Trucks & SUVs

The Most Unreliable 2020 Mid-Size SUVs According to Consumer Reports

There’s been a recent surge of consumers ready to purchase new cars again since the pandemic intensified. But given that there is still so much uncertainty, buyers are extra cautious about the vehicles they decide to buy. Because of this, reliability ratings play an even more important role here. If you’re looking for a reliable SUV for the long-haul, you’ll probably want to steer clear of these unreliable mid-size SUVs according to Consumer Reports.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas 

The 2020 VW Atlas boasts sharp lines and bold exterior color options.
2020 VW Atlas SUV | VW

Consumer Reports considers the 2020 VW Atlas as one of the most unreliable SUVs of the year. However, the Atlas did well in CR’s road test by scoring an 84 out of 100. CR likes this SUV’s lively V6 engine and its smooth eight-speed automatic. Plus, the Atlas’ balanced handling helps to boost drivers’ confidence. 

The Atlas also gets points for its “limousine-like” cabin and spacious third-row seat. Even though there are some shiny elements of the Atlas, its predicted reliability ratings are concerning. CR determines its reliability score based on 17 potential trouble spots on the vehicle and how it has performed in the past.

At the time of this writing, there are no current NHTSA safety recalls on the 2020 Atlas. But in its short history, the NHTSA recalled the Atlas several times. VW first introduced the Atlas in 2018, and there are 11 recalls on the 2018 model. The recalls on the 2018 Atlas relate to its fuel system, airbags, and suspension. There are similar concerns on the 2019 Atlas, and this version has five recalls on it. 

2020 Honda Passport 

When he's not racing IndyCar, Rossi drives a gray 2020 Honda Passport
2020 Honda Passport | Honda

CR doesn’t think there is a single good reason to pick the Passport over Honda’s more popular SUVs- the CR-V and the Pilot. The Passport’s highs are closely intertwined with its lows. While the Passport has a forceful V6 engine, its reluctant nine-speed automatic makes this ride less enjoyable. And while the Passport offers plenty of space for five passengers, some may find its firm seats uncomfortable. 

What makes the 2020 Passport less attractive are its three safety recalls. These relate to the Passport’s electrical system and label information. Some consider the Chevy Blazer as a better alternative to the Passport. 

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2020 Jeep Wrangler 

2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel climbing over rocks
2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel | FCA

Jeep’s Wrangler is a puzzle of an SUV. Its exceptional off-roading capabilities and versatile interior make it one of the most compelling vehicles on the market. Plus, the 2020 version is surprisingly good on tech. But even though the Wrangler has many charms and an extremely loyal following, CR isn’t a huge fan. The 2020 Wrangler tops the list of most unreliable SUVs

CR has given the Wrangler its lowest possible reliability score for years.  These ratings derive from SUV’s history of recalls and common owner complaints. The 2018 version has 10 recalls, and owners complained about the Wrangler’s body integrity and in-car electronics. 

These instances have contributed to the Wrangler’s poor dependability scores in 2020. At this point, the 2020 Wrangler has three safety recalls. The potential issues relate to its suspension, powertrain, and backup camera.