Like every year, Consumer Reports recently released its annual survey of the most or least reliable car brands and models. Unsurprisingly, brands such as Toyota, Lexus, Mazda and Honda top the list, with BMW making a surprise entry. You might also be interested in the other side of the list, so you know which vehicles and brands to avoid.
So, given that data, which car brands will be the least reliable in 2022? Below is a list from the 5th least trustworthy automakers to the least trustworthy automakers.
In fifth place is Chevrolet, and some of the brand’s models such as the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Chevrolet Blazer, and even the Chevrolet Corvette are pretty reliable. Other cars such as the Chevrolet Traverse and Chevy Equinox offer slightly below average reliability.
However, the three models significantly undermine the brand’s consumer reports credibility rating. This includes the Chevy Silverado 1500 and two EVs, the Chevy Bolt and the Chevy Bolt EUV. Not surprising, as the Silverado 1500 has a long history of unreliability. His recently released daylight running headlight failure for 2023 has already resulted in a recall.
When it comes to the Chevy Bolt, the last few years have been plagued with engine and electrical system issues. This seems to have been inherited by the Chevy Bolt EUV.
GMC is even worse, with none of the models offering above-average reliability. The closest to average is the GMC Terrain, which fluctuates between reliable and unreliable from year to year. For GMC, 2022 was one of the worst years in recent memory due to transmission and on-board electronics issues.
The GMC Sierra 1500 truck, on the other hand, is far behind due to its history of unreliability over the past two generations. It’s improved somewhat with the introduction of the fifth generation, but it’s so unreliable that buyers have to worry about trips to auto shops and recalls.
The latest model is from the same parent company, so it also shares the Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s daylight running headlight problem. It is also built on the same GMTT1 platform. Therefore, it is also subject to recall.
Like GMC, Volkswagen doesn’t have a popular model with above-average reliability, including the recently launched electric Volkswagen ID.4. That said, the worst offender has to be the relatively new Volkswagen Taos, with one of the lowest reliability ratings recorded by Consumer Reports that year.
In 2022, the Taos had issues with drive, fuel, electrical systems, engine, transmission, body integrity and even onboard electronics. So it makes sense why the next model year is expected to be unreliable.
For Jeep enthusiasts, there is at least one optimistic model. It’s a Jeep Cherokee. However, there is a significant drop in reliability between this model and the next model, the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Jeep Grand Cherokee L is just as bad, and the Jeep Wrangler is even less reliable.
Finally, at the bottom of the list is the Jeep Gladiator, a recurring problem of suspension, body integrity and drive system issues over the past few years.
Luxury brand Mercedes-Benz is the least reliable, and the most popular product in the United States has far below average reliability. These include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Mercedes-Benz GLE.
Some of the recurring issues with GLE are body hardware, vehicle electronics, power supplies, climate systems, and electrical systems. According to Consumer Reports survey data, most owners are happy with this vehicle, but the E-Class isn’t all that great.