Totally understand your feelings about taking a leap of faith on a brand new vehicle. I feel very confident because...I have had Ford throw away cars ('97 Escort, put on 215k miles before giving it to my son). I had a '08 Focus to replace my Escort, which had 317k miles on it when I gave it to my son-in-law in 2020. Other than normal wear and tear items, I replaced an ignition coil. Same fuel pump, water pump, alternator, transmission, starter, engine. I replaced that car with my 2020 Escape Hybrid (virgin model with no past history). 8 months and 21k trouble free miles on that. My manager's husband used his 2006 Explorer partially as part of ski patrol in UT, and drove in downtown Atlanta traffic for a decade. He traded it in with almost 280k miles for a 2019 Explorer. They have traveled cross country several times and racked up a lot of trouble free miles. I know others that love the reliblity of their Fords too. I think that the reputation from the 70s, spotty 80s quality, and meh quality of the early 90s is out the window. All brands have gotten better, so even if Ford is not in the top 10, there has been a lot of improvement since the 80s.
Ford has built hybrids since the early 2000s (the Escape was the first Hybrid SUV in the US). In NYC, they used Ford Escape hybrids as taxi cabs. (check out this article about them being the highest mileage taxis: Autotrader - page unavailable
Ford also has done million mile testing on platform many times over as it is the basis of the Escape, Bronco Sport, Lincoln Corsair, and Maverick (all 4 in the US), the Focus in Europe, the Kuga (the Escape on other continents), and the Fusion / Mondeo (outside of the US). This platform has been in use since 2019.
Here is the Maverick going through some of it's tough truck testing: