Dependability Letdowns: J.D. Power’s 5 Least Reliable 2022 Car Brands

When it comes to car shopping, a handful of brands tend to be associated with dependability. So, nobody is surprised to see the likes of Toyota or Lexus atop the list of reliable car brands. Kia, Buick, and Hyundai being the top three most dependable brands on J.D. Power’s annual dependability study, could be a bit surprising to some. However, what may surprise you more is the brands that bring up the rear. According to J.D. Power, here are the five least dependable car brands in 2022.

Land Rover

The 2022 Land Rover Range Rover tops the list of SUVs to avoid
2022 Land Rover Range Rover | Land Rover

Sitting at the very bottom of the dependability list is Land Rover. The icon of offroad vehicles has never really been known for its mechanical reliability. So, seeing it act as the caboose to the dependability train isn’t all that surprising.

The J.D. Power dependability study uses an industry average of 192 problems per 100 vehicles to determine the dependability of a brand. According to the study, Land Rover vehicles saw an unprecedented 284 issues per 100 vehicles sold.

RAM Trucks

The 2022 Ram 1500 Crew Cab is a safe truck
The 2022 Ram 1500 Crew Cab truck parked in a driveway | Ram

The first thing many folks think of when an American-made pickup truck comes to mind is robust and rugged vehicles. After all, the RAM slogan is simply “Guts. Glory. Ram.”

Evidently, that slogan is outlining that you’ll need guts to overcome the issues involved in ownership. Undoubtedly, glory doesn’t seem too suited for the brand considering J.D. Power’s study found that RAM trucks have 266 issues per 100 vehicles sold.

Volvo

Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered Recharge in Black Stone Driving out of A tunnel
2022 Volvo S60 Recharge | Volvo

Volvo is often associated with its tendency to build safe vehicles. However, older model Volvos are also known for their robust engines and transmissions. In fact, there are a handful of older Volvos that have well over one million miles on them. So, seeing the legendary Swedish brand appear on this list may be a bit of a surprise to some.

Unfortunately, J.D. Power has Volvo listed as the third least dependable brand on their list. With 256 problems per 100 vehicles sold, it isn’t too far behind RAM trucks. If Volvo keeps putting out cars with quality issues, it might just take the number two spot next year!

Alfa Romeo

Blue 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale on a track
2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale | Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo is a tad bit less surprising to see trailing on the dependability list. With a heritage of being a bit of a needy bunch of cars, it’s not too shocking to see the company’s appearance here. The release of its new SUV, the Tonale, seems to be rejuvenating excitement for the Italian brand in the U.S. However, its dependability rating is surely not going to help drive sales.

J.D. Power’s study found that Alfas had 245 issues per 100 vehicles sold.

Acura

2022 Acura NSX Type S in matte grey on racetrack rolling shot
2022 Acura NSX Type S | Acura

Acura is undoubtedly the most surprising brand to see on this list. However, its reported problem count may make you rethink purchasing the new Integra despite its features.

J.D. Power says Acura has 244 problems per 100 vehicles sold. This is probably fairly shocking to anyone who knows that Acura is the luxury brand variant of Honda. Of course, everyone knows that Honda has been a staple of dependability for decades. Unfortunately, though, it seems that is no longer the case. Not too far behind Acura is Honda itself, with 230 problems per 100 vehicles. This puts Honda as the ninth least dependable brand on the list.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Should you buy any of these brands despite their dependability ratings?

It’s a tough call. On one hand, 100 vehicles is a pretty small sample size for the likes of these monster vehicle brands. Additionally, buying a brand new vehicle typically means that issues you’ll run into will fall under warranty coverage.

Ultimately, it’s up to consumers to decide if they’re willing to risk having to send their brand new vehicle into the dealership for repairs frequently.

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