Consumer Reports Ranks GMC as the Second-Worst Car Brand With Only One Recommended Model

GMC offers a limited range of vehicles, making it hard to compete with other brands in the market. We aren’t making excuses; this is a statement of fact. When you’re looking for a rugged premium SUV or pickup truck, GMC is a name you turn to for power, strength, and performance. However, when put up against all car brands, the GMC lineup came away with only one recommended model and the second-worst overall score.

What put GMC near the bottom of the Consumer Reports study?

Many shoppers trust the advice of Consumer Reports, especially when making a significant purchase, such as buying a vehicle. The basis for ranking the vehicle brands is a composite of an overall score from several categories. Those categories are:

  • Road test scores
  • Predicted owner satisfaction (based on previous owner surveys)
  • Safety score from NHTSA and IIHS
  • Green score (number of eco-friendly vehicles)

At the time of testing, GMC scored the second-lowest across the board. Only Jeep ranked below this premium vehicle brand, with Mitsubishi falling directly ahead of GMC. According to GM Authority, Consumer Reports reached this conclusion based on:

  • Low predicted reliability scores (pas owner surveys)
  • Middling owner satisfaction scores
  • Good road test scores
  • Zero green vehicles

The green vehicle score will soon change with the GMC Hummer EV, but some of the other scores are troubling. The vehicles tested in this ranking are the Acadia, Canyon, Sierra 1500 Limited, Yukon, and Yukon XL. Unfortunately, the vehicles not tested were the Savana, Sierra 2500HD, Sierra 3500HD, and Terrain.

Which model does Consumer Reports recommend?

Black 2022 GMC Acadia Denali posed
2022 GMC Acadia Denali | GMC

Consumer Reports recommends only the GMC Acadia as a vehicle that consumers should buy. The Acadia is a midsize crossover SUV that seats five people while delivering an excellent package of standard safety tech and a smooth, comfortable ride. This SUV is one of the most fuel-efficient models in its class, reaching 22/29 mpg with the four-cylinder engine or 19 city/27 mpg when the V6 powers the drive.

Is GMC a brand you should avoid?

White 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 in the woods
2022 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 | GMC

The GMC brand has a strong reputation for rugged driving qualities and impressive capability levels for any consumer. Some of the best vehicles from this brand were not tested during this study. Namely, the Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD trucks were left out of consideration. Although, whenever this publication offers advice, consumers should take it seriously.

Across the lineup, the GMC brand offers upscale vehicles with trims that we’ve come to know and admire. The AT4 trim is the most recent addition to every model, giving each one improved off-road capabilities. The Denali trim continues to be the choice of many when looking for a luxury-level vehicle with the toughness and qualities this brand is well-known for providing.

You’ll have to make up your own mind when buying a vehicle, but if you’re searching for something in the same class with models GMC offers, you might look at another brand. Of course, if you’re considering the Acadia SUV, you can feel pretty safe; this vehicle receives the stamp of approval desired.

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