promised.”