The Least Reliable 2021 Subcompact SUVs According to Consumer Reports

You’ll want to do your research before buying a new or used subcompact SUV. Tiny SUVs can provide you with more performance capabilities than a regular sedan, but even the best ones still have their quirks. To help you narrow down your options, here the least reliable 2021 subcompact SUVs that you might want to avoid. 

The tiny SUVs on this list received the worst predicted reliability ratings from Consumer Reports. Their overall performance scores are also far from the best. CR determines a vehicle’s predicted reliability based on its auto survey data and samples of each model. 

The 2021 Ford EcoSport has a few disappointing qualities 

2021 Ford EcoSport parked
2021 Ford EcoSport | Ford

Most of the competition does it better than the Ford EcoSport. Even for a subcompact SUV, the EcoSport has an extra teeny feel. It’s also not the most powerful. Most critics, including Car and Driver, agree on the EcoSports most notable flaws. Its ride quality is stiff, it’s extra noisy, and the interior quality is low-rent. 

CR does admit the EcoSport can be fun to drive because of its handling, but the cons outweigh the pros. The org gave this Ford a two out of five for predicted reliability, which is below average. This rating stems mostly from 2019 EcoSport owners who had problems with their car’s body integrity, body hardware, and power equipment. There are plenty of better alternatives, including the 2021 Nissan Kicks. 

The 2021 Jeep Renegade’s is attractive and problematic 

A red 2021 Jeep Renegade subcompact SUV parked next to a waterfall
The 2021 Jeep Renegade is adventure-ready | Photo via Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

We recently talked about how people are losing interest in the Jeep Renegade. Unit sales for this Jeep have steadily declined over the last couple of years. The Renegade has a lovable style and unique performance capabilities. Though, some buyers might find it hard to overlook the Renegade’s low ratings. 

CR gave the 2021 Renegade a one out of five for predicted reliability. According to CR’s past subscriber surveys, Renegade owners’ most common problems concern the vehicle’s body hardware, engine minor, and climate system. An adventure-ready alternative to the Renegade with more impressive scores is the Subaru Crosstek

The 2021 Fiat 500X has style but lacks substance 

A white 2021 Fiat 500X Pop with Sport Appearance Package sits on wet pavement overlooking Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida
2021 Fiat 500X Pop with Sport Appearance Package | FCA

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The Fiat 500X is closely related to the Renegade, so it shares a few of the same highs and lows. Like the Renegade, the 500X has a charming persona. However, the 500X is ideal for city excursions, while the Renegade is equipped to hit the trails. Despite its charms, the 500X was one of the biggest clunkers of 2020 since not many people bought it.  

And unfortunately, there aren’t many notable changes for the 2021 model year. CR currently ranks the 2021 500X as the worst of the subcompact SUVs for reliability and performance. U.S. News doesn’t recommend the 500X either for the same reasons. This Fiat’s most notable flaws are its stiffness, unrefined transmission, and excess noise. You might want to consider the Mazda competition instead of buying a new 500X.