It’s official. Consumer Reports (CR) released its most up-to-date predicted reliability study for 2022. This is a key resource for any consumer considering buying a new vehicle in the coming months. The study surveys real vehicle owners about their experiences with their new rides. And the results, spanning more than 17 categories including performance, infotainment and functionality, can influence your buying decision.
There are some notable trends to watch out for in this latest CR reliability study. Sedans continue to be the most reliable, and trucks remain unpredictable. But if you have Subaru in mind, there’s one model in particular worth celebrating. It’s the only Subaru in this reliability study to show an improvement.
What the survey finds about overall reliability
If you’re not sure which vehicle model or make deserves your attention, you can use this study to help you narrow it down. According to Consumer ReportsThe sedans continue to enjoy the category of the most reliable.
As consumers shift to larger trucks and SUVs, it’s the healthy sedan, rooted in years of design and production history, that tends to be the most reliable. And since sedans don’t have all those extras, like sliding doors and third-row entertainment, there are fewer amenities to break down or fail.
Additionally, CR’s reliability study suggests that electric vehicles, because they are newer and have more components, struggle in the reliability department. And because many more consumers are driving EVs, there is more data being entered for analysis to predict reliability. Hybrids are rated better than PHEVs and EVs.
Trucks are all over the place in terms of reliability. Some models are known for ongoing problems, while others earn bragging rights in reliability. Some of the trucks with below-average reliability scores in this study include the Nissan Frontier, Jeep Gladiator, and all of GM’s and Ford’s full-size trucks.
The only Subaru model with improved reliability
Subaru is a brand synonymous with reliability. But only one Subaru model actually improved in the reliability study. The midsize SUV, the Subaru Ascent, according to Consumer Reportsit scored above average on both predicted reliability and predicted owner satisfaction.
Considering that in 2020, the Ascent had below-average reliability scores; it’s a sign that the automaker continues to do well and Ascent owners are having less of a hassle with their SUVs.
motor trend also endorses the 2023 Subaru Ascent, celebrating its “spunky turbo engine” and “off-road chops.” This three-row SUV has updated front and rear styling, and Apple and Android connectivity platforms come standard.
The turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is impressive, pumping out 260 horsepower and a 0-60 time of 6.9 seconds. Considering that the Ascent has also improved in reliability with CR, it’s a great choice for an all-around vehicle.
CR says other models have improved reliability ratings
Subaru isn’t the only automaker with a reliability-enhanced model. The CR study recommends a few makes and models worth considering as they have shown reliability improvements among vehicle owners.
The Volvo S60, Toyota Corolla Hatchback, Nissan Rogue, and Mitsubishi Outlander all make this list for improved reliability. The Mini Cooper, Lincoln Corsair, Hyundai Santa Fe, Buick Enclave, and Audi Q3 also got better. Even the Genesis G80 and GV70 demonstrated improved reliability in this report.
Consumer testimonials can be the biggest asset to your car buying decision. And this latest reliability study from CR can be your guide to help you avoid the few underperformers and focus on the winners. The Subaru Ascent is one that’s definitely improved and might be worth a try.