JD Power’s 5 most unreliable car brands in 2022

When it comes to buying a car, a handful of brands tend to be associated with reliability. So, no one is surprised to see Toyota or Lexus at the top of the list of reliable car brands. Kia, Buick and Hyundai being the three most reliable brands in JD Power’s annual reliability study, this might come as a surprise to some. However, what may surprise you more are the brands that bring up the rear. According to JD Power, here are the five least reliable car brands in 2022.

land rover

2022 Land Rover Range Rover | land rover

Land Rover sits at the very bottom of the reliability list. The all-terrain vehicle icon was never truly known for its mechanical reliability. So seeing him act like the caboose of the reliability train isn’t all that surprising.

The JD Power Reliability Study uses an industry average of 192 issues per 100 vehicles to determine a brand’s reliability. According to the study, Land Rover vehicles experienced an unprecedented 284 problems per 100 vehicles sold.

RAM Trucks

The 2022 Ram 1500 Crew Cab is a safe truck

The 2022 Ram 1500 Crew Cab truck parked in a driveway | RAM

The first thing many people think of when an American-made pickup truck comes to mind is rugged, rugged vehicles. After all, RAM’s slogan is simply “Guts.” Glory. RAM.”

Obviously, this slogan indicates that you will need courage to overcome the problems related to the property. Undoubtedly, fame doesn’t seem too fitting for the brand given that JD Power’s study found that RAM trucks have 266 problems per 100 vehicles sold.

VOLVO

Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered Black Stone Recharge coming out of a tunnel

2022 Volvo S60 Recharge | VOLVO

Volvo is often associated with its tendency to build safe vehicles. However, Volvo’s older models are also known for their heavy-duty engines and transmissions. In fact, there are a handful of older Volvos that have well over a million miles on them. So seeing the legendary Swedish brand on this list may come as a surprise to some.

Unfortunately, JD Power listed Volvo as the third least reliable brand on its list. With 256 problems per 100 vehicles sold, that’s not too far behind RAM trucks. If Volvo continues to offer cars with quality issues, it could well take second place next year!

Alfa Romeo

Blue 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale on track

Alfa Romeo Tonale 2023 | Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo is a little less surprising to see trailing on the reliability list. With a heritage of being a bit of a needy car band, it’s not too shocking to see the company’s appearance here. The release of its new SUV, the Tonale, seems to rekindle the enthusiasm of the Italian brand in the United States. However, his reliability rating is surely not going to help boost sales.

The JD Power study found that Alfas had 245 problems for every 100 vehicles sold.

Acura

2022 Acura NSX Type S in Matte Gray on Rolling Track

2022 Acura NSX-Type S | Acura

Acura is undoubtedly the most surprising brand to see on this list. However, the number of reported issues may make you rethink buying the new Integra despite its features.

JD Power says Acura has 244 problems for every 100 vehicles sold. This is probably quite shocking to anyone who knows that Acura is the luxury brand variant of Honda. Of course, everyone knows that Honda has been a staple in reliability for decades. Unfortunately, it seems that is no longer the case. Not too far behind Acura is Honda itself, with 230 problems per 100 vehicles. This places Honda as the ninth most unreliable brand on the list.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Should you buy any of these brands despite their reliable ratings?

It’s a tough call. For one thing, 100 vehicles is a pretty small sample for the likes of these monster vehicle brands. Also, buying a new vehicle usually means that any issues you encounter will be covered under warranty.

Ultimately, it’s up to consumers whether they’re willing to risk having to send their new vehicle to the dealership frequently for repairs.

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