The Least Reliable Three-Row Midsize SUVs According to Consumer Reports

Are you shopping for a new family hauler? If you are, then you probably want one that’s known for being reliable, which means steering clear of the least reliable three-row midsize SUVs. But how will you know which SUVs to avoid?

The 2021 Ford Explorer parked in a parking garage
2021 Ford Explorer | Ford

Consumer Reports says the 2021 Dodge Durango isn’t reliable

The 2021 Dodge Durango is a luxurious midsize three-row SUV that, for the most part, rates near the top of its category. Though, that’s not all that surprising. This year’s model shares the same platform as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, comes standard with a V6 engine, and can tow up to 8,700-pounds when properly equipped.

What is surprising, however, is that the 2021 Dodge Durango is one of the least reliable three-row midsize SUVs. In fact, according to Consumer Reports, this year’s model earned a one out of five predicted reliability rating. 

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The 2021 Ford Explorer struggles when it comes to reliability

The Ford Explorer has always been a favorite among the SUV segment. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s spacious, available with a long list of family-friendly features, and comes standard with Ford’s Co-Pilot360 suite of advanced safety systems. The IIHS also recognized this year’s model as a Top Safety Pick+, which is the highest award the organization gives out.

Unfortunately, the Ford Explorer is one of the least reliable three-row midsize SUVs available. Don’t just take our word for it either. Consumer Reports gave this year’s model a one out of five predicted reliability rating, which is the lowest score possible. Last year’s model also earned a one out of five predicted reliability rating. The only recent Explorer model to earn a good reliability rating was the 2019 Ford Explorer, which Consumer Reports gave a four out of five predicted reliability rating.

The 2021 Ford Explorer parked in front of a cabin
2021 Ford Explorer | Ford

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Reliability isn’t the 2021 Subaru Ascent’s strong suit

Subaru is known for reliability. At least, that’s usually the case. Unfortunately, that sentiment doesn’t really hold true when it comes to the 2021 Subaru Ascent. According to Consumer Reports, this year’s model earned a pretty disappointing one out of five predicted reliability rating and is one of the least reliable three-row midsize SUVs available. Based on Consumer Reports’ data, the Ascent struggles with minor transmission issues. Owners have also reported problems with the three-row midsize SUV’s in-car electronics.

But if you still have your heart set on the 2021 Subaru Ascent? It’s not all bad news. While this year’s model may not be the most reliable three-row midsize SUV, it did earn some impressive scores in Consumer Reports’ road tests. According to Consumer Reports, the Ascent’s “smooth ride, functional interior, and slick power delivery” make it better than some luxury cars.

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The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is one of the least reliable three-row midsize SUVs

Treating yourself to the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas might seem like a good idea. It’s a three-row midsize SUV that won’t break the bank by any means. It’s also available with sought-after features like a touchscreen navigation system. And when it comes to safety features? This year’s model offers up plenty of them.

While those all make for some great selling points, there is a problem with the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas. This year’s model is one of the least reliable three-row midsize SUVs, at least according to Consumer Reports. It earned a one out of five predicted reliability rating, along with a three out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating. That’s not exactly a winning recommendation.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas parked in the wilderness
2021 Volkswagen Atlas | Volkswagen

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