Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted names in car reviews. However, Consumer Reports seems to dislike the two most popular segments, pickup trucks, and large SUVs. How can so many consumers love big trucks and SUVs and CR feel so differently? That’s what we are going to find out.
What is the highest-ranked Large SUV on Consumer Reports?
First of all, by “large SUV,” we are talking about the big boys. You know, the Toyota Sequoia, Jeep Wagoneer, Nissan Armada, etc.
The highest-ranked large SUV on Consumer Reports for 2022 is the Ford Expedition. For some reason, this choice comes as a surprise to many. I think it’s because we just don’t hear much buzz about the Expedition these days. Even though the Expedition is the top dog of the bunch, it still didn’t score very well compared to other segment leaders. Maybe it deserves more love?
Is the 2022 Ford Expedition a good car?
Consumer Reports does recommend the 2022 Ford Expedition, but just barely. The cut-off for the CR recommended list is a score of 65/100 or higher. The Expedition made the cut but not with much wiggle room. The 2022 Toyota Sequoia follows closely behind with the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer in tow.
The 2022 Ford Expedition has already had one recall which is a part of why it didn’t score better. The Ford landed a three out of five for reliability, whereas the Toyota faired much better. However, the Jeep Wagoneer didn’t.
Aside from the spotty reliability, the Expedition is a solid middle-of-the-road large SUV, according to CR. It handles about as well as you think an SUV of its size might, but the multiple V6 power plants offer the needed snap to get the big lug moving.
The 2022 Ford Expedition comes with three different engine options: 3.5-liter V6 turbo (375 hp), 3.5-liter V6 turbo (400 hp), and 3.5-liter V6 turbo (440 hp). All engines come with a ten-speed automatic transmission.
The rest of the actual road test came back the same as is specs sheet: middling. CR says that the new Expedition is an improvement on the previous model. The ride is composed but still on the stiffer side of things. The engines are all strong, and the interior is nice but not overly so.
Are any large SUVs worth buying?
In 2022, the large SUVs are a tough sell. Well, not really, but they should be. The Expedition, like the Toyota Sequoia and the Jeep Wagoneer, gets around 15 mpg. In the days of $5+ fuel, 15 mpg is a death sentence for most bank accounts.
That being said, the Sequoia offers the same rough, stiff, outdated, and rock-solid body-on-frame 4×4 experience that Toyota is known for. The issues with the 2022 Sequoia should all (mostly) be fixed with the upcoming, all-new 2023 Sequoia. The thing that has held the Toyota line back for the past few years is how outdated it is.
On the other hand, the Jeep Wagoneer is a luxury SUV the likes of which jeep has never even dreamed of building. However, reliability and new-model growing pains still hold it back a touch.