These are the Least Reliable Compact Pickup Trucks For 2022 According to Consumer Reports

The compact truck segment is making a strong comeback as gas prices continue to go through the roof. With models like the Ford Ranger and Hyundai Santa Cruz, there is a lot of buzz around the segment. As more buyers turn their gaze to compact pickup trucks, we turn ours to Consumer Reports, taking a look a the least reliable 2022 Compact pickup trucks: the 2022 GMC Canyon, 2022 Jeep Gladiator, 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz, and the 2022 Chevy Colorado. 

A red 2022 GMC Canyon parked in a valley with a backpacker walking by.
2022 GMC Canyon | GMC

What is the least reliable 2022 compact pickup truck? 

It is a deadlock between all four compact pickup trucks. They all scored a two out of five on Consumer Reports‘ predicted reliability. Unlike the full-size trucks, which had two models that got a one out of five, the good news is that the bar is higher for the compact pickup truck segment. 

Is the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz a reliable pickup truck? 

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz parked next to some water with surfboards on top.
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz | Hyundai

Consumer Reports gave the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz a two out of five for predicted reliability. Although this model is brand-new, CR still predicted it would have some issues down the road. Typically when Consumer Reports does this, it’s due to a direct mechanical link that the new model has with an existing model that may have had some troubles in the past. 

Despite its low predicted reliability score, CR also predicted that customers would love it, giving it a four out of five on predicted customer satisfaction. The Hyundai Santa Cruz is a small pickup truck in a modern and sleek package. It comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 191 hp but gets ramped up to 281 with an optional turbocharger. The four-foot bed makes for the smallest bed on the market. Overall the Hyundai Santa Cruz is exciting and fresh; however, Consumer Reports is not optimistic about reliability.

Is the 2022 GMC Canyon a good truck? 

2022 GMC Canyon AT4 on Jones Street in NYC
2022 GMC Canyon AT4 on Jones Street in NYC | MotorBiscuit: Peter Corn

Like the Santa Cruz, the 2022 GMC Canyon landed a two out of five on reliability. However, unlike the Hyundai, CR gave it a one out of five on customer satisfaction. Overall, CR did not like this truck, so they gave it a 45/100. 

CR had issues with the lack of adjustability in the seats, the optional 3.6-liter V6 lacked torque, and of course, the ride was too stiff. More than any of those is the reliability paired with the fact that there are Huge incentives on full-sized trucks that threaten the Canyon’s value long-term. 

Is the 2022 Chevy Colorado worth it? 

A white 2022 Chevy Colorado spraying dirt.
2022 Chevy Colorado ZR2 | Chevrolet

The truck changes, but the story remains the same. The 2022 Chevy Colorado has been kicking around the lower end of the spectrum on Consumer Reports for the last few years. Aside from its poor reliability rating, CR found the ride stiff, the seats too short and unadjustable, and it’s too short of torque. 

The Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon share in all the good and all the bad. Being platform mates, the same issues that plague the Canyon undoubtedly claim Colorado too. 

Is the 2022 Jeep Gladiator worth it? 

2022 Jeep Gladiator driving on the road
2022 Jeep Gladiator | Jeep

Consumer Reports is Wrong About the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz and the 2022 Jeep Gladiator

Jeep has struggled with reliability issues over the last few years. Although Jeeps are still as rough, loud, stiff and impractical as ever, people (including me) still love them and can’t seem to stop buying them. However, the Gladiator landed in dead last of all pickup trucks, not just compact pickup trucks, with a 38/100. 

As far as reliability goes, the 2022 Jeep Gladiators are still new enough to not have much reliability data. Still, CR has based its two out of five predicted reliability scores on the previous two year models and, although they are technically different, also previous Wrangler model years. 

Despite it being one of the least reliable 2022 compact pickup trucks, the Jeep Gladiator still tops the charts on predicted consumer satisfaction. With its six-speed manual transmission, boxy aesthetics, and undeniable 4×4 system, the Gladiator might not be the most reliable pickup truck out there, but it is one of the most exciting and popular. 

These are the least reliable 2022 compact pickup trucks according to Consumer Reports

“Least reliable” is a rough accolade to wear, especially for pickup trucks. While the truck landscape is changing quickly, the foundation still remains. Trucks are getting smaller, more earth-friendly, and more sophisticated. However, we still expect them to be dependable and tough.