7 Excellent 2022 SUVs That No One Likes, According to Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports reviews and tests dozens of new cars every year, including many SUVs. But despite CR reviewers’ expertise, sometimes the best gauge of a vehicle’s quality is current owners’ experiences with that model. Below are seven SUVs that Consumer Reports likes but owners wouldn’t buy again if given the chance.

What are Consumer Reports owner satisfaction scores?

Consumer Reports surveys vehicle owners to get an idea of what they think about certain models. CR asks questions in four categories. The first one is the driving experience, which includes how the vehicle handles and accelerates.  

Another area CR looks at is what drivers think about a vehicle’s ride comfort. Owners share whether they feel the car has good climate controls, noise controls, ride quality, and seat comfort.

In addition, drivers also share their thoughts on the car’s exterior and interior styling. 

Last, CR asks about the vehicle’s value. Owners answer whether they believe they got what they paid for. Consumers also share if they would purchase the car again if given a chance.

Desipte earning good reviews from Consumer Reports, the following seven SUVs received subpar owner satisfaction scores.

1. 2022 Chevrolet Trax

Consumer Reports likes the 2022 Chevy Trax for its relative roominess, maneuverability, fuel economy, and price ($21,400). This subcompact crossover also earned a perfect reliability score from CR. But current Trax owners had a different opinion. 

Only about half of the survey respondents thought they got what they expected for the price. The same goes for the vehicle’s styling. In addition, Trax owners weren’t all that pleased with its driving experience, and few thought it was comfortable. Most regretted their purchase and said they would not buy it again. 

2. 2022 Nissan Kicks

2022 Nissan Kicks Consumer Reports SUVs
2022 Nissan Kicks | Nissan Motor Corporation

Many Nissan Kicks owners were not happy with this compact SUV. Though they liked the vehicle’s styling, many didn’t like how it drove and didn’t think it was very comfortable. Value was another category with low marks, which is surprising because the vehicle is priced from only $20,000 to $22,500. 

According to Consumer Reports, the 2022 Nissan Kicks has excellent fuel economy, easy-to-use controls, and good visibility, with narrow roof pillars and tall side windows. Because of its above-average scores, the Kicks earned a CR Recommended checkmark despite what owners thought.

3. 2022 Hyundai Venue

The 2022 Hyundai Venue is one of Consumer Reports’ highest-ranking subcompact SUVs — landing at number three in its class. CR praises this model’s fuel economy, 32 mpg overall, and braking performance. Testers were also pleased with the controls, with a decent number of physical buttons and knobs made of good-quality materials. 

But the owner satisfaction score is abysmal. No data is available to explain what they didn’t like about it, but we’ll venture a guess. Consumer Reports noted quite a few shortcomings with this model, including a stiff ride, poor suspension, considerable cabin noise, cheap plastics throughout the interior, and cramped rear seats. 

4. 2022 Nissan Rogue Sport

Consumer Reports recommends the 2022 Nissan Rogue Sport for its reliability, competitive fuel economy (26 mpg overall), quiet interior, and straightforward controls. This compact SUV even earned relatively high marks on its road test. But its owner satisfaction score shows drivers don’t share the same opinion about the vehicle. 

According to Consumer Reports survey results, the SUV’s only redeeming quality is its styling. Beyond that, few owners gave the Rogue Sport high marks for its driving experience and ride comfort. Few were happy with its value relative to the price they paid. Less than half of survey respondents said they would purchase this vehicle again.

5. 2022 Chevy Trailblazer

The Chevy Trailblazer’s owner satisfaction score is dismal despite a fair number of respondents liking how it drives and looks. The ride comfort rating is a bit lower but still above average.

However, owners are displeased with the vehicle’s value. Less than half of the respondents are happy with what they got for the price they paid ($21,800 to $27,400). Plus, only about half say they would repurchase the vehicle if given the chance.

6. 2022 Honda Passport

Overall, Honda Passport owners aren’t happy with the model they purchased. Though the driving experience, ride comfort, and styling are passable, its value frustrates some drivers. Only half feel they got what they expected for the price they paid. Asked if they would buy the car again, barely half say they would. 

However, Consumer Reports gives this SUV high marks for its quiet cabin, roominess, and acceleration. It even earned the CR Recommended label.

But Consumer Reports admits the Honda Passport doesn’t quite live up to expectations regarding fuel economy, cargo storage, and average predicted reliability. 

7. 2022 Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen Atlas owners like this midsize three-row SUV’s ride comfort and exterior and interior styling. However, they feel its handling is average, and the price they paid doesn’t match what they got. Would they buy it again? Half don’t plan to purchase another Atlas. 

But that isn’t exactly surprising, considering CR rated its fuel economy as poor and its acceleration slow, with A 8.7-second 0-to-60-mph time. And though the predicted reliability score is average, some Atlas competitors rate higher in this area. Despite the lack of enthusiasm from owners, Consumer Reports still recommends the 2022 Atlas. 

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