Avoid These SUVs: Consumer Reports Drops Recommendations

Consumer Reports recommends plenty of used and new cars each year, but not all of these vehicles stay on the list. Sometimes, the reliability of a car falls for one reason or another. Consumer Reports dropped the recommendations for these SUVs for one reason or another. In some cases, the list of reasons was quite long.

In scoring such vehicles, Consumer Reports stresses the importance of the predicted reliability. This is calculated by combining the results of the road test, owner responses from the annual auto surveys, and added safety features for the new year.

Consumer Reports dropped the Audi E-Tron reccomendation

Consumer Reports drops recommendations for the 2021 Audi E-Tron
Consumer Reports drops recommendations for the 2021 Audi E-Tron | Audi

The 2021 Audi E-Tron ranked 17th on the Consumer Reports list of 24 luxury midsize SUVs. It scored a 54 overall, with a far-below-average predicted reliability score. The expected owner satisfaction was average. While the Audi E-Tron has been on the market since 2019, it seems Audi has not figured it out yet. E-Tron owners report that the SUV has problems with just about everything. Owners said the electric drive system, electronics, infotainment system, power equipment, and even lights give owners issues.

Price Range: $65,900 – $69,100

The Audi Q3 missed the mark from Consumer Reports

The 2021 Audi Q3 only scored a 63 overall from the Consumer Reports list. Coming in eighth overall on the list of 11 entry-level luxury SUVs, the Q3 just didn’t cut it. Both the predicted reliability and owner satisfaction were below average. CR members noted that the body hardware (such as the doors) and premature brake issues plagued the Q3. Audi noted there are fixes on the way, but it might be too little too late.

Price Range: $34,000 – $36,000

Consumer Reports found the BMW X3 had issues

The 2021 BMW X3 ranked ninth on the list of luxury compact SUVs. While it had an average rating for the predicted owner satisfaction, the predicted reliability was below average. Owners reported issues with the power equipment, in-car electronics, and climate-system issues. Problems with the GPS and air conditioning were widespread.

Price Range: $43,000 – $69,900

The only pickup truck on the list is the Ford Ranger

The 2021 Ford Ranger scored a 46 overall from Consumer Reports. It did rank fourth out of eight on the list of compact trucks, but only six of the trucks had a score at all. The 2021 Ford Ranger had an above-average predicted owner satisfaction but below-average predicted reliability. Owners reported transmission issues, vibrations, and problems with the infotainment system. Ford says fixes have been offered, but not all of the issues have been fixed.

Price Range: $24,820 – $39,035

The Infiniti QX50 had a long list of issues

The 2021 Infiniti QX50 scored a 61 overall from Consumer Reports. It received the lowest score possible for the predicted owner satisfaction, and the predicted reliability wasn’t outstanding either. The QX50 had an extensive list of issues reported by owners. These included the doors, power equipment, hardware, in-car electronics, and more. Audi noted the company fixed some of the problems, but only for vehicles produced later.

Price Range: $38,050 – $56,950

The Kia Niro Electric dissapointed Consumer Reports


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The 2021 Kia Niro Electric was a green choice but came in fourth on the list of electric vehicles. The predicted reliability was far below average, but the predicted owner’s satisfaction was average. The Kia Niro Electric suffered from issues with the electric motor seizing, which required a complete replacement to remedy the problem. Kia does have a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, but it still caused owners a headache.

While vehicles can regain the recommendation by Consumer Reports reasonably quickly, some manufacturers didn’t seem to take the issues seriously. If you are looking for an SUV that won’t cause extra headaches, it might be best to avoid some of the options on this list.