Consumer Reports is a dependable source for accurate reliability information on the latest cars. The site recently released its survey results 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 doesn’t mean that every model is a winner. Here’s a rundown of some of the most reliable cars of 2022 — and one hybrid pickup truck you might want to avoid — according to Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports’ hybrid reliability rankings for 2022
Consumer Reports data shows 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 slightly more dependable.
Though reliability for hybrids and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) has improved, the same can’t be said for fully electric cars. CR says EVs are some of the least reliable, likely because of how expensive it is to replace their batteries. Owner surveys from past years have also suggested that all of the extra tech features in EVs 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 pickup, initial reliability predictions indicate it might have premature engine problems. Because the Ford F-150 Hybrid is so new, Consumer Reports hasn’t collected long-term ownership data yet. However, the site can still make reliability predictions based on data from extensive road tests.
For the 2021 model, CR’s findings indicated the F-150 Hybrid’s power equipment might give drivers some hassle. The truck is also more prone to rattling while in motion, plus some major transmission problems. CR says to be aware of potential braking issues and hiccups from in-car electronics while owning a 2022 F-150 Hybrid.
In addition, the Ford F-150 Hybrid’s road test revealed potential climate control issues. Though the A/C works appropriately, the heated steering wheel in the Lariat model failed to supply enough warmth. The steering wheel can be challenging to control thanks to its weight, and CR also wished for a steadier ride.
Furthermore, Ford F-150 Hybrid has a high step-in height and below-average fuel economy for its class. Testers said the transition from electric to gas power isn’t always the smoothest. However, CR was still impressed with the hybrid pickup truck’s 600-mile driving range (gas and electric power combined).
CR also commended the Ford F-150 Hybrid for its quiet crew cab. Though interior quality varies among trims, each boasts the user-friendly Sync 4 infotainment system.
What’s the most reliable hybrid of 2022?
If you want to save on gas and repair bills, CR recommends the Toyota Corolla Hybrid instead of the Ford F-150 Hybrid. The compact car might be slower than the hybrid pickup truck, but it got an impressive 59 mpg on the highway during real-world driving. And the Toyota Corolla Hybrid’s powertrain generates only 138 hp combined, but testers were still satisfied with the sedan’s balanced handling.
CR also concluded the car has a smoother ride than the Ford F-150 Hybrid. Unfortunately, the Corolla has a grumbling continuously variable transmission (CVT) and lots of exterior noise leaking into the cabin. Also, the back row isn’t very accommodating, and every seat feels too low to the floor.
Additionally, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid can’t compare to the Ford F-150 Hybrid in cargo capacity and towing. The 2023 pickup is rated to tow up to 12,700 pounds when properly equipped.
With an empty bed, it can get a decent 25 mpg city/highway. It’s not a bad hybrid pickup truck when in good shape, but potential buyers should be mindful of possible issues down the road.