Out of the 12 driver assistance programs Consumer Reports tested, Ford’s BlueCruise system won handily. General Motors came in second place and Tesla, the most recognized system (for maybe the wrong reasons) finished in seventh place. The systems were rated and given a score based on their capabilities, how they kept the driver engaged, ease of use, and other factors. After all, if a driver assistance system isn’t easy to use, or requires a doctorate in engineering to use, chances are the system won’t get used much.
The result is surprising as Tesla’s Autopilot system has dominated the discussion for years and General Motors’ entire corporate mission in recent years has shifted to advancing driving technology. So the next time you’re shopping for a car with the best driver assistance feature, take an extra look at what the Blue Oval is up to. According to Ford, BlueCruise is optionally available on 2023 models of the Mach-E, the F-150, the F-150 Lightning, and the Expedition.