Consumer Reports: The Least Reliable Luxury SUVs of 2021

Luxury SUV models are designed to provide a level of comfort that consumers are willing to pay top-dollar for. Some new luxury SUVs are as lavish as they are reliable. Other luxury SUVs are a nightmare to own and drive. Here are some of the least reliable luxury SUVs of 2021, according to Consumer Reports.

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA fails to impress

A white Mercedes-Benz GLA luxury SUV is displayed in a showroom.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA | Sjoerd van der Wal via Getty Images

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA is one of the most affordable SUVs that the German automaker has ever produced. Unfortunately, that affordability doesn’t make up for the GLA’s many reliability issues. According to Consumer Reports, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA received an overall reliability score of 32/100.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA got a score of 2/5 for predicted reliability which equates to a 40% score. The luxury SUV has been the subject of four recalls. It has been recalled for inadvertent airbag deployment issues, a disabled emergency call system, a faulty backup camera, and an issue that causes the emergency call system to send the wrong location to the proper authorities.

RELATED: Buick Encore Shames Mercedes-Benz GLA in This Comparison

For a luxury SUV, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz can be pretty inconvenient. Add in the fact that the SUV requires premium fuel to run and costs a pretty penny to maintain, and you’ll wonder why anyone would purchase it in the first place. The Mercedes-Benz GLA has a mesmerizing cabin and peppy powertrain, but it just isn’t trustworthy.

The 2021 Lincoln Corsair is shockingly unreliable

A silver 2021 Lincoln Corsair SUV is driving on the street.
The 2021 Lincoln Corsair | Lincoln

Lincoln is Ford’s luxury division. Ford has a reputation for producing reliable vehicles. Sadly that reputation doesn’t always extend to its luxury division.

The 2021 Lincoln Corsair received a 1/5 predicted reliability rating from Consumer Reports. It was recalled twice for stalling engines and seizing rear drive units that could cause a total loss of control. The Corsair has several problem areas aside from its recalls as well.

RELATED: The Lincoln Corsair’s Reliability Is the Worst, but Owners Don’t Care

Consumers have harshly critiqued the Lincoln Corsair’s power equipment and body integrity. No one wants to pay $36,000+ for an SUV that can stall or completely lose control. The Corsair is a reminder that even the most seasoned automakers can make mistakes. It is one of the least reliable luxury SUVs of 2021.

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has problems galore

A silver 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio | Alfa Romeo

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio received a 1/5 predicted reliability rating from consumer reports. The luxury SUV has been recalled twice. It also has several problem areas reported by unhappy owners.

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio was recalled for a loss of braking assistance that increased the risk of dangerous accidents. It also received a recall for faulty airbags. Its airbags would either fail to deploy completely or fail to deploy at all, making crashes even more life-threatening.

RELATED: 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Gets Its 1st Recall, for Airbags

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio received poor reviews for its fuel system, climate system, power equipment, in-car electronics, and driving system. Some consumers even had major engine problems. For a $42,000+ luxury SUV, the Stelvio sure has a lot of issues. Its less than stellar sales suddenly make sense. The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is easily one of the least reliable luxury SUVs of 2021.

Why you should buy with caution when it comes to luxury SUVs

A white Mercedes-Benz GLA luxury SUV is parked outside the garage of a building.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA | Mercedes-Benz

Luxury doesn’t guarantee reliability. Plenty of luxury vehicles have received horrendous reviews from consumers. Automakers can often overlook some of the foundational aspects that make a great vehicle when striving to outdo the tech and styling of the competition.

More expensive doesn’t always mean better. Sometimes the best SUVs are also among the most affordable. When searching for a luxury SUV, ensure that you are getting what you pay for in both style and reliability.

RELATED: Is Buying a Luxury SUV a Waste of Money These Days?