- The C8 Corvette gets a 1/5 reliability rating from Consumer Reports
- The 2022 Corvette redeems itself on the road
- Like the ‘Vette, the Jeep Wrangler suffers from poor reliability
A complete change in layout in a car is almost totally unheard of. That’s exactly what Chevrolet did with the new C8 Corvette, and it’s exactly what helped the new ‘Vette earn one of the highest road test scores Consumer Reports has ever handed out. However, as with most sports cars and supercars, there’s a hitch. And a really, really big one at that. A hitch we can learn about with the help of the Jeep Wrangler.
The C8 Chevrolet Corvette goes like hell
First, the Corvette. It should be no surprise to anyone that a mid-engined Corvette with a 495 hp V8 in the back goes like a stabbed rat. Porsche taught us that lesson a long time ago. But this new C8 Corvette? It’s a different animal (to keep the rat analogy going) entirely. That’s why the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette earned a near-perfect 97/100 score on Consumer Report’s road test.
The publication praised a great many things about the Corvette. It’s a sports car you can drive every day, for starters. Moreover, the C8 is comfortable when you need it, and a true track rat when you want it. While there’s no manual in the new Chevrolet Corvette, Consumer Reports lauded praise on the new ‘Vette’s lightning-fast 8-speed automatic. Furthermore, advanced shocks and traction systems help keep the new Chevrolet Corvette pointed in the correct direction at all times.
Consumer Reports’ says expect trouble with the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette
Now, about that hitch we mentioned, vis-a-vis the Jeep Wrangler. The hitch, like that of the 2022 Jeep Wrangler, is the 2022 Corvette’s reliability. Consumer Reports rated the C8 at a 1/5 for predicted reliability. Generally, the publication’s reliability scores are spot on, as they use previous model years as a baseline, including examining current recalls and warranty claims. Unfortunately, the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette has seen several recalls.
So, funnily enough, the Chevrolet Corvette, one of CR’s best-scoring new cars, shares something with one of their worst-scoring cars. The Jeep Wrangler was given an only slightly higher 2/5 reliability score. While the Corvette’s reliability rating is redeemed somewhat by the stellar road test scores, the Jeep Wrangler didn’t fare well in that category.
The Jeep Wrangler fails to impress
Consumer Reports’ biggest reason for the Wrangler’s 36/100 road test score was the SUV’s on-road manners. Simply put, it’s just not a nice place to be unless you’ve got two wheels hanging off a rock face. Plus, due to the Wrangler’s boxy shape, wind noise is “overwhelming above 60 mph.”
The dichotomy between the two models is strange, to say the least. While Chevrolet is knocking six-figure supercars off their pedestals, the Wrangler is struggling to keep up with rivals like the Ford Bronco. Tied together by poor reliability ratings, its best to wait on a new Wrangler and the new Chevrolet Corvette. That is unless you have an air-tight warranty.