Consumer Reports Worst Full-Size SUV Is Also the Most Expensive

Many car shoppers will look at an expensive car and assume it will be good. But sometimes the expensive option is not the right choice. Unfortunately for GMC, that’s precisely the case with the Yukon. It’s the most expensive and worst option in its segment. Here’s why the 2022 GMC Yukon is the worst option in the full-size SUV segment right now. 

The 2022 Nissan Armada is the cheapest full-size SUV option

According to Consumer Reports, the Armada is currently the most affordable full-size SUV, starting at about $49,500. However, it isn’t much cheaper than the runner-ups, including the Toyota Sequoia and the Chevy Tahoe. This full-size Nissan SUV is cheap, but it won’t be horrible. 

Consumer Reports didn’t give the Armada a recommendation, but it still ended up being the third-best full-size SUV in the segment. One of the main reasons for that has to do with the engine. Nissan gave the Armada a 5.6-liter V8 that gets 400 hp and allows the large SUV to go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. It’ll also enable owners to tow up to 8,500 pounds of stuff, but there’ll be an obvious tradeoff in terms of fuel economy.

Why the 2022 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL are the worst in the class

The Yukon has a price tag starting at $54,000, making it the most expensive option in the segment. The Yukon XL is an even larger version of the Yukon. Naturally, it’ll cost more, starting at almost $57,000. According to Consumer Reports, those high price tags aren’t paying for high-quality SUVs, as the Yukon is the worst SUV in the segment. The Yukon XL is slightly better, but it’s still in the third to last place.

Both versions of the Yukon are terrible for similar reasons. However, the things that GMC changed about the Yukon XL improved a few things and made a few things worse. For example, both SUVs have an issue where their step-ins are too high for Consumer Reports to like. Both Yukons are so large that they lack much agility. The Yukon XL also has some braking issues. 

Fuel economy is an issue with both GMC SUVs, too. The Yukon gets 17 mpg combined, while the Yukon XL gets 16 mpg. Another issue both Yukons have is their low reliability. That’s been the case for many years in a row. As a result, it’s the worst SUV in the segment and not recommended by Consumer Reports.

The 2022 Ford Expedition is currently the best full-size SUV

A grey 2022 Ford Expedition driving up a mountain outside.
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One SUV Consumer Reports recommended was Ford’s full-size SUV, the Expedition. It starts at under $52,000, which puts it right in the middle of the Yukon and the Armada in terms of pricing. Like a lot of other full-size SUVs, the Expedition will not have a good fuel economy, as its V6 engine gets about 16 mpg combined.

What’s great about this Ford is its combo of interior comfort, performance capabilities, and decent reliability. The Expedition can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds, which is good for an SUV as large as it is. There’s plenty of interior room, and the cabin will be quiet, too. And despite consecutive years of poor reliability, Ford’s managed to fix many of those issues lately, according to Consumer Reports.

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