6 Excellent 2022 Sedans That No One Likes, According to Consumer Reports

It’s not uncommon for Consumer Reports to recommend a vehicle the general population wouldn’t like. One example is the Nissan Rogue, which Consumer Reports gave high marks, but very few owners admitted they would repurchase it. However, it seems Consumer Reports thinks these sedans are excellent, but no one else likes them.

How Consumer Reports configures the owner satisfaction ratings

The site uses information from a survey sent out to owners annually when configuring owner satisfaction scores for the vehicles’ Consumer Reports tests. The data the publication gets from that is factored into the rating. 

The site looks at a few categories to determine what a driver likes the most about the vehicle. Consumer Reports asks about the car’s driving experience, comfort levels, seating and suspension, and exterior and interior styling. 

The survey also asks about the car’s value and whether the owner feels they got what they expected for the price or not. Sometimes, owners will show their displeasure for a vehicle that Consumer Reports boasted so highly about. Here are six such cars.

1. Hyundai Accent sedan

2022 Hyundai Accent in red parked in front of a fence.
2022 Hyundai Accent | Hyundai Motor Company

While Consumer Reports recommended the Hyundai Accent, most vehicle drivers weren’t exactly pleased with their purchase. The owner’s satisfaction ratings were pretty low, and only about half respondents indicated they would repurchase it. 

No data is available for the specific categories Consumer Reports typically asks about on the survey. But with its history of engine problems, one can guess that its reliability is the primary reason drivers regret their purchase. According to Consumer Reports, this sedan offers good fuel economy ratings at 33 mpg overall and excellent braking performance. 

2. Subaru Impreza

Subaru’s Impreza model received high marks from Consumer Reports for its braking performance, driving dynamics, and smooth-shifting continuously variable automatic transmission. For this, the publication recommended the vehicle, which tops the spot for the compact car segment. 

With a raving review from Consumer Reports, you’d think drivers would also be pleased, but it seems they’re not. Those who responded to the survey felt all categories were pretty average. When asked whether they would purchase another one in the future, barely half of them admitted they would.

3. Nissan Sentra sedan

The Sentra is ranked right behind the Impreza in the Compact car segment. According to Consumer Reports, it excelled in the road test and braking performance. Also, it rated high in fuel economy, getting 32 mpg overall. When asked, it scored pretty low with owners.

Like the Accent, data was unavailable for the specific categories, but one clue as to what may have made drivers displeased about it could be its reliability. History shows the car has had some problems with the transmission, fuel system, suspension, climate system, and even the exhaust. The survey also showed that few people said they would buy it again. 

4. Nissan Altima

Consumer Reports recommended the Altima for its excellent driving experience, competitive fuel economy ratings, and average reliability scores. This one handled the publication’s tests fairly easily for a midsize car. However, it did not go over well with the vehicle owners. 

In the Consumer Reports survey, the only segment owners liked about the sedan was the styling. Its driving dynamics and comfort levels didn’t impress most drivers, but a few reported these attributes were OK. But, the worst part of the vehicle is its value. Owners didn’t feel they got what they wanted for the price point of $24,900

5. Volkswagen Passat

Another recommended vehicle is the Volkswagen Passat, which received pretty high marks from the site. According to Consumer Reports, the reviewers loved the easy-to-use controls, visibility from both the front and rear of the sedan and the way it handled on the road. 

It seems most owners of the car hate this vehicle. While about half of those that responded to Consumer Reports’ survey felt the driving experience, styling, and comfort levels were OK, less than half thought they got what they expected for the price they ultimately paid. In the end, most said they would not repurchase it. 

6. Nissan Maxima sedan

Nissan’s Maxima was another vehicle that got high praise from CR. Its reviewers rated the transmission, acceleration time, comfortable front seats, interior’s excellent fit and finish, and its predicted reliability with perfect scores. When it comes to what owners had to say, though, you’ll find a much different story. 

It appears that no one likes the Maxima, or few do anyway. No data is available on the specifics of what they didn’t care for, but we can take a few guesses. The vehicle has had issues with its transmission, suspension, and power equipment in the past. Also, Consumer Reports found some frustrating issues with how it was handled, its cramped cabin, and visibility problems with the car’s short windows. 

Consumer Reports have always offered excellent advice on buying vehicles, but you’ll find it doesn’t always match what the owners of the cars have to say. That’s OK because you will at least know what to expect if you’re in the market for a specific vehicle. You need to decide whether the issue Consumer Reports finds is a deal breaker or not for you. 

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