5 of the Least Reliable Luxury Cars

When shopping for a luxury car, it’s important to know what to expect from it for the years that you own it. Of course, no one has a crystal ball that can tell you whether or not the luxury car you want is going to be dead-on reliable. However, resources like Consumer Reports work hard to find out whether or not a car is projected to be reliable.

The following five cars are the least reliable luxury cars found in Consumer Reports’ list of best-rated luxury cars for 2022. Consumer Reports lists the luxury cars in groups according to size, so these five are a small sample from each of those groups.

1. 2022 Cadillac CT5

A 2023 Cadillac CT5 Premium Luxury midsize luxury sedan parked on a flat desert sand plain
2023 Cadillac CT5 Premium Luxury | Cadillac

The 2022 Cadillac CT5 turned up near the bottom of the list of compact luxury cars, just above the Volvo S60 and an Alfa Romeo Giulia. Although Consumer Reports praised its driving dynamics by noting “that it has a dynamic ride and handling combination that should impress those who like driving,” the editors also noted its powertrain “lacks polish.”

On top of that, the Cadillac CT5 appeared on the lower end of the reliability list due to its one open recall and low “predicted owner satisfaction” score.

2. 2022 Volvo S60

2022 Volvo S60 driving down a road.
The 2022 Volvo S60 Inscription in Pebble Grey metallic. | Volvo

The 2022 Volvo S60 ranked 12 out of 13 on the list of compact luxury cars. Although Consumer Reports lauded the S60’s quiet cabin, comfortable interior, and “visually appealing exterior,” its “below-average brand reliability” was a concern. Additionally, the 2022 S60 has one open recall concerning its child restraint system, which is a pretty large mark against its predicted reliability rating.

3. 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a solid competitor for the Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack and the other best sports sedans on the market.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio | Stellantis

If you’re looking for the bottom of the barrel when it comes to reliable, compact luxury cars, then look no further than the 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia. Interestingly enough, Consumer Reports gave the Giulia high praise for its performance and handling. The publication even noted that the “Italian sedan is brimming with style and character.”

However, it was also noted that the Giulia’s “overall ambiance comes across as a notch below the extremely high level set by cars like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4.” As such, the Giulia did score really low regarding predicted reliability.

4. 2022 Maserati Ghibli

A red 2022 Maserati Ghibli parked next to a building.
2022 Maserati Ghibli | Maserati

Out of all the luxury mid-size cars, the 2022 Maserati Ghibli was rated the lowest in terms of reliability. This could partly be due to the fact that the Ghibli is essentially a parts bin of older Chrysler 300 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class chassis basics. Additionally, there are even smaller parts shared with the old Dodge Dart. It’s no wonder Fiat released the Ghibli as a “budget” Maserati, and its low-reliability rating shows.

5. 2022 Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S topped the list of the best luxury muscle cars.
Tesla Model S | Tesla

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Interestingly, Consumer Reports rated the 2022 Tesla Model S as the lowest-rated ultra-luxury sedan. Especially since the folks at iSeeCars rated it as one of the most reliable luxury sedans. But for this list, the Model S received low marks because it has eight open recalls and a weird yoke steering wheel that brings in major “compromises in usability, maneuverability, and comfort.”

The least reliable luxury cars

The luxury segment is filled with impeccable options befitting their high price tags. However, these five examples show that it’s a good idea to take a closer look at what you’re buying before you pull the trigger, especially when you’re shopping in the luxury car segment.