These Modern SUVs Have Glaring Problems No One Should Ignore
The SUV segment is the most popular type of vehicle in today’s automotive market. People love them for their convenience, comfort and safety. Others prefer the complete package offered by some SUV with sports car performance in a family plan. As you might expect, there are plenty of options on the market to suit a variety of needs. Whereas some SUVs have solid reliability and will serve their owners religiously without missing a beat, others suffer fault after fault and can be a nightmare to own.
Problems with SUVs range from minor body-related issues to fatal engine-related defects that can cost thousands of dollars with constant repairs. Some are isolated cases, but others are widespread and affect many models. Here are modern SUVs with glaring problems no one should ignore.
10/10 Volkswagen Tiguan – Random activation of electric brakes
The Volkswagen Tiguan is a pretty good SUV offering a comfortable ride, an impressive list of standard features and responsive handling. But it’s not a perfect ride and has been the subject of a class action lawsuit alongside VW siblings Atlas, Golf, Taos and Jetta.
According to the lawsuit filed by numerous owners of 2019 to 2022 models, the vehicles came with a faulty wiring harness that caused the automatic emergency brakes to activate randomly and windows to open and close, among other issues.
9/10 Dodge Durango – Broken Exhaust Manifold Bolts
The Dodge Durango nameplate brought us one of the most powerful SUVs ever with the short-lived 710-hp Durango SRT Hellcat in 2021. It was a great nod to enthusiasts, but besides the wicked powerhouse of Mopar, the Durango has several pitfalls and is no stranger to trouble.
RepairPal reports several issues facing the Durango, and many owners have reported exhaust manifold bolts breaking, costing between $942 and $842 to repair. Other issues included a clogged exhaust gas recirculation tube and occasional camshaft position sensor failure.
8/10 Maserati Levante – Electrical system problems, broken subframe welds
The Maserati Levante offers the muscle and flair you might not find in most mid-size luxury SUVs. The problem is that it has some glaring issues that won’t allow you to fully enjoy it.
NHTSA has received complaints concerning the electrical system which causes stalling and incorrectly adjusted headlights which can affect visibility. Other serious complaints concerned the quality of the brakes and construction involving fractures and incomplete subframe welds.
7/10 Tesla Model X – Faulty Falcon Wing Door
With all their cutting-edge innovations, Tesla doesn’t build flawless vehicles, as evidenced by its very first SUV, the Model X. It was unlike anything on the market, delivering an electric SUV that was extremely fast, highly practical and family-friendly. . But he had his share of problems.
There have been several complaints from Model X ownersincluding unique but faulty hawk wing doors, infotainment freezing, windows that refuse to open, and suspension issues.
6/10 Ford Explorer – Transmission Problems
The 2022 Ford Explorer has already received four recalls from NHTSA. You should expect it to be less reliable than the average new vehicle and consumer reports gives it a reliability rating of 1 out of five, which is the worst a car can get.
The expected rating builds on previous 2020 and 2021 models with glaring issues involving body integrity, electrical equipment, electronics and drivetrain. Most of the complaints were about the transmission, where the vehicle was prone to lurching and jerking due to shift failures.
5/10 Kia Seltos – Engine stalling, excessive oil leaks
Kia’s five-seat SUV offering proves an extremely versatile compact SUV with a spacious, premium interior, ample cargo space and composed ride and handling. But Consumer Reports expects the 2023 Kia Seltos to be far less reliable than the average new car, which is due to a few glaring issues with the previous two models.
Problems included a major oil leak recall, loss of electrical power, and complaints of engine stalling accompanied by excessive oil use.
4/10 Chevy Suburban – Engine problems, faulty air conditioning
The Chevy Suburban is a ubiquitous full-size SUV and one of the oldest nameplates. It offers a spacious and comfortable three-row cabin with high towing capacity and good handling for its size. But it’s still running into problems in its 86th year of production.
Used Chevrolet Suburbans have engine problems, mostly involving excessive oil consumption, with severe cases requiring engine replacement. Other glaring issues include faulty air conditioning, problematic brakes, and airbag issues reported with the 2014 model.
3/10 Jeep Compass – Suspension Issues
The Jeep Compass markets itself as an affordable city vehicle with true off-road capability, but it has some issues you shouldn’t ignore when shopping for a midsize SUV. The most reported concern with the Compass was with the suspension.
There have been numerous issues with the suspension on used models, including the 2007 model, which faced control arm/bush failure, which cost up to $7,000 to repair.
2/10 GMC Yukon – Upper Dash Issues
The GMC Yukon has its fair share of issues that consumers need to be aware of. Perhaps the most notable of these is GM’s notorious upper dash issues that were the subject of a lawsuit that the court ultimately dismissed.
Repair Pal notes that the top fascia cracks when exposed to the sun and other harsh weather conditions for extended periods of time. It is not easily repaired and may require replacement of the entire instrument top trim panel.
1/10 Mercedes-Benz GLE – Electrical System Problems
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE received an abysmal rating and is among Consumer Reports’ least reliable 2022 SUVs. The previous model had 14 recalls, while the current one already has three recalls, two of which were considered unsafe.
Two recalls concerned the electrical system and the rear window insufficiently glued to the tailgate. Other owners have complained of exhaust drones, dim halogen headlights, keyless entry and fob issues, and a jerky transmission.
Sources: nhtsa.gov, consumerreports.org, repairpal.com, motorbiscuit.com, hotcars.com