Trucks & SUVs

Consumer Reports: Worst 2020 SUVs

Where there are lists with winners of the top spots and highest ratings, there are earners of the lowest ratings as well. While the best list can help you choose which way to take your search, a list of the worst SUVS can help you know where not to look.

Fiat and Jeep both earn some of the worst ratings.

These SUVs are the worst-rated SUVs on Consumer Reports’ lists of subcompact, compact, midsize, and large SUVs. CR rated them in drive tests and judged each for reliability and owner satisfaction.

The following are the CR worst SUVs of 2020. Knowing the worst out there is definitely one way to narrow down the choices in an overwhelmingly large SUV selection.

The worst subcompact SUV of 2020

CR gives the 2020 Fiat 500X a rating of 35 overall. This subcompact SUV costs from $24,590-$29,495 and CR says it gets an overall 23 mpg. Other than the fact that this little SUV looks like a Disney movie character, CR didn’t have much positive comment on the Fiat 500X.

2020 Fiat 500X

According to CR, this SUV has terrible visibility, a small trunk cargo space and a less than enjoyable driving experience. It’s not comfortable, it’s not responsive, and –– other than the maneuverability that should be expected due to its size –– the Fiat 500X is not fun to drive.

An unresponsive transmission and and over responsive, touchy brakes make this Fiat stand out as one of the worst in its class.

The worst compact SUV of 2020

The 2020 Jeep Compass is the worst compact SUV of 2020, earning a score of 51. According to Consumer Reports, while it does offer the “allure of the Jeep brand,” it doesn’t have a lot more than that to bring to the table.

This compact SUV will get around 24 mpg and cost from $22,280 – $30,130. CR called the Jeep Compass sluggish, loud, unrefined, lacking in agility, and uncomfortable.

The worst midsize SUV of 2020

Jeep earned another spot at the bottom of the CR lists with its iconic Jeep Wrangler. Reliability ratings for this year model are incredibly low. Only the die hard Jeep lovers would dare with this one. With a super low score of only 28 overall, the modern Wrangler is found wanting.

According to CR, the 2020 Jeep Wrangler gets only 18 mpg. Besides for a 5/5 rating for the transmission performance, the Wrangler comes up short everywhere else. You can drive one of these well-loved off-roaders off the lot for $28,295 – $42,195. We think that’s probably a little high for an SUV that hasn’t seen a good reliability rating from CR in over a decade.

The worst large SUV of 2020

The GMC Yukon XL was scored a 59 overall by CR and takes the spot for the worst of all tested large SUVs. With its hefty price tag from $53,400 – $73,500 and low 16 mpg overall, the 2020 Yukon XL really just has its extra large size going for it.

Hopefully the 2021 GMC Yukon XL will rate higher than the previous year model.

It does have abundant cargo and a roomy rear seat, but it also can be a little difficult to maneuver due to its massive size. CR also says the only way this SUV is really worth it is in its Denali trim, which ensures a final price closer to the high end of the range.

The worst SUVs

Where Suburu had two best, Jeep claimed two of the worst spots on CR’s list.

Consumer Reports can be a great place to collect data and organize your research. These SUVs are some of the worst around –– so says Consumer Reports, anyway.