Consumer Reports is one of the best resources for automotive research. When you buy a car, especially an expensive luxury SUV, you don’t expect it to suffer from constant maintenance issues. Fortunately, CR provides reliability ratings with its in-depth vehicle analyses. Here are the least reliable 2022 luxury SUVs you should avoid.
1. Volvo XC90
Even though Consumer Reports found the Volvo XC90’s braking power excellent, brake failure has been a consistent problem with this model. CR also says to be on the lookout for body integrity issues and mechanical and electrical failures.
The Volvo XC90 might have a gorgeous interior, but its rough ride makes the overall driving experience uncomfortable. CR was also disappointed with the engine’s undignified noises and subpar fuel economy.
2. Lincoln Corsair
The Lincoln Corsair debuted for 2020, so Consumer Reports doesn’t have much data on this SUV’s reliability. However, the site cautions buyers to be on the lookout for minor transmission and in-car electronics issues. Body structure problems also might arise.
Both CR and the Lincoln Corsair’s owners have great things to say about this SUV, especially regarding its pristine cabin and responsive powertrain. However, some confusing steering wheel and gauge selector controls can become frustrating over time.
3. Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Consumer Reports hasn’t published any data for the Stelvio’s reliability history, but its road test uncovered many problems. Though the Stelvio exhibits agile handling, the engine has some turbo lag at lower speeds. The suspension is also rough at times, and the brakes don’t provide smooth stopping power.
In addition, the interior has some weird layout issues, and several cheap components feel out of place in an otherwise upscale entry. Visibility is also severely compromised from many angles.
4. Cadillac XT4
In the past, Consumer Reports surveys uncovered major transmission problems, climate system issues, and malfunctioning power equipment inside the Cadillac XT4. Though its transmission seemed to operate smoothly during its road test, the engine produced a worrisome gravelly sound. Exterior noises are hardly noticeable, though ignoring the XT4’s stiff suspension is more difficult.
The cabin surrounds riders with plenty of padded surfaces, but the large door sills make entry and exit unnecessarily tricky. But most of the climate and infotainment controls are easy to understand after you’ve adjusted to Cadillac’s unusual User Experience interface.
5. Mercedes-Benz GLS
Owners of the initial Mercedes-Benz GLS models have experienced major issues with the climate system and brakes. Various drive system problems, such as those related to all-wheel drive and electronic stability control, are also expected.
Consumer Reports cautions that shifting from a cold start can sometimes send shudders throughout the cabin. The 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS also tends to roll back when it starts moving again after stopping on a hill.
But the interior is plush and refined despite suffering from quite a few unintuitive controls.
6. Genesis GV80
Consumer Reports says to watch out for major in-car electronics issues in the 2022 Genesis GV80. The infotainment system is challenging to master, especially when using the rotary dial controller. Furthermore, some of the contrasting colors on the controls make them hard to read.
7. Lincoln Aviator
Like the Corsair’s controls, the Lincoln Aviator’s controls annoyed Consumer Reports testers. This SUV also has many significant trouble areas, from body hardware to major transmission components.
8. Mercedes-Benz GLE
Rounding out the list of the least reliable 2022 luxury SUVs is the Mercedes-Benz GLE. Besides having a frustrating infotainment system, the GLE also exhibits troubling ride quality problems. CR says it leans too hard into corners, and some bumps cause shakes through the interior.
The GLE has received a poor reliability rating for three years running due to several issues. The biggest areas of concern are the electronics and climate control system.