Consumer Reports: Least Satisfying SUVs Worth Avoiding and What to Buy Instead

SUVs have a hard job, and Consumer Reports is here to determine which ones didn’t satisfy buyers. By utilizing car owners’ responses to the Annual Auto Survey, Consumer Reports can see which vehicles delivered on reliability and owner satisfaction and which didn’t. That gives us the list of least reliable SUVs heading into the new year. What are some better options for buyers? Check out the suggestions from Consumer Reports that received better reliability scores and praise from buyers.

The Cadillac XT4 is one of the least satisfying SUVs, try the Buick Encore instead

The Cadillac XT4 is one of Consumer Reports least satisfying SUVs
The Cadillac XT4 in front of the water | Cadillac

Unfortunately, the Cadillac XT4 topped the least satisfying vehicles from Consumer Reports. It also came in dead last on the list of entry-level SUVs. The Cadillac SUV scored OK on the road test and had a luxury interior, but the positives ended there. It only managed a one out of five for the predicted reliability and owner satisfaction.

Those looking for a similar price range but a better SUV might like the 2022 Buick Encore. It had a high score on the road test and an above-average score for the predicted reliability.

Consumer Reports overall score: 50/100

What to buy instead: 2022 Buick Encore

The Infiniti QX50 SUV was pretty average, but the BMW X3 impressed Consumer Reports

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On a positive note, the Infiniti QX50 impressed Consumer Reports on the road test. The least, least satisfying SUV scored 77 out of 100. The predicted reliability was three out of five, still pretty average. It is also considered a luxury SUV and ranked ninth on that list overall. The predicted owner satisfaction was only a one out of five, though.

Consumer Reports overall score: 72/100

What to buy instead: 2022 BMW X3

Those looking for a luxury option in the same price range might find the 2022 BMW X3 more satisfying. Consumer Reports said the X3 was agile, quiet, and comfortable.

Consumer Reports said owners didn’t love the Jeep Renegade, but the Subaru Crosstrek is worth looking at

Ah, the Jeep Renegade can’t seem to get it right. It only managed to get a 56 out of 100 on the road test, with Consumer Reports citing a sluggish ride. The predicted reliability was only a two out of five, but the predicted owner satisfaction was also a below-average one out of five. It also had an unimpressive 24 mpg overall, which similar vehicles flew past.

Consumer Reports overall score: 42/100

What to buy instead: 2022 Subaru Crosstrek

Instead, the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek has above-average scores across the board. With a 96 out of 100 overall, the experts at Consumer Reports were impressed with the Crosstrek’s reliability, road test scores, and owner satisfaction.

The Jeep Compass was also one of the least satisfying SUVs, but the Toyota RAV4 Prime satisfied

The Jeep Compass has been working hard to improve its public opinion, but it hasn’t improved in the eyes of Consumer Reports. It scored 45 overall, with a 56 out of 100 on the road test. Like the Renegade, predicted reliability was only a two out of five, and the predicted owner satisfaction was also one out of five.

Consumer Reports overall score: 45/100

What to buy instead: 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime is on track to be just as popular as the gasoline-powered RAV4. This hybrid SUV scored an 88 out of 100, with almost perfect scores everywhere else. Talk about satisfying.

Skip the Chevrolet Trax for the Mazda CX-30

The Chevrolet Trax is an SUV, primarily a crossover, and partially a Buick Encore. Due to all of these options, it doesn’t really get any of it right. The Trax didn’t impress buyers previously, and the 2022 year doesn’t seem to change much. The predicted reliability was above-average, though.

Consumer Reports overall score: 61/100

What to buy instead: 2022 Mazda CX-30

The 2022 Mazda CX-30 had a better predicted reliability and owner satisfaction score, making it a better buy. The CX-30 SUV is a bit bigger than the Trax, but not much.

The Nissan Rogue Sport was also one of the least satisfying SUVs, but CR suggests the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek

The Nissan Rogue Sport has a shorter body than the regular Rogue, which makes it easier to maneuver. This also makes it less expensive and more compact, which gives it 26 mpg overall. The predicted reliability score was five out of five, a good sign. Regarding least satisfying SUVs, it scored only one out of five on the predicted owner satisfaction. The infotainment system, comfort, and value were weak spots.

Consumer Reports overall score: 77/100

What to buy instead: 2022 Subaru Crosstrek

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek gets 29 mpg overall and can go off-road if necessary. While the Rogue Sport isn’t a bad option, the Crosstrek has more to offer buyers.

Owners didn’t find the Ford EcoSport fun to drive, but the Mazda CX-3 was more spirited

The Ford EcoSport also has a lot of descriptions: subcompact crossover SUV. It has an SUV shape which allows for better cargo room but isn’t too big that drivers can’t park it. The Ford EcoSport only racked up a 61 out of 100 on the road test, but it gets 31 mpg on the highway. Predicted reliability and owner satisfaction were both below-average. Owners didn’t find it particularly fuel-efficient or fun to drive.

Consumer Reports overall score: 45/100

What to buy instead: 2021 Mazda CX-3

Consumer Reports says the 2021 Mazda CX-3 has agile handling, making it fun to drive and pretty good fuel economy. It is easy to park like the EcoSport but has a bit more to offer in the reliability area.

If any of these least satisfying SUVs are on your list of test drives, maybe check out a more reliable option instead. While these SUVs might not give you any problems right away, they might not be satisfying to own.

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This article was updated on 7/29/2022.