Least Reliable Cars and Trucks of 2022

By ced •  Updated: 01/18/23 •  5 min read

Least Reliable Cars and Trucks of 2022

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Buying a car or truck is all about research. You need to ensure you buy a car or truck that offers you not only the features you want at the price that you can afford but also provides you with dependability.

Some of the cars and trucks of 2022 are not as reliable as they should be due to recalls, common repairs, and even failed redesign elements. Even the “latest and greatest” technology can affect reliability.

After checking out a few different sources, these cars and trucks released for the 2022 model year are the least reliable.

Jeep Gladiator

The Jeep Gladiator has struggled to gain high dependability ratings since it first came out. The truck, which shares a platform with the Wrangler, has had a number of mechanical problems.

Car and Driver reported in 2020 that the vehicle was slow and clumsy to drive. Unfortunately, Jeep hasn’t really addressed any of those issues. As such, the 2022 model year continues to get ranked low by Consumer Reports. It’s also anticipated that the 2023 model year won’t be any better.  

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It has also been estimated that a Gladiator will cost over $11,000 in maintenance and repairs for the first 10 years of service, which is higher than the industry average. Car Edge goes as far as claiming that there’s a 35.84% that the Gladiator will even require a major repair during the first decade.

Chevy Silverado

The Chevy Silverado 1500 had a number of problems that have caused it to be considered less reliable than other pickup trucks on the market. According to Pickup Truck Talk, it had a number of known problems and complaints.

One of the biggest issues is regarding the engine lifter failure for the V8 engines along with a long-crank/no-start issue for the diesel engines. Prior years also had complaints about transmissions, but these seem to be fewer in the 2022 model year.

Other issues include the infotainment screen, issues with the brakes, and even the quality of the paint on the Silverado.

Chevy Bolt

The Chevy Bolt is an electric vehicle that has struggled to compare to many of the other EVs on the road. There’s not a significant amount of data in terms of testing for its safety features, either.

Consumer Reports gave it a dependability score of 78 – which is the same as the Tesla Model 3.

The biggest issue with the Bolt is due to charging problems. There has already been one major recall due to defective lithium-ion battery modules that could result in battery fires.

Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer has been on the market for decades. The 2022 model year is part of the newest generation that came out in 2020, where it was re-engineered and redesigned.

Consumer Reports identified that the Ford Explorer should be avoided in 2021 and 2022. The three-row crossover tends to disappoint, and much of it has to do with the ride quality as well as fuel economy.

The 10-speed automatic transmission is where the biggest issue lies. There’s a significant stiffness, causing rough shifts and a rigid ride. Beyond a low dependability rating from CR, it was ranked #13 out of 14 midsize 3-row SUVs from the publication.

Ford F-150 Hybrid

The Ford F-150 hybrid received low ratings from Consumer Reports and US News & World Report. According to the report, there have been problems with the powertrain, transmission, and even windshield wipers.

There have already been 8 recalls for the model year, which is significantly more than many of the other vehicles within the same class and category. Some of the recalls focus on exterior lighting, airbags, wheels, steering column, and driveshaft.

Hyundai Kona Electric

The Hyundai Kona Electric has managed onto the list of least dependable vehicles from Consumer Reports. Additionally, it ranks low on consumer vehicle reviews on Edmunds.com. Common complaints focus on battery issues as well as clunky brakes.

Perhaps the worst part about the Kona Electric is that even though there are a lot of complaints about certain parts failing, there have been zero recalls issued. This means that people are forced to deal with the problems on their own without the manufacturer covering the cost.

Lincoln Aviator

Although the Lincoln Aviator is a luxury SUV, there have been a number of problems associated with it. Consumer Reports ranked it less reliable because of such things as transmission problems, electrical problems, and even issues with the airbags.

There has been 5 NHTSA safety recalls for the 2022 aviator, including seat belt warning lights, engine rails, front assembly of the seats, hybrid propulsion system, and gas tank assembly. With so many recalls, it can make it difficult to trust the system.

Considering that the 2022 model year is three years into the second generation, it should be a lot more dependable than it is.

Nissan Sentra

The Nissan Sentra has a predicted reliability score of 84 out of 100 from US News & World Report. It ranks low in comparison to other compact cars for dependability. It doesn’t offer the same sporty feel as others in its class.

Edmunds’s reviews show that there are a number of problems that drivers face. There are noises with the suspension, the fuel economy is a constant issue, and it lacks the overall level of safety and tech that many of the other vehicles have. One reviewer even goes as far as saying that the CVT is sluggish.

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