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The 2022 Volvo XC90 is a great SUV for many reasons. It’s sleek, stylish, and has Volvo’s strong reputation behind it. Yet it has one major flaw; its reliability. Even worse, used Volvo XC90s aren’t any better. With poor reliability ratings on the most recent models, a used Volvo XC90 is one SUV model you just might want to skip.

Gold 2022 Volvo XC90 on the street
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Is the 2022 Volvo XC90 reliable?

The 2022 Volvo XC90 predicted reliability score is just a 1/5 from Consumer Reports. To determine this score Consumer Reports used data from the 2019, 2020, and 2021 Volvo XC90s. Based on this information it thinks that the newest Volvo XC90 will be “much less reliable” than the average new SUV.

The data from the models that impact the 2022 Volvo XC90’s reliability isn’t great. The 2019 Volvo XC90 has a reliability rating of 1/5. So does the 2021 Volvo XC90. The 2020 XC90 has a slightly better rating, at a 2/5. Clearly none of these ratings are very good; so what are the problems with the XC90?

The brakes are one of the biggest problems in the Volvo XC90

The brakes in both the 2019 and 2020 Volvo XC90 score just a 1/5. The 2019 XC90 has a better score, but it’s still only a 3/5. The drive system in the 2019 has a poor rating, as does the climate system. In the 2020 XC90 the electric system has a poor rating.

There are also several categories with a rating of just 3/5. There are major engine problems in both the 2020 and 2021 and minor engine problems in the 2019. The fuel and electric system in the 2021 both have ratings of 3/5. The brakes in the 2019 model are just average as is the paint and trim.

How does Consumer Reports determine a model’s reliability?

To determine the most and least reliable vehicles, Consumer Reports sends surveys to current owners of vehicles to find out how they’re holding up. Consumer Reports asks questions about any major repairs that have been needed to be done in the last 12 months. They also ask about the severity of those problems. Then Consumer Reports evaluates those surveys. They also consider their mechanical knowledge. From these two sources, Consumer Reports assigns each vehicle a reliability rating. A vehicle must have at least two years worth of data to be evaluated by Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports collects a lot of surveys to make their determination. In 2021, Consumer Reports received more than 300,000 survey results. The surveys that Consumer Reports sends are very comprehensive. Each vehicle surveyed typically has 200 to 300 survey responses, giving a good idea of how that particular model is holding up. This increases the chances that the reliability rating will be accurate.

Buying a used SUV can be a great idea, but you want to make sure that what you’re getting will last. In the case o fthe Volvo XC90, it may not be worth taking a chance on this SUV.


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