Only 1 SUV Earned a Perfect Score for Reliability on Consumer Reports

Buying a new car is one of the biggest investments most of us will make. As with any investment, you want to put your money somewhere that won’t dramatically lose value. In the world of buying cars, that means buying a vehicle that is either rare or extremely reliable. As it happens, Consumer Reports just ranked the top 10 most reliable SUVs, and only the 2022 Lexus GX scored perfectly. 

2022 Lexus GX on the Trail
2022 Lexus GX on the Trail | Lexus

How does Consumer Reports rate reliability? 

Consumer Reports is the King of Field Testing cars. To rate a new car’s predicted reliability, they study 17 common trouble areas, from squeaky brakes to transmission failure. Obviously, not all car issues carry the same weight, demanding that CR testers attribute different values to each issue based on severity. Once the testing finishes, CR gives each car a predicted reliability score from 0 to 100. The 2022 Lexus GX scored perfectly. 

CR then takes that score and considers customer satisfaction, anecdotal evidence, and model history. A model must be in production for more than two years in order to be considered for this list. 

The 2022 Lexus GX is the most reliable SUV 

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Although Lexus is a Toyota brand, didn’t you kind of expect to see the Toyota Tacoma or 4Runner or Camry at the top spot? The Lexus GX isn’t a far shot, but still, it seems a little strange. Any way you want to cut it, Consumer Reports named the 2022 Lexus GX the most reliable SUV on the market. Not only is it the most reliable SUV, but it is also more reliable than any other vehicle, period. 

CR’s list of the most reliable vehicles for 2022: 

  • Lexus GX
  • Kia Niro
  • Toyota Prius Prime
  • Toyota Prius 
  • Cadillac XT5
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • Honda Insight
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Subaru Crosstrek
  • Mazda CX-9

This is such a solid list of vehicles that picking anything from this list would most likely serve any driver well. However, the Lexus GX’s perfect score is really amazing, especially considering it’s also a super capable off-road vehicle.

Although it scored perfectly for reliability, overall, CR still highly recommends it, but they found some sticking points. 

The 2022 Lexus GX is a proper 4×4 dressed in a tuxedo with tails. The fact that CR ranked this serious 4×4 this highly should tell you all you need to know about the level of quality found here. 

The 2022 GX is still powered by an old 4.6-liter V8 paired with a traditional six-speed automatic gearbox. Despite its high-end appeal, this is a fairly dated SUV — the dinosaur V8 and body-on-frame construction land the GX firmly in the prehistoric. 

Once you get past the 17 mpg, there is little to dislike about the Lexus GX. However, Consumer Reports did find a few things. For one, the interior is said to be a touch cramped, at least compared to other luxury SUVs. Also, the max towing capacity is only 6,500 lbs, and the handling can get a bit clumsy. 

Is the 2022 Lexus GX worth it? 

Is the 2022 Lexus GX any good as a luxury SUV?
2022 Lexus GX | Lexus

“Worth” is a tough word to define for multiple people. The 2022 Lexus GX starts at $56,125 and runs up to $65,635 as the starting point for the top trim. It might be a tough off-roader, but it is still a fancy luxury SUV, too. The ride is supple and quiet, with good power, a beautiful interior, fancy features, and of course, the most reliable SUV on the market. 

Sure. It’s expensive, but given the value received for the money spent, it’s a hard one to argue against. You can easily spend more than $65,000 on a terrible car without even trying these days. Buying one of the best ones for the same money seems like a reasonable price if you ask me. If you think about the long game, that money is even better spent. Let’s just hope that gas prices can chill out a bit. 

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