Consumer Reports is a trusted source for accurate reliability information on the latest cars. The site recently released the results of its survey on the most and least reliable vehicles of 2022. BMW, Toyota, and Lexus rank as the most reliable brands. And hybrid cars occupy one of the most reliable segments. However, that does not mean that all models are winners. Here’s a roundup of some of the most reliable cars of 2022, and one hybrid truck you might want to avoid, according to Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports Hybrid Reliability Ranking for 2022
Consumer Reports data shows that hybrid cars were the most reliable segment last year. Hybrid SUVs are also some of the most reliable vehicles you can buy, though CR says non-hybrid sports cars are a bit more reliable.
Although the reliability of hybrids and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) has improved, the same cannot be said for all-electric cars. CR says electric vehicles are some of the least reliable, probably because of how expensive it is to replace their batteries. Owner surveys from previous years have also suggested that all the extra tech features in electric vehicles require more minor repairs.
The Ford F-150 Hybrid is the least reliable hybrid of 2022
While most owners should be satisfied with this hybrid truck, early reliability predictions indicate that it could have premature engine trouble. Because the Ford F-150 Hybrid is so new, Consumer Reports has not yet collected long-term property data. However, the site can still make reliability predictions based on data from extensive road tests.
For the 2021 model year, CR’s findings indicated that the F-150 Hybrid’s power package could cause some problems for drivers. The truck is also more prone to rattling while in motion, plus some major transmission issues. CR says you should be aware of potential braking issues and car electronics hiccups while owning a 2022 F-150 Hybrid.
Additionally, road testing of the Ford F-150 Hybrid revealed potential climate control issues. Although the air conditioning works properly, the heated steering wheel on the Lariat model did not provide enough heat. The steering wheel can be difficult to control due to its weight, and CR also wanted a more stable ride.
In addition, the Ford F-150 Hybrid has a high ride height and below-average fuel economy for its class. Testers said the transition from electric to gas power isn’t always the easiest. However, CR was still impressed with the hybrid truck’s 600-mile driving range (gasoline and electric power combined).
CR also praised the Ford F-150 Hybrid for its quiet crew cab. Although interior quality varies between trims, each features the easy-to-use Sync 4 infotainment system.
What is the most reliable hybrid of 2022?
If you want to save on gas and repair bills, CR recommends the Toyota Corolla Hybrid over the Ford F-150 Hybrid. The compact car may be slower than the hybrid pickup, but it got an impressive 59 mpg on the highway during real-world driving. And the Toyota Corolla Hybrid’s powertrain makes just 138 combined hp, but testers were still pleased with the sedan’s balanced handling.
CR also concluded that the car has a smoother ride than the Ford F-150 Hybrid. Unfortunately, the Corolla has a complaining continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a lot of outside noise that seeps into the cabin. Also, the back row isn’t very comfortable and all the seats feel too low to the ground.
Also, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid can’t compare to the Ford F-150 Hybrid in hauling and towing capacity. The 2023 pickup is rated to tow up to 12,700 pounds when properly equipped.
With an empty bed, you can get a decent 25 mpg city/highway. It’s not a bad hybrid truck when it’s in good shape, but potential buyers should be aware of potential problems down the road.