Least Reliable 2022 SUVs According to Consumer Reports

Each year Consumer Reports ranks vehicles based on many different metrics. In short, predicted reliability is one of the most essential attributes by far. These are the least reliable 2022 SUVs, according to Consumer Reports, from “low” to “lowest”:

  • Subaru Ascent
  • Tesla Model Y
  • Volkswagen Tiguan
  • Volvo XC90
  • Ford Explorer
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE

How did Consumer Reports rank the least reliable 2022 SUVs?

A Tesla Model Y electric compact luxury SUV with a white paint color option
Tesla Model Y | ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images

Predicted reliability is based on a vehicle’s past vehicle history. Secondly, reports from various owners of the model come into play. Consumer Reports gathers all the given information and determines how well each model will perform over its life. Each model receives a predicted reliability ranking.

2022 Subaru Ascent

This black 2022 Subaru Ascent driving on the road is newer and the kinks aren't worked out, making it one of the least reliable 2022 SUVs.
2022 Subaru Ascent | Subaru

The three-row 2022 Subaru Ascent SUV has plenty of passenger space and tons of safety features. Predictably, there isn’t much else to get excited about. Based on data from the 2019-2021 models, Consumer Reports expects it to be less reliable than the average new car. There have been loads of reported issues for this model in just the last few years that tend to carry over.

Owners and reviewers have seen similar issues with the Ascent. Some problems include transmission, power equipment, brakes, electronics, and climate systems needing frequent repairs.

2022 Tesla Model Y

Receiving the same score as the Pacifica and the Ascent, this electric powerhouse doesn’t seem to be reliable. Although it comes with many features, some might feel it isn’t trustworthy enough for the open road. The Tesla Model Y is a trendy, fast, and capable machine. However, it tends to offer more problems than its high price is worth. For a minimum of $58,990, those who prioritize reliability may want to skip out on the Model Y.

The most commonly reported problems are body hardware, paint and trim, climate system, and noises/leaks.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan

A white 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan sits on grass with a mountainous background
2022 Volkswagen Tiguan | Volkswagen

Even less reliable than the previous models to Consumer Reports is the VW Tiguan. Within the last few years, engine, braking, and electrical problems have been reported by owners. A 2019 model year having significant issues like that gets the “avoid” stamp all the way. Although the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan offers plenty of value, buyers that lean toward vehicles with high-reliability ratings may want to find one that’s not on CR’s list of the least reliable 2022 SUVs.

2022 Volvo XC90

A white Volvo XC90 against a gray background Consumer Reports gave it a very low reliability rating.
Volvo XC90 | Volvo

The Volvo XC90 SUV earned the same low Consumer Reports’ reliability rating as the Tiguan. The XC90 will likely be unreliable based on the previous three model years. CR reported many owners being unhappy with their purchase after a short time. Significant issues from previous model years affect the brakes, climate system, body hardware, and drive system.

While the Volvo XC90 earned a low reliability score, it earned a mid-range customer satisfaction score from Consumer Reports.

2022 Ford Explorer

A blue Ford Explorer, Consumer Reports named it one of the least reliable SUVs with its very low reliability rating.
2021 Ford Explorer | Ford

Historically, the Ford Explorer is well known for being an unreliable SUV. It’s gained a bad reputation in the early 2010s when owners could not trust the engine and transmission. Since then, the Explorer has improved tremendously. However, the last few years indicate that it’s on the downswing again.

Owners reported high volumes of engine, brakes, and electric problems for the 2020 model year. It received a low reliability score from Consumer Reports and a mid-range score for customer satisfaction.

The Mercedes-Benz GLE is the least reliable 2022 SUV

A black 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE parked outside.
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE | Mercedes-Benz

These Are the Least Reliable Luxury SUVs of 2020

If you thought a reliability rating couldn’t get any worse than the Ford Explorer’s, think again. The 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE received an abysmal score from Consumer Reports for predicted reliability. The GLE models have only been around since 2016 but have quickly established themselves as unreliable. In 2021 alone, the Mercedes-Benz GLE had two different manufacturer recalls issued. One was for the electrical system as recently as May 2021, and the other was for the rear glass being insufficiently bonded to the tailgate, which could cause it to detach.

The two recalls are considered dangerous and could increase crashing and chances of injury. In 2020, the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV was even worse than the year before. It has had seven total safety recalls over the last two calendar years. It’s easy to see why owners and Consumer Reports would have difficulty recommending a vehicle with so many problems. Thanks to significant issues with the engine, electrical system, and brakes, customers don’t recommend the GLE.

Based on Consumer Reports‘ research and owners’ experiences, they recommend avoiding these SUVs. For the 2022 model year, some of the most famous names in the industry are producing unreliable SUVs. Vehicles with higher scores come from automakers like Toyota, Nissan, or Lexus.