Only 1 Luxury SUV Ranks Among Consumer Reports’ 10 Least Reliable Cars of 2022

Luxury SUVs are at the top of the SUV food chain, and all SUVs in this segment try to provide the best experience possible to car shoppers. These luxury SUVs usually come with a high price tag, but they make up for that with a long list of features and a very capable spec sheet. That being said, one luxury SUV did not score well in terms of reliability, and here’s a look at that unreliable model.

A look at the 10 least reliable cars on the market right now

Consumer Reports compiled a list of the 10 least reliable cars on the market right now, and while there are some surprises, there are some predictable ones as well. For example, Tesla, well-known to have some reliability issues, made the list. The Model Y was in a three-way tie for 10th place, and it was tied with the Subaru Ascent and the Chrysler Pacifica. 

Then there was a two-way tie between the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Volvo XC90. The Chevy Corvette came in at fifth place, which shouldn’t be a surprise as sports cars are known for being fast rather than reliable. The Chevy Silverado followed the Corvette, and the Ford Mustang came in third place after the Silverado.

Another Ford followed the Mustang, which was Explorer. This also isn’t a surprise, as the Explorer has a long history of getting lousy reliability reviews. 

This luxury SUV is the only unreliable car on the CR list

A blue Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 4MATIC midsize luxury SUV model driving down a highway
Mercedes-Benz GLE350 4MATIC | MBUSA

However, the least reliable car on the list was a luxury SUV, and that model was the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE. This luxury German SUV was redesigned recently, and unfortunately for Mercedes-Benz and its customers, that’s when the reliability issues came up. Before the redesign, the GLE was a fairly reliable car. Afterward, though, its reliability scores sank to the bottom.

Still, the GLE doesn’t suffer reliability issues everywhere, and its problems are isolated in a handful of areas. One of the bigger areas is its engine. The GLE’s engine doesn’t have major reliability issues, but it does have minor ones. The Mercedes’ electric and climate control systems also saw a steep decline in reliability after the redesign. It’s a similar story for its power equipment and its in-car electronics.

The car’s body integrity and body hardware didn’t suffer reliability issues in the 2020 model year. However, according to Consumer Reports, it did suffer issues in those areas for the 2021 model year. Similarly, its transmission seemed fine in the 2020 model year but had some problems in the 2021 model year.

An overview of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE

It’s not uncommon for a redesigned car to have some reliability issues, and automakers usually iron those issues out after a few model years. Asides from the GLE’s current reliability problems, though, it’s a good car in many other ways. It starts at about $56,000, which is average for an SUV in the segment. 

Since it’s a Mercedes, the German automaker gives customers a lot of options in terms of engines. The GLE luxury SUV starts with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that gets 255 horsepower, but there are four other engines that folks can choose from. The most powerful GLE comes with a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 that gets 603 hp. 

Lastly, Mercedes-Benz does make the interior a luxury experience. There’s leather upholstery everywhere, the seats are spacious and comfortable, and the cabin looks well-designed and well-built. As Consumer Reports wrote, the cabin “makes the kind of strong first impression that’s expected from a luxury vehicle.” 

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