The 9 Least Reliable 2022 SUVs According to Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports is one of the go-to automotive websites for people looking for their next vehicle purchase. This is understandable given it provides a comprehensive overview of details like performance and overall owner satisfaction. It also offers information on reliability, ensuring the car you buy isn’t plagued with maintenance issues. For SUV buyers, here are the nine least reliable 2022 options you should avoid as per the website.

1. Subaru Ascent

The 2022 Subaru Ascent Onyx Edition midsize SUV model grille, badging, and headlights
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Where Subaru generally has above-average reliability for its vehicles, things have been less than rosy since the introduction of the Subaru Ascent for the 2019 model year. In the SUV’s first production year, the car offered abysmal reliability issues with the transmission, suspension, brakes, in-car electronics, body integrity, power equipment, etc.

Notably, there were minor improvements in almost all of these areas in the following model year but not enough to raise the reliability rating. The 2021 version also showed other improvements implying an upward trend. Nevertheless, Subaru still hasn’t perfected the formula for the three-row SUV; hence, some maintenance issues may be expected.

2. Volkswagen Tiguan

According to Consumer Reports, the Volkswagen Tiguan is also expected to have very low reliability if the previous three model years are anything to go by. The vehicle has continually been plagued with issues; even when one is fixed, another pops up.

In an area such as body integrity, the vehicle improved for the 2020 model year but then had a relapse in 2021. There were also new problem areas in the 2021 VW Tiguan, including the engine, suspension, and in-car electronics, indicating that something always needs fixing. Notably, the website’s assessment of the Volkswagen SUV‘s reliability seems accurate for the 2022 model year, as there have already been three recalls for the vehicle.

3. Ford Explorer

The 2022 Ford Explorer is also one of the least reliable SUVs, with the last 10 production years showing average or below-average reliability. While the 2019 and 2021 Explorers are nothing to write home about, the 2020 model year is especially bad, with troubles in as many as eight different areas. These include the transmission, drive system, body integrity, in-car electronics, power equipment, etc.

Also, just like the Volkswagen Tiguan, the 2022 Explorer is subject to recalls for fixes to the powertrain and fuel system.

4. Kia Sorento

The 2022 Kia Sorento also has recalls to its name for concerns with seat belts, the engine, and the engine cooling system. The 2021 Kia Sorento is evidence that this wasn’t unexpected. After all, the transmission and body of the mid-size SUV were particularly problematic. Overall, the last 10 model years of the Sorento show rising and falling reliability, so you never know what you’ll get with new variants.

5. Kia Seltos

Another Kia SUV that’s not recommended by Consumer Reports, mainly due to terrible reliability, is the Seltos. The small crossover is much better than the Sorento, given that it hasn’t been recalled. However, it’s a relatively new vehicle with the first model year having multiple problems with in-car electronics, power equipment, body integrity, and the transmission.

It’s worth mentioning that the Seltos and Sorento issues are pretty uncharacteristic of Kia as, according to Motor1, it’s one of the most reliable car brands.

6. Chevrolet Suburban

Despite reasonably good scores in the road test and predicted owner satisfaction, Consumer Reports doesn’t seem to think much of the Chevrolet Suburban’s reliability. While the website doesn’t have data for the 2020 and 2021 models, previous versions show that the vehicle will likely keep you busy with trips to the repair shop.

Notably, it also shares components with the 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe, including the transmission, which has already proven problematic. Additionally, the fact that Chevy ranks 20th out of 32 on Repair Pal doesn’t bode well for the brand’s overall reliability.

7. GMC Yukon XL

One of GMC’s least reliable SUVs is the Yukon XL. Like the Chevrolet Suburban, Consumer Reports is low on data for the 2020 and 2021 Yukon XL model years. Nonetheless, the fact that it shares componentry with the GMC Yukon, which has proven to be largely unreliable, is enough to draw a conclusion.

8. GMC Yukon

According to Consumer Reports, the GMC Yukon mentioned above has had one of the worst reliability track records going back seven years. Each new variant seems to have a different set of issues from the one before. That said, a few recurring problem areas are the body integrity, power equipment, transmission minor, transmission major, and the engine.

9. Chevrolet Tahoe

Last is the Chevy Tahoe. Although the 2020 model year for the large crossover offered average reliability, the two years sandwiching it were below average, indicating a trend. Body integrity and power equipment seem to be recurring concerns. The transmission and engine could also have drivers making frequent trips to the mechanic if the 2021 model year is anything to go by.

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