The 5 Least Reliable Car Brands, According to Consumer Reports

Like it does every year, Consumer Reports recently put out its annual survey of the most and least reliable car brands and models. Unsurprisingly, brands like Toyota, Lexus, Mazda, and Honda are at the top of the pack, with BMW also making a surprise entry. You may also be curious about the other end of the list, so you know which vehicles and brands to avoid.

So, from that data, which car brands were the least reliable for 2022? Here’s a list starting from the fifth least reliable down to the least reliable automaker of them all.

1. Chevrolet

In fifth place is Chevrolet, with some of the brand’s models like the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Chevrolet Blazer, and even the Chevy Corvette being fairly reliable. Others, like the Chevrolet Traverse and Chevy Equinox, offer slightly below-average reliability.

However, three models significantly damage the brand’s Consumer Reports reliability ratings. These include the Chevy Silverado 1500 and two EVs, i.e., the Chevy Bolt and Chevy Bolt EUV. The Silverado 1500 has a long history of unreliability, so it isn’t surprising. There’s already a recall for the recently released 2023 model due to faulty daylight-running headlights.

As for the Chevy Bolt, it’s been plagued with engine and electric system issues for the past few years, something the Chevy Bolt EUV seems to have inherited.

2. GMC

A General Motors (GM) presentation of the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado in Pontiac, Michigan
A GM presentation of the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado | Fabrizio Costantini/Bloomberg via Getty Images

GMC is even worse, with none of its models offering above-average reliability. The closest it comes to average is with the GMC Terrain, which seesaws between reliable and unreliable from year to year. For GMC, 2022 was one of its worse years in recent memory with transmission and in-car electronics issues.

On the other hand, the GMC Sierra 1500 truck is way worse, with a history of unreliability that spans the last two generations. While it did improve somewhat with the introduction of the fifth generation, it’s still unreliable enough that buyers have to worry about trips to the auto shop and recalls.

The latest model also shares the Chevy Silverado 1500’s daylight running headlights issues given they’re both from the same parent company. They’re also built on the same GMTT1 platform. As such, it’s also subject to a recall.

3. Volkswagen

Like GMC, Volkswagen doesn’t have any of its popular models with above-average reliability, including the recently launched electric Volkswagen ID.4. That said, the worst offender has to be the relatively new Volkswagen Taos, with one of the lowest reliability ratings recorded by Consumer Reports for the year.

In 2022, the Taos had issues with the drive, fuel, and electric systems, engine, transmission, body integrity, and even in-car electronics. As such, it would make sense why the next model year is expected to be unreliable.

4. Jeep

For Jeep lovers, there’s at least one model to be optimistic about, i.e., the Jeep Cherokee. However, there’s a significant drop-off in reliability between this and the next model, the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Jeep Grand Cherokee L is just as bad, with the Jeep Wrangler being even less reliable.

Finally, there’s the Jeep Gladiator at the bottom of the list, with suspension, body integrity, and drive system issues being recurrent issues for the past few years.

5. Mercedes-Benz

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The luxury brand Mercedes-Benz is the least reliable, with its most popular offerings in the U.S. having well below average reliability. These include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Mercedes-Benz GLE.

Some of the recurring trouble spots for the GLE have been the body hardware, in-car electronics, power equipment, climate system, and electric system. Though most owners are satisfied with the vehicle, according to Consumer Reports survey data, the E-class isn’t much better.