The Worst SUVs in 2019, According to Consumer Reports

After many good years together, you may be coming to the realization that it’s time to trade in your old SUV for a newer vehicle. This may prove more difficult than you’d like, considering all the hype surrounding SUVs, but it’s important to know which vehicles don’t perform at the same level as the competition. After all, if you’re going to invest your hard-earned cash, you want an SUV that can handle any situation you throw at it. With the help of Consumer Reports ratings, we’ve uncovered the worst SUVs of 2019.

Jeep Compass

According to Consumer Reports, the 2019 Jeep Compass comes in as the “lowest-rated model in its class” so it’s no surprise the Compass is considered one of the worst SUVs of 2019. One reason for its low rating is that Chrysler issued a recall on the 2019 Jeep Compass. The rear brake pistons may have an insufficient coating on them which may cause gas pockets to form and reduce brake performance.

Another reason the Compass was named the worst compact SUV in 2019 is its poor acceleration. In a world where it’s becoming common for SUVs to have 400 hp or higher, the Compass offers a measly 180 hp. Couple this with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission, you’ll be left sitting at the green light as everyone else pulls away.

Dodge Journey

While the Dodge Journey comes with a slick looking body, its crash test ratings are nothing to brag about. IIHS gave the Journey a rating of poor, which help put it in the running for worst SUVs of 2019.

Add in the 2.4-liter, four cylinders in the base engine, the Journey will likely only get 15 mpg while driving in cities. This makes the Journey one of the least economical SUVs available on the market today and the worst midsize SUV, according to Consumer Reports’ ranking.

Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler offers a rugged charm while maintaining its rough ride. For those looking for a smooth, quiet ride, the Wrangler is not going to give that to you.

Consumer Reports based the Wrangler’s ranking as the worst two-row midsize SUV largely on the fact that wind noise increases dramatically at 60 miles per hour and the bumpy ride passengers are in for. If you’re looking for an off-road vehicle that offers better performance, there are several other options available to you.

There are two active recalls on the Jeep Wrangler. One is a faulty weld job on the front track bar resulting in the track bar separating from the frame. This can impede steering ability and cause a wreck. 

The second recall has to do with the steering wheel. The steering column stub shaft has not been properly installed on some vehicles, allowing the steering wheel to detach from the column.

Land Rover Discovery

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport on display
2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

The Land Rover Discovery has a lot of great features such as three-row seating, a quiet interior, a smooth ride, and a 340-hp, 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine. With such great hype, it may leave you wondering how the Discovery earned the title of 2019’s worst luxury SUV. It all boils down to poor agility, 17 MPG fuel economy, and a recall.

Regarding the recall, Consumer Reports states, “Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC (Land Rover) is recalling certain 2019 Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Discovery vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with V6 or V8 engines whose crankshaft pulley retaining bolt may fracture possibly resulting in engine failure.” 

Dealers are offering to replace the crankshaft pulley center retaining bolt for free, so if you drive a vehicle that has been affected, it’s a simple matter of taking your Discovery in to be serviced.

In spite of the recall, the Land Rover still has a large following of drivers who love it due to its off-roading capability, cargo space, and tech offerings.